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Cindy Crushes Programming: DIY Price is Right Game, by Cindy Shutts

When my brother and I were kids, we used to love to watch and then play The Prices is Right during the summer, so I was pleased as punch to hear that Cindy Shutts had put together a version of the game while sheltering in place.

In Illinois we have been given the order to shelter in place. There are a lot of games you can play but for my family who I live with (my parents) I made my own version of The Price is Right which can easily be a program.


  • Random items to be priced
  • Notecards to write the prices on

Step One: I played the theme song from the show and did the famous “come on down your are our first contest on the Price is Right.”

Step Two: I picked a random item I had at my house and asked them what the retail price on Amazon was. The first person to get the answer closer to the price without going over wins this round and advances to the next game.

Step Three: I chose pretty easy games to play. This first contestant game I chose was high or lower. I had five books and I asked them if the list price was high or lower than the price I gave them. I had no prizes but if I did this at the library I would have given candy. My dad got three of five so he moved on to the showcase showdown.

Check out this Price is Right themed party for some decoration ideas

Pinterest Board of Price is Right Games and Ideas

Step Four: I had my mom come up to play the item game. She did well.

Step Five: The game I chose to play was a household item with the wrong price and all the numbers higher one up or one lower.

There are a lot of games you can modify to work at home or at your library.  You will need more games since I modified my home version for just two players.

Here is the list of price games: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Price_Is_Right_pricing_games

Step Six: I did not do this step since I only had two players. The wheel is one of the most iconic parts of the game. I would have used my 10 sided die to simulate the game. Roll one ten sided die then roll the same ten-sided die to get the second number. In this game the person closer to a dollar without going over goes on to the Showcase Showdown. This game is done twice in the show.

Step Seven: Showcase Showdown. I used an old receipt to make this game. I read what was on the receipt and both of my parents had to guess the price. My mom guessed only 45 cents off and won the game. One way to make the game more exciting is to pick a variety of items from Amazon and print out pictures and have them guess how much the items are in total.

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Final Thoughts: I loved this. I want to bring this to the library and I feel like this will be such a wonderful program for the teens.

Cindy Shutts, MLIS


Cindy is passionate about teen services. She loves dogs, pro-wrestling, Fairy tales, mythology, and of course reading. Her favorite books are The Hate U Give, Catching FIre, The Royals, and everything by Cindy Pon. She loves spending times with her dog Harry Winston and her niece and nephew. Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she’ll be joining us to talk about teen programming. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.FacebookTwitterShare

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