Fun Games for Kids

Kids love all types of games! Rainy day, sunny day, birthday or just any day kids love to play games.  Games not only keep kids entertained but they help them learn too.  Playing games helps kids learn about teamwork and helps with the their social , emotional and physical development.  Games let kids use their imagination and creativity and are a great way to keep them active.  Ice breaker and name games are great for kids who are meeting for the first time or who are shy.  Games like freeze dance and musical chairs are great party games.  7 Up, charades and mum ball are great games to quiet down a noisy bunch.   Nursery rhyme games are great for pre-schoolers.  Check out the complete list of games below.

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 Here is a list of fun games for kids.   

7 UP

Air Pong

Beach Activities

Candy Ball Bubble Wrap Game

Charades

Freeze Dance

Hokey Pokey

Jump Rope Rhymes

Make Me Smile

Mum Ball

Musical Chairs

Name and Icebreaker Games

Nursery Rhyme Activities

Outdoor Group Games

Paper Miniature Golf

Positive Notes Game

Relay Races

Sardines

Scrambled Eggs

Who’s the Leader

Working Together Games

What is a Fun Party Game for Kids? Candy Ball Bubble Wrap Party Game

This candy ball bubble wrap party game is a crowd pleaser.  I’ve played it many times with groups of kids of various ages and it’s always a big it.  It’s also a great alternative to using a piñata.

The ball is typically filled with candy however, if you don’t want the kids on a sugar rush you can use any small items.  For my niece’s spa party we used candy, nail polish, lip gloss and nail stickers.  For a boys party you can use hot wheels, bouncy balls and other small figures.

You can also make this an active game and fill it with little notes saying do 10 jumping jacks or run around the circle.

If you have an adult party, you can fill the ball with items adults may like.

Set up:  Materials: candy or small items, bubble wrap, cellophane, packing tape

  1.  Take a couple pieces of candy and wrap it in a layer of bubble wrap.
  2. Use the packing tape to secure.
  3. Place some more candy on the bubble wrap, wrap the new candy in a layer of cellophane.
  4. repeat steps 1-3 until you have made a large ball

 

candyball

How to play

I play two ways depending on the age of the kids.

 1.   Traditional Way-  Materials: 2 dice:  Have the children sit in a circle.  Have one child hold the ball and give another child the dice.  The children with the dice has three chances to roll doubles while the other child tries to rip apart the ball.  If the child rolling the dice rolls doubles, the child ripping the ball must stop and pass it.  If by the third roll of the dice no doubles are thrown then the child must pass the ball.  Any candy or item that falls out on their turn, they get to keep.

 

2.  Variation for younger children–  Instead of using dice, have the children count to 15 while one is tearing open the ball.  Once the children get to 15, the child must pass the ball.

You can also make up your own rules and play.

Have fun!

 

candyball

How to Keep Kids Busy at the Beach Fun Beach Activities for Kids

It’s summer and that means trips to the beach!  Here are a list of ideas to keep kids entertained while spending the day at the beach.
Beach Activities
  1. Beach Relay- This is a fun activity to do with 2 or more children. Materials: 2 large beach buckets and 2 cups.

Place the beach buckets a distance away from the water.  Split children up into even teams and have them stand a couple feet away from the beach buckets. Give the first two children on line a cup.  The children run to the water and fill up their cup then run back to the bucket and pour the water in.  Have them give the next child on line the cup and repeat.  The first team with their bucket filled is the winner.

2Plaster of Paris Beach Casting Project.  This is a fun activity to do with children of all ages.

3. Fly  a kite.

  4. Play catch.

5.  Search for shells and rocks. Take your shells and rocks home to paint.  They make great outdoor decorations.  You can also add a magnet to small shells and rocks and put them on your refrigerator.  You can also glue shells together to make sculptures.

6.  Take a walk and explore the beach.

7. Take turns burying each other.  This is a fun activity if you don’t mind getting a little sandy.  Just make sure you keep sand away from the face.

8.  Make sand angels. Everyone’s heard of snow angels but what about sand angels.  Just lay in the sand and move your arms and legs back and forth.  Sand up and you will see a wonderful sand angel.  Add shells and rocks to make a face on your angel and to decorate.

9.  Build sandcastles.  This is a classic and great beach activity and will keep kids busy for a while.  Just don’t forget to bring the beach buckets and shovels.

10.  Dig a deep hole.  This is a fun activity that will take a while.  Give each child a shovel and tell them to dig as deep and they can. If your hole is not too far from the water you may be able to dig until you reach water!

11.  Have a dance party- Bring an ipod or battery operated radio to the beach and have the kids dance to their favorite songs.  You can also play freeze dance.

   12.  Search for sticks and have kids write their names or phrases in the sand.

  13.  Go on a scavenger hunt.  Make a list of items kids must find on the beach (i.e different types of shells and rocks, sticks, beach glass, seaweed, etc…).  Give each child a bag or bucket and send them to look for the items.

 

Things to bring with you to have a great day at the beach
  1. Sunscreen – we don’t want anyone to get a sunburn!
  2. Beach Blanket– I always bring one for me and one for the kids.  I try to keep mine sand free!
  3. Radio– Music always makes the day better.
  4. Snacks, drinks and lunch– The worst thing is to hear kids complain that their hungry and thirsty.  Food at the beach can be very expensive.  Try brining lunch.
  5. Cooler with ice– Need to keep those snacks, drinks and lunch cool.
  6. Towels and a couple of extra towels– Kids get sandy and so do their towels.  I always bring 1-2 extra towels that I keep in the beach bag until we leave.  It’s best to have a nice clean towel to clean the kids off when we are ready to leave.
  7. Beach buckets and toys-  You want to keep those kids busy.

 

Enjoy your day at the beach!

 

How to get kids to work together, Games for Kids

It’s important that kids learn to work together. Working  together  helps kids develop and improve important skills such cooperation, communication and teamwork.  Try some of these team builder games below.

Partner Sit and Stand

Materials: None optional blind folds, scarfs

Put all the players in groups of two.

Have each pair stand back to back and lock arms.

Each pair must sit down then stand up again without unlocking their arms.

To make it harder and funnier add props to the game.  Blindfold the pairs or using scarfs to tie their legs together on one side.

One Handed Shoe Tie

Materials: Shoes with laces

Put players in groups of two.

Have the players untie their shoe laces.

Working together have player re-tie their shoe laces only using 1 hand.  She what kind of creative ideas they can come up with to tie their shoes!

Dance Teacher

Materials: Music

Put the players into groups of 2-3 depending on amount of kids.

Explain to the group that they are going to work together to create a new dance step.  Give them a time period in which they must complete this task.

Once time is up have the kids teach their dance step to the kids in the other groups.

Optional: Take it up a notch

Once all the groups had a chance to teach their dance step put all the steps together to create one dance.  Put some music on and have a dance party!

Pass the Can

 Materials: empty coffee can

Ask all the players to sit in a circle with their legs straight out.

Put the coffee can on one of the children’s foot.

Tell the kids that they must pass the coffee can around the circle only using their feet.  If the can falls, they have to start from the beginning.

Air Guitar Competition

Materials: None, optional music

Put the players in groups on 2-3 depending on how many kids.

Explain that they have just entered an air guitar competition and need to create an air guitar routine. Tell them that their routine must be original, fun, and energizing. Each group member must have an active role in the performance.

Give the kids around 5-10 minutes to come up with and practice a routine.

Have the kids perform their routine to the rest of the groups. They can perform with music or without.

Optional:  Recruit some volunteers to be judges.

 Bouncing High

Put all the players in groups of two.

Ask each player in the group to choose a number 1-9.

Ask the pairs to put the number together.  If one picked 3 and the other picked 5 their number could be 35 or 53.

Once they decided on the final number have the partners stand back to back with their arms locked and jump up and down the number of times they picked.

Create a Fairy Tale

Materials: paper, pencils, crayons or markers

Put the players in groups of 2-3 depending on the amount of children.

Tell the children that they must create a fairy tale. All members of the group must be a character in the story.

There are two variations of this activity.  The children can either write their story together and draw a picture or they can act out their story.

If Writing: Have the children work together to create a fairy tale.  All members must write a portion of the story.  When they are done writing have the children draw a picture to go with their story.

When the groups of children are finished writing and drawing  have them share their story with the other groups.

If Acting: Have children create their story together when it’s their turn to share have them act out their fairy tale.

Elbow Tag

Materials: open play area

Break the group up into pairs.

The pairs must lock elbows.

Choose one pair to be” it”.

The “it” pair runs around and tries to catch another pair.  It a pair is caught they must remain frozen until another pair tags them.  Once they are tagged they must lock elbows with a player from that pair to become a four person chain.

The game continues until all the children (except the “it” team)are connected in one long chain.

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Made You Smile Game

This is a fun game for kids as they love making people laugh. The rules are simple so it is great for children ages 5 and up.

Object: To get a player to laugh by making funny faces or by doing funny movements

Directions:

Have all the players sit in a circle.  Choose 1 player to be it. The player who is it must walk around the circle trying to make another player laugh by making funny faces or by doing funny movements.

The person who is it is not allowed to talk or touch the other players. They have 20 seconds to make the player smile or laugh.  If they fail they move on to the next player in the circle.  If they make the player smile or laugh they can to sit down and that player who smiled or laughed is now it.