Fun Games to Play With Children, 10 Spontaneous Games to Enrich Their Lives

1. NATURE BRACELETS

For Ages: 1-5

You can start your little one’s exploration and appreciation of nature with this game of making a masking tape nature bracelet. They’ll notice all the lovely color and shape variations there are in petals and leaves and adorn their wrists with beauty.

MATERIALS:

Masking tape

Leaves and flower petals

DIRECTIONS:

Wrap a piece of masking tape around your child’s wrist, sticky side up, and then go exploring to find wonderful leaves, beautiful flower petals and other interesting things to attach to the bracelet.

Before bedtime, snip the bracelet off and attach it next to his bed or somewhere in view so he can admire his work and remember his fun time.

2. RING OF STRING

For Ages:3-10 years

In this game, children are encouraged to really look closely at one spot and see all there is to see. There is a lot of pleasure to be had from noticing the tiny wonders of nature that are in our own back yard.

MATERIALS:

String

Magnifying glass or jar with water in it (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Make a small circle on the ground with the string. Look carefully at the enclosed area with your child and notice what is growing there. Pull out a weed or blade of grass and see what the roots looks like. Is there a seedpod in the area? What’s inside?

Poke a hole and see if there are any insects around. What are they? What are they doing? Use a magnifying glass or a jar with water in it and look at different things up close.

Gather small things to examine and collect such as pinecones, acorns, petals, seeds, bark, leaves and pretty pebbles.

3. A SPOTLIGHT IN THE DARK

For Ages 1-5 years

Babies are fascinated with anything new. It’s fun for us to be with a little one when she discovers something for the first time. In this game it’s the delight of a flashlight in the dark

MATERIALS:

One or two flashlights

DIRECTIONS:

Keep the lights off in the room that you are in and scan the room with a flashlight, spotlighting different familiar things. “Look there’s the television. Here is the table and there is your high chair.”

You know your little one is going to want a chance to hold the flashlight. Let her. She can shine it wherever she wants or she has to find, with her flashlight, an object you name.

As she gets older and more coordinated, continue this game, but this time you both have flashlights and you encourage her to “catch” your spotlight. You move your spotlight around the room and she has to move hers so it “catches” yours by covering your spotlight with hers.

Your turn to chase next.

4. THE KNOCKING GAME

For: All Ages

Listening to and identifying the different sounds objects make when you knock on them is a game that can be played at any time. When you want to change the focus of fussing children, try saying: “Hey, let’s play a game. Close your eyes and see if you can tell what I’m knocking on. No peeking”

MATERIALS:

Common objects found around the house

DIRECTIONS:

Ask your player to close her eyes and turn her back to you. Then see if she can guess the object you are knocking on with your fist (or a spoon). Start with easy things such as a table and a window, and work towards sounds that are harder to identify, such as knocking on a book or lamp.

Take turns being the identifier and the “knocker”.

5. TOOTHPICK ART

For: All Ages

There are many ways to teach the hands to have more finesse. This is one of them that you can play together.

MATERIALS:

Toothpicks, plain or colored

DIRECTIONS:

Make an abstract design by laying toothpicks out on a table or floor, with each player adding their toothpick to the design. The first player puts down one toothpick. The next player adds his at just the angle that seems pleasing to him. The next person then adds theirs to that design and so on and so on until an interesting design is formed.

Instead of an abstract design, you can make a specific scene. For example, make a house with a picket fence and trees.

!It takes concentration to pick up a skinny toothpick and decide the best place to put it. Placing each toothpick down carefully and trying not to jiggle the design encourages awareness of hand movements.

It also develops the pincer grasp, the small muscles that control the index finger and thumb.

But mainly, it’s fun to make art together.

6. TOE STEPPING

For: All Ages

Here’s a fun and silly game that requires concentration and quick movement. Try it sometime at a birthday party gathering, when you want to redirect excess energy, or when the kids are bored and want something quick and new to do.

MATERIALS:

None but fancy footwork

DIRECTIONS:

Two people, both barefoot or in stocking feet, face each other and hold hands. Each person tries to step on the others toes while at the same time keep their toes from being stepped on.

You might remind the players to step lightly on each other’s toes so that others will do the same to you. In other words, follow this game’s Golden Rule: Step on others as you would want to be stepped on.

Concentrating on both keeping out of the way and going for the goal is a kind of trial by fire. Pressure on their foot lets them know when they weren’t paying close enough attention!

7. BALLOON BASEBALL

For Ages: 1-5

Baseball may be fun but those balls can hurt and are hard to hit. For young ones, use a balloon!

MATERIALS:

Balloon

Bat: Make a bat out of anything handy, such as the inside cardboard tube of a paper towel roll or a rolled up section of yesterdays newspaper secured with tape

DIRECTIONS:

. Give the bat to your player and toss the balloon to her. The slow movements of a balloon floating towards her gives her plenty of time to line up her bat, swing at the ‘ball” and get the satisfaction of “connecting.”

If there is just the two of you, take turns being the pitcher/catcher and the batter.

If there are other players, their job is catching the “ball” as it leisurely floats down. Who ever catches it can have the next turn at batting or give it to someone who hasn’t had enough turns.

After everyone gets all the turns they want, you can change the game to “Golf”. Use boxes turned on their sides as “holes” and players see how many strokes it takes to hit the balloon in the box.

8. BACK WRITING

For Ages: 5-12 years

Writing invisible letters on a child’s back a fun way to write a secret message.

MATERIALS:

Paper

Pencil

DIRECTIONS:

One person sits with his back to another and a pad of paper and pencil in front of him.

The other person, using his finger, “draws” a letter on the person’s back.

At the same time, that person draws on the paper what he thinks is being drawn on his back.

Keep writing letter by letter until a whole message is given. The message could be a clue to where a treat is hidden!

Take turns so both the writer and the person written on get to experience what it feels like.

Have an older child play this game with a younger sibling as a fun way to help him learn his letters.

9. SELF PORTRAITS

For Ages: Teens

Many teenagers go through a phase where they become fascinated with their reflection in the mirror, especially during the period when their faces make that change from a child’s to a young adult’s.

In this activity, you and your changing child can take advantage of this fascination by drawing your mirror reflection

MATERIALS:

Mirror

Felt tip marker

Paper (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Both of you sit facing a mirror and draw your reflection directly on the mirror using a felt-tip marker.

You can also draw each other’s on paper but don’t look at the paper until the drawing is done. This often gives a kind of Picasso look to the work

10. SHOE MOUNTAIN

For: All Ages

When the kids are bored but antsy with energy, here is a quickie that is guaranteed to win the hearts of all ages. Your twelve year old will l be just as excited to play this game as your two year old.

MATERIALS:

Shoes

DIRECTIONS

Pile all the shoes you can readily find in a pile in a large cleared out space in the room. Tell the kids that this is not a pile of shoes (silly them to think that!) but is actually a huge mountain and they have to start from a distance away and run towards the mountain and then with one gigantic leap, make it over the top of the mountain to the other side.

It adds to the thrill if the others provide a drum roll–slapping their hands on the floor or on a table or on their knees as the next Leaper makes her run and then when that person is in the air, call out her name!

Mobile Games – An Easy Way to Get a Thrilling Experience

In the present times, mobile phones are not just a communicating tool but are three times more than that. The gadget has been solving the purpose of communication and now it has entered into the entertainment industry, giving each and every element of gaming to users so that they can easily get rid of boredom and stress. Entertainment is very necessary to vanish tensions and frustrations.

With the increasing popularity of such entertainment features in mobile gadgets, mobile phones has becomes more powerful. With the advancement of mobile gaming, the scope of fun and enjoyment also get increased up to a great extend. Games are the healthy activity that keeps mind active and fresh. Games also teach people about the gaming rules and various tact of gaming. However, games are all time fun activity that can be played at any point of time. Technology has taken a new turn in the field of entertainment industry, offering number of mobile games such as action, adventurous, puzzle and many more.

Internet is the best source of finding everything. One can search unlimited mobile games on Internet and download them at free of cost. A plenty of websites are offering free mobile games. Free services are one of the promotional activities that led to the popularity of products and services, even this strategy can generate more traffic on websites. That is why service providers offer games at free of cost to attract users. Mobile gaming has been facilitating people especially to children. These days, no one can even imagine their lives without such device that offers full fledged pleasure. The user can play games like wrestling, shooting, snake, Mario, ninja, etc. in order to get rid of boredom and dullness.

These days, people are playing games online too. Internet has been offering online games ranging from flash to Java ones and many more. Among mobile games variety, the popularity of flash games are gaining huge popularity. With the contribution of wonderful graphical effects including sparkling lighting, special sound effects etc. Moreover, the user can play online flash games at free of cost on many websites. Games bring the feeling of happiness to the gamers. With the ease of Internet, the user can easily search any game just by a click and thus enjoy playing online flash games. Flash games are the advanced games that run on only specially designed flash software. So give your excitement an easy access to online as well as mobile games to enjoy your day.

A Halloween Party Idea for School Age Kids – Fun Games to Play

Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids. They love being able to dress in costumes, carve pumpkins and attend a party. A Halloween party idea for school age kids includes playing fun games. I have listed several fun games that you can play either at a school or home party.

The mummy wrap game calls for teams of four kids. One will become the mummy and the other three will wrap him or her in toilet paper. This is a timed game, so a loud kitchen timer works great. Give each team several rolls of toilet paper; set the timer for a couple of minutes and say GO. When the timer rings or you stay STOP, the team with the mummy who is wrapped the most is the winner.

Set up a miniature golf game either indoors or outdoors. You can use an empty tin can for the hole. It is a lot of fun if you can obtain large plastic bones for the clubs and draw an eye on a plastic golf ball. See who can make a hole in one.

Another physical activity is a monster tag and capture game. You’ll need an area about the size of a volleyball court. The kids stand at one end of the line. One player, Frankenstein Monster, stands about six feet in front of the group (facing the same direction). The monster walks forward with the group following calling out Frankenstein are you alive? The monster stops, turns and points to one child saying who are you? The child may answer any Halloween creature (rat, bat, pumpkin, ghost, goblin black cat, etc.).

The monster than turns and the group continues to follow asking the same question. At any time a child answering the monster may say they are Frankenstein, the monster then chases the group back to the starting line. Establish a finish line, and someone needs to say Frankenstein before the monster reaches this line. Anyone tagged or caught by the monster goes to the centerline, and the game is repeated. The last players caught are the winners.

Another Halloween party idea is to have a Freeze Dance. Play Halloween songs like the Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, or Attack of the Killer Tomatoes to play this game with. Have a dance contest with the winners being who can dance the silliest, slowest, fastest, etc.