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!

A History of Fun Games To Play Online When Bored

In these online strategy games your result is usually connected only with your own strategic steps, since every character has the same basic skills, which are being upgraded during the game. Time after time you have to return to the previous levels, because of your wrong actions. For comparison, in by-chance online games your decisions do not always play the main role in your success.

In fact, nowadays online strategic games are also a good way to communicate. Rising popularity of MMORPG confirms that players from every part of the world want not only to show their skills and pass the game, but also to have an opportunity to meet other people of the same interests. There are many live chats in online strategies.

There is also a number of sub-genres of online games. Sequence, Mentalis, Backgammon, Stratego are examples of abstract online strategy games. In this type of strategies there is usually no connections with the reality, that’s why they are called abstract games.

Another sub-genre is military online strategy games. Nowadays these games give an opportunity of first-person playing. Logical thinking is very important in this sub-genre. Examples of military sub-genre strategy games are Age of War, Territory War or Fall of Rome. These MMORPG’s are quite popular.

Of course, one of the most popular sub-genres of online strategies is the simulation. As it is clear, these games basically attract people with their high quality of life simulation. These online strategies are usually divided into tasks. The player has to complete all of them and pass the game. Examples of these games – Abalone and, of course, such a popular game as Lemonade Tycoon.

Currently, when all the well-known games are providing opportunities of multi-playing, online role playing games are gaining every day growing popularity. Communication, interesting tasks to complete and, of course, ability to use strategic thinking skills – all these features are attracting players from all over the world.

Fun Games to Play Around a Camp

We have several games that we carry with us, just in case we need them. If it is rainy or we just want to get rested up and stay in camp. Here is a list of the games we have.

Cribbage, Uno, Phase ten, Skip BO, Jenga, Dominoes, Rummikub, Kismet, Sequence, Mexican train dominoes. Card games of all kinds. There are so many more that you can carry with you.

The Jenga game is a bunch of little pieces of wood that you stack up and try to remove one at a time until one makes the whole mess falls. It can be nerve wrecking. Rummikub is a game that is a cross between rummy and dominoes. Kismet is a dice game. Sequence is a card/ board game.

Now these are just a few of the games available and not all are suited for just two people. So then we ask our nearby campers if they would like to join us. We get to know our new neighbors that way and make new friends. You can pitch horseshoes, or play badminton. These will fit in your truck or camper easily.

These games are good games to have in any camper to pass the time away having fun. Hunters especially will want something to do when they can’t be in the woods hunting. So games are a good thing to have on hand all the time. Most hunters will have a poker deck with them anyway.

Some people will have a TV, and that is good but I prefer cards or games.

Another thing you can do is play a musical instrument. Lots of campers will play the guitar. I play the banjo, it does not play good alone so it makes good sense to get a guitar to play with.
We have met so many new friends out in the camps this way and we remain friends a long time.

Children have a good time playing with adults if it is a game they can understand, so get them involved. They will enjoy camping more if they are amused. They like to win also.

Women if they don’t like cards or games they can do crochet, knitting or cross-stitching. You can carry little projects with you and not get messed up. And, there is always reading a good book. So, with so many things to do there is no reason not to go camping even is bad weather.