3 Fun Games To Play With Your Kids Bikes

Being a parent can be difficult sometime especially when it comes to finding fun things to do with your kid. With our four fun games, however, you can use your kids bikes to their full potential. Kids bikes are often overlooked as instruments that can be used for traveling or for a fun trip down the road. This simply isn’t true anymore. Start getting the creative juices rolling with our fun games and make your own kid’s bikes games that will definitely please your children.

Hide and Seek Cycle Style

The bicycle version of hide and seek is based on the old classic ‘Hiding’O’Seek’. You can try this game on a small plot of land somewhere or if you have a big garden. The principle of the game is that your child is only allowed to hide where they can hide with their bike. The seeker has to count to thirty and then find the hiders as quickly as possible. The first person to be found is the next seeker. Make sure that you have adults who can help keep control of where the children are going. Make sure they understand where they are not allowed to hide and where they can hide.

Create a bicycle competition

Children love it when they have something to aim for. Make your own bicycle competition by thinking of different ways for them to win. The prize can be a bag of candy or a new toy. Ask your children what they would like to win in a competition. If you can afford it, make that the prize. Two competitions that we host is a bicycle race. The first person who passes the finish line wins. Another competition we made was ‘Find the most of something’ competition. I played this during a park race. The child who collected the biggest amount of red leaves in thirty minutes won. It’s a definite child-pleasing game!

Litter Campaign

Parents should start educating their children about the importance of litter and the environment. For this reason our last game is a litter campaign. Give your children plastic bags and make them wear gloves and go on a litter search. Make the campaign as fun as possible and talk to your children about the benefits of cleaning our earth. Kids love to know they are doing something special for the planet.

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!

Spruce Up Your Cell Phone With Free Mobile Wallpapers

In the fast-paced world that we live in, cell phones are necessities that help us get through the modern days with much ease, enhancing the quality of our lifestyles. Though these gadgets have always been known for their functionality, they could also bring out the fun in everyone through getting creative and entertained with free mobile wallpapers, free mobile tones and even free mobile game downloads. 

Dressing up has always been an ‘in’ thing not only to the younger generations but to the young at heart as well. As these groups make up the majority of cell phone users, customizing each mobile handset has become popular, bringing rise to many accessories in terms of hardware and software. Though some themes, tones, wallpapers, screensavers and other software are already built-in, the variety of tastes and preference that the users posses made way to the arising trend of having more creations in the form of free mobile wallpapers.    

Though not a necessity, more and more people are finding the task of changing current displays and browsing through the many attractive free mobile wallpapers enjoyable. And even if these changes are mostly done for our own, personal pleasure, other people taking notice of how nice our displays look does give us a different kind of delight.         

The possibilities are limitless with free mobile wallpapers that come in still and interactive or moving patterns. Not only do they already come in countless designs, with each emanating a unique aesthetic appeal; but phone manufacturers and other graphics experts are still creating more and more. Whatever your personality is, and even your mood at any moment, you will surely be able to find the perfect representation. To some people, these beautiful sights that you put into display can even boost the spirit and lessen stress.  

Free mobile wallpapers are not just limited to graphical arts but you can also avail of images of your favorite stars, long-time Hollywood crushes, poster of your favorite movie, cute pets, amazing landscapes and a whole lot more. Modern technology has even enabled cell phones to take images from its own integrated cameras or transfer photos from a digital camera to be used as wallpapers.    

Like other cellular phone software such as free games for mobile, free mobile wallpapers can be downloaded from the Internet directly to your handset or through a computer. One important factor to consider when browsing through the available graphic files is your cell phone’s resolution capacity. You should only look into wallpaper files that are within the range of resolution your phone can handle. Otherwise, your time and effort will just be wasted. Transfers can also be made from one cellular phone to another by sending the graphic file via infrared, Bluetooth, SMS and email.