by Rachel Paxton
Not only do kids of all ages love to play games, games are a creative
and inexpensive way to entertain children. With a little imagination
you will soon have them making up their own games!
Whether you're looking for birthday party games or just something
to keep the little ones busy for a little while, I think you'll
find these games easy to learn and fun for all ages.
Bean in Your Shoe
One player goes out of the room. A dried bean is given to one of
the players to put in his or her shoe. Play some music and have
all the players dance, each child pretending to have a bean in their
shoe. The player that left the room comes back and tries to guess
who has the bean in their shoe. If they guess right, the person
with the bean in their shoe gets to guess next. If they guess wrong,
they get to leave the room again and try again. If they guess wrong
a second time, they get to choose who gets to leave the room next.
Grin or Bear It
All players except one line up in a row. One player moves down
the line, making faces to try to make each player in line laugh.
The children standing in line try not to laugh. The first player
to laugh gets to take the next turn trying to make the other players
Divide the children up into pairs. One person gets to be the clay,
and the other person gets to be the sculptor. The sculptor molds
the clay into any shape they want to (without hurting the clay).
Faces can be arranged into odd expressions, arms and legs can be
bent and arranged, and heads can be turned or tipped. When all the
sculptors are finished with their creations, they get to put their
sculptures on display. The pairs get to switch places after the
Nursery Rhyme Game
Divide the players into teams. The leader assigns a nursery rhyme
to each team. The teams take turns acting out their nursery rhymes.
Whichever team guesses the nursery rhyme correctly gets to act out
the next one. Continue for as many nursery rhymes as you can think
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who publishes the Creative
Homemaking Recipe of the Week Club, a weekly newsletter that contains
quick, easy dinner ideas and money-saving household hints. Visit
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