Activities

We have found a great few family style activities for you all. We hope these keep you all entertained as we work to make some more for you all.

Family Fun Games  

Game One: Going on a Trip

The first child says, “I am going on a trip and I am taking an (child inserts an item that begins with the letter A).”  The next child says, “I am going on a trip and I am taking an (inserts the A item) and a (child inserts an item that begins with the letter B).”  The third child says, “I am going on a trip and I am taking an (inserts the name of the A item), a (inserts the name of the B item), and a (child inserts an item that begins with the letter C).”  This pattern continues around the room until the family has exhausted the entire alphabet.

Game Two: I Spy

One child stands and silently chooses an object they can see in the room.  The child then whispers the name of the object in a grown up’s ear, so they can assist in the game as needed.  The child then declares, “I spy something that is (the colour of the item).”  The rest of the family then take turns guessing what the object is until someone has identified the item the child was spying.  Whoever guesses the item correctly gets to choose the item for the next round.

Game Three: Four Corners

A grown up assigns a number to each corner of the room, so there is corner number one, corner number two, etc.  The children divide up and stand at a chosen corner.  One child is chosen to be “it” and stands in the centre of the room with their eyes closed.  When “it” yells, “Go!” the other children proceed to walk about the perimeter of the room moving from corner to corner.  When “it” yells, “Stop!” the children must go to the nearest corner and wait.  While keeping their eyes closed the child in the centre of the room will call out one corner number.  The children standing in that corner are then out of the game for that round.  If no-one is in that corner, the game continues. This procedure continues until there is only one child remaining.  That child will then become the next “it” and play continues with another round.

Game Four: Minute To Win It (Choose one of the following games)

Bucket Head:  Catch three balls in a bucket on top of your head.

Defying Gravity:  Keep two balloons in the air.

Breakfast Scramble:  Assemble the front of a cereal box that has been cut into eight pieces.

Tweeze Me:  Players use tweezers to relocate five Tic Tacs from one bowl to another (other sweets are available!)

Game Five: Simon Says

One child or grown up is Simon.  Simon yells out a command such as, “Simon says, march in place!”  The children would then follow the command because “Simon says” to do it.  If Simon does not use the phrase “Simon says” before stating the command and a child still follows, then that child will be seated and is out of the game until the end of the round.  Play continues with eliminations until one child remains who will become the next Simon.

Game Six: Telephone or Chinese Whispers

The children make a line across the room.  The grown up thinks of a phrase and whispers it in the ear of the first child in line.  That child then turns and whispers the phrase to the next child.  This chain of whispers continues down the line until it reaches the last child.  The last child says the phrase out loud to hear how much the phrase changed as it travelled down the telephone line.  The last child in line then moves to the front of the line and the next round begins.

Concentration

This is a game of focus, memory & quick thinking. It’s a rhythmic challenge that uses various categories to create excellent family fun. This game is great for your indoor family games or parties. As a family game, it has the potential to fit just about any occasion! So, let’s get the indoor family games rolling.

What You’ll Need: a selection of random categories & participants

How to Play:

Step 1: Gather everyone and form a circle (participants may be seated or standing). Tell everyone that the challenge is to be the last one standing/undefeated.

Step 2: A category will be given and one-by-one (following the direction of the circle) each person will need to name an item associated with the given category but must never repeat what someone else has already said. Example: Say the category was Fruit. The first person might say orange, the next person may say lemon, the following person could say kiwi, etc. Sounds simple enough right? Well here’s the rhythmic challenge.

Step 3: To start the game off, everyone in the circle will create a playful rhythm by simply doing the following: use the palms of both hands to slap their laps for two beats then snap their fingers for two beats. So it’s, slap-slap, snap-snap, slap-slap, snap-snap, slap-slap, snap-snap, in a continuation which creates a timing rhythm. This rhythm is important because it also acts as a timer. How?

Step 4: Each person only has the time frame of 2 snaps (snap-snap) to give an answer. If they fail to complete their answer before the completion of the snaps then they are out. No one is to speak during the lap slaps as this is short and critical thinking time. So it’s…

SLAP-SLAP
(SILENCE)
SNAP-SNAP
(ANSWER)
SLAP-SLAP
(SILENCE)
SNAP-SNAP
(ANSWER)

Step 5: Each time a person is put out of the game for failure to complete their answer in time, continue the game by picking up with the next person in the circle and a new category of choice (example: cities, vegetables, celebrities, etc.). Of course, you may continue with the same category if you really didn’t get very far around the circle with it.

Step 6: Continue around the circle and changing categories until there are just two participants left. Give the final two a new category and have them battle it out until one person slips up. The last person left is the winner of Concentration! This game is a must add to your list of indoor Family games.

Catch-Up

Here is a very simple yet fun game. It’s great for indoor family games but you may prefer to use it as an outdoor game. This game challenges hand-eye coordination all while incorporating competitive speed.  

What You’ll Need: several ping pong balls, 2 small buckets/baskets, several plastic cups & masking tape

How to Play:

Step 1: If possible, divide the family into 2 teams. The teams form 2 parallel lines with Team #1 in one line and Team #2 in the other.

Step 2: Using masking tape, create a boundary line on the floor in front of the first person of each team (best to create a single boundary line by stretching the tape across the first person of both teams).

Step 3: Select one person from each team to be the pitcher. Pull the pitchers from the lines and position them about 10-15 feet across from the boundary line and facing the first person in their team’s line. Create a 2nd boundary line that crosses in front of both pitchers (should be parallel to the 1st boundary line that crosses in front of the teams).

Step 4: Fill 2 buckets or baskets with lots of ping pong balls and give 1 bucket/basket to each of the pitchers. Give 1 plastic cup to each team member that is lined up.

Step 5: At the “go” signal, both pitchers must stand behind their boundary line and bounce a ping pong ball to the first person in their team’s line. The first person in the pitcher’s line must then catch the ping pong ball in their cup while also staying behind their boundary line. In doing so, the ping pong ball MUST bounce once – but only ONCE before being caught in the cup. If the ball is not caught on the 1st bounce then the pitcher must bounce another ping pong ball (to keep the game going, designate someone to collect the runaway balls and return them to the pitcher – perhaps a small child).

Step 6: When the first person in the line catches 1 ping pong ball, that person will then move out of the line and allow the 2nd person in line to try and catch a ball in their cup. The goal of each team is to be the first to get 1 ball caught by everyone in their line. No team is ever secure in a lead as it only takes one miss of a bounced ball to allow the other team a chance to catch up. The first team to clear their line wins Catch-Up!

Variation:

Add a level of difficulty to this indoor family game by instructing each team member in the lines to return to the end of the line after they have caught the ball in their cup. Have them add another plastic cup on top of the ball and cup they’re holding creating a small tower. Instruct them to follow the line until they return to the front and attempt to catch another ball in the top cup (one bounce only).

The difficulty now is that the 2nd cup is less stable as it sits on top of the ball previous caught. Have each person continue to return to the end of their line until they have stacked as many cups & balls as there are players on their team. The first team to clear all their lines wins!