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There’s nothing like a good old fashioned game to get your kids up and moving. Do you remember some of the games you played as a little kid? Some of the kids these days may think the ideas are ancient but I beg to differ. At least, we were up and moving had a ton of fun playing them. Our kids are always asking for game ideas on “game days’ or on an occasion when they can’t think of anything else to play. If you are looking for some fun old-fashioned games for your kiddos to try, look no further. Here you’ll find 10 game ideas I think they will love.
10 Old Fashioned Games for Kids
- Hide and Go Seek – It stands the test of time. One person counts while the others hide. The counting person goes and find all the others. Someone else takes a turn to count.
- Catch – It could be played with as little as just one person. Just throw a ball up repeatedly and try to catch it as gravity pulls it down. Two Persons: Throw the ball for the other person to catch. Then they’ll throw it back to you. More than two people: For more than one person: Sit or stand in a circle and throw the ball for someone else to catch. If someone misses or didn’t catch it, they will find it and throw it to the next person. Keep passing it until everyone has had a turn and then repeat until you are done with the game.
- Hop Scotch – Draw a hop scotch set of boxes on the ground. Player one throws a shoe or something flat in the first box and then tries to jump over the box the item is in. Watch hopscotch video here to learn more about playing.
- Marble Pitch – Got a set of marbles? Divide it between two or more people. Each person takes turns trying to bump out his opponent marbles. You can find a video here on how to play marbles. This set of marbles is recommended for kids 5 years old and up.
- Ring Games – Growing up I loved all kinds of ring games. Who remembers “Ring Around the Rosie?” Or “Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? These are just two ring games but there are so many more ring games that kids can learn to play.
- Hand Clap Games – Ever played “Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack?” Or “Patty Cake Patty Cake the Baker’s Man?” It’s so much fun when the rhythm of the music gets faster and faster and you have to try to “clap” another’s person’s hands faster. Oh the days!!
- Charades – This one was mentioned by my husband. If you don’t have Charade cards you can come up with your own ideas. Just write a bunch of ideas on a piece of paper for your kids to act them out. If they are too small to read, then have them choose something from a basket of items you’ve put together. Be careful that others don’t see what they’ve picked so they can guess what is being acted out.
- Pictionary – Pictionary is such a fun game! Draw pictures and have the other players guess what’s being drawn. It’s fun to play in teams. Our kids love playing this game among themselves.
- Kick-Ball – This one is self-explanatory. You don’t have to be a soccer player to kick a ball. Have fun kicking a ball to another person while they try to kick it back to you without you missing it. This is another fun game to play with more than 2 people so that whoever misses the ball, gets to sit out.
- Jump rope/skip – I sure loved playing this game as a kid. Well, I loved playing many of the games mentioned above, too. But you can gather a few kids together. Have two kids holding the ends of the rope (one on each side). Then someone jumps in and while the rope is being swung. The goal is for the jumper to try not to have the rope touch him/her while they jump.
I hope these gave you some ideas of things to do with your kids if you feel a little stuck since they’ve been home for a while now.
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