Kids love playing – and let’s face it, its mum’s time to breathe in peace too! Even though these days, kids are fonder of spending most of their time on their mobile phones, tablets and what not. Really, putting your kid in front of the Television for hours and hours and then forgetting about it is no solution. Your children are restless and need some activity to enjoy their time. Have no fear! We are here to give you some ideas you can keep your children busy with, there are tons of things you can do – Read on for some simple ideas for some simple games for your little (or not-so-little) ones:
- Hot Potato – Or commonly called “Pass the Parcel”. Get the kids to sit on the floor in a circle somehow (good luck with that). Turn on some music and have them pass the potato (a cushion/pillow or soft ball) around the circle as quickly as they can. As soon as the music stops, the child holding the “potato” is out of the game. Keep going until the circle is reduced to just one child – and crown him/her the winner!
- Simon Says – Ask your children to do the chores by using Simon’s words! JUST KIDDING. Gather the kids in a circle or line in front of Simon (yourself, maybe) and call out actions with the phrase “Simon says”: “Simon says…raise your hands!” The players then have to obey Simon. If a child raises their hands without Simon asking them to do so…the child is out of the game. The last player left in the game wins and becomes the next Simon.
- Treasure Hunt – Children feel awesome when they find hidden objects — especially when there’s a prize involved! Just write your clues on some slips of paper and place the first clue somewhere easy to find, like inside your child’s snack or cereal bowl. Then leave as many clues as you want around the place, making a trail to the deciding clue.
- Freeze!– Pick some of your kids’ favorite tunes and turn it up real loud. Ask them to groove to the beat until the music stops. And when it does stop, they must freeze in whatever position they are in – even if they have one are upside down!
- Puzzle solving – Kids are committed human beings – they do NOT give up until they complete things. In this respect, puzzles are your way to go! You can use a store-bought variety or have the kids create their own! Have your children draw a picture on a strong piece of cardboard or Bristol board. Using a pencil, outline puzzle pieces directly on the drawing. Cut out the pieces with a good pair of scissors, mix them up and let the solving begin.
- Hide and Seek – How can we leave out the historical Hide and Seek! We’ve all played it and loved it, and trust – your kids are going to love it too! Do we have to explain how it goes?