Simple kids games that require few props
Here are some simple kids games that you can call on to occupy children without a screen in sight. Great fun for children of all ages.
Everyone has to lie very still and the first person to move, or make a sound is “OUT”. The winner is the child who keeps still and quiet. This game is good to play almost anywhere, when you fancy a bit of peace and quiet.
I spy the junior version
I spy with my little eye is great when children are old enough to read, but trickier and a bit frustrating for small children. Try this instead. Ask your children to describe something without saying what it is.
Kids painting games don’t always have to be messy. One simple game is for the children to paint paving stones or the patio just with water or water based paint. Alternatively use chalk. a simple idea but kids love it.
Puzzle books and colouring
Puzzle books can keep even quite small children occupied and sitting down quietly provided the book is geared to their interests and ages. Colouring books help children develop good eye hand co ordination while puzzle books help children develop problem solving skills.
Playing “washing up”, or “measuring”
Bubbles and a washing up bowl filled with water and a few plastic cups and jugs, kids really love. You can also play filling up and emptying containers. Also good of course translated to bath time.
Kids games which involve “spying” on the birds or insects in the garden can be very interesting for small children. Watching ants marching along a path, or observing a caterpillar in a hedge is another simple but free pleasure. And this week there is the Big Butterfly Count which is an opportunity for your kids to “spy” on the butterflies in the garden.
If the kids keep arguing get some paper and get the children to scrunch the paper up into paper balls and throw it at each other. When they run out of paper, put a bin in the middle of the room and get them to throw the paper balls into the bin.
Nursery Rhymes and Singing Games
If you are struggling to remember some of the games you enjoyed as a child then the following book is a great resource. Old Fashioned Children’s Games: Over 200 Outdoors, Car Trip, Song, Card and Party Activities
If you are unfamiliar or have forgotten the nursery rhymes you sang as a child why not invest in a book of nursery rhymes or CD’s. Take a look at this one which can be ordered from Amazon here. Sing and Learn, Vol. 1 (A Collection of Nursery Rhymes to Help Little Ones Learn and Develop)