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Fun Activities For Children


Some "Old Fashion" Fun Games for kids!

Are you looking for ways to keep the kids & yourself sane and happy? Try going back to the old fashioned activities - when we had to rely on our imaginations and were more active and healthier. Below is a list of several activities that are inexpensive or free to play.

1. Keep the kids and yourself active by marching around the room or take a walk around the building or the block.

2. With young children, keep them active by having them crawl, that usually causes a lot of laughter.

3. You can rig up a game of dropping clothespins into a plastic bottle or bowling by rolling a sweet potato at a few plastic bottles.

4. You don't need anything to get a good game of "geography" going. The first child names a city, state or country (depending on the ages of the kids you are working with) and the next child has to name a place that starts with the last letter in the first place named.

5. It is fun to play "I Spy" with younger children. Start by saying "I Spy something that begins with the letter --- or the sound--- and let them guess what it is.

6. Older children might enjoy a game of "20 questions"; the leader states whether the item to guess is animal, vegetable or mineral and the group gets to ask no more than 20 questions that can be answered with a "yes" or "no," until they give up or someone guesses right.

7. Get a game of "Simon Says" going, or do the "Hokey Pokey."

8. Pop some pop corn or bake some cookies.

9. Get up a game of "hop scotch" by drawing a grid; or use sidewalk chalk to draw a grid on the sidewalk.

10. Start a story and let each child add his part to it.

11. Play postman, with the first child whispering something into the second child's ear and see what the last child hears.
Start with "I went to the store and bought an apple." The second child says "I went to the store and bought an apple and a banana" and each child has to remember the items in the order said and add the next one.

12. Read a book, or watch a video and let them talk about it or draw pictures about what they heard and saw.

13. When "cabin fever" really sets in and squabbles break out - separate the two, or 3, kids and have each of them sit down and write, or draw pictures about why they disagreed. Try to work out a way to get along better. They might need some "quiet time" or a nap.

Don't be afraid to let your creative juices flow. Kids love silly games and songs; as long as an adult is paying attention to them.


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