What’s the time Mr Wolf?
One player is the wolf. The Wolf has to stand at one end of the room facing away from all the others. The children creep up on the wolf shouting “what’s the time Mr Wolf?”
Mr Wolf shouts back 2 o’clock, half past 4, 6 o’clock etc. but when he shouts “dinner time” all the children run. The one caught then becomes the wolf, and the game goes on this way
Played with music, all the players move round while the music is going on, when the music stops the players have to stand like statues, anyone who moves is out, start the music again and repeat as many times as you want. The last one is the winner.
Three blind mice
One person plays the cat, the others stand in a circle around the cat, the cat puts their hands over their eyes and repeats “three blind mice, see how they run” as many times as they wish. When they stop and say “see how they run NOW” The mice run away and the cat tries to catch them, the one to be caught then becomes the cat & the game goes on this way.
Passing the parcel
Passing the parcel round to music, when the music stops the child with the parcel takes off a layer of paper, the child who takes off the last layer gets to keep the prize.
Make sure you have enough layers so everyone gets to take off a layer of paper: put sweets or small prizes in-between the layers so you don’t have any tears or sad faces.
Red Blue Green fun
Red means fast, blue means normal speed, green means go slow. Choose different activities hopping, jumping, walking, dancing etc. Shout out the colors and activity.
Pinning the tail of the donkey
Draw a picture of the back of a donkey without the tail on a big piece of paper or cardboard draw on a big “x” where the tail should be, and paint a separate tail that will be pinned.
Each guest is blindfolded in turn and lead to the donkey, spin them round 3 times near the picture, then they have to “pin the tail to the donkey”.
The one who has put their tail closest to the “x” is the winner. Either make different tails for each guest or mark the spot with the players name.
Make 2 equal teams.
Call the teams different names eg 1 and 2 or apples and lemons.
Play music, after a time switch off the music, shout out one team name, that team has to make the other team laugh, smile or move any part of their face etc, the players that are not “poker faces” are counted as1 point each, the team with the lowest score at the end of the game are the winners. Repeat as many times as you want the game to last. Alternating the team names shouted out.
Ring-a-ring of roses
All children stand in a circle and join hands, they then skip round in the circle singing “ring a ring a roses, pocket full of posies, a tisshoo, a tisshoo, we all fall down”. The children then all sit down on the floor, singing ” the cows are in the meadow, eating buttercups, a tisshoo, a tisshoo, we all stand up”. The children all then stand up. Repeat as many times as required.
Round the Mulberry Bush
Everyone stands in a circle with one person in the middle , all sing “here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush the mulberry bush, here we go round the mulberry bush, on a cold and frosty morning”. The person standing in the middle makes up the next verse e.g. “this is the way we brush our teeth, on a cold and frosty morning”. If children are too young to be able to make up their own verses, have a list ready so you can read them out.
Mum or helper says “Simon says” hop on one foot, clap your hands, run round in circles, stand still, jump up and down,laugh out loudly, etc, the list can be endless. You can play this game so many different ways eliminate anyone who is slow to react, so you end up with just one winner. Stay on one theme e.g. making the sounds of animals, doing the actions of animals e.g. elephants, monkeys, birds etc. Or keep everyone “in” and do not eliminate anyone. This will keep everyone happy 🙂
Tug of War
Divide the players into 2 teams. Tie a ribbon or hanky on the middle of the rope. Put 2 lines on the ground so the players stand behind the lines, pick up the rope and on the word GO the team that pulls the other team over their line is the winner.
Each player must cover a certain distance jumping with a tennis ball between their knees. If the ball falls down, the player places it between their knees again and continues to jump. The player who covers the distance in the shortest time is the winner.
You must pass 10-20 meters long with the book on your head, having a glass full of water in your left hand and another book in the right hand. At the same time you must roll a ball with your feet. The fastest is the winner.
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