Invite a few families around and ask them to bring their craft-cupboard junk with them – boxes, containers, and other bits and pieces. You provide glue, sticky-tape, scissors, and ncouragement. You could make houses, or creatures, or boats, or modern art – or you could all combine together to make one giant model!
Play card games:
Get out some old playing cards and have a game! Try snap or racing demon or beggar my neighbour – all traditional games which are just lots of fun! If you need more inspiration we have a new e-book coming out soon – Card Games for Kids – check back at www.ActivityVillagePublications.co.uk or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter (www.activityvillage.co.uk/free_newsletter.htm) to be informed when it is released.
Make a fishing game:
Cut fish shapes out of cardboard or craft foam and attach a paper clip to each “nose”. Make fishing rods out of garden canes and string, and tie a small magnet to each end. See how many fish you can catch! Older kids can write a number on the underneath of each fish which will be their score when they catch it.
You will need a group of children for this – mixed ages works best. One child goes to hide and the others split up to search for him. When they find him, they must try to hide in the same place with him! Warning – this game results in much giggling!
There are many excellent dice games which can be played by kids together, needing very little apart from the dice and paper and pencil for scoring. To get you started why not download a free game from our e-book, Dice Games for Little Kids?
Alphabetical order game:
You need a quizmaster for this game, and some willing contestants with pencil and paper at the ready! The quizmaster calls out a selection of words and the contestants rush to put them into alphabetical order. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Days of the week
Months of the year
A selection of animals, colours, kitchen equipment etc
Numbers 1 to 10
Save empty plastic soda bottles until you have 10. Line them up and see how many you can knock down again with a tennis ball!
Make pasta necklaces:
Colour some macaroni or other tube-like pasta by putting it into a ziplock bag with a few drops of food colouring and a few drops of rubbing alcohol or surgical spirit (with adult supervision please). Pour it out onto a baking sheet and leave to dry. Make several colours if you can. Thread the pasta onto string to make necklaces.
Make balloon people:
Blow up balloons – not too much! Put the fastened-off bit at the top, then use felt-tip pens to draw on features, and stick on paper legs and hands if you wish. Attach short lengths of cotton (thread) and tie your balloon people up in a row to make a cheerful display that everyone will love!
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