Can you find a table-tennis ball and a large flat table? Have a game of blow football! Find a friend, put the ball in the middle, and stand at opposite edges of the table. Now blow!
See who can get the ball to fall over the other player’s edge most often and declare them the winner!
Battleships is a traditional game for two players, who will each need a paper and pencil. First draw a grid about 8 squares tall and wide. Label the grid with the numbers 1 to 8 along the bottom and letters A to H along the sides. Make sure that each player’s grid is the same! Then, making sure that the other player cannot see what you are doing, mark “your fleet” onto your grid. An aircraft carrier is five squares in one straight line; a battleship four squares in one straight line, a cruiser three squares in one straight line. Each fleet should also have two destroyers (two adjacent squares) and two submarines (single squares). Now try to find your opponent’s fleet by calling out a position on the grid (eg D4 or H8). He must tell you whether you have a “hit” or a “miss”, or if you have sunk a craft (and if so, which craft it is). The first player to sink his opponent’s fleet is the winner.
Learn to knit:
Knitting is great fun for all kids – boys and girls – and if you stick to simple stitches is easy to learn too. It takes very little time to make a scarf for a favourite Action Man or Barbie or teddy, and not much more to make a blanket for a doll’s cot or a sleeping bag for a toy which wants to go on a sleep-over or camping trip! The best way to learn to knit is to find someone to teach you – and grandmothers are always a good place to start!
Make a map of the neighbourhood:
If you find it too difficult to draw your neighbourhood, try drawing a plan of the room you are in instead. You don’t have to imagine being a bird now – just pretend you are stuck to the ceiling by the back of your trousers and while you are up there, take note of what you see! First draw the outline of the room, then use rectangles, squares and circles to represent the furniture and rugs. Where are the doors and windows?
Mark these too. You can try doing this with a friend: each draw your own plan and then compare notes to see if you agree!
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