Electronic Pass the Parcel
HOW IT WORKS:
The Electronic Pass the Parcel is filled with small toys or wrapped lollies/chocolate.
The children sit in a circle and you either put it on random or remote. Ask the children to pass the parcel around the circle until the music stops and the lid opens. The child can then take out a gift/lolly/chocolate and close the lid. The music will start again and the children must pass the parcel around the circle again. The game continues until the parcel has been completely emptied. Once it has been emptied; ask them to pass it around one last time... and the person it lands on wins the major prize which is handed to them by an adult.
Hint- the remote allows you to chose who it lands on
Pass the Parcel
A present is wrapped in many layers of paper with a gift wrapped in the middle.
The children sit in a circle and you play some music and ask the children to pass the parcel around the circle. Stop the music and the child holding the parcel unwraps just one layer of paper. Start the music again and the children must pass the parcel around the circle again. Watch where you stop the music so that each child can have a turn. The game continues until the parcel has been completely unwrapped and the winner gets the prize in the middle.
Hint- Good idea to wrap the last layer in different colour paper
Dog and the Bone
The children all sit in a circle and one child sits in the middle with their eyes shut and has a bone behind them. A person in charge points to one of the children in the circle and that child has to creep in and get the bone, go back to their spot and put it behind their back. All children put there hands behind their back and say Doggie, doggie, who has got the bone? The dog (the kid in the middle) then opens their eyes and has to try to choose who has his bone (they have two guesses). If they guess correctly; they have another turn. If they don't the child with the bone is the new dog.
The game then starts again.
Who Am I?
The children all sit in a circle and one child is chosen to put his head down and to close their eyes. A person in charge then points to one of the children in the circle who says... Who am I? The child with his eyes closed has to open them and try to guess who it was. If they guess correctly; they have another turn. If they don't the child who said Who am I? get to have a go. The game then starts again.
Duck, Duck Goose
The children sit in a circle. One child is selected to be the goose. The Goose walks around the outside of the circle and taps the children on the head (with each tap) the goose says “Duck” until they say “goose”. This new goose chases the old goose around the circle and tries to beat them back to the vacant space. The child left standing is the new goose and the game starts again.
When the Person in charge calls out Sleeping Lions each child has to drop to the floor and lie as still as possible with eyes shut. Anyone that moves is out.
Mix them up
Create two teams with equal number of kids. Team A goes into another room and Team B switches some of their clothes and accessories with other team members. Keep track of how many items that you change. Bring Team A back into the room and give them 5 mins to list as many items as they can see have been changed. Now reverse this and let Team B leave the room. Give them 5 mins to guess and the winner is the one who guess the most items correctly.
Wrap them up
Create two teams with equal number of kids. Each team selects one person to be wrapped up and is given a few rolls of toilet paper and when the word "go" is given; each team races to wrap them up. The team to totally cover the team member first is the winner.
Hint - take it slowly and you won't tear and paper and have to start again.
Keep the balloon in the air the longest and win. Game is played best with two people at a time so that you can have a play off at the end and each person bounces their balloon on their heads to keep it in the air - no hands, feet or other objects to help. Winner is the one who keeps it up their the longest.
Hint - Make sure there is clear area to play in (so they don't trip over)
The Hokey Pokey
This is a song that uses actions
The Children (and adults) gather in a circle and follow the
lyrics with the actions. Start with the “left hand”, “right
hand”, “left foot”, “right foot”, “head”, “bottom”, and finish
with your ”whole self”.
Get all the children into a group and get the music playing. Every so often turn the music off and everyone has to freeze. If anyone moves they are out. The last person in is the winner.
Hint - get them to dance when the music is playing
Get all the children into a group and get the music playing. Every so often turn the music off and everyone has to sit down as quickly as possible. The last person to sit is out. The last person left in is the winner.
Hint - get them to dance when the music is playing
This game can be played with chairs or cushions. You will need one less chair or cushion than there are children. Arrange the chairs/cushions in a central area and start the music playing while the children circle the arranged chairs. When the music stops the children have to find a place to sit. The child left standing is out of the game. Remove one chair/cushion after each round and the winner is the child who gets the last seat at the end of the game.
This game requires children to follow your instructions, but only if you say “Simon Says…” first.
For example, you would say
Hint - you can use your own name to avoid confusing the little kids "Betty says..."
Pin the Tail/Nose on the…
You can purchase this game or you can make one your self.
Making one yourself: Draw the outline of an animal (pig, dog, horse, donkey etc) or a face, and place a large mark on the spot where the child needs to aim for. Also have stickers labelled with each child’s name.
Cover the child’s eyes with a cloth/mask and spin them around once. Then ask them to place the sticker where they think the tail/nose should be. The closest sticker to the mark is the winner.
Create two teams with equal number of kids and give each child a balloon. Each child in turn has to get from the start to the finish holding the balloon between their knees. If they drop the balloon they have to go back to the start and start again. First team to finish wins!
Egg and Spoon Races
If you’re not worried about the mess you can use uncooked eggs. Get the children stand in a line with their eggs balanced on their spoons. They walk/run to the other side of the garden. The winner is the child who reaches the other side first with their egg still balanced on the spoon.
The children form a line across the garden and a jelly snake is placed across their nose which they have to balance. They then walk/run to the other side of the garden while keeping the snake on their nose. The winner is the child who reaches the other side first. However everyone is a winner in this game because they get to eat the snake!
Follow the Leader
The children line up in a line behind a leader. They then have to follow the leader and do all the actions he does. The leader can walk then wave arms then jump and so on and all the other children have to do the same. After a while a new leader can be chosen.
Pick someone that wants to be IT. Everyone runs around and if the person who is IT touches you, you must stand still with your legs apart and arms out like a scarecrow. Other children running around can crawl through their legs to release them.
Pick someone that wants to be IT; they have to run around trying to catch the other children. Anyone who is caught must freeze and stand as still as possible. They cannot move again until another child touches them and unfreezes them. Whoever is tagged twice becomes the next IT. When the child playing IT changes; any player who is still frozen can unfreeze.
What's the Time Mr Wolf?
One person is chosen to be the wolf and stand out the front with his back to the other children. The other children stand on a line and they start to creep up behind the wolf saying "Whats the time Mr Wolf?". The wolf can turn around and say 3 o'clock, or 6 o'clock (any time they likes) and the children have to stand still. If the wolf calls out DINNER TIME the children have to run back to the start without getting caught by the wolf. If they are caught they have to sit down on the line and are out. The child left at the end is the next wolf.
Hint- Some small children can show concern about the concept of a wolf. A variation on this theme is to have a “Miss Fairy” and ask "How many fairy steps?".
Each child selects (or is given) a fruit name that they need to respond to. For example, banana’s, strawberries, apples etc. The children gather on one side of the garden with one person (usually an adult to start) in the middle of the garden. The aim is for the children to get to the other side of the garden without being caught. The person in the centre calls out a fruit and only those children try to run across to the other side of the garden. If you call fruit salad and all the children run together. If a child is caught; they need to sit on the side until everyone has been caught.
Hint - the trick to making it fun is to let the young children think that you can’t catch them because they are too fast
This requires some pre-planning to hide the sweets around the garden. These should be individually wrapped.
Give each child is given a bag to collect them in with their names on them. It’s as simple as letting them run around a grab as many as they can.
Make your own Play Dough
Uncooked Play Dough
Kids can cut and roll it into balls. Make 3D charaters or press things into the play Dough
Kids Decorated Cup Cakes
Crazy Cupcake Ideas
Rainbow cup cakes
make rain bow cup cakes by layering different colours in the cup cakes. Frost the top of the cupcake blue icing. Put two bits of white frosting on each side of the cup cake. Then attach a rainbow strap from one side to another (pushing it down into the white frosting)
Spread white icing on top of cupcake. Cut a ladyfinger cookie in half crosswise to use as ears. (Optional: Put a think layer of pink frosting on the ears.)
Use two brown M&M candies for eyes and a red or pink one for a nose. Turn black licorice string into whiskers and red licorice string for a small mouth.
Same as Bunny cupcake, but use a biscuit or large marshmellows cut into two triangles for ears.
Peel paper off cupcake and spread tinted icing over the whole cupcake. Stick eight gummy worms/snake lollies into the cupcake around the bottom and add two M&M's as eyes as well as a small piece of red licorice for the mouth.
Cut a slice off the top of the cupcake so that the top is flat. Save the part you cut off (don't eat it). Frost the flat top of the cupcake with whatever colour you like. Cut the cut-off cupcake top in half, making two semicircles. Stick these into the frosting to make wings. You can put spots or stripes on the wings if you like, or just leave them plain and add two candy eyes and two licorice antennae.
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