Kids claim a playground structure as their castle while grown-ups or older kids with decent aim try to peg them with soft, harmless balls. An activity to do for the fun of it, no winners or losers, just play.
A drawing game where different players draw different parts of a monster, creating a silly masterpiece…er, monsterpiece!
Rock-paper-scissors is an easy, fast game that everyone probably already knows. But I like to be comprehensive, so here are some rock-paper-scissors instructions, including a video and a link to some interesting tips at how to win.
An imagining game where players talk out loud, describing a dream cabin or house. It’s best for a small group of players and is ideal for playing on long car rides.
Monkey in the middle is a throwing and catching game for a small group. Players try to keep the ball away from one player, the “monkey.”
This is a game, or really more of an activity, to play around the house. It’s ideal for one to two players, really entertaining for little children, a new favorite of my four-year-old, and the reason my handheld mirror is broken.
This is a Christmas gift exchange activity, using the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and the words “right” and “left” to instruct children to pass their gifts to the right or the left. It’s kind of like a white elephant gift exchange, but for younger kids because it’s easier and faster and, because there’s no actual choosing involved, will probably lead to less gift-picker remorse.