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Games for Children

Game #1-Dress the Mummy

Required: Rolls of toilet paper
Players:   Small to large groups

Set up teams with 2-4 players on each team. One child on each team will be the “mummy” and each team will be given 2 rolls of toilet paper. They will have 5 minutes to complete the game. The team players are to circle around the “mummy” and pass the toilet paper to each other while wrapping the mummy in it. The teacher will be the judge and decide which team has created the best mummy design.

Game #2 – Gum Game

Required: Clean garden gloves, packs of gum
Players:     Small to large groupsfew pieces

Set up teams of five. Each team will receive one pair of new garden or rubber gloves plus one pack of gum (5 pieces per pack). On go, the first child in each team is to put on the garden or rubber gloves, open the package of gum, pull out a piece, unwrap it, chew it, and then pass the gloves to the next person. The first team to complete the task wins.  #

Game #3 – Moo Game

Required: Just Children
Players:    Small to medium groups

Pick a child to stand outside the room, while the rest of the group forms a circle.  The teacher gives directions to the group that they are going to “MOO” two times, as loud as they could at the count of three, but to not “MOO” the third time.  The child waiting outside enters and stands inside the circle.  The teacher tells the child in the circle to join in “MOOing” but needs to also listen for the loudest “MOO.”  The teacher counts to three and everyone starts their “MOOs.”  The child in the middle will join in “MOOing” and listen.  At the third “MOO,” the group does not “MOO” but the child in the circle does.  Thus, the child in the middle is the loudest.   It’s really funny. 

Game #4 – Circle of Friends

Required: Just Children
Players:    Large group

This is a great greeting and departure for a large group and a chance of meeting other children in the room.  Form two large circles (or simply form two lines side by side), one inside the other and have the children in the inside circle face the children in the outside circle. Ask the circles to take one step in the opposite directions, allowing them to meet each new child as the circle continues to move very slowly. All the children have to do is to introduce their selves.  If lines are formed, they simply keep the line moving very slowly, as they introduce themselves.

Game #5 – Copycat Rainstorm

Required: Just Children
Players:    Large group

The group forms a circle and the teacher stands in the circle.    Everyone imitates the teacher.  The teacher completes the circle eight times doing the following:

  1. Rubbing lightly his/her hands together and turning around slowly in a circle.
  2. Snapping fingers and turning around slowly in a circle.
  3. Slapping thighs and turning around slowly in a circle.
  4. Slapping thighs and stamping feet and turning around slowly in a circle.
  5. Slapping thighs and turning around slowly in a circle.
  6. Snapping fingers and turning around slowly in a circle.
  7. Rubbing lightly his/her hands together and turning around slowly in a circle.
  8. Turn to silence and the copycat rainstorm is over.


Game #6 – Timely Chatting

Required: Just Children
Players:    Small groups

Arrange chairs in pairs to face each other and scatter them around the room.  Before the music begins, the teacher has twelve theme pictures numbered. The teacher rolls the dice to see which picture number is selected.  The themes numbered may show your favorite foods, your favorite movie, what is in your kitchen at home, your favorite children’s TV program, your favorite game, etc.  The children are instructed to sit down when the music begins and to start talking about the subject selected.  When the music stops, they must stand up.   The next round begins, as children sit in different chairs with a new partner.   The dice is rolled and a different theme is shown. 

*Note: Extraordinary things happen when people are smiling and laughing.

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