GAMES The following is a list of easy games to play with children. ELECTRICITY The object of this game is to catch the person who squeezes the other person's hand. "I need one person to go in the middle of the circle while the rest of you hold hands. Now someone will squeeze your hand and then you squeeze the person sitting next to you, etc. The person in the middle will try to catch you squeezing your hand." HOT POTATO The object of this game is to pass the potato around before the music stops. HAGOO Two parallel lines are formed, and kids take turns walking down the middle trying to keep a straight face. Others can not touch him, but try to make him laugh. MINGLE When a number is called, kids get into groups of that number by holding hands. People who do not find a group are out. STEAL THE BACON Playing Steal the Bacon involves two teams. Each person on a team has to have a number (one, two, three, etc.). They are to remember their number. The two teams should have the same number of people, and when a number is called, number seven for example, the number seven on each team runs to the middle and tries to grab the eraser or any object without tagging the other person. It's a bit difficult. Demonstrate to the children how to do it. KNOTS Everyone holds hands with two other people. One hand with one person and the other hand with the other person. The children are not to let go of each other's hands. Finally try to make one big circle without letting go of each other's hands. BALLOON AROUND THE ANKLE Everyone inflates a balloon and ties a string to it. Then the balloon is tied to their ankle. Form a large circle and try to step on and pop the balloons of the others, but without the child having their own balloon popped. When one person is left with a balloon, the game is over. SEVEN UP All the children put their heads down. Choose seven children to touch the heads of the children with their heads down. The captain (one of the seven) says, "Heads up, seven up." The seven children who have been tapped by the seven walking around stand up. They take turns guessing who touched them. Only one guess per child. If the child guesses who touched them, they get to be one of the next seven to touch. CANS IN A CIRCLE Everyone forms a circle and takes the hand of the person at their side. Cans are placed in the center. The object is to try to force the person next to you to knock over the cans by pushing and pulling at their hand. You cannot let go of each other's hands. Anyone who knocks over a can or lets go is out. The last person left is the winner. RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT Everyone lines up in a straight line. The leader needs to have some sort of stop and go sign that they hold in their hand. When the green side is showing the children are to run to the leader as fast as they can. When the leader turns the sign to the red sign, everyone must stop. If you move you have to go back to the starting line. ROCKS/PAPER/SCISSORS Two teams are needed. Establish a free zone for each team and a center line over which they meet. Each team huddles and decides which symbol they are going to throw. The symbols are: a fist means rock; a hand held flat is paper; and two fingers are scissors. The pecking order is: paper covers rock; rock breaks scissors; and scissors cut paper. In two lines, the teams face each other and begin to say "Rock, Paper, Scissors" and throw their symbols. The team that throws the winning symbol chases the other team, trying to tag as many of their players as possible before they reach their free zone. All tagged players join the team that caught them. Teams constantly change numbers and faces and the game keeps going with everyone in it. BLOB TAG One person is chosen as IT. That person tags others and grabs their hands and pursues the other players. A blob is no more than four people. Blobs break-up forming other blobs. SINKING THE SHIP This game is like dodge ball, but there is a container of water in the middle of the circle of kids. One person is chosen to protect the container from being hit. CATCH THE DRAGONS Form trains of about 3 to 5 kids. Kids are to grab the waist of the person ahead of them in the train. The last person tucks a "tail" (bandana or something) into the back of their pants. The trains run around trying to grab as many tails as possible. HUMAN PIN BALL This is dodge ball with the players forming a circle and facing outwards and bending over. The ball is thrown low between the legs at the person in the middle. MUSICAL CHAIRS Use guitars, sticks, shakers or whatever you can find. Have a leader start and stop the music. Use one more chair than there are children and play until only one child is left. OPERATOR One person begins a message and it is whispered around the circle and then compared with the original message. GAUNTLET Separate the men and women (boys and girls). Provide the men with a string and a balloon. Have them tie the string around their waist with the balloon hanging from their backs. Give the women newspaper and have them roll it up forming a club. Separate the women newspaper and have them stand in two lines facing each other. Have the men run through the line while the women try to pop the balloon with the newspaper. The last guy that has his balloon unpopped it the winner. MOTORBOAT Make believe your group is a motor. See how much speed you can achieve. At the word “Go!, the first person turns his head to the right, saying the sound for the specified motor; then the next person turns his head to the right repeating the sound, etc. The first group to finish the race should clap. *Round One: Go-Carts, 5 laps, the sound is..putt *Round Two: Motorcycles, 7 laps, the sound is..rrrrrrrrrrrrr *Round Three: Motor boats, 10 laps, the sound is..vrooooommmm DUCKIE WUCKIE Seat everyone in a circle, except for one person, blindfolded holding a newspaper standing in the middle of the circle. Using the newspaper, the blindfolded person finds a lap to sit on and says, Duckie Wuckie, in a disquised voice. The person being sat upon replies “Quack Quack! The blind person tries to guess who the duck is. If he is right, they switch places, if not the blindfolded person tries again.