12. MUSICAL CHAIRS GAME (another version)
Don’t take out any players—just chairs—until there’s only one chair left with all the kids!
13. FOOT-TO-FOOT GAME
Players form a circle, feet touching. It tries to kick a ball out of the circle. The others must stop it with their hands.
14. BALLOON RACES GAME
Place a drinking straw on a sturdy string by threading the string through the straw; then attach the string to two points (like two chairs). Tape a blown up balloon to the straw and let it go. (To tape the balloon to the straw, fold up a piece of masking tape and place it on the side of the blown up balloon, being careful not to let the air out of the balloon until ready.) The air pressure will make the balloon travel up the string. Let teams race their balloons.
15. A MIGHTY RUSHING WIND GAME
Two to four kids stand back to back in the center of a duck tape circle. They are each given a balloon to blow up and release. They move to where their balloon is and blow it up and release it again. Object is to be the first to get outside the circle.
16. KEEP IT UP GAME
Have kids stand inside a circle of chairs or cones. (If you use chairs, make sure the seats are facing the outside of the circle to avoid injury.) Make sure the circle is large enough for all the kids to lie down in it at the same time. Begin the game by having children stand inside the circle, then toss a balloon into the air. Kids must work together to keep the balloon in the air, inside the circle. If the balloon goes outside the circle or touches the ground, the kids must all kneel on their knees and play the next round from there. Each time the balloon touches the ground or goes outside the circle, kids must assume a new position. The positions, in order, are: Standing, Kneeling on Knees, Sitting, Lying Down. Our children and youth of all ages enjoy this game, and it teaches teamwork and unity.
17. HULA HOOP RELAY GAME
Each team joins hands to form a line. Team lines pass the hula hoop over themselves without letting go of hands.
Guest article about fun games for kids by Angela Simmons