I also love to make games up. One of my favorite places to gather creative props and supplies is the Dollar Store. I wander through the aisles and see what strikes me at the moment and challenge myself to come up with a game using those items. Here are some of my favorites (some of these I didn't make up...the Dollar Store is just a great place to land the needed items)! I'd love to hear yours too.
How about you? Where do you get your inspiration for games with kids?
Shower Caps, Shaving Cream, and Cheetos. Of course, these are generally generic items but it totally doesn't matter because they're only $1 each! How much fun is that?! Two people representing a team place the shower cap upon their heads. A leader loads the cap with shaving cream as high as possible. A team member then tosses Cheetos onto the shaving cream pile. The team with the most Cheetos stuck at the end of the designated time is the winner!
Baby Food & Adult Diapers (I know, this one has to be done in the right crowd!): Kids are placed in relay teams. Each team is given one larger diaper. On the go signal the child slides the diaper on over his pants, crawls to the other end of the room and eats a container of baby food. He then runs back. The first team to have all players complete the relay is the winner.
Baby Bottle: If you need a game that will take a while, this one is it! Purchase a baby bottle and fill it up with whatever you want. Challenge some pre-teen boys to see who can drink theirs the fastest. It's way harder than it looks!
Panty Hose & Tennis Balls: This game is hilarious to watch! Cut the brief off of the panty hose. You now have two long legs of nylon. In the toe end (the end that is still sewn up) place a tennis ball. Give two kids the panty hose. They must stretch the open end over their heads. They swing the balls around on their heads until one player "captures" the other teams and
pulls the entire hose off the head.
Cotton Balls & Vaseline: Leaders line kids into relay teams. A leader then places a glob of Vaseline on each players nose. A pile of cotton balls is placed on the floor in front of each team. On the go signal, the first player bends down and, without using his hands, must get a cotton ball to stick to his nose (where the Vaseline is). The player then runs down to the other end. The first team to finish wins.
Laundry Basket & Misc. Clothing Items: Each team receives a laundry basket full of miscellaneous Dollar Store clothing (don't forget the socks!). Kids must put on each of the clothing items found in the basket, race to the other end, put the clothing back and the next player goes. The first team to finish wins.
Shower Curtains, frisbees, and painter tape: Create a large Tic Tac Toe board using colored tape. Kids answer questions to earn a frisbee. They then toss it onto the playing board. The first team to reach three in a row, wins.
Giant Fly Swatters & Fake Bugs: This is one that the supplies won't be there all of the time, they're seasonal. Giant fly swatter toys are sort of flimsy. That's what makes this game fun. Give each team a giant swatter and a pile of bugs in front of their team. Kids must grab as many bugs as possible, not using their hands, and race to dump them in a bucket or bowl at the other end of the room. First team to finish wins!
Clear, plastic plates & about any sort of sticky food: I love to play this one using chocolate sandwich cookies! Take the cookies and unscrew them. Place the cookie with the icing still attached icing side down on the plastic plate. Choose a kid from each team to play. Blindfold the kids and have another child hold the plate in front of the players face (facing the
audience so they can see). The player that eats the most in the allotted time is the winner. This game never gets old to watch! (The picture with this post is of this game. I've gone big time now and invested in a couple of Plexi-glass pieces
from Lowe's so that I just clean them off and go again!)
Round Placemats: Write one word of your memory verse on these round placemats. Hide them around the room and challenge teams to place the verse in order the fastest.
Crepe Paper, Squirt Guns, and any random toy: Cut a piece of crepe paper about 4 ft. in length. Attach your toy to the other end by tying a knot around it (one for each team). Choose one child that will hold the free end of the crepe paper (the toy will be dangling near the knees or ankles of the player). Choose another child that will use the squirt gun to squirt the crepe paper and release the toy on the other end. The first team to "release" their toy is the winner. I like to add drama to these sorts of games. I always give the kid who is holding the paper a pair of goggles and ask if they mind getting wet. They won't really get very wet but the element of drama adds to the game!
Bubbles: Each team is given a bottle of bubbles. Choose one child to be the blower. Each child lines up in his team line. When the blower blows bubbles, the team member must blow the bubble to the finish line (mark about two feet away using tape). Have a leader at the finish line keeping track of how many bubbles the team gets across the finish line. The team with the most bubbles in the end is the winner.
Q-Tips & Straws: Each player is given a Q-Tip& a straw. They must launch the Q-tip through the straw like a javelin. The team that has the furthest Q-tip is the winner.