Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Killing time with the kids

Waiting doesn’t always have to be chaotic or boring, especially with these five fun and no-fuss games
 Sitting in traffic, standing in line, or waiting in restaurants should be a breeze. Unless you have kids in tow, which probably means a nuclear meltdown is imminent. These days, the best way to keep them busy (and keep them quiet) while waiting usually comes in the form of an electronic device. 

But I would like to think there are other forms of games to occupy them. And all these games require are you, your kids, and a little bit of free time.

The ABC Game
Pick a topic, such as cartoons, movies, animals, food, etc. The first player starts by saying a word that begins with ‘A’ in the selected category. The next person continues with a word that begins with ‘B’ in the same category and so on. The game continues until you get to the end of the alphabet.

Memory Game
Test your child’s observation skills in this memory game challenge. Choose a direction and have the players, save for one, stare at it for 20-30 seconds. Then have them turn around and take turns to say everything they remember seeing in that direction. One of the players—the one who didn’t turn around—should act as judge. Whoever is stumped when it comes to their turn loses.

Don’t Laugh Copycat!
As the leader, you can move any way you wish, or choose exaggerated facial expressions. The only rule is, everyone must copy you…without laughing! Not even a smile. Anyone who laughs is out.

Let’s Tell a Story
This is nothing new but it is definitely a great way to pass the time. One person gets the ball rolling by making up the beginning of a story. The next person picks up and starts adding to the story. With kids, you can be sure that the story is bound to get sillier and sillier, but that’s the beauty of it, no? Plus, it might just aid the kids in having to think creatively!

The Telephone Game
This game is ideally played with a larger group of kids. Whisper a fairly long phrase into the ear of the first child and have him then whisper the phrase into the next person’s ear. Have the last person in the chain say the phrase aloud and see how much of it has changed! Cue giggles and laughter all around.

Hope you will enjoy playing these silly no-fuss games with your kids the next time you are stuck waiting for something or someone!

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