Sit everyone in a circle. Whisper a long phrase to one person. They, in turn, whisper what they heard to the next person, and so on. The last person announces what they heard.
PASS THE PARCEL:
Sit everyone in a circle and play a short snippet of music. Pass round a teddy. When the music stops, the person holding ted is given the parcel and removes ONE layer! Add a forfeit or a sweet in every layer if you wish.
NB. Children tend to get bored if there are too many in the circle, so allow for either two circles or two parcels going around the circle in different directions.
THE CHOCOLATE OR JELLY GAME:
Sit everyone in a circle and place a tray in the middle with a hat, scarf, gloves, knife and fork, dice and a wrapped bar of chocolate. In turn, players throw the dice. If they throw a 6, they must put on the hat, scarf and gloves before they start to unwrap the chocolate with the knife and fork, and then start to eat it. To speed up the game add a second dice and require a double 6. The jelly variation is to turn out a set jelly onto a plate and eat it with the knife and fork.
On a tray, place about 10 to 15 small items (e.g. pencil, watch, comb, shoe lace, spoon, toy car, etc.) and cover with a cloth. Sit everyone in a circle. Place the tray in the middle of the circle and remove the cloth for 60 seconds. Everyone has to remember the objects. When the time is up, replace the cloth. In turn, each person has to name an object on the tray. The first person to fail to name an object, repeat an object or name something not on the tray is out. The tray is then removed and some or all of the objects replaced, and the game re-started with the person following the one who is out. If the game is too easy for the group, add more objects or reduce the time.
IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY:
Place shapes of teddy bears cut out of paper on the floor in a circle. Children walk around the circle while listening to music. If the music is loud, the children move fast. If the music is quiet, the children move slowly. If the music stops, the children stop on the closest shape. Young children like to play it this way. To make it more challenging for older children have one less shape than the number of children. Continue to remove shapes as the children are 'out'.
OR TRY THIS:
On the command (from the list below) the children have to do the appropriate actions. After a while, start removing the last player to comply, until one remains.
Honey (Run to one side of the area)
Winnie the Pooh (Run to the other side)
Paddington Bear (Stand to attention and Salute)
Marmalade (Lie on the floor)
Rupert Bear (Run on the spot)
Grizzly (Sit cross legged on the floor - ready for lunch)
Baloo the Bear (Climb a tree, stand on a chair - anything so that you are not on the floor)
MUMMIES: Split the party goers into teams of three and give each team a toilet roll. Two children then wrap the third in the toilet roll so that they look like an Egyptian Mummy. The winning team is the one who in a set time (say 2 minutes) have the neatest and most covered Mummy.
Everyone stands in a circle (except one who is standing in the middle) and has been told to remember a different station name. The person in the middle calls out two names. The stations have to change places quickly, before the person in the middle can get to one of the empty spaces. Whoever is left without a place is the person in the middle for the next game.
PASS THE ORANGE:
Arrange for teams of about 8 to stand in a line, one behind the other. Give each team an orange which the first person should tuck under his chin. This should be passed to the person behind. When the orange gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line and start again. The winning team is the first one which gets their starting person to the front again.
All the children (except one – The Grizzly Bear) sit cross legged on the floor in a circle. The Grizzly sits cross-legged in the middle of the circle, blind-folded, with a large bunch of keys on the floor in front of him.
A child is nominated to creep up and take the keys and then return to their place, without the Grizzly hearing them. The Grizzly has three goes to point to where he thinks the raider is. If he is successful, the raider becomes the Grizzly.
Place notes inside un-inflated balloons; one or two of the notes should indicate that this balloon is a winner. Inflate the balloons and hang them around. Let each child pick a balloon then pop it to see if their note is a winner.
Divide the children into two or more equal teams and stand them in a line. Give each team ten balloons in a basket. The first in each line takes a balloon and runs to the other side of the room and sits or stomps on the balloon to pop it. After popping the balloon, they run back to the line and tag the next person who does the same thing. The game goes on until one team has popped all of their balloons. The winning team gets a small prize (like a ribbon) while EVERYONE gets a small toy.
Have numbers on the ground for as many children (1-10). Walk on the numbers until the music stops. Have numbers on some small toys. If a child is standing on the number of the toy, they win the toy.
CAN YOU GUESS:
Put several small items into a brown paper bag. Blindfold one person and hand them one of the items in the bag. Give them a few seconds to guess what the item is. If they are unsuccessful they are out. The last one wins.
Everyone sits in a circle except one who is given a pillow and blind-fold. They then go and place the pillow on a persons lap, sit on it and growl like a bear. The person can growl only 3 times. If the blind person guesses the name of the person, they should now be given the blindfold and the game run over again - after everyone has changed their places.