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Group Games
To Play With Children
Whether you are a daycare provider, teacher, or a parent planning a birthday party you can never have too many ideas up your sleeve. Whenever groups of children are together it is always nice to have them get together and play as a group. But the one thing you don't want is the children getting wild! That is when you play a leader directed game such as Musical Chairs, Charades, Pin The Tail On The Donkey, Simon Says, Hot Potato, etc. Yes, these old time favorites will entertain children today just as they did ten and twenty years ago. But the funny thing is, most of us forget these classic games when we want to have children play an organized game!

Since you are probably familiar with the above games we will list a couple of less known games for you to try. Both of the games can be played with children of different ages, so they are perfect for a daycare environment or whenever a group of children are together. Preschoolers and elementary aged children will both have fun playing these games!

PIGS FLY

Preparation for this game is dependent on the age of the children playing. Younger children may need to be taught how to make complete flying movements. And you may also need to discuss with younger children which animals can and cannot fly. As the adult, it is best for you to be the first leader of the game. Afterwards, let the children have turns being the leader.

The children should stand in a group facing the leader. Make sure each child has enough room to flap their arms in a flying motion. The leader faces the group and calls out "Ducks Fly!" "Owls Fly!" "Pigs Fly!" and so on. When an animal is named which does fly the children should be flapping their arms, when an animal is named which doesn't fly they should not be "flying". When a child makes a mistake, they get a point.

There are various ways to handle the point system. Some teachers allow a child to get 1, 2, or 3 points and then they are out. Some play that once a child gets 1, 2, or 3 points they become the leader. Either way is fine. The problem with the first method is that it eliminates children from the group activity. The problem with second method is some children will make mistakes on purpose because they want to be the leader.

This is a fun game. Children enjoy playing on their own. But when an adult is the leader it presents an opportunity to teach children about animals they may not know. The adult can yell out uncommon animals and insects such as an Emu, Orangatan, Cicada, Slug, etc. which are sure to elicit mistakes from the group. Then the leader can teach the children about the animal such as "yes, an Emu is a bird, but it is a bird which doesn't fly!"


Who Am I?

One child is chosen from the group to be the Guesser. The rest of the children make a circle around the Guesser. The Guesser is blindfolded and spinned around clockwise by the adult a few times. As the Guesser is being spinned, the circle of children are told to move around the Guesser in the opposite direction. The Guesser then points towards the circle and names an animal. The child being pointed to must then make a sound like the animal. The Guesser must guess the name of the player. If the Guesser is correct, the Guesser gets another turn being the Guesser. If the Guesser does not name the correct child, then that child becomes the Guesser!

As a variation of this game some schools play that the selected child not make an animal sound, but disguises his/her voice (one good way for children to disguise their voice is by holding their nose as they speak) and then ask, "Who Am I?" and again, the Guesser must guess which child was selected.


 
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