Circle games are usually games played while sitting in a circle in which the whole group takes part. The main aspect is not competitive but having fun in the group. The games are mainly calm games which generally do not need materials or any large amount of preparation. During the summer months, you'll find that many kids are at summer camp playing these sorts of games. For example Kettleby Valley is just one of many camps for kids in southern Ontario in Canada which use these circle games and other kind of games from this website.
Places are swapped depending on the answers given.
If you love me, smile!. The sitting player must answer without laughing.
An announcer shows what must be done - anyone who does the wrong action or makes a mistake must pay a fine.
An amusing circle game with rhythm, movement and concentration.
The person in the middle is blind-folded and calls 2 names. These two must exchange places before the player in the middle can tag one of them.
Everyone forms a circle and joins hands. Somewhere in the circle the beginning and the end of the snake will be determined.
Each player puts his left hand on the thigh of the player to his left and his right hand on the thigh of the player on his right. An impulse in a clockwise direction will go around.
One player begins: I will take to camp an apple. The next player repeats this sentence and adds another article.
The laugher must make the other players laugh.
One stool is taken away after each round. The player without a chair is out of the game.
All players move about the room. The leader calls out a number. The group must then make clusters of players to match that number.
Everyone stands facing in the same direction in a circle. Everyone then tries to sit on the lap of the person behind him.
A funny kindergarten game which is also well liked at family parties or in mixed groups.
A fictive black pudding or pate are crossed over - the chaos is perfect.
The players in the inner circle stand with their legs spread. The players in the outer circle try to crawl through their legs.
Everyone stands in a circle and the count starts for 3,4 or 5. The numbers called out run around the circle once.
One person goes in the middle of the circle made by the other players who hold hands. The person in the middle must try to break through the circle.
2 kids are chosen as a cat and a mouse. The rest of the group stands in a circle. The mouse tries to isolate the cat with tricks.
The group takes turn to count to 100. If a number comes which can be divided through 6 or has a 6 in it, the player says „oops“.
Different commands are called out quickly one after the other.
One player is the captain and the other players are the crew. Should a member of the crew fail to fulfil the task or make a mistake, the player is out of the game (out of the game, pay a deposit, do a forfeit etc.)
The group sits in a circle. A volunteer is chosen to lead the race horses. The rest of the race horses must copy the movements and instructions.
The first person has a rumour of 3 to 4 sentences whispered in his ear. Then he whispers this rumour in the next players ear.
Each player sits on a chair with one chair remaining unoccupied. The person who has this empty chair to his right says: “My right, right place is empty, I wish that Freddy was an monkey and was sitting here”.
A popular circle game which requires concentration.
A player must guess which stool a member of the group has sat on.
A word game
Postman's knock as a pantomime chain.
Postman's knock using facial expressions
A mood must represented and be recognised by a player.
The next person in line must continue the story using the names he was given.
The “psychiatrist” asks questions of the players to find out what illness the patient has.
The player who was out of the room comes in and must guess the changes made to the circle.
Everyone introduces themselves with name, town, place of birth, job, parent’s names etc. but have to use only the same letter.
The winner is the baby who keeps a straight face the longest.
The answer must incorporate the required theme and no laughing is allowed.
2 players make up pairs - the pairs must be found
The player who was outside must figure out who the leader is.
Find out the loudest cow in the group
The player on the left grabs the right hand and the player on the right grabs the left hand of the player chosen.
There seems to be a whistle somewhere in the room, but where is the whistle?
2 places must be swapped. In doing this, the players must rattle 3 times. A blindfolded player must catch them.
One person is the killer and kills people by sticking out his tongue. A detective must find the killer.
A ring must be found in a circle of players holding a length of string.
The goal is to be the faster team getting the information (heads was tossed) through the chain and grabbing the spoon first.
Fox Hunt or Lazy Egg is a well known game but still appropriate with young groups.
Lots of games can be played with a parachute.
The group stands in a circle around a tree (stick) and holds it with their hands. By pulling the stick, the players try to touch another player with it.
A penny is placed on the forehead and is passed from person to person.
The group sits next to each other in a row. A pyramid of cans is passed from one person to the next. A pencil is passed along with the feet.
The group stands in a circle. A towel with a knot is dropped to the ground behind a player.
The group sits in a tight circle. A towel is passed around behind the player's backs which a person in the middle must find.
The group sits in a tight circle. The hands are placed on a table. A coin is shoved from player to player.
Everyone has 30 matchsticks. The person to get rid of them first has won. If a player knocks the tower over he must take all of the matches.
Bending over with the back to the circle and with the legs spread, a ball is flipped around the circle with folded hands.
The wild boars stand in a circle and pass a ball to the left or the right. A hunter stands in the middle and tries to hit the wild boar who currently has the wild boar ball in his hand.
Everyone receives a playing card and are allowed to slide along or not depending on the card they have.
Participants find their own shoes from a pile of shoes while blindfolded and pull them on.
Who can feel if a (fly) weight is placed on their shoulder or not?
A bottle must be guarded and protected from hits.
A game with fast reaction
A bottle is placed in the middle of the circle. Each player takes turn to place a match on the bottle.
Swap places without losing your own space.
The girls must try to occupy all parliament seats with girls and the boys try to do the same with boys.
An agent must have a good memory and skilfully ask questions.
A player can only move around in a certain radius and must guard his territory.
A shown picture is drawn on the back of the next person in the line (with the finger) who then draws it on the next person’s back.
Two teams sit across from each other. 1-3 balloons must be hit over and behind the opponents row. Standing up is not allowed.
A different version of the game.
Instead to get an empty chair, grab a balloon
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