There are games which cannot be allocated to a specific group or which do not have enough game ideas to warrant a separate category.
Quizzes and other program ideas
The beautiful thing is: There is a limitless pool of existing games, new ideas, and modifications of known games so that you always can try something new. Here are a few more examples of other game ideas:
If you for any reason need to divide your group of children, you can do that already with a game. That makes the entire process more interesting, and no one needs to be disappointed for not getting in the desired group. The best games for this are games where you have random winners.
Also, those games do not have to be stressful, athletic and physically demanding. Relaxation games are also very popular among children and adolescents. They help the group as a whole to come down and get some rest after an action-packed day.
Quizzes are very popular and that they were long before the game “Who wants to be a Millionaire.” You do not have to follow the classic question and answer scheme. There are many different variations of those games. How about the entire group comes up with their own quiz? Designed, just the way they want it.
Language games are particularly suitable for children and adolescents with spelling difficulties. They learn through the corresponding playful exercises to interpret and perceive the language better and most of all playfully. Besides language games are not as dull as they appear at first glance.
Games on the go are always a hit. Many parents know that: As soon as they get into the car to go on vacation, children will start to complain that they are bored. However, whenever you go on a group outing, a bus trip, etc. you should always think of a few games in advance.
This is only a small selection of various other games. There is nearly no situation in life where you could not come up with a game or two. Children will thank you for it. After all in this age, playing is half their life.
- Letter pantomime
Represent letters or words with the body.
- Don’t Answer Yes
Your answer has nothing to do with the question.
Descriptions of things are described by a group member without him actually naming the objects.
- Lively scrabble
Group members are given a letter by pegging it to their back with a clothes peg.
- Yes or no?
Questions must be answered with yes or no by sitting on the yes or no stools.
- What, Where and When?
This game is also welcomed as a wedding game.
- Paper tiger
The player has to cut the given word (e.g. dog) from a piece of paper and hold it up.
- Town, country, river
A popular game for every occasion.
This game is also good for learning a foreign language by using French, German or Spanish words.
- Word salad
Create a short story or article including 40-50 given words.
- Celebrity guess-who
Every member of the group has a piece of paper stuck to their back with the name of a celebrity.
- Matchstick Puzzle and Dice Problems
Solve the matchstick puzzles.
- Short Criminal Stories
Who can find the criminal?
- Childhood Picture Sort
Match old children pictures to the members of the group.
- Do you know all about trees?
Recognise trees and leaves.
- Body outline
Which body outline belongs to which player?
- Joke question station
Joke questions are popular station tasks.
- Riddle station
All types of riddles make a popular station game.
- Feeling objects
Explore objects in a sack with your foot.
- Soccer Quiz
With won (and lost) quiz questions the balls moves towards the opponent's (or your own) goal.
- Answer the Questions
Each group gets an identical newspaper. Questions are then asked.
- Sound Guessing
Sounds that were recorded previously must be correctly guessed.
- Clapping to a certain rhythm
Every clapping period has its own colour. A picture has to be painted in the order of the clapping sequences.
- Assigning colours to certain professions
Guessing professions, however, colours play a major role in this game
Fun and joke games
- Sentence Repeating
The group leader tells the group that they can’t repeat 3 sentences correctly.
- Air Ride
The passenger thinks that he is falling 2 metres. However the board is only 30 cm above the ground.
- William Tell
Shoot down a table tennis ball with a water pistol.
- The Mirror Game
A joke game - still works with some people.
- The Ten Cent Game
Run an obstacle course with a (pretend) penny on the forehead.
- The Tower
Some people really do get their wires crossed and need a while to understand the game.
Miscellaneous games and program ideas
- What’s My Job? (through pantomime or movements)
The name of a job is given to a player. He must use only hand movements, or a description of the job shown with pantomime.
- Building and judging a snowman
The task is to build a snowman.
- Paid attention and listened?
We will begin the next game when everyone is in the same position!
During a theme evening it can make sense to ask the group members about their opinions on a certain theme.
- Tim likes … Tim does not like …
The group must find out what the trick is.
- Blowing off steam
Each team thinks up a war cry and shouts it out loud.
- Aggression meeting
Screaming and shouting loudly - no problem?
- Moat table tennis
A table tennis game without a table tennis net.
- Summer Olympics: sprint
The sprint discipline in the summer Olympic games.
- Throwing and shooting pebbles
A little stone is thrown between the feet.
- Soap kicking
Shoot, throw or let a piece of soap fly out of the hands as far as possible.
- The chickens are clucking
A pair of players look for a free space.
- Paper plane
The team builds a plane from a piece of paper.
- The Christmas Rally
The group is handed a list of things which they have to bring within a give amount of time.
- Who would you do …..with?
An interesting game to make group relationships clear and to talk about them.
- Cheap billiards
A ground billiards table is made from ropes. Soft balls are flipped into the holes.
A table tennis game for the whole group and group session.
- Beach volleyball
Beach volleyball or volleyball on the beach or playing field – always a popular program point.
- Summer Olympics: long jump
The long jump discipline in the summer Olympics
- Summer Olympics: shot-put
The shot put discipline in the summer Olympics
- Summer Olympics: distance throwing
The distance throwing discipline in the summer Olympics
- Table football tournament
A table football tournament is a program points for a whole group session.
- Billiard tournament
A billiards tournament is a program point for a whole group session.
- Subuteo tournament
A subuteo tournament can fill a whole group session.
A piece of film is held above the head and water is guided along it.
- Indoor flip golf
Playing stones are flipped into the relative fields.
- The camp patrol
Find nuisances in the camp.
- Table Tennis Ball Cup Tennis
For this table tennis use cups instead of rackets or paddles.
- A Christmas photo hunt
The group has 60 minutes to take the photos which are a list of tasks.
- Water slide
A plastic sheet serves as a water slide which is soaked using a water pump.
- Santa Claus model
Using wrapping paper, shaving foam, sack material and red fabric, one of the group members is made into a Santa Claus.
- Mice watch out – or mousetrap
A self-made game similar to mouse trap.
- Casino Royal
Everyone turns up in suit and tie. Roulette, Black Jack and other games are on the program.
- Car Race
A large race track is built and a motor race is organised.
- Slithering far away
Who can slighter the fastest on a smooth surface (ice)?
Building an igloo.
- Packing up
Everybody packs as much as possible into his bag. Then he has to tell all the others what he’s got in his pockets.
- Chestnut Slalom
Everyone has to run through a slalom marked with chestnuts.
- Gym Biathlon
All participants create a hurdle course with play stations, which they then have to complete.
- Catching one another in the snow labyrinth
Building a snow maze and then catch one another
Participants turn into robots and have to respond to commands.
- Horse Race
Participants organise a horse race with “human horses.”
- Overthrowing the King
Part of the group are the revolutionaries who must overthrow the king.
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