Games with less material
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Games with little material, are those with no more than some balloons, or straws. It does not have to be a game where you need expensive materials. Some games come entirely without utensils, others might need a few, everyday objects, to play them. The advantage here is that the game preparation is easy and not as time-consuming. You do not need many materials to come up with some really exciting and varied games. The best example is the old catching game, something most likely, a game we all played in our childhood.
What can children learn through games with just a few materials?
We live in a society of abundance. If you look into any nursery, you are almost overwhelmed by the abundance of toys and items which already a very young child owns. Therefore, many children live in the assumption that games without a wealth of materials are virtually nothing worthwhile, or at least are not the really fun.
That is not the case, you will learn when looking at the games listed on this game site. All of them need none to only a few utensils. The advantages are obvious: Such games are perfect for large groups or for holiday- and children camps, where only limited material can be taken. Children will learn that you can have fun and be satisfied with only a few materials.
Another factor is that these days many parents do not have the financial resources to continually buy new toys, electrical appliances and other things for their children. Particularly for families with several children, this can be a real problem. If children learn not to live in material comfort, there will be no problems later in life in this respect. Indeed, it has been proven: people, who do with little in life, are usually more satisfied than those who that live in abundance.
For a funny gaming afternoon or evening – all it takes is no more than a few balloons - no matter whether it is a group evening or a birthday party. The advantage for the group leader or the organisers: just before the game starts, prepare the balloons and then together with everybody else you can think of different games. With balloons, you can vertically do anything. Among other all the typical ball games. Another advantage would be that balloons take up very little space in your toy box. Therefore, you can take the balloons everywhere the group goes. Without saying, balloons you can combine with any other game as well.
- Balloon tap
A balloon is moved by tapping it up in the air.
- Balloon electricity
Balloons are rubbed on the clothing and are stuck to the wall.
- When a balloon loses it’s breath
A balloon is blown up on the starting line and then let go.
- The balloon symphony orchestra
The group must try to make different pieces of music with the balloons.
- Basket (air) balloon
Try and encourage their own balloon (with the help of a spoon) into a basket
- Guess what belongs to whom
Try to find out who the description belongs to.
Catch a balloon, sit on it and perform the task inside it.
- Water balloon catapult
A water balloon is catapulted back and forth with a hand towel.
- Shot put with a water balloon
The water filled balloon is thrown as far as possible.
- Task Run
Various tasks in one run from A to B to C to D.
- Collecting with handicap
Each team must collect items without letting the balloon fall on the ground.
- All balloons have to fly
All balloons have to stay up in the air.
- Balloon Challenge
Participants must sort different coloured balloons.
Games with a skateboard or scooter
If you want to keep a group of kids happy during a camp or just a normal group afternoon, you have constantly come up with creative and new gaming ideas. The best ideas, of course, are those which include equipment, which is already popular with young people. One of them is the skateboard. The thrill gets even better if they all bring their own skateboard and compare the different boards. However, it is up to the team leader to make sure that the games are always within the scope of the kids’ skills so that no one will feel overwhelmed. An important criterion, therefore, is the age structure of the group. Whenever in doubt, the team leader should adjust the games to the skills of the youngest kids.
- Skateboard race
A skateboard rider pulls himself along the rope for the entire length of the rope.
- Skateboarders push
A skateboarder lies on the skateboard and is pushed along by the others.
- Skateboard on a lead
A skateboarder sits on the skateboard and is pulled along on a 3m long rope/lead.
- Skateboard bowling
How many skittles can the skateboarder knock over with his head?
- Roll drag
The skateboarder starts off on a ramp and tries to roll as far as possible.
- Fast as lightning
A 100 meter running race with a skateboard.
- Method of transport
A skateboard is a method of transport.
- Skateboard Obstacle race
An obstacle course with a skateboard.
- Tee off the skateboard
The hunter tries to catch all the other kids on his skateboard.
- Skater chain
Building a long “chain” using skateboards
- Skateboard Race 2
When you chose games, which involve candies, it is important that you have enough candies so that nobody has to miss out. The best thing of those games, of course, is that the kids can eat it all at the end. There are none whatsoever limits of the games the team leader can think up for his group. This could be a 1:1 race of several teams competing against each other. This could include games such as picking or collecting candies. For example, each group is assigned to a particular colour. Now, they are only allowed to collect candies in this colour.
- Collecting bonbons
Collect your own colour bonbons.
- Picking up bonbons
Using the mouth to pick up bonbons and place them in a barrel.
- A blind chicken
While blindfolded, a member of the group must pick up a sweet and bring it back to the group.
- Packing up bonbons
2 people try to wrap a sweet together.
- Rally: sweets with holes
A candy ring is passed from one person the next with the help of the toothpick.
- Target throwing
Candy rings are thrown so that they land over a board with nails.
Which candy ring will roll the furthest or the longest?
- The toe bonbon rally
The first person takes a sweet from the bowl with his toes and gives the bonbon to his neighbour.
- The opening toes
Try to open a sweet (or a chocolate bar) with the feet and then eat it.
- M&M relay
Taking a spoon in the mouth, bonbons or M&M's must be carried.
- M&M's catapult
Bonbons or M&M’s are catapulted into a target with a spoon in the mouth.
- Marshmallow march
With the toothpick in the mouth, marshmallows are passed from player to player.
- Marshmallow mouth
Who can fit the most marshmallows in his mouth?
- Marshmallow spitting competition
Who can spit a marshmallow the furthest?
- Marshmallow blowing competition
Who can blow a marshmallow along the ground the furthest?
- Marshmallow kicking competition
A marshmallow is kicked.
- Marshmallow throwing competition
Who can throw the marshmallow the furthest?
Which team will manage to suck the lollypop away the quickest?
- Sweet masterpieces
The group must build a creative work of art with sweets.
Wind a candy with thread
- Fish Something Sweet
Each child uses a fishing pole with a magnet attached to the end of the string to fish out some candies.
- What A Commotion
This is a nice game for a birthday party or celebration where every child should receive a prize.
- Smarties Sucker
Sucking up Smarties with a little tube or straw
- Chocolate cube catching
Small chocolate cubes are thrown into the air only to catch it with his mouth.
- Chubby Bunny
Participant has to say a certain word with a marshmallow in his mouth
- Biscuit on the forehead
The participant gets a biscuit on his forehead and has to manoeuvre it down and into his mouth
Drinking straw games
Straws as well as any other kind of drinking straws take very little space in the toy box and therefore are easy to take with you to every excursion. They will loosen up the day. You can use the straws for the kids to suck up or blow different objects. This game have an additional educational effect, because the participants have to learn to control their breathing. Different coloured straws can be used as a substitute for Mikado sticks. Another fun game is, to use the straws to blow small paper balls into a goal.
- Obstacle course
A light object is blown through an obstacle course with a straw.
- Transporting corn or beans
Objects are sucked up using a straw and transported into another container.
- Water transport
Use a straw to suck up water and fill up a measuring beaker.
Several straws are pushed together in a long pipeline.
A game of Mikado with straws.
- Blowing competition
A wad of cotton wool is blown along the table by blowing into a straw.
- Blow pipe
The straws are used as a blowpipe.
- Indoor blow pipe battle
The cotton wool buds must be blown into the opponent’s field.
- Blow pipe battle with coloured darts
A straw is used as the blowpipe. The ammunition is coloured cotton wool buds.
- Handstand Drinking
The participant must do a handstand and drink at the same time.
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