Station Games for Street Festivals
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Street festivals are very popular with children. This is especially true if they are associated with various activities such as games. Particularly suitable are station games, relay games and the like.
The advantages are obvious: The number of participants in such games is unlimited, and you also can implement as many stations as you want. The classic example of such a station game is the well-known Scavenger Hunt, where the participants have to solve different tasks at different stations at different places. But even in the form of a trail run or a hurdle course along the road, station games are relatively easy to implement and offer a lot of fun.
However, it must be understood that for all station games, relay games & Co. careful preparation is essential. Also, the cost of materials is usually higher than in other games, yet on the other hand, those games can go on for quite some time without participants or spectators getting bored. A well-stocked toy box will already hold some of the items used for station games. For example, those items that participants have to carry from one station to the next.
From a psychological point of view, station games are very well suited to develop and strengthen bonds within the group. It is particularly with those station games that children learn to rely on and trust each other. Everyone depends on the other. And last but not least, the children need to communicate well, to reach the common destination. It is advisable to organize the game in a way so that it is suitable for younger kids as well as for teens so that everybody can be integrated and no one feels overwhelmed or disadvantaged.
Stations- and relay games are suitable for all ages, as long as the tasks to fulfill at each station are adapted to the age of all participants.
- Water helmet game
Water is transported in a tin can on a helmet and is emptied into a tub.
- Tyre bridge
Several tyres are hung on a tight rope which the players must climb through.
- Rope bridge
A stream must be crossed on a rope bridge.
- Wheel change
The group must change 4 car wheels.
- Picture quiz 1 - the vegetable quiz
The pictured vegetables must be named.
- The Longest Word
Each player must write the longest word he can think of using 15 letters.
- Estimating tasks
Estimate the number of peas or the weight of a stone etc.
- Memory picture
A picture is covered with 11 cards. How many cards must be removed before the picture can be recognised?
- Asterix & Obelix knowledge
Who knows the figures shown in the Asterix & Obelix comics?
- Feeling letters
The player must guess the letters which another player draws on his back with their finger.
- Gargling a song
The melody of a song is gurgled. The group must guess the song.
- Something’s Smelly
Different smells must be recognised.
- What’s in the Bag?
Each player is allowed to feel what’s in the bag.
- The Taste Expert
Various kinds of colas and orange sodas are tasted and identified.
- Scent memory
There are always 2 film pots containing the same smelling substances. Who will manage to pair them up?
- Barefoot Park
While being blindfolded and barefoot, players walk over a path.
- Time creeper
Complete a course 10-30m long in a certain time without stopping still.
- The snake splits
By going as far down in the splits as possible, the team tries to build as long a snake.
A message must be given to the group with a table tennis ball in the mouth.
- Ball catapult
A ball catapulting competition with a hand towel.
- Push and roll resistance
Roll as far as possible lying on a skateboard.
- Brush roll
Sweeping brush handles are used under a board which the player must move himself along on.
- Blowing up an air bed
An air bed must be blown up.
- Water transport
Transport water only using the hands
- Crate balance
How many people can stand on a beer crate/tree stump together?
- Putting up a tent
Put up a tent with closed eyes.
- Building a tent
The group must put up a tent against the clock.
- Bubble rally
A player must blow bubbles along a course.
- Saw rally
A piece of wood is sawn off
- Rolling the barrel
A player tries to complete a certain distance by standing on an old sturdy barrel and rolling it.
- Sewing on the Lines
Sew along the lines of the stick man.
- Rolling board
Roll through an obstacle course on a rolling board.
- Lance knight
While blindfolded and on piggy back a player armed with a lance must burst a water balloon.
- The Right Way
The player looks through the wrong way of a set of binoculars while walking as fast as he can along the line.
- Ring Throw Points
A throwing game with rings cut from balloons.
- Sorting Bottles
…using their feet
- Melting ice cubes
Melt ice cubes as quickly as possible.
- Wax dripping
A picture must be completely covered with wax dripping.
- Paper cable
Blow one or several pieces of paper along the length of the thread.
- Capturing the castle
Roll marbles into an opening in a box.
- Transporting Fever
Items such as a ball, a water pail, an apple, etc. are placed on a board. This board must be transported through an obstacle course.
- Tyre pile
Pile up as many tyres as possible. The player must remain in the middle of the tyres.
- Personal weight
The task is for the player to pull himself up on the rope by pulling the other side of the rope downwards.
- Tower of Babel With Egg Cartons
Build the highest tower.
- The Swinging Bucket
As long as the bucket is swinging, the group tosses stones into the bucket.
- Slow riding
The drivers have the task of riding the distance at a snail’s pace.
- Riding in circles
As many rounds as possible must be ridden around a circle without riding outside.
Stay still with a bike as long as possible without stepping down.
- The tree trunk seesaw
The group must now take their place along the seesaw.
- Sentence with X
Letters are spread out in the woods. These must be found and then the solution word must be worked out.
- Tree climbing
Different instructions/information are hidden in a tree.
- Lead the Cow
Through a course the sheep or cow is lead by the group.
- Paddle Over the Lake
A station task with a canoe.
- The transport roller train
If you have the possibility to get your hands on a roller train you can play some great games with it.
- Scooter or bike rally
A scooter rally is not just fun for the little ones. The bigger kids can also be challenged.
- Inner tube tunnel - crawling
The kids must crawl through the tunnel of inner tubes.
- Battering ram
A concrete block is shoved with a battering ram.
Various objects are hidden or hung in a tree. The task is to recognise as many objects as possible.
- Flipping coins
Skilfully flip coins into a container.
- Coins into the glass
Put a coaster on a glass, then a coin on top and try to get the coin into the glass.
- Fish me the key
Using a fishing rod, you need to fish for a key
Trying to throw an object as far as possible, using a flipper.
- Stacking nuts
Stacking nuts to a tower as high as possible
- Drawing Banknotes
Stuck between 2 glasses are 15 banknotes. (Pieces of paper). How many bills can you pull out without the top glass falling over?
- Three wins
Table tennis balls have to be thrown in 16 glasses.
Taking little figures from a balancing plate
- Stacking apples – potato tower
Build a tower by using apples
- Orange Transport (large apples, grapefruits will do as well)
Squeeze the oranges between your knees and run/carry them to the finishing line.
- Stacking pens
On the back of the hand stacking a tower of pencils.
- Dropping pencils in a bottle
Dropping pencils from about 1m height into a bottle
- Pencil-bar jump Salto
Catapulting pencils into a box with the help of an eraser.
- The pencil tower
Stacking several felt pens on top of each other.
- Learning by heart
Learning lyrics with only two minutes’ time
- Which card is missing
Which card is missing in the game?
- Jar and lid
Find the right lid for every jar and screw it on
- Hansel and Gretel
Guessing different Christmas scents
- Folding ladder race
Running for a certain distance with a folded ladder.
- Mesh Fence
Objective: various objects are behind a mesh fence, which you have to get up and over the fence.
Using a fishing line, cast a small object into a goal.
- Amazing building blocks
Stacking up building blocks to a tower.
- Puzzle pieces
Assembling of puzzle pieces as quickly as possible
- Cardboard box tower
Stack cardboard boxes in a way to create a tower.
- Paper cup stacking
Build a pyramid by using 100 paper cups.
Build a tower made of beer coasters and
- Card race
Sorting the cards and putting them next to each other in the right order.
- Bola throwing
Throw a Bola on a ladder.
- Guessing the toaster
Estimating when your toast is ready and jumps out of the toaster.
- Squeezing a table tennis ball through a hose
Squeezing a table tennis ball through a hose
- Toothpick throwing
Throwing a toothpick as far as possible.
Using a golf club to toss the golf ball in a target circle
- Tea Bola-spin
Connect teabags with their attached strings and throw them on taut ropes.
- The fastest screwdriver
Remove bolts from a beam
- Shooting down pegs
Splashing water on a piece of toilet paper until the attached peg drops
- The last toilet paper
Wetting the toilet paper of others with a water gun
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