Games stations for a children’s fete
Finding suitable games for a game row during a children’s fete, community fete or as competitive games for a station adventure game (scavenger hunt) is not so easy. The size of the group (individual or team game), the time available (time limit) and a point allocation rule per station which makes sense must be considered and known by all of the stations leaders. The station leaders must know all of the game rules. Good preparation of the stations is the best recipe for success.
Whoever is organizing a children’s party has to think about appropriate games well in advance, no matter if it is a private children's birthday party is or a public street festival.
In addition, there are all kinds of games which are suitable for flea markets or for the entertainment at children's parties. Kids can learn how to hawking old toys and learn how to act in the role of small "merchants": What toys can they let go of? What price they can charge? Is it worth to deal? The earned money then can be re-invested into new toy cars or books at the next booth. However, parents too can save money here. For example, you can buy an inexpensive stroller, a crib or a child seat. In other words, everything which was already used in other families with other kids.
Station games for school parties
Stations games are suitable for events where many participants are involved. They are therefore ideal for children's parties, group meetings, street festivals, celebrations and other events.
The most famous of all stations games is the scavenger hunt. Even today children love to play this game, and you can also modify in any way to fit the occasion. The aim is to complete tasks at each station and only then you can only find out where the next station of the game is. Who or which team finishes all station first, wins.
The beauty of station games is that here no one is left behind. Even large groups of children can fully participate in such a games, where it is important to ensure that the stronger children support, the weaker and that groups are mixed accordingly so that each of them has the same chance of winning.
If there is not enough space for a scavenger hunt, a station game can be set up on the street, in a garden or the like. In this case, the stops are just a little bit closer to each other.
For example, an obstacle course can be set up in a way, so that at one station the kids have to climb over, at another to crawl under or to slide down. With a little imagination, the whole course can be quite exciting and challenging.
- Sitting on the wall
The players lean backs against the wall bent at knees for as long as possible.
- Head support
The player places his head on the wall and moves the feet as far away as possible without falling.
- Hold a weight horizontally
Hold a weight horizontally at a certain height with a stretched arm.
- Leader taxi (wheelbarrow transport)
The group leader gives the kids a round trip
- Monkey bars
Monkey across the bars of a horizontally hung ladder.
- Button Sewing
5-10 buttons must be sewn on a piece of material.
- Darts station
Darts are thrown at a dartboard.
- Pea Track
Hit a pea with a hammer as soon as it comes out of the pipe.
- Ball swing game
Balls are thrown into a basket from a swinging swing.
- Spaghetti in Macaroni
Stick a piece of spaghetti in a piece of macaroni
- Make a fire and barbecue
Each team makes a fire with wood, grills some sausages and disposes of the fire carefully.
- The Pistol Shot
A row of 10 candles are hit with a water pistol
- Pretzels on a string
Little salt pretzels are tied to a string approx. 180-200cm high and the players try to eat them.
- Green Pea Game
By sliding around on a stool peas are slid into a box placed underneath it.
- Catch a tennis ball with a paper basket
A tennis ball may be bounced once then it must be caught by a second player in a basket.
- Pile of Kinder Eggs
Build the highest free standing tower from approx. 15-20 Kinder Eggs (or plastic contents eggs).
Bocce balls are thrown or rolled to a goal about 10 meters away.
- The Drain Pipe
Table tennis balls must roll through an approximately 5 meter long stuck together drainpipe
- Target shooting
Tin cans are hit with tennis balls or pine cones.
- The Helmet Game
Each player gets a helmet with a spike or thorn attached to it and must try to burst the water balloons.
A javelin is thrown into a marked out circle.
- Fast Typing
A given text is typed on a typewriter.
- A slippy and slidey event with a piece of soap
A soap in a bath tub must be transferred into another tub with the feet.
Using a sand pit digger truck little balls must be dug out of the sand and poured into a bucket.
- Sort and Pick Up
While blindfolded, a player must pick up various objects which are placed within a playing field.
- Swapping the bent nails
10 bent nails are hanging on a string and must be transferred to another string with a stick.
- Tyre slalom
10-20 old tyres are made into two lines. The runner must run a zigzag through the course.
- Water Squirt
Use a water hose or syringe to shoot a ball/table tennis ball high up the chute.
- Darning socks and patchwork
Holes in socks must be darned or a patch is sewn onto a fabric to cover a hole
- Tarzan on a rope
A player swinging on a rope must knock cans over.
- Obstacle course
An interesting obstacle course can quickly be put together with few materials.
- A feeling for time and quantity
The group must estimate exactly a half litre of water and exactly one minute
- Slow reactions?
A stone is dropped which the player must catch with his hand stretched out.
- The hot wire
A metal ring must be guided over a wire without touching the wire.
- Remember the Objects
20 objects are shown for about 30 seconds. The group has 60 seconds to name all the objects.
- Telescope watcher
Objects must be recognised with a telescope/binoculars at a distance of 50-100m.
- Pot and lid
The correct lids must be placed on 20-30 different containers.
- The Locksmith
About 15-20 closed locks must be opened in a certain amount of time.
- Finding pairs
Pairs of the same object are placed in a linen sack.
- Nose Driving
Using only the nose, a player must push a match box through an obstacle course.
- Cherry Pit Spitting
Cherry pits are spit so far as possible
- Tea Bag Toss
A wet tea bag is held between the teeth and is tossed as far as possible.
- Beading pearls
How many pearls/beads can be thread onto a piece of string within 2 minutes?
- Tree Trunk Throw
Players throw a tree trunk.
- Packing the car up
An old car is filled with people.
- String Up the Group
A long string or rope is used to string up the group.
- Wellington boot shot
Wellington boot shot put or Wellington boot relay
- Competition sawing
A tree trunk must be sawn through.
- The group jumper
Take a run up and jump at the wall making a mark with chalk as high as possible.
- Beakers and table tennis bats
A beaker filled with water is balanced on a table tennis bat through an obstacle course
- Hammering nails
A nail must be hammered into a board in the least hits possible.
- Wheelbarrow race
A wheelbarrow with a player in it is pushed over an obstacle course.
- Water pistol funnel
Water is squirted into a funnel with a water pistol.
- A needle in a haystack
20 sweets are to found in a haystack.
- Towed away
A car must be pulled 20-50m with the help of a tow rope.
- Wheel barrow roll
Run a little wheel with an axle along as a wheelbarrow.
- Orienteering run
The group must complete an orienteering course
The group must try to carry a 5 meter long tree trunk along the labyrinth.
- Bicycle course
An obstacle course with handicaps on a bike.
- Rolling the cider barrel
A cider barrel with a rider inside is rolled through an obstacle course.
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