Stir crazy defines how most of us are feeling right now. We’ve been locked down for close to a year with no immediate sign of relieve. It’s been chaos, to put it mildly, but we’re slowly finding a balance and adjusting to this new normal. We’ve come up with a few fun games for the whole family to enjoy and help you unwind, bond, and beat the lockdown blues together…
Everyone gets 7-10 small slips of paper on which to write the names of celebrities, one per piece. It’s more fun when you go for well-known names. Celebrities can be alive or dead, but no fictional characters. Fold all the names and place them into a bowl.
Divide the group into two teams of about 3 to 6 players per team. One player from the first team stands up and has one minute to pull out one slip at a time and describe the celebrity named on the piece of paper while their team guesses. You can’t say their name, but you can say almost anything else to explain who they are. If you don’t know the name, or your team gets stuck, you can pass (and the name goes back in the bowl), but you lose one point per pass.
When all slips have been done, the names get put back in the bowl for round two. In this round, you can only say two words to describe each celebrity. This sounds impossible, but it works because everyone already is somewhat familiar with the names. If you feel like playing a third round, you can’t describe the celebrities, but have to act them out, either as charades, or by doing an impersonation. If you’re playing with the little ones you can include characters from their favourite shows such as Pepper Pig or Princess Sophia.
The beauty of this game is that all you need is just paper, a pen, and a fun group of people.
Bowl in your hallway
Grab some plastic or paper cups and one of your kids’ rubber balls and pretend you’re at a bowling alley. It may seem a little silly but once you get into the spirit of the game you’ll all have a blast. Alternatively you can use that secret stash of tinned food? With just ten tins and a ball, you will have your own bowling alley! Start a tournament with your family or housemates and unleash your competitive streak. It really is much more fun than you might think!
Words with friends
Instead of playing Scrabble on the board like we used to, you can now do it on your mobile device. The good thing about words with friends is you can play online with other players and not just the default player. If you and your friends fancy yourselves to be wordsmiths you can download and play against each other!
Let the play with words begin!
All you need to play balloon tennis is a balloon and two paper plates.You can use plastic plates if you don’t have paper plates. Give each player a plate and let the match begin! Keep the balloon in the air for as long as you can, touching it only with your plates. The first person to let the balloon touch the floor is the loser.
Make your Own Animation
Don’t want your kids to watch too many cartoons? Encourage them to make some instead! Stop Motion animation is quite easy to do, and requires just a camera and some patience. Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back. All you have to do is write a story, create your characters and get to work: this could easily fill a full day if it captures your children’s imaginations.
Make Origami Animals
A piece of paper is all your kids need to bring their favourite animals to life in origami form. Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin.
There are a variety of designs to choose from on Origami Way, including fish, bats, butterflies and frogs. Bonus points if they colour them in afterwards.
Here’s the link to Origami Way for designs that the kids can create!
Build with Lego
Almost all children under the age of 12 love Lego, so daily building challenges are a great way to keep them entertained and mentally stimulated: ideal if you’re trying to work from home and amuse your kids at the same time. Give them new challenges each day, and watch them get to work! Some great examples include: building a fairground, building a space rocket, designing your dream desert island or creating a feast for your friends. The only limit is their imagination!
Here’s a link for a lego challenge link for you and the kids to tackle.
As you can see most of the games we have come up with do not involve you being around the computer or television screen. We want you to Unplug and discover a whole world of fun and games, even without the internet!
By Nyaradzo Ngoma