Archive for March, 2007

Do You Have a Family Game Night?

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Does your family make the time to sit down together and have some fun playing games?

There are tons of experts and advocates of a Family game night, and they all make great points. It really is a wonderful opportunity to interact with your children. Some of the benefits that most people ascribe to a family game night are:

  • Bringing your family closer together
  • Fostering socialization skills in your children
  • Better Concentration and Attention Spans
  • And even some of the silliest games can have educational merits

These are all obviously great things, but really I think that what most gets over looked by everyone is the selfish part of it. It gives adults a chance to be kids again! While playing board games with your family, the days worries and problems fade away.

So, do you have a family game night and what do you play if you do?


Friday, March 30th, 2007
Children Playing Games

Ahhh the good ol’ days when children could sing about cask’s of ale. Where have we gone wrong? Maybe it was around the same time farmers trumped millers as the pinnacle dog owners…

It could be worse though. At least children still appreciate life’s simple games. Like the Drawer Guitar or everyone’s favorite, maggot painting. I know I always wished for party games like that.

Anyway, here is the 100 year old take on this classic children’s song.

Button, Button

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
Children Playing Games

All the children except the one who passes the button sit in a circle with hands placed palm to palm in their laps.

The child passing the button holds it between her palms and goes to each one, in turn, slipping her hands between the palms of the children. As she goes around the circle she drops the button into some child’s hands, but continues going around as long after as she pleases, so the rest will not know who has it.

Then she stads in the middle of the circle and says: “Button, button, who has the button?” All the children guess who has it, the one calling out the correct name first is out and it is his turn to go around with the button.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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March 28th, 2007 Speedlinking

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Three cheers for kid’s party games and family fun.

Here are some of the best children’s links that I’ve found over the last week:

  • The Toy Review – A great blog for parents that reviews fun toys for kids. Check out the Gelli Baff, why don’t they make fun things like this for Adults?
  • If you’re planning on a trip to Disney, check out the Animal Kingdon Lodge Resort – From your room, you actually overlook a 33-acre wildlife reserve.
  • Over 800 free games for children at up to ten. Lots of little webgames like coloring and puzzles for 6-10 year olds.
  • Google has a bunch of old Dr. Seuss videos available on Google video

Birds Fly

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
Children Playing Games

This is a very simple game. Each player places a finger on the table, which he must raise whenever the conductor of the game says: “Birds fly,” Pigeons fly,” or any other winged creatures “fly.”

If he names any creature without wings, such as “Pigs fly,” and any player thoughtlessly raises his finger, that player must pay a forfeit, as he must also do if he omits to raise his finger when a winged creature is named.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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Bean Bag

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
Children Playing Games

All stand in a line except one who is the leader who stands a short distance opposite the line.

The leader throws the bean bag to the child at the head of the line who returns it to the leader. The leader throws it to the next child, who throws it back to the leader, and so it is throw back and forth to each child in turn. Any one in the line who fails to catch the bag must go to the foot of the line.

If the leader fails to catch the bag he must go to the foot of the line and the one at the head of the line takes his place.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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A Running Maze

Monday, March 26th, 2007
Children Playing Games

Welcome to Classic Kids Games!

I love these old-time children and party game books.

Not only do they have crazy messed up notions about gender roles and whats safe, but its also neat to see how games that we still play or played as children have evolved over the last 100 years.

I hope you enjoy these games as much as I do!

A Running Maze

Form a long line of children – one behind the other. The leader starts running, and is followed by all the rest. They must be sharp enough to do exactly as the leader does.

After Running for a moment or two in the ordinary running step, the leader changes to a hopping step, then to a marching step, quick time, then to a marching step, slow time, claps and runs with hands on sides, hands on shoulders, hands behind, etc.
Finally the leader runs slowly round and round into the centre, and can either wind the children up tightly or can turn them on nearing the centre and run out again. For another change the long line can start running and so unwind the spiral.”

From Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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