Games to Play at Games
Wondering what the kids will do with themselves during this month’s camping trip? Not to worry – if you arm yourself with a few good games, you’ll be able to organize hours of fun for the whole family. The kids will love these even more if play with them, so unleash the child within yourself and join in the fun.
This game requires two players and one blindfold or bandana. The players must be old enough to lead one another blindfolded, and you might want to start with some guiding tips—to move slowly, hold the blindfolded person securely by the arm, and use words to guide them over roots and other obstacles.
One player is blindfolded and gently spun around three times until they lose their bearings. The other player then leads the blindfolded player through the woods, taking a wandering route so the blindfolded player is even more confused about where they are. They should stay within sight of the starting place. The leader picks a tree and leads the blindfolded person up to it. They say, “This is your tree,” and put the blindfolded player’s hands on the trunk. The blindfolded player can take as long as they like getting to know their tree, feeling its trunk, learning where the branches are, and checking out the roots or other distinctive features. Once they’re finished, the leader guides them back to the starting place and removes the blindfold. Then the player can try to find their tree!
Artist, Model, Clay.
This game requires three players and some open space. One player is designated as the Artist, one as the Model, and one as the Clay. The artist should close their eyes (or blindfold themselves with a bandana). The Model then strikes a pose, something that puts their body in an unusual shape. The Clay leads the Artist up to the Model, so the Artist can use his/her hands to see what shape the Model is in. Without looking, the Artist must move the Clay’s arms and legs until the Clay is in the same position as the Model. It’s important that the Clay be somewhat limp and flexible, allowing themselves to be molded. Once the Artist is finished, he/she can remove the blindfold and see how they did. Then everyone can change roles and play again.
The Hearing Game.
This is a great campfire game, or a fun thing to do during a day hike break. Everyone finds a comfortable place to sit and closes their eyes. Silently, to themselves, they should count the sounds they hear until they reach ten sounds. Then everyone can open their eyes and share the sounds they heard. You’ll be amazed at how well you can tune out certain sounds once you’ve already counted them, moving on to the faintest sounds of nature. A variation of this game involves counting things in nature that are a particular color, such as orange, purple, or red.
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