Set up the group in a circle or in pairs. The starting player says something innocuous, such as “I almost overslept.” The next player says something, such as “It could’ve been worse. You could’ve been late.” Then the next, or other, says something worse, such as, “It could’ve been even worse than that. You could’ve been in your underwear.” And …Read More
Rainy Day or Indoor Games
There's no rain at camp, only heavy dew! In the event you do have come indoors or under shelter, here are some rainy day games or indoor games that will keep your campers engaged. Before you read the activities, we have a few tips:
-Save some activities ONLY for rainy days or indoor time. For example, we save FFEACH (one of our favorites) for rainy days so the campers look forward to a bit of rain.
-Make yourself a rainy day kit that you only use on rainy days. Special card decks, balloons, string for bracelets, etc. Prepare it in the summer and you will thank yourself later!
-Get appropriate rain gear. While a garbage bag raincoat will do for a while, nothing is worse than being cold and damp all day, no matter how you fake it.
Now, onto the rainy day or indoor camp activities!
You form a circle you have to try to keep a balloon in the air. The first person to let the balloon fall to the ground is out then the rest keep playing till everyone is out last one is the winner.Read More
You need to pull from a deck of cards, one Ace, one King, and one Queen and enough number cards so that the total cards you have (including the A, K, Q) is the whole size of your group. You will have one leader sitting out the game as a narrator. The narrator will hand out one card to each …Read More
chairs, audience, players. to have fun. This game works well at large events. Set up like musical chairs and have about 10 or 20 people play, but allow an audience as this will make the game more fun. The leader tells everyone to walk around the chairs (as they would for musical chairs) and instead of having music and stopping …Read More
Everyone gets in a circle and sits crossed legged. One person will start the beat, and everyone will contiue the beat by patting their hands on their laps. The beat will continue throughout the game. The chant for this game is ONE FROG, IN THE WATER, KERPLUNK. The first person will start by saying ONE FROG on the beat. The …Read More
lined gym floor group of people This game is for camps with basketball courts with lines. Rules: 1. Spread out group of people around the lines on the gym floor. 2. Pick one or three (depending on size of group) of people to be the “ghosts.” They stand on the lines in the middle of the court. 3. The “ghosts” …Read More
1. Cut pictures from a magazine so that there are half as many pictures as members of the group. If you have a theme try to find pictures related to the theme. 2. Cut each picture in half and mix them up in a hat. 3. Each person takes one piece and partners become those whose pieces form a complete …Read More
Dice 1. Gather the group in a circle around a table or on the floor of a building. 2. Tell the group that you belong to a club called the ÛÏPolar BearÛ Club, and anyone who figures out the secret code can join too. 3. Then recite this poem: ÛÏPolar Bears, Polar Bears, gather around the ice hole In the …Read More
This is like one of those story-building games, only it’s all about building an image. Nothing changes or moves. I like to play it with my eyes closed because it’s easier to build the image. It’s called “Polaroid” because the image develops, like a polaroid picture. One player starts with anything, like, “a penny.” Someone else adds a detail the …Read More
Popsicle sticks markers masking tape This is a good filler as some campers take longer with art projects than others. Line up 10-15 popsicle sticks on a table. To hold the sticks together use two strips of masking tape across all the sticks one near the top and one near the bottom. Turn the whole thing over and draw. Then …Read More
One person leaves the room. Everyone in the circle decides on a certain rule to follow when answering the psychiatrist’s questions. Examples might be: –tell the truth when legs uncrossed, tell a lie when legs are crossed –answer all questions with five word phrases –begin all sentences with a vowel. When a rule is decided upon, the psychiatrist comes back …Read More
paper and crayons Make a bingo sheet with 9 different colors. Then hide 9 crayons (of the same colors) around the room. Ask the kids to search for the crayons and color in the bingo sheet as they find the colors. The first to find them all wins and can the help others to find the remainder by playing hot …Read More
Marble or other small object 1. Have everyone stand in a circle next to each other with one person in the center. 2. The person in the center closes their eyes. 3. The people in the circle hold their fists out in front of them. 4. The marble is passed around the circle, very sneakily (the best way is to …Read More
Supplies: Enough namecards/pieces of paper for each player. Pen or pencil. Coin. Bag or hat. Team with the most teammates on their side at the end of the time allowed (or all of their teammates if there is no time limit) is the winner. Set-up: Pass pieces of paper/cards out to players and get them to write their names on …Read More
This is a brain teaser. See how many campers can figure out the pattern without giving it away to anyone else. Tell your campers that you have a really weird friend named Silly Sally. Silly Sally likes doors but not windows Silly Sally likes puppies but not dogs Silly Sally likes the pool but not water Silly Sally likes Jeeps …Read More
People will to play and any sort of Object Make the other lose all its members The Campers are separated into two teams. One team is given an object to pass down their line. As each person on one team gets the object they must call somebody over from the opposite team and try and make them laugh as the …Read More
Indoor smooth surface, three balls, three rings Tackle the snowman, knock over the pin A bowling pin or plastic pop botle is set up at each end of gym, room, or whatever indoor smooth surface. Build the snowmanin in the middle of the room you using 3 rings (diving ring, ringuette ring, etc) and three balls (big ball, smaller ball, …Read More
large open areas To not be caught as the murderer if you are the murderer. To catch the murderer if you aren’t the murderer. Someone is named the “Murderer.” When someone is “Murderer,” they go around and give a squeeze rather then a handshake. So while everyone else is giving handshakes, this person squeezes people’s hands. Once someone’s hand is …Read More
The kids can start out in a standing or sitting position. Ask them questions, such as “do you have a sister?” or “are you wearing pink?” If their answer is “Yes,” they change to the other position. If “No,” then they stay the same.Read More
A twig small enough to be concealed in the palm of your hand. One person starts out as “it’ and the other players form a circle surrounding her. They sit cross legged. All members of the circle sit with their knees touching. The left hand forms a “cup” shape, (palm up) and is placed on the person to their left’s …Read More
The group sits in a circle. You will need several objects which you can pass from hand to hand around the circle (ball cap, shoe, hacky sac etc.). The leader starts by looking to the person sitting next to him with an object in his hand (lets say a shoe). He says “this is a shoe.” She responds “a what?,” …Read More
Some written tongue twisters. Everyone should be in a circle. Begin by handing each person a tongue twister. Choose one person to go first. That person recites their tongue twister. If the group votes that they read it both accurately and quickly enough they can stay in the circle. If not the group “banishes” them to the middle of the …Read More
Everyone sits in a circle, and one person leaves, then one person is selected to be the Û÷Village Chief’ or the Û÷It’. Everyone else in the circle has to follow the movements that the ÛÏChiefÛ does ie-clapping, snapping, banging the ground. The person who stepped out of the circle then comes back and tries to see who’s movements everyone is …Read More
Fast reflexes. Everyone stands in a circle facing each other. Then everyone extends both of their hands into the middle of the circle. Everyone says “Waaaaaaaaah” and moves their fingers. Then a person will start the game by putting their hands together and saying “Wah!” while pointing to someone else in the circle. When this happens, everyone should put their …Read More
To improve the children’s ability to ask questions, learn adjectives and think logically. 1. Children sit in circle. 2. Give each child a post-it note and ask them to write any noun on it (examples like cat, table, chair….). This is done in SECRET. 3. The children place the post-it note on the forehead of the person to the left/right …Read More