GAMES 4-6 year olds

 

PIN THE TAIL/ horn

This is an old classic. A picture of an animal with a missing tail is stuck to a wall within easy reach of children. One at a time, each child is blindfolded and handed a paper "tail/ horn" with a piece of Prestik stuck to the back. The blindfolded child is then spun around until he or she is disoriented. The child gropes around and tries to pin the tail/ horn on the donkey/ unicorn. The player who pins their tail closest to the target, wins.

Tips: Match the animal to the theme of the party or event. Let the kids colour in the animal if you need to kill some time.

Recommended setting: Indoors or outdoors with a blank wall.

Materials required: Blindfold, drawing of the animal, tail/ horn to pin and prestik.

 

HOP SCOTCH WITH A TWIST

Hopscotch is an old traditional game that still brings loads of fun and laughter for kids everywhere. Canvas Club does hopscotch with a twist!

  • Let the children draw trace their feet on A3 papers
  • Use masking tape to tape the A3 feet drawings on the floor - pack them with the feet pointing in different directions. Don't space them too far apart from each other as they might get loose and then the children will slip. Tape them down again if they get loose
  • Let the children line up and start jumping from one footprint to the next. If you have a beanbag put it at the end and let them dive into that.

Tips: This game is perfect if you need to get rid of some energy in the group!

Recommended setting: Indoors or outdoors.

Materials required: A3 papers, tape, koki's

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DUCK DUCK GOOSE

All the children sit in a circle. One child goes around and touches each child on the head saying “duck” every time until he chooses someone to be the goose. When he touches a Childs head and says “goose” that child must get up and try and tag him before he makes it all the way around the circle and steals that players spot in the circle.

If he gets tagged he must sit in the middle of the circle until another person is tagged. The person that was chosen “goose” now gets to walk around the circle and pick the next “goose”.

Tip: Use the theme with this game e.g. Beep, Beep, Boop for a Robot Party and Tick, Tick, Tock for a Pirate Party.

Recommended setting: Indoors or Outdoors.

 

FREEZE DANCE

Put music on and let the children get their boogy on, when the music stops all the children must freeze in place until the music starts playing again.

If you want to give incentives for freezing you can give a sticker for the person that is most “frozen” every round. Just make sure you make sure that every child who is at least trying gets a sticker before the game ends.

Tip: don't play this game with toddlers.

Recommended setting: Indoors or Outdoors.