Sometimes as an involved mom, you will need to come up with fun group activities for kids. Whether it’s because you’re hosting a birthday party for your child or because you’ve volunteered to be room mom, at some point you’ll be responsible for entertaining a dozen or more children at one time.
I write a lot about activities for kids because, in addition to having five of my own, I also like to volunteer at their schools a lot. Having a ready list of fun ideas is a wonderful asset when you find yourself responsible for a group of kids!
Group Activities for Kids
Most of these work well for any age group since the instructions are pretty simple and the fun is in interacting as a group.
I wrote an article on this a few months ago. Click here to read the article which includes lists for indoor or outdoor hunts, as well as printable clues for treasure hunts.
You can buy the actual board game here or you can use these Forehead Game Words I made. We’re going to make headbands out of construction paper and use paper clips to affix the cards to them, but you could also just use tape to stick them on foreheads.
Form groups that have at least 3 people. Have the group members stand in a circle facing one another. Each person must join hands with 2 different group members. Once everyone is holding 2 different hands, the group must untangle themselves without letting go of each other’s hands.
You can play this two ways. 1) Arrange a group of items on a table. Have everyone study the table for one minute. After the minute, have everyone close their eyes or turn around while you remove one item. The goal is to be the first person to figure out what item is missing. 2) Choose one person to be “it.” That person studies the entire group for one minute and then leaves the room. While the person who is “it” is out of the room, the group changes one thing (e.g. two people switch places, someone removes their shoes, someone stands instead of sits). The person who is “it” has to figure out what was changed.
Divide the group into at least 2 teams. Everyone removes their shoes. All of the shoes are put into a giant pile. Everyone must find both of their shoes. The first team whose members all find and put on their shoes wins.
Just like regular charades but you create categories of clues. Divide the large group into smaller groups of 3-5 people. Assign each group their own space or corner of the room. Each group must correctly identify all of their clues and the category of their clues.
Hand Squeeze Race
Divide group into 2 teams. Have teams form 2 lines facing each other. Have each person hold hands with the person(s) next to them. Parent/teacher/party host (hereafter referred to as the line leader) stands at the front of both lines and holds hands with the first person in each line. Everyone but the line leader closes their eyes. The line leaders squeezes the hands of the first person in line at the same time. That person, in turn, squeeze the other hand they are holding, who will do the same. When the last person in line’s hand is squeezed, he or she raises his or her unheld hand. The goal is to be the first team to pass the hand squeeze down the line to the last person.
One person is “it” and stands in the middle of the room. Assign each corner of the room a number 1-4. The person who is it closes his eyes. Everyone else chooses a corner of the room to stand in. The person who is “it” calls out a number. Everyone standing in that corner is out. The game continues until only one person is left (the winner!). The prize is getting to be “it” for the next round.
I hope this list helps you next time you have to entertain a large group of kiddos. Most of them require nothing more than the kids themselves so you don’t even have to plan in advance. And since I’m probably not ditching my best friend anytime soon so I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing something like this again in the near future, if you have any other ideas please share them in the comments (especially if the are silent games which is apparently a key criteria). Please ignore the string of sarcasm that will appear in the comments once my friend finally reads this article and decides to share her side of the story.
More Activities for Kids
If you liked these ideas, you might be interested in some of these other posts on keeping kids occupied.