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 in your child’s classroom, at some point you’ll be responsible for entertaining a dozen or more children at one time.
These games could also be used by teachers on the first day of school as team-building activities for the students to get to know each other.
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 games or crafts is a wonderful asset when you find yourself responsible for a group of kids!
Fun Group Activities for Kids
Most of these work well for any age group since the instructions are pretty simple and the fun is in the collaboration as a group.
I wrote an article on this classic game 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.
This is a funny group game that you could customize for older kids or younger kids based on the words you decide to use. 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 your 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 to form a human knot.
Once everyone is holding 2 different hands, the group must untangle themselves without letting go of each other’s hands. This is a great game to help your children work on their gross motor skills while also having fun!
You can play this two ways. 1) Arrange a group of items on a table. Have everyone study the table and set a timer 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.
This is best done with a large group of participants. 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 has a common goal to correctly identify all of their clues and the category of their clues.
Hand Squeeze Race
These are two team-building games that are very similar so you can choose which one would fit your crown the best. For the Hand Squeeze Race, divide group into 2 teams.
Have the members of each team form a line by standing side-by-side with the 2 opposite teams 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 leader squeezes the hands of the first person in line at the same time. That person, in turn, squeezes the next person whose hand they are holding, who will then 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.
Hula Hoop Pass
For the Hula-Hoop Pass game, line up the participants the same way you do for the Hand Squeeze Race. Instead of squeezing hands, give the line leader a hula hoop on their arm.
While holding hands with the next person, they must get the hula hoop over their body and step through it in order to pass the hula hoop to the next person. The next person must then do the same, and so on.
This requires lots of teamwork from the participants in order to wiggle the hula hoop around each person. The first team to pass the hula hoop to the last person wins!
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 of group games for kids 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 they are silent games which is apparently a key criteria).
More Activities for Kids
If you liked these ideas, you might be interested in some of these other posts on outdoor games, indoor games, and rainy day activities to keep kids occupied.
Last Updated 10/17/2022