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Bean Game

Required: Beans
Players: Two or three

Take an amount of large beans, or small items to hold in your hands. Decide on a number to work on like 8. Have your player count out 8 beans. Place the beans in your hand and hide them behind your back. While they’re behind your back put some beans in each hand. Like 3 in one hand and 5 in the other. Show the player the beans in one hand. They must tell you how many you have in the other hand. Play this again using another combination. This helps your child learn all the combinations of a number sum.

Bean Plates

Required: Paper Plates and dried beans
Players: Small groups

To help children learn multiplication here is a great idea for them to visually see the concept. Use small paper plates for the small number and place beans on them for the multiplier. Example 3 plates and 5 beans on each plate is 3 X 5 = 15. You can also use three plates for the addition and subtraction problems. Plate one will have 3 beans, plate two will have 5 beans and plate three will be what 3 + 5 equals 8 beans.

Card Math

Required: Deck of cards, paper and pencil
Players: Two

If you need a fun way to learn multiplications with your child try this game. Both of you should have a pencil and sheet of paper. Make five lines in a column on one corner of both papers and then a small line below the far right of the column for a total sum amount. Start out with a deck of cards and use only the 1’s through 5’s. Shuffle the cards and deal two faced up the other player. They are to write down the two numbers, multiply them and write the answer in a tally column. You then deal two cards to yourself, say the multiplied sum out loud and write the answer on your paper. Then repeat until all the cards are gone. At that point you should both have five sets of cards. Tally up the to answers on both sheets, the person with the highest number is the winner. You can play again until you have mastered 1-5’s. Do this a couple times of week for a few minutes a day. Once they can do 1-5’s you can replace the lower numbers with the next higher set of cards 2-6’s, 3-7’s or make the columns longer example 2-7’s.

Exchange Change Game

Required: Coins, pennies, nickels, dimes and one die
Players: Two or three

A learning game that will help preschoolers to early grade schooler's learn money combinations. To play this game with 2-3 players, start out with 10 dimes, 6 nickels, and 15 pennies. The first player will roll the die and what ever number comes up from 1-6 they will take that many coins. If they roll a six they can take six pennies, but then they have to exchange 5 pennies for a nickel. After a few times of having to exchange them they’ll learn to pick a nickel and one penny. The next player will do the same and take the allotted amount. On the players next turn they take the allotted coins, but if they end up with five pennies they exchange them for a nickel and if they have two nickels they have to exchange them for one dime. When all the dimes are gone the game is over and all players count out their change. The person with the highest number wins. For the next level of learning money combinations add 10 quarters and then the next level you can add dollar bills.

Shaving Cream Writing

Required: Foil or wax paper and can of shaving cream

Lay out wax paper or tin foil on a work counter or kitchen table so that it’s nice and flat. Let the kids spray a large pile of shaving cream onto the area. Have them spread out the cream and practice their writing skills. This activity will be very helpful with fine motor skills, those visual and tactical learners will benefit from this. The more senses you use, the more you learn. Do this activity to practice letters, writing words, writing cursive, writing numbers and doing addition. Make learning fun!!!

Ball Relay

Required: 15 sets of balls in various sizes, two ball bags and two hula-hoops
Players: Small to large groups

This game is great for a physical education teacher. Set up players in two teams. You will need 15 balls for each team. The balls for each team should match in size. You should use medicine balls, basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, kick balls, volleyballs, etc. Each team should have the same size and amount. In front of each team, place a hula-hoop filled with all their balls, the big ones should be on the bottom with the little ones on top. All the balls should fit inside the hoop. At the other end of the field will be a ball bag for each team (big enough to hold all the balls for that team). The first person from each team is to grab a ball, take it down the field, stuff it in the bag, race back and tag the next person who will do the same. You keep doing this until the last ball is left. The person with the last ball will take it down field, stuff it in the bag, bring the bag back to the front of the line where the hoop is and place all the balls back into the hoop. Once all the balls are out of the bag and placed in the hoop that team wins, but the trick is they have to be stacked correctly to fit into the hoop. The big ones must be on the bottom and the little ones on top.

Balloon Head Race

Required: Balloons
Players: Small to large groups

Organize players so that they’re into pairs and each team receives a partially inflated balloon. When the game starts, teams must race to a finish line carrying a balloon between their heads, remember don’t use your hands. On hot days try it with water balloons or through a sprinkler. You can even try an obstacle course.

Blanket Carry

Required: One blanket for each team, cones
Players: Medium to large groups

Play this game in an open grassy area. Divide the group into teams of 10 players. Each team will be given one blanket. Set out one cone per team at the end the playing field for players to go around. Each team will need four players to carry the blanket; one player on each corner and the corners will be numbered corner #1, #2, #3 and #4. They will also need one player to ride in the blanket. The players will rotate after each carry so that each player on the team has been at all of the corner positions and the carried player. On go, the teams will race down around the cones and back then rotate until all players have had a turn. If one team is short on players that team will have to repeat some players so that all teams take the equal amount of trips down and back. The first team to complete the rotation is the winner.

Chimp Race

Players: Small to large groups

Set up teams and play area. The first person on each team is to bend over with feet apart and grab their ankles. On “go”, they are to race down the course and back without letting go of their ankles. Each person on the team repeats the relay. The first team done is the winner.

Egg Roll 500

Required: Eggs (cooked or uncooked), obstacle course
Players: Small to large groups

Set up an obstacle course with a start and finish line. If outdoors, players can do this barefoot if weather permitting. The course could go through mud puddles and/or water (sprinkler) if available. Divide into teams and each person is to go through obstacle course pushing an egg with their foot.

Football Toss Contest

Required: Tire, rope, 4 or more Fun Gripper Footballs, place to hang tire (jungle gym, tree, monkey bars)
Players: Small to large groups

Hang a tire at a level that all players can pass a football through. Divide up into two teams and have them line up on both sides of the tire so that they are staring at each other. Give the teams the same amount of footballs. The first one in both lines is to throw all balls through the tire in hopes to block the opposing players throw and/or receive one point per score. When done, that person is to retrieve balls back to starting container and next person is to continue. The team with the most points wins. Use Fun Gripper football to prevent injury from getting hit or if you use hard footballs wear bike helmets.

Inchworm

Required: Paper cups and sand or water
Players: Small to large groups

This can be played as teams or individually. Mark off a starting point and finish line. Players are to lie belly down, with cup filled with sand placed on their back, crawl like an inchworm to finish line. If cup falls off and spills they are to start over. The first team done is the winner.

Jelly Bean Relay

Required: Spoons, two dishes for each team and jelly beans
Players: Small to large groups

Each team has equal amount of jelly beans in one dish and one empty dish. You’ll need enough spoons for everyone that is playing. The object is for each team to have one person at a time, move jelly beans from one bowl to the other. This is done with hands behind their back, spoon in their mouth and one bean at a time. The first team to have all members complete this task is the winner. You can use items like lemon drops (my favorite), heart candies or anything other than jelly beans.

Knot Race

Required: Ropes or sheets
Players: Small to large groups

Set up two teams with a rope for each team. Tie as many knots as there are player in each team. On go, the first person in the team is to untie a knot, then hand the rope to the next person and repeat. The first team to untie all their knots is the winner. Variations: Have the teams send the rope down the line with them tying the knots and then back up the line untying them. You could even have them use only one hand to untie the knots which means they would have to use their teeth. Please use a clean rope or sheet for this variation.

Lemon Relay

Required: Lemons, pencils, and rolling course
Players: Small to large groups

Divide into two groups or more depending on participants and supplies. At starting line, teams are to roll lemon using a pencil through a short course and back to starting point. Each person on team must complete task until the first team complete is the winner.

Mellows On A Line

Required: Large marshmallows, goggles, line and skewer
Players: Small to large groups

String an even number large marshmallows on fishing line or clean string by poking a hole through the marshmallows with skewer. Space them about 6" apart on the line with one marshmallow for each player. If marshmallows are too soft you might have to set them on a cookie sheet and place them in a freezer for a while before poking a hole through them. Make sure they are fully defrosted before playing the game. Secure the line by tying it to trees or have players holding it. Set up 2 teams and each player one at a time will put on a set of goggles, eat one of the marshmallows and then tag the next player to do the same. The first team done is the winner.

Noodle Knee Relay

Required: Two noodle floats (the long floatation devices)
Players: 8 players

The first player places the noodle between their knees, goes around an obstacle course as they hop. After they get back to the starting line they pick up another team member. They will both now hold the noodle between their knees while the first continues to hop and the second runs. They go back to the starting line and pick up the 3rd team member who must skip while the others continue to do their actions, all while the noodle remains between the knees. Finally pick up the last team member who grabs the noodle (while facing the opposite way as the rest of the team) and they do one of the three prior actions (Leader to choose).

Orange Relay

Required: Oranges
Players: Small to large groups

Divide into groups depending on participants and supplies. The object is to pass the orange from one teammate to the next from under the chin without using your hands. If groups are small, make them go around twice.

Pass The Pretzels

Required: Bags of sticks pretzels and twisted pretzels
Players: Small to large groups

Set up teams, give each player one stick pretzel and have them put one end into their mouth. The first player on each team is also given a twisted pretzel to be balanced on the other end of the stick pretzel. They are to turn and pass the twisted pretzel to their teammate that is standing next to them. That player will turn and pass the twisted pretzel to the next player and so forth until the twisted pretzel has be passed all the way to the end of the line. If the twisted pretzel is dropped the person previous to them is to pick it up, place it on their stick and pass it back to them. If it breaks or is not whole, an official is to give them a new twisted pretzel. The team that is first to pass the pretzel down to the end of the line is the winner. You could play this game on your next bus trip with your youth group. Set up four teams and they have to pass the pretzel for one end of the bus over the seats to the other end of the bus. Have official stand in the isles to ensure that the isle seat players pass the pretzels over the seats.

Pick Up Sticks

Required: Oven mitts, containers and toothpicks
Players: Small to large groups

Set up teams and one at a time they are to complete task. They are to put on oven mitt and pick up toothpicks, placing them into a container. Ahead of time you should count out the same amount toothpicks for each team participating. The first team where each player has completed task is the winner.

Shoulder Grip

Required: Balloons
Players: Small to large groups

Set up 2 teams, you need one person on each team to be the “middle man”. They stand at the other end of the room across from their team and can move about to help teammates. Put a balloon in-between the shoulders of 2 teammates and have them run down to the other end and back. The balloon carriers are not aloud to touch balloon with their hands, only the “middle man”, at the other end can. The “middle man” (which can touch the balloon), can put the balloon back between shoulders if it falls to the ground. When they return to the starting line they then pass off the balloon. First team to finish wins.
You can also use this game as a memory verse game. As each 2 teammates finish across the line, before they hand off the balloon to the next 2, they must say a memory verse. Hope you have fun. You can make this creative by using a ball or water balloon or a raw egg. Just do what the kids like the best, they are the ones that have to get wet, egged, or just have a good time.

Snake Pit

Required: Blindfolds and ropes
Players: Small to large groups

Divide the group up into teams of 8-12 players. Each team will need one blindfold and the first person on each team will put it on. Lay out 3-5 ropes across the play area that will have to be crossed over by the players with the blindfolds. The next player in line will lead the blindfolded player across the play area and back by the sound of their voice. If the blindfolded player touches the ropes or leader that player will have to go back and start over. Once the blindfolded player has made it back to the starting line, the leader will put on the blindfold and do the same. The next person in line will now be the new leader. The first team to finish leading all players across the Snake Pit by faith is the winner.

Three Legged Race

Required: Scarf or pieces of cloth
Players: Small to large groups

Have each team break off into pairs. If you have adults playing, match each adult with a child. Take one scarf and tie together the inside ankles of the pairs while they stand hip to hip. Mark off a starting line and finish line for the players to race through. The first team to cross the finish line is the winner. You could even plot out a marathon or obstacle course for them to run through.

Tunnel Race

Players: Small to large groups

Teams race against each other while lined up in relay formation. All players spread their legs in straddle position and the last player from each team crawls through the legs. The next player follows in turn until the team is back into original formation. As soon as a player has crawled through the tunnel, they are to stand up so the next player can get through his legs. The first team that completes the order is the winner.

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