5 group games

Try these ideas to keep siblings busy and happy! Also, perfect for playdates…

Written by Becky Lord

It’s a day at home with your brood. Great! They can entertain each other while you potter around getting stuff done. You won’t hear a peep out of them all day… RIGHT?!

Or, maybe, it’s not even 9am and you’re already refereeing because they each want – NEED – to play with a random lid thing one of them found under the sofa. You’ve no idea what it is – neither do they. But it’s now the most precious thing in the house. And if you can’t get them to share it, World War Three is going to break out.

Don’t worry. Here are 5 quick and easy ideas for siblings to do together. We can’t guarantee no fights (we’d be millionaires if we could). But they’re perfect to do in pairs or a group. And there isn’t a random, precious lid thing in sight.

1) Little monsters: make a scary scene together!

What you’ll need: waste paper, googly eyes

What to do:

1. Get your kids to scrunch up pieces of paper.
2. Then they can add googly eyes to turn them into monsters.

2) Happy snappy pal: it’s easy to make lolly stick crocs

What you’ll need: per croc: 1 green lolly stick, white paper, glue, scissors, googly eyes, 2 green pipe cleaners

What to do:

  1. Your kids wrap the green pipe cleaners around the middle of the lolly stick. Bend down each end to make 4 feet.
  2. Now, they snip the white paper in a zigzag and cut it so it fits below one side of the lolly stick to make teeth.
    3. Googly eyes make the finishing touch.

 

3) Balloon hop: jump around together!

What you’ll need: lots of balloons

What to do:

Give your kids a balloon. The aim is to pass it around without touching the balloon with their hands and without letting it hit the floor. Have plenty spare in case teamwork gets too much – they can each have a balloon to play with. (Or in case the balloon pops or flies away – as happened to us!)

Put those balloons to good use with more easy ideas!

4) Follow the leader: perfect for putting older siblings in charge

What to do:

Everyone marches in a line, copying what the person at the front is doing. Try to let little kids take a turn at the front as well as older siblings. And when you want them to tidy up or come in for lunch? Take your own turn at the front…!

5) Rainbow show: go on a colour hunt!

What to do:

Send the kids around the house looking for toys of different colours. Then they make a giant rainbow on the floor!

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