How to Play Fun Games

You don’t need anything more than a pencil, paper and your own imagination to come up with fun games. These games don’t require expensive consoles with motion sensors or pricey software. Here are some ideas on how to create your own fun games for any number of players.

Instructions for Celebrity

Give out a pencil and several slips of paper to each person. Have each person write the name of somebody, real or fictional, who should be known to all people in the room. After writing the name, each player should fold the piece of paper up.

Collect the names in a bowl or hat. Shake them up, allowing the papers to get mixed up.

Divide the participants into two teams. Each team will take its turn pulling a name from the bowl and trying to get teammates to guess what name has been pulled. Teams earn a point for each correctly guessed name. After a minute, the player’s turn is up, and the next team goes. Any name left “unguessed” is returned to the bowl. Play alternates between the two teams until all the names have been guessed.

Pay attention to the names that are being guessed in the first round. The second round gets harder. In Round 2, the same names are used again. This time, you may only use 2 words to get your team to guess the name you have drawn.

Prepare to laugh. Round 3, the final round, is even harder. The names are once again placed in the bowl, but there’s now no speaking allowed. You must get your team to guess the name you have drawn using nothing more than charades. At the end of this final round, the team with the most points is declared the champion. Quite frankly, everyone who plays this fun game is a winner.

Instructions for Five

Give out a pencil and several slips of paper to each person. Have them write the name of a general category on each, such as “Harry Potter Characters” or “Words that Start with S.” Make sure each category has at least 7 possible answers. Each player should then fold up the pieces of paper.

Collect the categories in a bowl or hat. Shake them up to allow for the paper to mix.

Select one player, known as the caller, to go first. They select 5 slips of paper from the hat and read the categories aloud to the rest of the participants. Each player other than the caller will write down the name of one word that fits the category he thinks the caller will say. He should also write down one he thinks the caller won’t say.

Wait for all the participants to write their responses. Then, the caller once again announces each category. He then names 5 things that fit the category. One point is earned for each correctly guessed prediction.

Tally up the points after every player has had a chance to be the caller. The highest score is declared the winner.

Instructions for Casting Couch

Divide players into teams of equal size. Any number of teams will work, but 4 is the ideal number. Designate one player as the “studio executive” who will serve as host and judge.

Select one member of each team to sit on the “casting couch.” Give them each a pencil and a piece of paper.

Listen carefully as the studio executive announces the name of a movie that has not been made, like “The Secret Life of Horses” or “Mary Potter.” The players on the casting couch now write out a short description of the film’s plot and the two stars who will act in the fictional film.

Collect their work, after having each person fold up his slip of paper, in a bowl or hat. Shake them up to allow for the paper to mix.

Vote on each player’s favorite selection after the studio executive finishes reading each response. The player whose “pitch” gets the most votes earns a point for his team. Ties are broken by the judge. After each player has had a chance to sit on the casting couch, the team with the most points is declared the winner.

How to Play Fun Games With Kids

Children love to play games anytime, anywhere, rain or shine. Getting the whole family involved in a fun activity is a great way to spend time together. Choosing an activity that adults and children will both enjoy needn’t be difficult; with a little creativity and imagination, any day can become special.

Amoeba Tag

This game offers a creative twist on traditional “tag, you’re it” games. Perfect for outdoor birthday parties and barbecues, it will get a large group of children involved in the same activity. To play, appoint one child to be the “amoeba”. When this child tags a fellow player, they must join hands and not let go of each other as they try to tag other players. Every person that has been tagged is now part of the amoeba. When the amoeba consists of six people, they must split up into two separate amoebas of three players each. The game ends when every player is part of an amoeba grouping.

Build a Poem

Instead of throwing out your old magazines, collect them for this creative rainy day activity that the whole family can participate in. Use scissors to cut out interesting words, phrases, and pictures from the magazines. Be sure to collect small words such as “and,” “the,” and “as.” Ask each family member to pick out one of the pictures, and then use the cut out words to write a poem describing the picture. Store the pictures and words in an envelope for later use.

Water Balloon Volleyball

An ideal game on a hot, sunny summer’s day, this game requires a volleyball net and at least four people to participate. Split the players up into two teams of at least two people each. Provide each team with a large towel (or sheet) and a basket full of water balloons on their side of the net. Each player should grab a corner of their sheet to keep it taut during play. Place three water balloons in the middle of the sheet, then launch the balloons over the net to the other side, where the other team attempts to catch them, unbroken, in their sheet. The other team then launches the unbroken balloons back over to the starting team. When all of the balloons have been broken, each side should count the amount of broken balloons on their side of the net. The team with the least amount of balloons wins.

Make your own Constellation

Provide each participant with a piece of blue construction paper and a sheet of star stickers. Invite each person to randomly position the stars on their piece of paper, and then trade papers with one another. Using markers or paint, connect the lines between the stars to form a picture that will form their newly discovered constellation. What each player sees in their constellation is completely up to them. It could be something natural, like a flower or an animal; it can be something silly, such as a taco or a two-headed dragon. Once their picture is complete, have the group come up with a funny story of how that particular constellation came to be immortalized in the night sky.

Fun Ideas on How to Throw a Winning Game Night Party

The right card and board games can bring any group of people together. That’s part of their magic: versatility. Think of a person you know. There’s a game for her. Think of her opposite. There’s a game for him, too. Regardless of whether you know a serious strategist or a casual competitor, having a game night can be one of the most stress-free ways to entertain. But no game night is complete without grub. Throw in a few practical DIY decorations, too, and you’ll soon have a weekly game night on the calendar.

Keep Things Tidy with Decorative Glass Jars

Game pieces getting lost under the table, having one die short of a pair of dice and pens that are missing their caps: these are all things you’d like to avoid during game night. Keep everything in its right place with versatile (and very pretty) porcelain painted glass jars.

Make it Festive with a DIY Tassel Garland

While your favorite board game is the only centerpiece you’ll need, throwing some splashes of color on the walls will make the mood festive and bright. These tassel garlands will do just that, and can be made inexpensively out of tissue paper, paper napkins and embroidery thread.

Guard Your Tables and Games from Drink Rings

Everyone knows that a cold drink set on one of the games could pretty much ruin the night. Prevent this mishap while displaying some of your favorite pictures with tile photo coasters.

Keep the Cards Clean with a Flavorful Dip

While there’s nothing you can do about the certain subject matters of certain card games, you can keep all of your cards from getting dirty by avoiding chips with added flavors. Those will definitely cause stains. You won’t need their added flavor with this easy-to-make and very tasty white bean hummus.

Impress Your Friends with Pizza Cones

You will get all of the compliments if you serve these delicious pizza cones. Think: hot pocket + best homemade pizza ever + no-mess appetizer = one happy group.

Make Your Prep Really Easy

If you don’t have much time to prepare, but you still want to wow the crowd, throw some antipasti skewers together in advance. They’ll be a huge hit, and you’ll have barely broken a sweat. Bonus point: imagine how ahead of the game you’ll be when you draw the “antipasti skewer” card in Pictionary.

Keep the Gamers Happy with Cheddar Bacon Tater Tots

You can’t help it if a couple of your friends complain about having to play their least favorite game — you do what makes the most people at the party happy, right? Here’s a tip: cheddar bacon tater tots will always make the most people (that is, everyone) happy.

Make a Mid-Game Snack Without Missing a Turn

The appetizers are dwindling and the game is tense. Thankfully, you’ve got a loaf of bread on hand and brie cheese waiting to be melted. You won’t miss a minute of the game, and more importantly, you’ll ease the tension within seconds of serving.

Refresh Memories with a Childhood Flavor

While there are certainly some good time-travel board games, you might opt for a quicker method by instilling some childlike nostalgia with this old fashioned pink lemonade.

Keep it Cool, Keep it Fresh

If you’re playing games with a lot of movement, people are bound to get thirsty. Keep your friends cool and refreshed with a pitcher of white sangria.

Make a Quick and Delicious Dinner and Get Back to the Games

You know you can’t be tied up in the kitchen for hours during game night, so prep these delicious steak tacos beforehand. Not only will you keep from missing a single game, but you’ll have something on hand for guests who are really hungry.

Wind Down the Fun with a Classic Dessert

As the final scores are announced, give a clue that the night is coming to an end by serving a beloved dessert: brownies. Spruce up the presentation by making it in a cupcake pan, and turn the delicious classics into fun and tiny treats.

Make Everyone Feel Like a Winner in the End

Those who don’t like chocolate, or others who didn’t expect to lose, can still feel like champions at the end of the night. Finish strong with cheers all around and a platter of cheesecake bites.

How to Play 15 Fun Water Games

Water games are a fun way to get full-body exercises for people of all ages. The low-impact nature of water activities makes them feasible for almost anyone. Always take proper precautions when playing games in water, such as keeping youngsters nearby and wearing life jackets if playing in deeper water.

Choose one person to be Marco Polo. That player closes her eyes and counts to 10 while the others scatter in the pool. After the count, Marco swims around with her eyes still closed trying to tag another player, while calling out “Marco,” to which the other players must answer “Polo.” A tagged player becomes the new Marco.

Have one player stand at the end of the pool and the others at the other end. Those at the other end call out, “What time is it Mr. Sharkey?” to which the lone player says a time, such as four o’clock. Whatever number he calls is the number of strokes the other players swim toward him. In this case, that would be four strokes. This continues until the lone player responds: “It’s lunch time!” Everyone must then turn and swim back before the player can tag one of them.

Form teams, have them stand in line at one end of the pool and give each team a paper cup. Set an empty bucket at the other end for each team. On your mark, the first player from each team fills her cup and hurries down to the other end to dump it in the bucket, then returns and hands the cup to the next player, who does the same. The first team to fill its bucket wins.

Divide the pool in half with a rope or net and divide players evenly on opposite sides. Toss an equal number of pool toys like noodles, vinyl balls and soft-sided balls into the water on each side. On your mark, both teams try to toss all of their toys to the other side while keeping their side free of toys, tossing back the ones that are thrown by the other team. Set a time limit, after which you count the toys to determine the winner.

Toss coins into the water and have players dive in and collect as many as they can at one try. This also is good for toddlers in a kiddie pool, who can just bend down to grab as much treasure as they can within a time limit.

Play limbo by turning on a hose full power and having players limbo beneath it. Keep lowering the height as players either pass by dryly or get wet. The winner is the last one to make it under the water without getting wet.

Put ample amounts of sunblock or other greasy substance on each player’s hands and have everyone stand in a circle in the pool, tossing a beach ball around. Players who drop the ball are out. The winner is the last one still able to catch it. Reapply the sunblock as the game progresses.

Toss a vinyl inner tube or pool float into the pool as a basket and have players shoot basket into it with a beach ball. You can play H-O-R-S-E or divide into teams to have competitions.

Start a sprinkler and form two teams on opposite sides. Give them a rope and have them play tug-of-war into the sprinkler water.

Give each player a paper cup full of water. While two players twirl a jump rope, players hold their cups and make three consecutive jumps. The player with the most water at the end is the winner.

Name one player the shark; the others are mermaids. The shark starts on the side of the pool close to the middle or on a ladder while the mermaids start at one end of the pool. When the shark says go, the mermaids must try to make it across the pool and back. The shark jumps in and tries to tag mermaids, who must freeze once tagged. If an untagged mermaid tags a tagged mermaid, the tagged mermaid is free again. The mermaids win if they all make it across the pool and back. The shark wins if everyone is tagged.

Give each player a beach ball to hug and stand in the center of the water. On your mark, they must move around like bumper cars, trying to knock the balls loose from the others. Any player who touches a wall, loses his balance or uses his arms is out.

Play underwater football with players who can hold their breath. Start at the center of the pool with two teams lined up in position. Plays can start only when all players are underwater. Any player that comes up during a play is out of the play. Teams get four tries to move the ball to the other side of the pool for a touchdown. When a player is tagged carrying the ball, the play is stopped. If the team is unsuccessful after four tries, the other team gets the ball at the last position of the other team. The team that has the most points at the end of the game wins.

Have players stand in the pool, then toss in some ice cubes, which they must pick up with their feet only. Set a time limit and see who has the most cubes at the end.

Put two watermelons in the pool and divide players into two teams, each behind a floating melon. Taking turns, each player must push the melon to the other side and back without touching the pool bottom with her feet. The first team done wins.

How to Make Your Own Fun Learning Games for the Office

Interjecting fun learning games into employee meetings or training sessions breaks up the monotony of work routines and provides reinforcement for newly learned material. It also gives trainers and supervisors a sense of participant understanding without the stress of administering a “test.” Fun learning games can also be used during office parties to help lighten the mood and give away prizes. Make your own fun learning games without the purchase of expensive software or gadgets by using simple tools and a little creativity.

Determine the learning objective(s) of the game. What points do you want to reinforce? For example, the game might be to test participants’ knowledge of company terminology or procedure, or the game might be an overall review of everything learned during the previous training session.

Think about a game format that will fit the learning objective in the time allotted. Quiz games are usually popular for learning, but can become boring and predictable. Break away from routine by thinking of popular game shows or board games currently on the market. All of these games can be adapted to fit your learning objectives.

Develop a list of questions that is relevant to your learning objective. Make sure questions can be reasonably answered in the chosen game format. For example, participants in a learning game for a furniture store play “Pictionary” to display understanding of company products. One question is the term “loveseat,” which can be drawn with a heart and a chair.

Determine the materials needed to make game components. For example, do you need score cards, dice or “buzzers”? Create game pieces accordingly using craft material or computer software.

Write the rules and instructions for the game. Be sure to include a list of materials needed and information on point systems, tiebreakers (if any) and prizes.

If possible, run through the game. Fact-check your questions for accuracy and make sure the game can be played entirely in the allotted time.

Assemble a game kit or area with all questions, instructions, and materials. This is especially important if you are using the game for several different sessions.

After the game is first played, take some time to review the effectiveness of this exercise. Did playing the game achieve the desired learning objectives? If necessary, make changes to questions or rules to make the game more successful for future sessions.