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Games For Children

Games for children are structured activities, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes also used as an educational tool.

Some children's games include:

Leapfrog Games For Children

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Leapfrog is a children's game in which players vault over each other's stooped backs. The first participant rests hands on knees and bends over, this is called giving a back.

The next player places hands on the first's back and leaps over by straddling legs wide apart on each side.

On landing he stoops down and a third leaps over the first and second, and the fourth over all others successively, etcetera; the number of participants is not fixed.

When all the players are stooping, the last in the line begins leaping over all the others in turn.

Apple Core Games For Children

applecore games for children

"Apple core" is a children's game and prank that was popular among schoolchildren in the United States in the middle of the 20th century.

The game proceeds as follows: a child finishes eating an apple, then displays the core for the other children to see.

The child then says "apple core!"
One of the other children replies: "Baltimore."
The first child then responds: "Who's your friend?"
And the second child responds with the name of another child in the group.
Upon hearing the name of the "friend", the first child then throws the apple core into the face of the named child as he yells,
"Not no more!"

Follow the Leader Games For Children

First a leader or "head of the line" is chosen, then the children all line up behind the leader. The leader then moves around and all the children have to mimic the leader's actions. Any players who mess up or do not do what the leader does are out of the game. The last person standing other than the leader is now the new leader.

Seven Up Games For Children

Seven Up (sometimes called "Heads Up, Seven Up", "Heads Up, Thumbs Up", "Thumbs Up, Seven Up", or "Heads Down, Thumbs Up") is a traditional children's game that is played in primary schools, and to a lesser extent at parties.

The goal is for each selected participant to correctly guess the person who pressed his or her thumb. It takes a minimum of 14 children to play the game in its truest sense, but if there is a smaller group to start with, fewer than seven can be picked at the start. This game dates back to at least the 1960s.

Gameplay Games For Children

To start the game, seven children are selected and come to the front of the room. The teacher (or selected player) says, "Heads down, thumbs up!" The children who are not selected then put their heads down, close their eyes, and put up one thumb each.

The chosen seven circulate through the room, secretly pressing down one thumb each and then returning to the front of the room. This takes about one minute. Some people cheat and pick more than one person. Sometimes you play by tapping heads.

The teacher then calls, '"Heads up, seven up!" All children raise their heads and the seven whose thumbs were pressed stand up. Each in turn names the person they think pressed their thumb. If they are correct, the thumb-presser sits down and the winning child takes their place. The game then starts again.

The child who goes last may have the advantage if other pickers have been eliminated, however, they often do not understand or have the working memory. To account for this, the new pickers may squat down so the other children can see who is left. Also, to make the game fair, the teacher can alternate the order of which of the children are called each time (e.g. front to back, or left to right of the room, or around the room).

Hide And Seek Games For Children

Hide and seek (sometimes also called hide and go seek) is a popular variant of the game tag, in which one or more players search for the other players. Numerous variants of the game occur worldwide.

hide and seek games for children
It is best played in areas with lots of potential hiding spots, such as a forest or a large house.

The game starts with all players in a central location. One player is given the designation of "it".

There are two portions to the game: the hiding - all the players, except "it", locate a place in which to hide, and the seeking - "it" attempts to locate at least one of the players.

The overall objective is to not be discovered by "it".

The hiding portion of the game begins with "it" using a method to avoid seeing the other players hiding, and counting out loud for a predetermined number of seconds, often with the aid of a word that takes about one second to say (e.g., "one-alligator, two-alligator . . ." or "one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi . . ."). Meanwhile other players locate a place to hide. When the counting is completed "it" usually announces the start of the seeking portion by shouting a phrase such as "Ready or not, here I come!".

"It" then begins a search for the hiding players. In some variations players may move to other hiding spots while "it" isn't looking, and those who can remain hidden the longest are considered the best players. The next game's "it" is usually the first player to be found. Alternatively, the players can agree that the last person to be discovered will become the next "it".

House Games For Children

House is a traditional children's game where children take on the roles of a nuclear family, which typically consists of a father, mother and child/baby.

This game is most commonly played with children aged 3-5, and often with props (most schools have a "kitchen area" with plastic food). The nature of the game usually attracts girls, but boys will sometimes play the role of father as well.

Every child assumes a role, the most popular being babies, sisters, pets, and a mother, and then they invent household scenarios in which everyone takes a part: getting food, doing chores, fixing things, going places, caring for the younger children, feeding the pets, etc. More imaginative children can make this game last for hours.

I Spy Games For Children

I spy is a guessing game usually played in families with young children, partly to assist in both observation and in alphabet familiarity. I spy is often played as a car game.

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One person starts by choosing an object (perhaps a cow) and says "I spy with my little eye, something beginning with C".

The other players look around and suggest things it might be: "Crow" (no), "Car" (no), "Cloud" (no), "Cow" - yes. The person who guesses correctly gets to choose the next object.

Often the game is played without the accumulation of points, and winning a round simply results in the initiation of further play. When played in a car, a family needs to decide beforehand what to do about items within the car (usually excluded) and things that are no longer visible (the field with the cows is a mile back - usually permitted but the 'I spy'er has to say "I can't see it any more" and "I can see it now").

A slightly more challenging version uses phrases - "I spy with my little eye something beginning with B A W C" for "Black and white cow". Another variation of this game is to play using colors, such as 'I spy with my little eye something that is green'.

A further variation to the game is titled, 'I hear with my little ear'. It functions, as the title suggests, with sounds instead of sights.

Jump Rope Games For Children

A jump rope, skipping rope or skip rope is the primary tool used in the game of skipping played by children and many young adults, where one or more participants jump over a spinning rope so that it passes under their feet and over their heads.

This may consist of one participant twirling and jumping the rope, or a minimum of three participants taking turns, two of which twirl the rope while one or more jumps. Sometimes the latter is played with two twirling ropes; this form of the activity is called 'Double Dutch' and is significantly more difficult.

Children often chant jump-rope rhymes while jumping rope. These can range from pure nonsense to comments on current events. Participants may simply jump until they tire or make a mistake, they may improvise tricks, or they may have to carry out a predetermined set of tricks. People also practice solo jump-roping for exercise. There are hundreds of different tricks/techniques of skipping rope.

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