5 Quick Low-Prep Games for Kids

5 Quick Low-Prep Games for Kids

Oh no!  You’ve run out of lesson and it’s communion Sunday.  The Pastor must have had an overdose of coffee because he’s still going strong and you’re starting to get concerned about the mounting chaos in your classroom.  Don’t panic!  Play one of these quick low-prep few props needed games instead.

5 Quick Low-Prep Games for Kids

#1 Sneaky Patty

Gather everyone into a circle with a chair in the middle. Under the chair, put a teddy. On the chair, put the birthday child, wearing a blindfold. Turn on some music. One by one, the guests try to sneak up (hands and knees) to snatch the teddy away. The blindfolded child has to stay seated, but can flail around with her hands, trying for a blind tag. If she gets somebody, that child has to switch places with her.  

#2 Balloon Bouncing

Everybody lies down in a circle. Try to keep a balloon up as long as possible. Start with five balloons and let the kids pop each one after it hits the ground.

#3 Crayon Relay

Supply one box of crayons per team. Distribute the crayons, one per runner, and put the empty boxes at the finish line. Goal? Fill up the boxes, crayon by crayon. (Or use easy puzzles and assemble them piece by piece.)


#4 Balloon Relay

Another race for pairs. The two players must keep a balloon in the air, batting it back and forth, as they run to the finish. You can play with no hands for additional challenge.

#5 Heads Up Seven Up

Seven students were in front of the class. The class laid their heads on their desk. The seven went out and each touched a person. That person would stick his or her thumb up. Then the seven would say “heads up seven up” and each student got one chance to guess which of the seven touched him If they guessed right than they changed places. If they did not the same person got to stay up.

Ideas from Better Homes and Gardens & Games Kids Play.  Have fun! 


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