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Posted on February 7, 2014 by Christine Crosby in Family, game, grandchildren, unplugged

A Simple Way Grandparents Can Help Kids Unplug: Play a Game

Let’s get the grandkids unplugged and play a game. Your grandkids will love it! Pick a game…any game…but just play one.

Magic Ball: Instead of a traditional Freeze Dance game where everyone dances together, the spotlight’s on you! One player dances to music holding a large ball while everyone else watches. The DJ pauses the music and the dancer must pass the ball to another player, who then starts to dance. Players must pass the ball in a different way each time. This game is great for young children who’ll find passing the ball a fun challenge. Bust a move!

Animal Party Game: You’ll need a long room to play this favorite party game and two designated “safe zones” for two teams. First, divide into two groups. Team one chooses an animal to imitate and at the count of three, all team members must silently act out the animal. If someone on the second team wants to guess the animal, they raise their hand. If the guess is correct, the second team can run toward the first and try to tag players out. Whoever gets tagged switches teams. This game lasts as long as you want since there are no winners.

Skillful Toes: Create one pile of quarters or dice for each player. Using the toes on one foot, players have 60 seconds to pick up as many quarters or dice as they can and move them into a bowl. The person who grabbed the most objects with their toes wins!

Clap Ball: You remember this one — toss a ball into the air and clap before catching it. See how many times players can clap before they catch the ball.

Hot Potato: Hot potato, hot potato, hot potato, hot! Sit in a circle and toss a ball of bean sack shouting “hot potato!” as music plays. When the music stops, the person holding the hot potato is out.

Hip Waddle: Players stand side by side with a ball between their hips. Try to walk across the room without dropping the ball. Have the whole family line up and try to do it together.

Treasure Hunt: Have the family choose a theme and collect objects from around the house that match the theme. One person hides all the objects and the remaining players go on the treasure hunt. Set a time limit — the person with the most objects wins.

Family playing gameDon’t Drop the Cabbage: Can you do two things at once? You’d be surprised by how tricky this can get. In Don’t Drop the Cabbage, two players sit knee-to-knee and toss a ball to each other. At each catch, a player must say one of the next word in this sequence: Don’t Drop the Cabbage. Whoever drops the cabbage must stand up and do a silly dance. Every time you successfully complete the sentence, move one foot apart and start again. Want to make it more challenging for older kids? Try adding a clap to the mix.

Cross the Lava: Tape pieces of paper (“stepping stones”) to your floor and have kids jump from sheet to sheet to “cross the lava.” If someone misses the paper, they start from the beginning. Make two parallel courses to add a time challenge to the mix.

Crab Carry: The object of the game is to pick up a toy or book (something you won’t mind falling) and carry it to to organizer while walking like a crab. Not as easy as you think!

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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