Weddings are one of the biggest family events in India and while it is engaging for elders, it’s easy for young children to be bored out of their minds. Here are some fun and engaging games which children of all age groups can play and you can organise these games without using many props. Giving some form of gifts like toffees and chocolate to the children can get them really engrossed in the games.

  • Guess the Activity

What you will Require:

  • A list of activities that are easily and creatively enactable written in different chits
  • Container

Tip :Dividing the children into two groups with an equal mix of children from all age- groups can make this game even more engaging.

How to Play :

Each child is to come forward one at a time and pick up a chit from the container. Then he/she has to enact the activity using gestures and sounds, no use of words either by speaking or writing is allowed. If other children, guess the activity correctly, the child can be rewarded with some form of gifts or sweets. Put a time limit of 4 mins for each child to enact the activity.

Musical Chair

What you will Require:

  • Same number of chairs as children
  • A Device which plays Music

Tip: With large number of children, they can be divided into groups, so only that amount of chairs would be required. The winners of the two rounds could have a final round of musical chairs.

How to Play:

Arrange chairs in a circular manner, with ample space between two chairs. Ask the children to occupy a chair, ask them to run around the circle of chairs until the music continues to play and occupy a chair as soon as the music stops. Start the music and abruptly stop it. In the first round, all the children will get a chair, go ahead and remove one chair and close the gap appropriately by moving around the other chairs. Start the music again and stop it abruptly, one child will not get a chair and he/she will have to step aside. Remove another chair and continue the process until one chair and two children are left. The child who occupies the last chair first, should be rewarded.

Drop the Coin

What you will Require:

  • Handful of Coins
  • A bucket filled with water
  • A metal glass

How to Play:

Place the metal glass in the middle of the bucket filled with water. The glass should be submerged in the water. Ask the children to attempt to drop the coins in the glass by extending their arm in a straight line over the bucket. You may give 5 coins and hence 5 chances to each child. If any child succeeds in dropping three or more coins, he/she should be rewarded

Pictionary

What you will Require:

  • A Board on which drawing can be done
  • Board marker/ chalk/ Pen for drawing
  • Chits with names of objects
  • Container

Tip : :Dividing the children into two groups with an equal mix of children from all age- groups can make this game even more engageable

How to Play:

Make chits with names of objects that can be depicted using drawings, take care not to include objects which can be too easily drawn. Put the chits in a container, and ask each child to pick a chit and draw the object so that other children can guess the object. Speaking or writing is not allowed. If the children guess the object correctly, the drawer can be rewarded.

  • Freeze

What you will Require:

  • A Device which plays music

Tip : The children who get out first, can try to make the children still playing laugh or move from a distance.

How to Play:

Freeze is a fairly simple game, where children are asked to dance to music and freeze as the music stops. The freeze will last for a minute or two and if any child laughs or moves, they will be out of the game. The process continues until the last child remains who should be rewarded.

  • Paper Dance

What you will Require:

  • Newspaper sheet for each child
  • A Device which plays music

How to Play:

Hand over a newspaper sheet to each child. The game is to dance on the newspaper while the music plays and freeze when the music stops. When the adult supervising says “Unfreeze” the children are to fold the newspaper in half and dance on the reduced newspaper sheet. The process continues until the last child remains. When the music stops, the children can not move or laugh or fall or be outside the surface of the newspaper.

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