Games To Play With Your Kids That You May Have Forgotten About



Sometimes we get so busy with everyday life that we forget the simplest things that we can do to spend time with our kids. I feel like TV, iPads and other electronic devices tend to take over our kids free time. Today I decided to put my phone and laptop away. I turned the TV off and got creative. My kids loved the one on one attention and had a blast playing different silly games. The great thing about these games is that they require either no supplies or very few.

I’ve put this list together to help keep them in mind when my kids need entertaining or have been spending too much time on their own. While putting this list together it brought back so many memories from my childhood. I grew up in a small town, in the country. I didn’t have neighbor kids to play with. I never went to Disney World. We were creative and played with actual toys and imagination all day everyday. I strive to raise my kids that way but find that it’s difficult. We can’t live in the country in a small town, we are a military family so we live where the Army tells us. By spending time with my kids playing these simple games I can bring a little of that lifestyle into their lives.

Simple Games To Play With Your Kids:

  • Hide and Seek

  • I Spy

  • Telephone ( if you have enough people)

  • Simon Says

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  • Catch

  • Hopscotch

  • Follow The Leader

  • Guess That Tune

  • Tag

  • Staring Contest

  • Thumb Wrestle

  • Charades

  • Red Light- Green Light

  • Would You Rather

  • Pictionary

  • Duck Duck Goose

  • Hot Lava ( seriously use the couch cushions, your kids will love it.)

  • Hot Potato

  • Keep Away

  • London Bridge

  • Peekaboo ( for the younger kids)

  • Tic Tac Toe

  • Truth or Dare

  • 20 Questions

  • Warm or Cold

  • Freeze Dance

  • Flashlight Tag

  • Shadow Tag

It’s late at night now but I can’t wait until tomorrow to play some of these with my kids. What games would you add to this list?

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Written by: Devon Bernthal

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  1. Chrissie @ One Hangry Mama | 28th Mar 17

    Love this list! I’d forgotten all about Red Light / Green Light. My toddler is LOVING Keep Away right now too, which cracks me up. Definitely going to need to reference this list again as he gets old enough to play more of these!

  2. Dr. Deoshree | 28th Mar 17

    So true!! It is very essential for the development of kids too.

  3. Heather | 28th Mar 17

    This article brought me back to my childhood! I really enjoyed it and it is so important to put away all the electronics sometimes and just enjoy one another. Nice article!

    • | 28th Mar 17

      Thank you, I’m glad you liked it.

  4. Marcie | 28th Mar 17

    We do Hot Lava and it’s a blast! My son does it on his own now and it’s so fun to watch!

    • | 28th Mar 17

      That’s great. It’s rainy here today so we might play that soon.

  5. Divya | 29th Mar 17

    I definitely have a few of these in my back pocket as an educator. I feel like you’ll always need some of these quick, no-supplies activities on hand in case of any unstructured time that needs to be quickly organized!

  6. Jailyn | 29th Mar 17

    I love those games! I can’t wait until my little ones are old enough to play more of them. We started playing red light-green light, tag and hide and go seek and it’s a hit. Although we’re loose with the rules but it’s fun to have these options.

  7. Tina | 29th Mar 17

    I’m saving this as a reminder – we do a lot of these, but a few I can’t believe I forgot! I Spy is our go-to in the car. They also have just become obsessed with telephone once I showed it to them. As we finish up dinner, one will start it, and we’re always cracking up by the time it gets to the 2 yr old! It’s also funny for Mommy nd Daddy to notice how much kids can’t whisper!

  8. Dilraz Kunnummal | 29th Mar 17

    We play some of these when us siblings or friends get together. Hopefully my boy will enjoy these too as he grows up..
    (Not truth ir dare though – it always ended up being too sexual!) Ugh.

  9. Maria | 16th Apr 17

    Saving this! These are really good. Thank you for the reminder.

  10. Alison Faircloth | 25th Apr 17

    Red rover red rover

  11. Ayana | 28th Apr 17

    This is a great list! Takes me back to days at summer camp and recess in elementary school! I do forget a lot of these. The little girl I nanny taught my son ring around the rosie a few weeks ago and he LOVED it!

  12. Meredith | 28th Apr 17

    What a fun list! Two nights ago, my husband asked me if I remembered how to play Hot Potato. I was surprised to realize that I still did! I can’t wait to teach some of these to my kids!

  13. Heather | 30th Apr 17

    Great list! We play toss.. With some buckets and ball… Standing at different positions. You pretty much covered every “rainy day” activity I could think of!!!

  14. Amanda | 22nd Jun 17

    Oh the memories. My kids play hot lava all the time. They like steam roller too. When we were kids, we did different games of tag…tv tag, freeze tag & sardines (like hide & seek). This was fun. I had a similar post in mind!

  15. Rachel | 3rd Jul 17

    Thanks for sharing. I will try some of these with my Witches, we do most of these on the list. I don’t let me play on phones or tablets, the Witches do a lot of crafting!!

  16. Laura | 9th Jul 18

    Great list! My son likes making treasure hunts for us, with clues hidden all over the house – it’s good entertainment for all of us. Red light/Green light is another favourite, especially when they’re toddler/preschooler age.

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