Kids are always looking for something different and exciting. Here are some of our old favourite games to play with kids that will, with any luck, keep them busy for longer than 10 minutes.
1. Hide and seek: Little ones love it. And oldies, too, if we’re honest.
2. Sardines: This game works on the same premise as hide and seek. One person hides and everyone else looks for them. Once someone finds the hider, they have to hide together in the same place. As more and more finders find the hiders, things get a little squishy (like sardines in a can). Cue hilarity.
3. Treasure hunt: Leave treats for the kids in safe places around the house, then write clever clues and let them run wild! There’s no reason to leave younger children out — if they can’t read, use picture clues.
4. Pig: For three or more players. For each person playing, remove four of a kind from the deck, then deal four cards each. The aim is to collect four of a kind, so each player in turn discards a card face down in front of them. When everyone has done this, they pass this card to the player on their left. The first to get four of a kind puts their finger on their nose. The others must do the same as soon as they notice. The last person to do it gets a letter: first P, then I, then G. The first to get all three letters is the loser!
5. Rolling stone: For six players: Remove all the ‘2’ cards. Each player gets eight cards and sorts them by suit. The player to the left of the dealer plays one card, face-up; the next player must play a card from the same suit. Continue until a player can’t go; they then have to pick up all the cards and start the next round. The winner is the person who gets rid of all their cards first.