Games for Families
One of the best things about planning a family reunion or a family weekend together are the games. Family games are fun for all ages and give you a chance to interact with one another. Check out these great outdoor games.
For this game, you will need one less chair than the total number of people participating in the game. To play the game, have someone (who doesn’t wish to play) hold a small boom box. Arrange the chairs in a way that every alternate chairs face the same direction. Ask the person who has the music to look the other way and turn the music on. Everybody stands in a line and as soon as the music starts to play, walk around the chairs lined up. When the music stops, sit on the closest chair in front of you before anyone else gets a chance. Whoever is left
Mumblety-peg involves throwing a pocket knife deep into the ground. The position at which it hits the ground―sideways or straight up―decides the number of points. It involves different stunts that can be performed, which obviously gets more points. The name of the game is derived from a stick driven into the ground by the winner using a pocket knife, which the loser has to pull out using only his teeth, while mumbling curses at the winner.
Versions of the Mumblety-peg Game
Although the basic version of the game involves throwing a pocket knife into a circle in the ground, a variant of this involves two people standing away from each other and throwing a knife near their own foot. Whoever throws the knife closest to their foot without getting hurt, wins. If the player moves his foot, the opposing player wins.
Another version of the game involves throwing the pocket knife from different angles, and the other player tries to imitate the same and land it successfully at a straight angle with the blade thrust into the ground.
The last variant of the game is called ‘Chicken’. The player is asked to keep some sticks between his feet. The other player then throws the knife as close to the center of the gap. The first player
Four or more players
8-inch diameter ball
To keep hitting the ball using only your hands, into the opponent’s square, without letting it bounce twice or committing a foul, while defending your own.
The court should be square-shaped, which measures 16 square feet.
The court is divided into 4 quadrants, with 8 feet on each side.
There should be a clearance area of 6 feet around the court, or a distance of 12 feet between multiple courts.
The squares can be named after celebrities, movie stars, numbers, or anything else just to make it interesting. In this scenario, let’s name them with numbers.
In 2004, a school dinner lady in Dorset was partially paralyzed when a boy playing tag rammed into her. Unfortunately, her claim for damage was ruled out by 3 Court of Appeal judges.
Tag is a game that is enjoyed by the young and the old, the quiet and the noisy, the big and the small, and everyone in between. It has been played for as long as we can all remember, and whether you were in the U.S, in Britain, in France, China, or India, you have played some form of tag or the other. Because of its versatility, the rules, requirements, and end goal, it can be played around with and shifted about, and today we have over 20 different versions of this game, including the likes of Zombie Tag, Blind Man’s Bluff, Laser Tag, Duck, Duck Goose, Flashlight Tag, Cops and Robbers, Chain Tag, Shipwrecked, Kick the Can, and Paintball – all exciting and colorful forms of the classic.
But by far, one of the most popular of them all is Freeze Tag, which back here was called “Ice and Water”. We bring you the instructions on how to play freeze tag, which can turn out to be a delightful use of a lazy Sunday afternoon!
HOW TO PLAY FREEZE TAG: Step by Step Instructions
– A group of 4 or more people
– A large, open space
– Time on your hands
– And some stamina!
You caught us there, we were trying to be funny with the last bit!
Just like a basic tag game, freeze tag too has one player who is “It”, who has to chase around and tag (touch) other players. In this version, the player who is tagged
Outdoor games are always fun for kids. Even adults love to join in outdoor activities and have pure fun. Team building activities help build relationship between co-workers, who generally interact only during work-related activities. It helps people learn more about the people they work with. This makes the general atmosphere in the office healthy and open. Some of the outdoor games that can be played by adults are as follows:
This activity helps build communication and problem solving skills in the team. A problem is given to the team. A story is made up, which contains the solution. The team is handed out pictures in a sequence, linked
The history of cornhole is unclear, though it is said to have originated in Germany in the 14th century, and rediscovered in Ohio later. There are rumors that a local Iowa farmer by the name of Jebidiah McGullicutty discovered it in the 19th century. Historians agree that several Native American tribes played similar games for entertainment. Since then, the game has rapidly spread throughout America, and has become very popular.
The wooden board is a slanting platform, with its one side higher than the other. A circular hole, which is the main target, is nearer to the higher end. The cloth bag used for tossing contains corn feed. The other names for this game are Tailgate, Bean Bag, Bean Toss, Corn Toss, and even Bag-O.
Kids playing cornhole
☞ The game can be played in two teams of one or two players each.
☞ The cornhole boards must be separated by a distance of 24 feet for casual games and 27 feet for official competitions.
☞ The game begins with a coin toss to decide which team will begin. Alternately, the winning team of the previous game can start.
☞ The front edge of the cornhole board will be regarded as the foul line, behind which the
While playing ‘kick the can’, the can need not be an actual can. It could be any designated object that can be placed in the center of the play area to be kicked every time the game reaches a turning point.
Spending a fun-filled evening with friends is something that all kids look forward to. Why kids, even adults love to unwind with those who are fun and great company to be with. As far as kids are concerned, enjoying the outdoors is a perfect way to let your child refresh his/her mind after a day of school work. Outdoor activities and games are essential to a child’s life as they are silent teachers of lessons that go beyond the confines of a classroom.
‘Kick the can’ is a classic outdoor game. It is a great game to learn teamwork, garner good sportsman spirit, and even develop leadership traits. These must-have ideals in life are instilled in kids by interacting with other kids and socializing with them for a cause. So, without further ado, here’s how to play kick the can. Go through the rules of this game with your child so that the playtime is fair and enjoyable.
Gather all your friends together to play this game. More the number of friends, more fun this game becomes. After all, there is a reason why they say more the merrier!
Select a can to serve as the most important part of this game. If you cannot find a can, then pick an object that can serve as a can or one that can be kicked.
Demarcate the play area and lay down the periphery that will be
Those who are familiar with the game can scroll down for some tips.
While those who are not familiar, the prime objective of this game is to build the tallest tower using only 54 pieces or blocks stacked one above the other. Each player/s receives a chance to remove one and only one block from any level of the tower (except the last and penultimate level) and place it on the top, thereby, increasing the height of the tower. A couple of things to remember here is each player/s is allowed to use only one hand while removing a block, and his/her turn is complete only when one block is removed from the bottom and placed on top.
So much so for the playing essentials. If the tower collapses during or after a move, the player causing the collapse is declared as the loser.
Now, you may have played the game at a friend’s house party, and you couldn’t get enough of it. So, you finally buy it for yourself, and now, you wish to become a pro at it. Keep the following tips in mind that are sure to give you an edge over your opponent, the next time you play Jenga.
1. Push the blocks, don’t pull
When you pull a block out, the motion of lifting the block disturbs the balance of the tower, and causes it to topple over. Whereas, pushing or gently tapping a block out, distributes the load of the tower gradually, thereby, maintaining the stability of the tower.
2. Eliminate blocks at the center first
Removing blocks from the
This game is played by tossing an object in the air, and picking up ‘jacks’ before the object touches the ground. Many variations of this game have developed over the years. For example:- “Tropa”, where the object of the game was to throw the knuckle bones in such a way that they landed in a hole, dug up for the purpose of the game. Another variant of this game included the throwing of astragaloi onto a flat surface, and then counting the values of the sides on which the bones fell. The different faces of the bones, fetched different points. The convex side scored 1 for the narrow part, and 3 for the broad part. Similarly, the concave side scored 6 for the narrow side, and 4 for the broad side. Later, more variations for the throwing of bones were developed, and given specific names such as Midas, Alexander, Venus, King, Vulture, etc.
It is played using a rubber ball and 6-12 small six-pronged, metal or plastic jacks. Alternatively, seeds and small stones can also be used.
Ideally, it should be played on a uniformly flat and smooth, hard surface like a table top. Alternatively, a hardwood or linoleum covered floor may also be used.
Number of players is not defined. The game can be played solo, as well as in small or large groups.
Jacks: Rules and How to play
Step 1: To decide who starts the game,
Only the first meld or the ‘initial meld’, as it is called, is determined beforehand, wherein a player is required to form a sequence summing up to a minimum of 30 points. The point value of each tile is equal to its face value; if jokers are used, their value is equal to the tile they substitute. The initial meld is necessarily supposed to be a fresh sequence; a player cannot lay off tiles to an existing sequence on his/her first turn.
Given below are the instructions to play Rummikub. Check them out!
How to Play Rummikub
✦ To play Rummikub, it is essential that you understand the type of acceptable sequences or sets. A player can place tiles on the table (play area) only by forming ‘groups’ or ‘runs’.
✦ A group typically includes three or more tiles of the same number, and each with a different color.
✦ Runs comprise a sequence of three or more consecutive numbers, all belonging to the same color.
(Note: In a run, number 1 is considered to be of the lowest rank, and can’t follow 13 in any case. For instance, 1-2-3-4 is a correct run, whereas 11-12-13-1 is not.)
✦ Rummikub requires a minimum of two to a maximum of four players to play. The objective of the game is to place all the tiles on the table in appropriate sequences, and the first player to do so wins the game.
✦ To begin
They are especially ideal during the hot summer, chilling winter or boring rainy days, when it is not possible to entertain your guests with outdoor games. Games, whether indoor or outdoor are an indispensable part of parties along with food and decoration.
Indoor party games help guests open up to each other and the best part is that they can be enjoyed in all seasons. So, let’s take a look at some fun indoor games that can help brighten up your party.
There is a huge list of indoor games which can make your party the most memorable one. Following are some of these games, which can be enjoyed by all. Have a look!
~ Taboo is a fun-packed game that makes you stay on your toes, think real fast, and tests your mental ability.
~ There are two teams that play against each other. Each member of the team picks a card with a word on it, which he has to convey to his teammates by explaining the concept behind it.
~ While doing so, he cannot use the 4 words that are taboo (can’t use them for describing the main word).
~ These words are the most obvious options that you would use to describe the main word.
~ For example, the main word that you need to convey is ‘basketball’ and the taboo words are ‘sports’, ‘Michael Jordan’, ‘net’, and ‘dunk’.
~ These four words, as you can see, are some of the most obvious words that you would use to describe ‘basketball’. If you use any of the taboo words, you get negative markings.
~ You need to get as many words as you can in a
You learn how to obey the traffic lights at four-way intersections. The traffic light system in the game is similar to the traffic light convention that is followed on the roads. The three-way traffic light system uses three colors―red, yellow, and green. The red light means your car has to stop, the yellow light means you have to take caution, and the green light means you can proceed. You also learn how to take a car out of a parking space and leave a parking lot. Of course, the games are no substitute to going to a driving school.
The free games use the keyboard to control the movement of the car. The up arrow key moves the car forward, and the down arrow key moves the car in reverse. The left and right arrow keys move the car to the left and right. The space bar key has different functions in different games. In some games, it is used to put the brakes on the car; in others, it is used to make a U-turn or jump.
Top 5 Websites to Visit
If you already have a favorite site that you play the games on, do make it point to visit these as well. You never know, you might just find a few games more interesting.
According to MetroStore Scanner (the unofficial counter of Windows applications), as of June 17, 2013, there are 89,333 applications available for Windows 8 users. Out of these, 12,236 are gaming apps. There is a slight chance that you might not find the game you want, but Microsoft has guaranteed that most popular games will soon be available on Windows 8. Till that happens, let’s make the most of it, and play with the most recommended Windows 8 gaming apps.
Temple Run: Brave
Get engrossed in another visually appealing game from the makers of Temple Run. Temple Run: Brave has become one of the most popular apps on the Windows Store. Join Merida, the archer princess, as you run, shoot, jump, and slide through the wilderness of Scotland on an endless adventure.
4 Pics 1 Word
Millions are already addicted to it. 4 Pics 1 Word is simply great and also proves to give the mind a decent amount of exercise. Figure out what is common in all the 4 pictures, and then come up with the right answer. It is also one of the most acclaimed games on the Windows 8 platform.
Angry Birds Star Wars
Angry Birds addicts, be ready to join your favorite heroes in their biggest adventure to date. Join your favorite Rebel Birds in an epic battle to save the universe against the evil Imperial Pigs. Be a part of the incredible Star Wars Universe, and save the galaxy from the