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Fun Games for Adults

All work and no play, makes your life boring and mundane. Games are not just meant for kids. Games at a weekend party provide a refreshing change and a rejuvenating experience. Games for adults come in all shapes and sizes and importantly there’s never a question of winning or losing. These games will revive the missing element of fun and excitement in your life. So loosen up your ties, roll up your sleeves and get ready for an evening of rollicking laughter.

Say the Name
Let me warn you, this will get you drunk, so designate a responsible driver. Make your drinks and begin the game with the name of a famous person. Suppose the name is ‘Bill Gates’, then the next person will say the next name starting with ‘G’. Suppose the next person says, ‘Gerard Butler’, the one after him/her will say the name beginning with ‘B’. The game basically, continues with first letter of the last name. The fun part of the game is where a participant cannot think of a name. What happens then? Then, the participant is supposed to keep on drinking till he/she thinks of name. After so much of alcohol, thinking is barely possible and that’s when the fun starts!

Watch my Back
It’s raining outside, the TV’s got slurred reception, you can’t step out and evening’s getting boring more than what you had imagined. This is game strictly meant for couples. Your partner will try to write a really intimate and a sexual message on your back, while you try to figure it out. If you get it right, you can ask for a favor (unleash your imagination!), that your partner can’t deny. But if you get it wrong, your partner can ask for whatever was written on the back, for hours and hours!!

Games on Platter
The first game is called the ‘Bubble Blow’ race. Set out paper plates in front of a circle of participants. Place a gum on each plate and then bury those pieces with dollops and dollops of whipped cream. Each participant, has to dig out the chewing gum and blow a bubble. The fun part is, they can use their hands all the while! Another game that you can play is, ‘Penny Wise’. For this game distribute 20 pennies to each participant and make them sit in a circle. The first person, begins with saying something that he/she hasn’t done. For example, ‘I haven’t done rock climbing’. If the others agree, they will give a penny to that person. Everybody gets a turn to say what they haven’t done. At the end of the game, the winner is the one who rakes in the moolah!

Board Games
There is no dearth of board games in this world! Fun board games like pictionary, the pictorial dumb charade, survivor, needless to mention it’s like the hit TV-show, Catch Phrase, which keeps you on your tenterhooks and lastly the classic, pirates of the Caribbean DVD game are enough to keep you occupied all night long. These games can be bought online or in any retail game shop.

Fun party games that involve consuming alcohol, should be played with extra care. Playing games allows your mind to think differently. Out of the box thinking is at its peak when it’s time to play. Game on!

Games for Kids Under 5

Keeping toddlers occupied can be a daunting task for any parent. Activities and games are the best option to keep your child busy and can also be a learning experience at the same time. Games help kids to enhance their creativity, thinking skills and give them the much-needed recreation from their day-to-day activities.

Children under the age of 5 are extremely curious and inquisitive about the surroundings. The best way to help them learn and garner knowledge is by teaching them the same by means of various recreational activities. While their love for playing and having fun will never subside, this is the best way to make sure that the games your kids play is a learning experience too.

Tag
Tag is a game where you’ll definitely have to do quite a bit of running. In this game, one person is selected as ‘it’, and he/she has to chase the other players within a decided area. Once the person who is marked as ‘it’ succeeds in chasing and touching (tagging) any one of the other players, the tag is transferred to that player who now becomes ‘it’. The new tagged player should now chase other players and follow the same rules.

Customized Treasure Hunt
Since children below the age of 5 are not used to formation of complete sentence, it will be tough for them to comprehend complex clues. The easier way to do that is by forming clues that will be suitable for their age. For example, a clue can include “C for Cat, D for?” with a picture of a drawer below it. This will make it easier for the children to guess the word and where to find the next clue.

Blocks
This is a game to improve a child’s vocabulary and the way they analyze different shapes and sizes. The game can be modified according to the child’s needs. If the blocks are of alphabets, you can provide a word to the child and ask him/her form the same with the help of the blocks. If the blocks are of varying size and shapes, ask your kid to put the blocks into the respective slots. You can include various colors of the blocks and their identification also into play

Board Games
Although not a physical activity, any board game such as Snakes and Ladders or the one ones involving knowing of alphabets and numbers, definitely rate high on the fun quotient. If your kid has recently learned his/her alphabets and numbers, these games will help them practice and perfect the letters and numbers without getting bored.
Games that involve physical and brain training and giving them a fun twist is always a hit among kids of all ages. The aforementioned games will definitely help kids below 5 years of age in more than one way. Keep modifying these activities that suiting the occasion and your child’s liking. Have fun!

Exciting Group Games for Adults

Group games are the best way to get a fairly large number of people to interact. It is customary to start with an icebreaker activity, which helps people to overcome their initial awkwardness and join the fun. It is also an effective way to mix up the group, so that people who know each other no longer clump together but are forced to get to know others. If the group of people belong to an organization, it would be a good idea to include games that teach qualities of teamwork or leadership. Here are a few fun games for adults to play in groups.

Two Truths and a Lie

The basic objective of this game is introducing each person to others. If you have a very large group of people, you can split them into smaller groups and have them play the game within each group. Make each group sit in a circle, and provide a piece of paper and pen to each person. Tell them to write down two true statements about themselves and one lie. One by one each person has to read out what they have written and the group has to guess which statements are true and which one is the lie. The person will reveal the answer after reading out all three statements and once the others have finished making their guesses.

Crossing the Dead Sea
If you are looking for indoor group games for adults, this one is a great option. This is a group game that I recently played and enjoyed to the hilt. Once again, if you have a very large group of people, split them into smaller groups. If the group is not very large, form them into two teams that will compete against each other. Draw two parallel lines with about a 15 feet in between them. Taking the largest steps you make, walk in a straight line and count how many steps it takes to get from one parallel line to another. You need these many rectangular wooden bricks of the measure 8″x4″ for each group. Provide each group the decided number of wooden bricks, and ask them to use the bricks to get across the ‘Dead Sea’. Nobody’s feet must touch the ground between the lines, and all members must cross from one side to another. If a person loses balance and touches the ground, the entire team must start again. A key to increasing the difficulty level of the game is to provide bricks that are rounded at the edges, and thus not very steady.

Story Time with Props
This game requires more creativity than activity, and is ideal when your crowd is tired. You need a group of at least 20 people for it to be a success. It also requires a bit of planning, as you need a varied collection of ‘props’ like a pillow, toy dog, plate, cardboard box, belt, wooden spoon, flowers, picture, scarf, etc. You need approximately 5 props per group. Divide the large group into smaller teams of 7 to 8 people each, and then give them a bag containing the props. Ask each group to come up with a story they will act out and use the props in any way apart from its conventional use. Give them about 10 to 15 minutes to prepare. The team which uses the props in the most creative manner, or the team that comes up with the most hilarious story, wins.

Human Knot
This is one of my favorite group games. It requires a fair deal of activity. If you have a very large group of people, split them into smaller groups. Each group should comprise at least 10 people or more. First get each group to form a circle and then tell them to walk towards the center of the circle. You should have bunches of people standing close together (shoulder to shoulder) with no space in between. Then ask everyone to close their eyes, reach out (this is important) and clasp hands with people in the group. Tell them they get points for not holding hands with the people who are immediately around them. Now walk around and inspect each group. Ensure that each person should be holding hands with two different people, and there is sufficient intermingling. Once you’re satisfied, ask everyone to open their eyes and start untangling the knot without letting go of each others hands. They should eventually untangle into a perfect circle, or maybe even two breakaway circles.

Follow The Lead
This game happens to be the shortest and the most hilarious of all. Like rest of the games, you need to split your guests in smaller groups of 6 to 10 people each. As a host, you might need to make some advance preparation by creating 8 to 10 pieces of paper. Jot down situations like bus travel, classroom, office, etc., on every piece of paper. Fold these papers and place them in a bowl or a bag. Now ask a person from one of the groups to come and select a folded paper. He needs to read and start acting as per the situation mentioned. The rest of the group needs to understand his actions and start playing other characters in the situation as per what they grasped. The total duration of reading the piece of paper and starting to act is just one minute. For example, the situation given in the paper is bus travel. Here the leader might do actions as if he were driving the bus. The rest of the team may follow lead and play out characters like the passengers, the bus stop, the chairs, the ticket machine, etc. Team members lose points if they misunderstand the situation, speak out loudly or if two members of the team play a similar character. For example, when two members play the character of a ticket machine. The same continues for other teams too. The team with the highest number of points wins.

While deciding on the best group games for adults, you need to consider the available space, the number of players and the availability of game supplies. Your group is sure to have plenty of fun playing these games. I wish you all a good time!

Want Rules to Play the ‘Simon Says’ Game? Read This

Simon Who?!
Before it was “Simon says,” the phrase used to be “Cicero says.” It was a tribute to renowned Roman orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero. In Latin, the phrase is “Cicero dicit fac hoc,” which means “Cicero says, do this.
It is hard to tell when Cicero was replaced by Simon in the phrase. However, it is known that it is in reference to 13th-century historical statesman Simon de Montfort. After winning the Battle of Lewes of the Second Barons’ War in 1264, his reputation as a commanding authority was established. He imprisoned the King of England, Henry III, and established the first democratic parliament.

Regardless of the origin of the game’s phrase, it is one of the most popular games in schools since one can remember. The ‘Simon Says’ game is ideal for preschoolers as teachers can use it to teach impulse control, the ability to distinguish between valid and invalid commands, concentration, listening skills, and motor skills. Let us see how to play this game.

Objective

Follow all the valid instructions to win the game.

You Will Need
► An open space
► One Simon (the controller)
► 3 – 4 gullible followers

Instructions
1. Get all the players together. Select a player among them to act as Simon.

2. He will stand apart from the group, facing the players.

3. Simon will give a series of commands to the group.

4. Each player from the group needs to follow these commands promptly.

5. If a player fails to carry out the given command, he or she will be eliminated from the game.

6. The game continues until only one player remains. That player is declared as a winner.

Important Rules
★ A command which follows the phrase “Simon Says” is a valid one. For example, “Simon says, clap your hands.” All players need to obey this command.

★ A player who does not follow the valid command is eliminated from the game.

★ A command that does not have the phrase ‘Simon Says’ is an invalid command. So, a player posing as Simon might ask other players to “Jump. Clap your hands. Arms up.” However, these commands are not to be followed.

★ A player following such invalid commands is eliminated from the game.

★ Simon cannot give any impossible commands like “Simon says, lift both your legs up at a time!” Players cannot carry out this task, which leads to an elimination.

★ Likewise, Simon cannot give commands in which players do not have any option but to get eliminated. For example, “Simon says, jump up. Come down.” In this command, ‘jump’ is the valid one as it follows the phrase, and ‘come down’ is the invalid one as it does not follow the phrase. However, it is not physically possible for the players to jump up and stay in the air. They are bound to get down. In such cases, they are eliminated.

Adding Some More Fun
★ The game looks simple enough till you use some tricks to make the game more fun.

★ A large group always helps! Playing this game in a larger group is fun as it is hilarious to see everyone following silly commands. It is always easier for players to hide their mistakes if they do or do not follow certain commands in a bigger group.

★ A player posing as Simon can give a series of complex and confusing commands to trick the players. For instance, an invalid command can immediately follow a valid command to fool the players into doing it.

» For example, “Simon says, swing your arms. Simon says, clap your hands. Stop. (If a player stops, he is out.)
» Another example is, “Simon says, turn around once. Well that wasn’t good. Do it again.” (If a player turns around again, he is out.)

Why should kids have all the fun?! Grownups can play the game too. Either teach your kid and his friends the game, or play with them. Get your friends together and relive your preschool days. It will surely be a lotta fun!