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Fun Games to Play When Bored

Fighting boredom, the royal way!
A popular recreational activity today, tug of war was actually a royal sport in Ancient Greece.
There are times when boredom sets in and your mind goes numb, unable to figure out what to do. In such a situation, playing games can be fun. It can help you ease your mind and provide that much-needed relief.

Fun Games to Play to Get Rid of Boredom
If you are at home… bored with nothing to do… you can resort to fun games like truth or dare, would you rather, or treasure hunt. While some of these games can be played by anyone, others are meant for people of specific age groups.

Who am I?

In this game, the player draws a card with the name of a character, animal, or anything written over it, and without looking at it, sticks it to his forehead. He then asks a series of questions to others and tries to guess who he is.

Truth or Dare
A group of people sit in a circular formation and spin a bottle. The person towards whom the bottle points has to either opt for ‘truth’ and answer the question the other players ask, or go with ‘dare’ and perform a task suggested by them.

Jenga

In this game, players remove blocks from a tower of wooden blocks and place it on the top. The aim is to successfully move a block without disrupting the tower. When the tower falls, the last person or team to have successfully moved a block is the winner.

These games are not exactly the ones you would like to play with your kids. If it’s your kids who are getting bored, the ideal games for you’ll to play would be …

Would You Rather …?
In this game, you give a player two options which are equally precarious and ask him to choose one. If his choice tallies with that of the rest of the group, he scores a point. If these games are typically categorized as games for adults, there is a good reason for that.

Treasure Hunt

In this game, the objective is to reach the goal or find something based on the series of clues. The best part is that it can be played indoors as well as outdoors.

Pin On
Now this is a game that is specifically for kids. In this game, you blindfold kids and tell them to pin the tail to a portrait of a donkey, or earrings to the ears of a princess.

Balloon Stomping
In this game, a balloon is tied to everyone’s ankle with a string and the objective is to burst everybody’s balloon, whilst protecting the one tied to your leg.

These games are simple, no doubt, but you can make them fun for your kids by participating along with them.

If you have the liberty to go outdoors, your options increase with games like tug of war and paint ball making the cut. Though both are team games, the tug of war is a better option, considering that the requirements are minimal; just a long rope. Paint ball is high on the fun quotient, but you will require equipment in the form of paint ball guns and safety gear.

Games to Tackle Boredom When Traveling
At times, you get bored while traveling, especially when the journey is long and you are out of topics. In such a situation, you can resort to one of the several games that you can play in your vehicle.

Spelling Bee

You must be familiar with the spelling bee contests. Why not just turn it into a road-trip game? In fact, this game is your best bet if your group is full of Grammar Nazis.

Charades
A widely popular guessing game, wherein players act out words or phrases for their team members to guess. It may not be your typical road-trip game, but it’s a guaranteed boredom buster.

Name That Song
If you have a radio in the car, you can play this game, wherein you are supposed to identify the song by its music; the first person to do so wins a point.

Two Truths and a Lie
In this game, each person tells the group two truths and a lie about himself, while the others try to guess the lie.

Rock Paper Scissors

You simply form one of the three shapes―that of a rock (fist), paper (open palm), or a scissor (extending your index and middle fingers)―with your outstretched hand. A rock can destroy the scissor, the scissor can cut the paper, and the paper can cover a rock. So the player who chooses the strongest object (gesture) wins.

Gaming
Besides all these games, the whole realm of gaming is open for you. You just need a computer or smartphone; Internet connectivity would be an add-on. You can play a whole lot of games of different genres―right from action and racing to puzzle and role playing―on your computer or phone. Several websites facilitate online gaming for single players. Some websites even allow you to compete with someone sitting on the other side of the world. These games range from online pool and chess to simple shooting and racing games, wherein you can shoot sniper rifles and maneuver super bikes and super cars with the help of a mouse.

Then again, you don’t necessarily need to have a smartphone. Even regular phones nowadays are equipped with games of various genres which are no less addictive. If computers and smartphones are good, a gaming console is even better, as your choices increase manifold.

Though there are several things that you can do when bored, we doubt anything can be as good as these games. If your aim is to kill time and have some fun whilst doing that, these games are perfect for you.

Rope in the Fun Times

Tug of war is a non-contact team sport where two teams with equal members are put to test against each other in a sheer show of strength. The objective is to either pull a specific part of the rope (competitive tug of war) or all the members of the opposite team (recreational variant of the sport) into your own territory. The fact that its rules are simple and it requires minimal equipment, makes tug of war a popular sport in various parts of the world.

Tug of War Rules and Regulations

Tug of war is played in almost all the countries in the world, however, only a few countries have a proper governing body for the same. The Tug of War International Federation (TWIF) is the 53-member international governing body for the sport. Discussed below are the standard rules of tug of war, constituted to ensure that the sport is played in true spirit.

Teams

➠ According to the rules of competitive tug of war, each team is made up of eight players. However, the combined weight of these eight players should not exceed the weight determined for that particular category.

➠ There are three categories: Junior, Under 23, and Senior, which are further classified into different weight classes, ranging from the Ultra Featherweight class (junior women), where the team weight should not exceed 480 kg or 1,058 lb, to Catchweight class, where there is no weight limit.

➠ While men and women don’t play against each other, mixed teams―comprising four men and four women―are allowed to contest.

Rope

➠ The rope used for tug of war should be at least 33.5-m or 110-ft long, with a circumference of 100 to 125 mm. It should be marked with three different colored tapes. Let’s say for instance, red at the center, blue at four meters on either sides, and green at five meters on either sides.

➠ In recreational event, the rope can have knots to facilitate proper grip. However, these knots should be evenly spaced out to ensure fair play. In competitive events, no such arrangement is allowed.

Field and Marking

➠ The sport should be ideally played on a flat grassy patch of land, with the center line marked clearly in chalk. At the start of the event, the rope is to be placed on the center line, such that the colored tape at the center of the rope lies right on it.

➠ In the case of indoor tug of war, the surface should be made of a material which provides sufficient friction. Additionally, two side lines are marked on the surface at a distance of four meters from the center line on either sides.

Gameplay

➠ Tug of war will commence with members taking position on either sides of the center line; the first member of each team will stand beyond the five-meter tape. Once both teams are ready, the referee will say ‘Pick up the rope’, ‘Take the string’, ‘Steady’, and ‘Pull’ (or blow the whistle). When the referee says pull, the teams can start pulling the rope into their territory.

➠ The objective of each team is to pull the rope to their side. As soon as the part of the rope marked with the blue tape (four-meter tape) crosses over the center line, the team which has pulled the rope to their side wins. The event is generally played in a best-of-three format, where the team which wins two rounds wins the event.

Fouls

➠ A certain technique has to be followed whilst attempting the pull, failing which it is considered a foul, and may call for a disqualification. For instance, your feet should always be extended in front of the knee. Locking your legs by folding the knees at an acute angle will amount to locking, which is considered a foul in competitive tug of war.

➠ Other fouls include touching the ground with any part of the body other than feet for an extended period, deliberately sitting or falling on the ground, passing the rope through hands (as if you were climbing the rope), stepping outside the demarcated pulling area, etc.

➠ The team can be held guilty even if only one player commits any foul, and two fouls may lead to team disqualification.

When it comes to tug of war strategies, the basic knowledge of these rules is quite helpful. You also need to note that these rules may differ from one competition to another depending on the region. If the sport is being played as a recreational activity, the rules are stripped to bare essentials. On the other hand, for world championships, the implementation of these rules is given utmost importance.

Heard of the ‘Pick Up the Sticks’ Game

For many years, games like Pick Up Sticks have entertained children as well as adults. This game surely makes everyone take active part in the race towards collecting all the sticks.

With the festive season around the corner, this game will be an amusing option to entertain your family members. Children and older people can participate in the game too. The best part is that you can play the game in the comfort of your house. A little healthy competition will strengthen your family bond for sure. Now all that remains is to get acquainted with rules of the game, which we have explained below.

How to Play “Pick Up Sticks”

Setup for the Game

➥ Choose a smooth and flat surface like a tabletop for the game.
➥ Remove everything on it so that the game area is clear.
➥ Get different-colored game sticks from any play store. You will need approximately 1 black stick, 7 red sticks, 7 blue sticks, 8 green sticks, and 7 yellow sticks.
➥ Hold them together vertically in your hand.
➥ Gently drop them on the flat surface that you have arranged for.
➥ The colored sticks will be mixed but don’t go on to rearrange them. Just let them be so.
➥ Choose the first player to start the game. You can roll a dice to decide the first player.

Instructions for Playing Pick Up Sticks Game

➥ Pick up one stick from the heap.
➥ Be careful not to move any other stick as you pick one up.
➥ After picking up one stick, you can go ahead and pick up another stick.
➥ If you disturb the other sticks while picking up one, then the next player gets his/her turn to play, while you lose your turn.
➥ The game continues till all the sticks have been collected.
➥ After collecting all the sticks, count the points. The player with the maximum points, wins.
Pick Up Sticks Game Scoring
➥ Points are allotted to the sticks that should be counted after the game.
➥ You can calculate the points with the help of the following chart-
Black stick = 25 points
Red stick = 10 points
Blue stick = 5 points
Green stick = 2 points
Yellow stick = 1 point
➥ All players can refer to this chart and count their points to decide the winner.

Game Variations
The game can be played with variations in the rules. Decide among all the players which of these rules are comfortable to follow and then begin the game.

➥ You can use 25-30 sticks while playing the game. Add more sticks if you want to make the game trickier.
➥ You can play the game in teams as well. For example, make a team of two people and add the points earned by each to the group score.
➥ After successfully collecting the black stick, you can use it as a support to pick up other sticks. For example, you are permitted to use the black stick to separate the sticks laying together or move a stick resting on another. However, keep in mind not to use any other stick for this purpose.
➥ If you pick the sticks in an order of red, blue, and green, your points will be doubled up.
➥ In some versions of the game, a hooked stick is included. It aids you while picking up a stick. However, the game can be played with hands as well.

Make Your Own Set of Sticks
➥ You can make your own sticks at home. All you need is a bunch of wooden skewers. Clip off the sharp ends of the skewers, and rub them smooth with a sandpaper. You will need to paint 1 stick black, 7 sticks red, 7 sticks blue, 8 sticks green, and 7 sticks in yellow color. Let the paint dry completely before using the sticks.
➥ You can use chopsticks too instead of wooden skewers. Toothpicks can be used as mini game sticks as well. Remember to paint all the sticks according to the game requirement.
Who thought that a few simple sticks can become a source of merriment! However, the most important aspect of the game is spending quality time with your loved ones!

How Crab Soccer is Played

This über-fun game is played by two teams, and can be played indoors in a gym or a basketball court. All that is needed is an inflated cage ball that can float longer. Some play this game with an actual football or volleyball as well.

However, it is more challenging to use a small ball, because the participants are required to play this game sitting down. The players are supposed to use only their feet, while they rest their hands behind them on the floor.

The hands are used for pushing the body forward, while the feet are used for walking while sitting down. All this while, the torso is raised whenever the player wishes to move. This game is called so, because while seated in this position, the players look like crabs. This Buzzle article explains how to play crab soccer.

Crab Soccer Requirements
❑ A clean square or rectangular field, with no furniture, stones, or protruding items, that might injure the players.

❑ One inflated cage ball.

❑ 2 pairs of cones (4 nos.), that can act as goal posts, and placed on either sides of the field.

❑ If the field is big enough, you may add 2 more optional goal posts on the remaining two sides as well.

❑ Mandatory shoes, if using an actual football.
❑ Knee and elbow pads for the goalkeepers.

Instructions for Playing Crab Soccer
★ The number of participants can go as high as 20, depending on the size of the field. Therefore, make two teams with even number of participants.

★ More than one cage ball can be used if the number of participants is more, however, the goals will be added to the score of the two main teams only.

★ Divide the teams, using visual demarcations such as color-coding the uniforms, where the players wear colored shirts, socks, or headbands.

★ Appoint two goalkeepers who will be assigned their own area.

★ The players must be seated on their bottom, and should move with their torso facing up in order to do the crab walk properly.

★ The ball is placed in the center of the field, and the leader of the team that wins the toss is given the opportunity to kick-off the ball towards the opponent’s goal post.

★ The team that loses the toss must be placed 10 feet away from the other team. If the area is smaller, the distance can be reduced from 10 feet to whatever seems an acceptable distance.

★ Every time a goal is scored, the scoring team must kick-off the ball from the center of the field.

★ Whenever the ball goes out of the play area, the leader of the opponent team must kick the ball towards his/her teammates.

General Rules for Players
★ The players are not allowed to headbutt the ball.

★ Opponent team members cannot shout for a pass from the player who is in control of the ball.

★ Players are not allowed to carry the ball on their stomach or touch the ball with their hands. Such a foul will warrant a free kick to the opponent team.
★ Opponent players are not allowed to crowd and tackle the player in possession of the ball, instead, only 1-2 players can tackle the ball out of a player’s possession.

★ Players are also not allowed to kick the other participants, be aggressive, shout curses, push with their body, or use their hands while doing the crab walk.

★ The players cannot hold the ball between their feet or legs, as that will amount to the foul of foot holding or carrying the ball.
★ Nor are the players allowed to obstruct the movement of the opponent players, by grabbing their clothes, hands, feet, or by leg-locking.

★ Make one player the referee who will ensure all rules are followed, and will penalize the infringing players with penalty cards.

★ No player is allowed to enter the goalkeeper’s defending posts.
★ Scoring a goal from their own half of the field is invalid and cannot be counted.

★ Players who have broken the rules or kicked a fellow player are asked to sit outside the playing area for a specific duration.

Rules for Goalkeepers
★ The goalkeepers can touch the ball with their hands and rest on their knees, in order to defend their post.

★ The goalkeepers must not be allowed to venture out of their assigned goal areas.
★ Nor are they allowed to throw the ball from above their head. Underarm throwing is the correct approach, while the goalkeepers stay rested on their knees.

★ If the goalkeeper of one team breaks any of these rules, the opponent team will be awarded a penalty kick. This penalty kick must be taken from the center of the half-way line of the field.
Demarcate the goal limit, so that the team achieving the assigned score first, shall be declared the winner. Enjoy doing the crab walk and playing the crab soccer!