There are times in life where you just have to do a bit of waiting and that can be quite hard for little ones. Being sat in your doctors, dentists, a restaurant, on a train, plane the list goes on… That waiting can be made a lot easier by having their mind taken off the time by playing a game. It may just stop the moaning or irritable fidgeting from even surfacing. However, most of the places you find yourself waiting also tend to be the places you can’t have your children playing games that involve lots of equipment/space or cause the noise to rise to an inappropriate level that will leave the people around you less than impressed. So next time you find yourself waiting, grab that handy pen and notebook (that you now permanently keep in your handbag) and try one of the following paper games.
Grab a piece of paper and two different coloured pens. Holding a pen in each hand, place each pen tip on the centre of your paper and at the same time begin drawing with both pens creating your picture.
Funny people fold-overs: The first person draws a face at the top of the paper and then folds the paper over once to cover it and then passes the paper to the next person. They draw a body, then fold over the paper once to cover it and then pass the paper to the next person who draws the legs and feet. You then unfold the paper and take a look at your funny person.
Funny story fold-overs: The first person writes the characters, folds the paper over once and passes it to the next person. They write where the story takes place, fold it over and pass to the next person who writes the beginning of the story, the next person writes the middle and the next writes the end of the story folding the paper each time it is passed to the next person. Then unfold the paper and read aloud your funny story.
On a piece of paper draw lines of dots to make a square. The bigger the square you make, the longer the game. Then taking it in turns, each using a different coloured pen, join a single dot to another going vertical or horizontal but not diagonal. Once you manage to draw a square with your pen put your initial in the middle of that square. The aim of the game is to have the most squares drawn with your pen.
Pass the picture
The first person thinks of something to draw and begins by drawing a small section, they then pass the paper to next person who draws a little bit more. Carry on passing the paper back and forth or to the next person until the drawing is complete.
And a few for when you don’t have to worry about noise or space.
Cereal box bend
Grab an empty cereal box and start stretching! The first person, places their hands behind their back and bends down and has to pick up the box with just their mouth. Everybody has a go, if you can’t do it then you are out. Once everybody has had their turn, tear a small amount off the box and place it back down on the floor. Everybody who’s still in the game gets to go again. Carry on until you have a winner.
Paper plate heads
You’ll need a plain paper plate each and a pen. Everyone places the plate on their head and holds onto it with their non writing hand. You will need one person to call out the instructions. They can decide on anything to draw but here is a simple example.
- Draw a line for the ground.
- Draw a house
- Draw a chimney on your house
- Add a front door
- Now draw two windows.
Once finished ask everyone to take a look at their drawing, they will probably be extremely funny with everything in the wrong place.