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Apr 06

Camp Games

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 10:23 AM by Chris Towe

During school breaks, PCD teams up with community partners to put on environmental education-themed camps. During our camps we host, we know games are a great way to mix things up and get the kids moving. They can be icebreakers, brain teasers, or just fun things to burn some energy. Although many are designed for large groups, we wanted to share some that might work for smaller numbers during this period of school closures. Here are some of our favorites, and be sure to return to our facebook page to share your go-to games.
  • Zip Zap Zop - A circle game of quick thinking. As an add-on, have someone be in the middle doing the "zapping" and when they say "zop," the person they zapped has until the count of 10 to name an item from the agreed upon category (animals, car models, superheroes, etc.). Didn't get it in time? Move to the middle and pick a new category.
  • If this is a stick... - A brain teaser that can keep kids (and adults) guessing all day.
  • A Warm Wind Blows - Also known as All My Friends (and other names). You set up in a circle, and the person in the middle picks something and says "All my friends who like pizza" (for example), and all those that like pizza have to find a new spot around the circle. The person without a spot enters the middle of the circle and picks a new statement.
  • Team Pictionary - Stretch those art muscles with some friendly competition.
  • Relay Trivia - Combine exercise for the brain and body. Each correct trivia question answered shortens their path to the finish line.
  • Fox and Chickens - Similar to Red Light, Green Light. The chickens line up and ask the fox, whose back is turned to them some distance away, what time it is. The fox replies with a time and the chickens take that many steps forward. When the fox hears the chickens getting closer and they ask what time it is, it responds "Dinner Time!" and chases the chickens back to the coop, trying to tag them. The first chicken tagged becomes the fox.
  • Rose, Bud, Thorn - While not a game, it's a great way to recap the day for kids and adults. Rose = something positive; Bud = A question they have or something new they're learning; Thorn = Something they wish would have gone differently.
We hope these add some fun and energy to your "Spring Break!"