Are Your Kids Tired of Waiting? 10 Word Games To Keep Them Happy

Posted by Pam on January 19, 2013

Naming That Tune The sky is blue, the sun is shinning and the snow is pristine - then why is the cute little skier standing next to you whining?  I guess it is because she is standing in a long lift line and despite the warm sun, her toes are cold.

Here are 10 word games to put her mind in a happier place.  Some are familiar, others might be new.  The games are in order of age appropriateness, from youngest to oldest.  Have some fun and the lines won't seem so long.

  • NAME THAT TUNE - Think of a favorite song.  Maybe it's "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" "BINGO" or "Call Me Maybe".  Hum the first few notes and see if she can guess it.  If not, hum a few more notes.  When she guesses the tune, it's her turn.
  • THE SILLY SOUND GAME - Make up a silly sound effect for different colored coats you see in line or on the lift.  For example, a red coat could be "honk honk"and a yellow coat could be "beep beep".  It will keep you all giggling while you wait your turn.  You can assign a sound to any object or person.
  • COUNTING POLES - As you are heading up the lift, ask your skier to count how many poles there are.  You can each make a guess and see how close you can get.  Think 'jelly bean guessing in a jar' gone skiing.
  • I'M THINKING OF AN ANIMAL - Think of an animal.  Have your little companion try to guess which animal it is by asking no more than "yes" or "no" questions.  If after ten questions your child hasn't been able to guess the animal, give a big hint and then reveal the animal if necessary.  Then it is your child's turn to choose an animal. 
  • TALL TALES - One person starts telling a story.  He talks for about a minute and stops at an exciting or funny point in the story.  Keep the game going back and forth until someone decides to wrap up the story.
  • I SPY - Take turns finding an object.  Then give others a clue like, "I spy with my little eye... something yellow and square."  Continue providing clues until someone guesses what it is.
  • EATING AN ALPHABET - As everyone is getting anxious for lunch, start by saying, "I am so hungry I could eat an Airplane" (or "Artichoke" or "Antelope").  Then the next person might say something like, "I am so hungry I could eat a Buffalo"("Banana" "Bumble Bee").  You can say each of the next letters in the alpahabet or for a challenge you can add on, like "I'm so hugry I could eat an Airplane, Banana, Car, Dandelion, etc."
  • RACE TO 20 - Two skiiers take turns counting to twenty.  On each turn, a player can say one or two numbers.  (First person says "One", the second might say "Two, three.")  The goal?  You don't want to be the one to reach twenty first.
  • TONGUE TWISTERS - Need I say more?  Here are a few to toss out for the wrestless ski buddy. "Three free throws."  "Unique New York."  "She sells seashells on the seashore."  "Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat."  "Freshly fried fresh fish."  "What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?"  "One-one was a racehorse. Two-Two was one, too. When One-One won one race, Two-Two won one, too." "Cooks cook cupcakes quickly."
  • GEOGRAPHY - Say the name of a place - such as a country, state or river - and then your skier responds by naming a place that begins with the letter with which your place ended.  For example, "Sacramento" would need a response like "Omaha or Oregon."

And remember: Have Fun!


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Comment posted by Jennifer on January 19, 2013 6:53 PM MST

I LOVE THIS POST! Such creative, fun ideas for adults and kids alike! Thanks!!! I'm totally playing the Silly Sound Game..... cannot wait!

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