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Published April 4th 2020
You can't beat the classics
When it comes to games, you can't beat the classics. For example, Noughts & Crosses, or Tic Tac Toe, is a traditional game that we all know and love. All you need to do is draw up a grid and all of a sudden, the age gap between the generations is gone. Grandparents can play with their grandchildren and everyone knows the rules. You don't even need anything fancy to play - just grab a stick and draw a grid in the dirt and you have yourself a game!
These ideas below are just some of the fun ways that we have been creative around our home, making up games from everyday objects. Why don't you give some a try?
Noughts & Crosses with pebbles, paint and chalk...
In this Noughts and Crosses game above, we picked out some flat river pebbles from the garden in two colours - brown and grey. We painted the "noughts" onto the dark grey pebbles and the "crosses" onto the brown pebbles, and allowed them to dry. We then drew up a grid with chalk in the back garden, and enjoyed our games in the sun. A simple idea, but fun!
Yes, you can make noughts & crosses out of anything!
I personally used to love this game as a kid and I can now enjoy it all over again as a parent. If you don't have the coloured plastic sticks you can make your own sticks by soaking wooden skewers in dye or individually colour each one with textas. If that sounds like too much trouble, just leave them natural, like we did below. Pile about 20 of them together and take turns to see if you can pull one out without the rest of the pile moving. If something moves, you miss a turn. Whoever has the most sticks at the end of the game wins!
DIY Pick up sticks with toothpicks and kebab sticks
This traditional game has been played for decades by many generations and in many countries around the world. The kids of today may be renowned for playing Minecraft and other video games, however in the generations before, marbles was a craze that everyone played. Even growing up myself, I remember the thrill of playing marbles at school and getting to keep the ones I had won. See the YouTube clip below for clear instructions on how to set up a game, using string, tape and bag of marbles.
Other traditional games and activities that you can play at home include hopscotch, elastics, skipping, flying a kite, hula hooping and limbo. If you want to play a party game, you can even grab a wooden spoon and an egg from the kitchen and have Egg & Spoon races in the garden!
If you're looking for entertainment for the kids, you really can't beat the classics...