3 high-energy games for kids who need to let off steam
Super sanity savers to get kids moving and thinking – plus free printable!
Any pirate themed game is going to be good. Captain’s Coming is a fantastic game for using up a whole lot of energy fast. It can go for as long as you like, and you (or the kids) can easily make up your own rules. It’s also brilliant for engaging their brains, as they need to be listening, recognising the instruction, and doing the correct action.
One person sits out and is the caller. Call out instructions at random, so no one knows what’s coming next.
Here’s some instructions to get you started, then add some of your own.
Click here to download our free Captain’s Coming colourable game sheet. Have it on hand whenever you need it!
Climb the rigging!
Simon Says is the classic game of listening carefully and following instructions. Don’t make a mistake, or you’re out!
One person is ‘Simon’ and calls out instructions to the others.
Each instruction must begin with ‘Simon says….”
If it doesn’t, players must NOT follow the instruction. If they do, they’re out! Last one left is the winner, and becomes ‘Simon’ for the next game.
Be as silly as you like with the instructions, and really get them moving!
Rub your tummy and pat your head.
Hop up and down on one foot.
Keep spinning around.
Act like a monkey.
Walk around on your knees.
This one’s as easy as putting on some great dance music and letting them go wild! They’ll love it if you join in too.
Stop the music every so often. Everyone needs to freeze when the music stops. Have a good look – anyone who moves is out! Winner is the last one dancing.
Some great dance songs for kids are
- Baby Shark
- Gangnam Style
- Men in Black
- Chicken Dance
- I like to move it
You can just evolve this game into a dance party if they still have energy afterwards!
What songs do your kids love dancing to?