Challenges for kids, one of the most fun pass times you can do with your little friends. You can learn a lot about your child when they accomplish a hard challenge. It can show just how determined, competitive and sometimes a little crazy those little rapscallions are! Either way they are a lot of fun.. If you are looking for some other challenges for the not so young check out challenges to do at home or click here to browse through our many collections.
Free play and fun are essential for every child’s development. It helps kids learn more about themselves, their limitations, talents, personality and skills. It’s a great way for children to relax, unwind and blow off steam.
There are hundreds of fun challenges for kids out there but you have to consider several things before picking one. The age of the child/children matters because some challenges for kids require more coordination and focus which is impossible to achieve with children fitting into the toddler category (Or new born if you want to get them started early). Secondly, consider if you can put together challenges for kids that are conducive for either indoor or outdoor fun. Despite the available space in your home, the following indoor fun challenges are easy to carry out for children of almost all ages and you too can join in the fun.
1 – The memorizing challenge
You should first collect a variety of objects and put them in a large bowl. Try to increase the variety as much as possible if you expect the best of this game. Cover the bowl with a towel or a blanket. Each kid should be provided with a pencil and a piece of paper, line up them from a fair distance to the bowl. On the start, uncover the bowl for a certain time – say for 10 seconds – and cover it again. Kids should write down the names of the objects they remember; the kid that writes down the most number of objects will be the winner.
2 – The binocular challenge
A good pair of binoculars should be the main requirement of this challenge. Mark a line on the floor with a thin tape or a string. For additional fun and excitement, you can make the line a little crooked. One kid after the other should look through the wrong end of the binocular and walk along the line. The kid that stays on the line for longest will be the winner.
3 – Tail the donkey challenge
Find a large drawing board and draw a donkey. Make a tail from a separate piece of paper and add a pin to an end. Ask all the participants to line up from a fair distance from the donkey. Blind fold the first kid on the line and ask him or her to pin the tail at the appropriate position of the donkey. Write the kid’s name on the spot where he or she sticks the tail. The kid who sticks the tail closest to the most appropriate place will be the winner.
4 – Balloon bursting challenge
One of the more noisy challenges for kids, have some balloons blown with some candy in them. Provide each kid with a balloon and on the start each kid should sit on their balloons to burst it. To have more fun, keep the air level a little low so that the kids will not find it easy to burst the balloons. The first kid to burst the balloon will be the winner. However, every kid gets a concession prize; they can have the candy in the respective balloon.
5 – Stone face challenge
This is going to be an exciting challenge for kids to spend a good time in a party. Gather all the kids and designate one person as the ‘stone face’. Rest of the children should play the role of jesters and try to crack a smile on the ‘stone face’ within 30 seconds. The jester, who caused a smile on the ‘stone face’, gets a concession prize and gets a chance to become the next stone face.
6 – The hula-hoop challenge
Get some hula-hoops (depending on the number of kids) and have some music ready. Ask the kids to form a circle standing next to each other and place the hula-hoops in front of them (in the form of a circle). The number of hoops should be less than the number of participants. Play music on the start. When music stops, the kids are supposed to jump into the hoop in front of them and raise it to the waist level. The kids don’t get a hoop will be eliminated (with a concession prize). Remove one more hoop and resume the game. Continue this until one hoop remains on the floor with two kids. The kid that gets into the last hoop will be declared the winner.
7 – Back-to-back balloon popper challenge
This hilarious game is suitable for all the age groups; but like the most of these challenges for kids, it will be the best match for children over 8. The game is played as couples. One member of each couple will be given a balloon; it should be tied to his or her back with a string. On the start, the other kid should try to burst the partner’s balloon by hitting from her back. No one is allowed to touch the balloon. The team that bursts the balloon first will win.
8 – Water ballooner challenge
This game should be played in a designated play area. The floor of the area can get wet, so don’t play this game unless you are okay with a wet floor. This challenge is more suitable for kids above 10. Divide kids into couples; each team should have a ‘partner X’ and a ‘partner Y’. Each couple gets a balloon filled with water. The ‘X’s should hold the balloons, be lined up facing their ‘Y’s. They should maintain a distance of 5ft (you can change the distance). On the start, Xs should throw the balloon to Ys; they must catch the balloon without bursting it. It doesn’t matter if they drop the balloon as long as it doesn’t burst. The last pair to remain with a balloon will win the game.
9 – Musical Statue challenge
This is a very easy game to play, but it assures a lot of fun both for the participants as well as for the audience. Gather all the kids into a place that has enough space and play some good dance music. All the kids should dance with the music. When the music stops, the kids should remain still; like a statue. Those who fail to stay still will be out of the competition (give them a concession prize). The last one to remain on the dance floor will be the winner of this challenge.
10 – The peanut hunter challenge
Get a lot of peanuts and some paper bags ready. Hide the peanuts all over the playing area. Some peanuts should be easy to find while others are not. Provide each kid with a paper bag. Determine a time (say a 10 minute or so). On the start, kids should go around hunting for peanuts. At the end, the kid with the most number of peanuts will be the winner. Make sure that you place enough peanuts for all the kids; the more the better. This can be a good game for all the age groups.
11 – The Freeze Challenge
In the freeze game, turn up the volume on your stereo and ask the kids to dance until the music stops. Once the music stops all the kids should freeze in their current position. It’s fun for the kids as they try to stay put in awkward positions. The kid who manages to hold position without losing balance wins the round. These challenges for kids can get pretty competitive so make sure the kids know its’ all in good fun.
12 – Marshmallow Tinker toys
This challenge is great for tapping into your children’s creativity. What you need are bowls of marshmallows and bowls of pretzel sticks. Instruct your children to skewer the pretzel sticks into the marshmallows. Next, they should use these to build a 3D house or other structure of their choice. The child who is able to incorporate all the pieces without having any dropping from the structure wins the challenge.
13 – Paper bag skits
This challenge is especially great for sleepovers because then you have a larger number. All you need to do is fill each paper bag with random items such as hair clips, forks, toys, socks, ribbons etc. Give each child a paper bag and then ask them to put together a skit based on the props in the bags. This game is so much fun and it’s a great way to tap into the kids’ talents. It also doesn’t have to be competitive but you can allow the kids to vote for their favorite skit.
14 – The Balance Beam
This particular exercise is not just fun but is great for kids of all ages, and serves as a good work out too.
All you need is a masking tape. Apply it on the floor in a straight line. Then play some music and ask the children to take turns walking one foot over the other along the tape. To make the game more exciting and challenging, you may also ask the kids to walk backward or walk on one foot.
15 – Photo Bingo
This game is fun and great in helping your toddler memorize their family members in the family tree. What you’ll need for this game are photos of different family members: parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and even great grandparents. They can be as many as 12 in total.
Arrange them into rows of three on a flat surface like a table. Give each child nine playing cards or checker pieces which he or she will use as bingo chips. You have your partner or other family members join in the game. When someone calls out a family member for example “Aunt Lucy”, your toddler should cover the respective photo of the particular aunt with the car or checker piece. The toddler that gets three correct answers in a row wins the round.
16 – Build a tower
If you are not a neat freak and don’t mind a little mess in your home, this is a fun challenge for the kids. Designate a play area, for instance, the living room or TV room to minimize on the mess and havoc that follows. In this game, challenge the kids to use the items in the designated area to build towers. The one who builds the tallest tower wins the game. Be sure to get rid of any breakables or clearly instruct the kids not to use any items that could cause harm when playing the game. Seat cushions, pillows, books, table mats and such are a safe option.
17 – Car wash
This game is especially ideal in the summer because you don’t have to fuss over the kids getting wet. Give each child a bucket, soft cloth and detergent for washing the car. Fill each bucket with water and ensure the hose pipe is connected and long enough so that the kids can refill water as needed. Next, allocate each child a part of the car to clean. Try and keep it balanced as possible. Time how long each takes to clean their area and also how well they clean it. Kids love playing in the water and so rest assured, this challenge for kids could very well turn into a water fight and that only adds to the fun so long as you’re there to ascertain the kids’ safety.
18 – Paint Like Monet
Not every kid is artistically gifted but children generally love to doodle with paint coz it’s messy. What you will need for these challenges for kids are simple watercolor sets, paint brushes, and drawing pads or watercolor papers. Ask the children to each paint a particular object or scenery. This is not a competitive game but one that taps into your children’s creative side. Once done, give each a frame to put their paintings in. Make sure they sign the paintings beforehand. You can hang these paintings in their rooms or elsewhere in the house. They make for good mementos in the future.
19 – Chores Challenge
Chores can be such a dreary experience for kids. This challenge can be a great motivator and fun especially if you have more than one child. It brings out the competitive edge in them.
Create a chart outlining each child’s chores and when they should have completed them. The chores will vary with age. For instance, the toddler’s chores could include picking up toys, putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket and such. While the older kids chores would be more complex. The child that finishes all their chores first and well wins a prize.
20 – The Popcorn Race
This challenge works best with many kids. Prepare enough popcorn to fill each child’s cup. Place buckets at one end; a bucket for each team. Ask the kids to make a line at the starting line each with a cup of popcorn on their head. Each child is supposed to walk to the finish line and pour the remaining popcorn from their cup in the respective team’s bucket. The team with the largest amount of popcorn in their bucket wins..