Sunday, 28 March 2010

Easter Egg Roullette

Looking for a game to play at Easter breakfast, then this one's a brilliant way to decide who is the Treasure hunt leader. Boil up your eggs to serve for breakfast (like the one in the picture here), eat one in advance and then put all the eggs in the egg cups including the eaten one but turn this upside down so it’s impossible to tell which it is. Place the eggs around the table and get the kids to choose where they’re going to sit down. When they’re seated on the word ‘Go’ the kids must crack their egg with a teaspoon and whoever ends up with the eaten empty egg becomes the treasure hunt leader. Kids find this hilarious but be warned, it’s a practical joke they’ll be intent on rolling out again and again.

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Alternative Easter Egg Hunt - Lindt Bunny Lamping

If you're looking to shake up the traditional Easter Egg hunt format then this one's great for grown-ups as well as kids. We invented this one Easter at a friend’s house in Wales. It’s best played with those gold foil-wrapped Lindt bunnies, though anything with a reflective surface works just as well.

For those not versed in the ways of the country, bunny lamping is a method that’s used to catch rabbits to keep populations in check. Hunters go out with torches and shine them into rabbit-infested areas. When the light hits a rabbit, their eyes light up like bulbs, similar to when they’re caught in car headlights.

What do we need to play it?
A strong torch and some foil-wrapped chocolate treats – the larger the better – and at least one for every player. Oh, and a night sky.

How many friends?
This requires at least one person to plan and manage the game and as few or as many as you like to play it.
How do we play it?
  • The organiser needs to go into the garden or on a well-known walk when it’s still light, and strategically hide the foil-wrapped goodies in positions where they’ll shine when the torchlight hits them.
  • Next, write a set of creative clues to mark out the trail. You might want to be cryptic about it, for example if the foil-wrapped chocolates are hidden in the daffodils, your clue might allude to Wordsworth’s famous poem. Alternatively, and especially if you’re playing with young kids, you can be fairly literal, for example the clue might read: ‘Under a heavy green object ten paces from the front door.’
  • When all set up and it’s dark enough outside, hand a copy of the clues to each of the hunters, who then compete to find the foil-wrapped treasure by shining their torches around the directed area until a burst of gold flashes out.
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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Up Jenkins and variations on the theme

This is a great little game to entertain the kids when you're sat around a dinner table. It's also something that adults love to play, which will inevitably mean it's endurance value will be much longer. We played it last weekend when we had a rare sunny day and used it to keep the kids amused whilst we were waiting for our pub lunch to arrive.





How do we play it

The game follows the same rules as Up Jenkins with players getting into two teams sat either side of the table.



The first team takes the coin and secretly passes it between themselves under the table, minimising movements or laying false movement clues as to the whereabouts of the coin.

  • When someone on the opposing team knows where the coin is they shout 'Up Jenkins!' and point at the offending player who then must stand up and reveal whether the coin is in their fist. If correct, the guessing team score a point before handing the coin over for the other team to play.
  • First team to five wins.


Variations

  • Down Jenkins – the accused person has to get down on their knees whilst the accusation is made.
  • Aeroplane – this time once the passing has finished and before a guess can be made, the team have to get up and spin in circles like a child flying an aeroplane.
  • Piano – in this format, again before the guessing begins, the playing team have to pretend to play the piano on the table in front of them. This involves some cunning handiwork by lightly crushing the palm of your hand to hold the coin in place.
  • Slam, Crawl Jenkins - this time the opposing team has to say Slam or Crawl after they have called Up Jenkins. If 'Slam' is called, teh team have to all slam their hands on teh table at the same time with palms faced down. If 'Crawl' is called, the team have to slowly lay their hands palm down onto the table again trying to conceal the noise of the coin as it hits the table.



Monday, 22 March 2010

A guide to hosting the perfect party

Gordon's Gin have teamed me up with the omnipotent Gordon Ramsey to put together a brilliant guide on how to put on fantastic parties. The guide is stacked full of winning ideas for party food and cocktails, alongside a rather superb guide to party games. Click here to see it in full animated effect.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Too much to do makes Jack a dull boy

A new debate has hit the headlines this week highlighting the problems caused by parents who fill their kids lives with endless after school activities. The discussion was sparked when Graham Gorton, chair of the Independent Schools Association said that constantly judging pupils in a target-driven system risks robbing them of "the very essence of childhood". He believes that being denied the opportunity to "just go out and mooch about in the garden" means young people are failing to develop imaginative and inquiring minds. He went on to say "Children like their own company. They lose the capability to amuse themselves if everything is put in front of them in an organised, structured, club type of way."

With this warning in mind check out the article I wrote for today's Times to help remind your kids how to make their own fun.

Baby Racing

Seeing as it's Mother's Day today, I thought I'd share my favourite mother themed game with you. Baby Racing which essentially involves crawling babies of around the same age, racing towards the finish line whilst being lured by their favourite teddy bear is in fact a popular sport in Lithuana. Last year's winning baby was so in love with his laptop that he beat fellow contestants by chasing the keyboard to the finishing line.

How do we play it?
  • Mark out your racetrack. I’d suggest not being too ambitious with distance at this stage and set out something which is around 3 metres in length.
  • Get one adult lined up with the child at the starting point and the other adult positioned at the end of the track.
  • On the word ‘Go!’, babies are released and race (well, that’s the hope anyway) to their adult partner who is waiting and cooing like a maniac at the other end of the track.
  • The adult at the end of the track is allowed to make as many encouraging noises as they like to entice the baby over but are not allowed to use their hands at all.
  • The first baby to touch their racing partner’s knees at the other end of the track wins.
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Monday, 8 March 2010

Strawberry Bum Candle (also known as Funghi Bum Candle)

Genius game with an even better name. This one can be played with mushrooms but I find strawberries give it that extra edge. We played it at weekend at my friend Oriana's birthday party. The basic idea is that it's a race to see who can put out a candle that's positioned between their legs by swinging and lowering a strawberry that is suspended from a belt with a piece of string.


What do we need to play it?

A tea light, jam jar, mushroom and a 50cm piece of string per player. Players also need to be wearing a belt.


How do we play it?

  • First of all, get yourselves set up by tying one end of the string to the mushroom and the other end to the belt loop at the back of your trousers. Next get the players to position themselves above the candle with the mushroom dangling majestically between their legs.
  • On the word, players then race to put out the candle using the mushroom. The first player to achieve the task is the winner.
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