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  1. Bored Kids? Top 5 free ideas to beat the school holiday boredom!

    August 9, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    “I’m boooooorrrrred!”

    Children often complain of being bored when they’re off on their school summer holidays! And parents don’t often have the time or money to take them on expensive day trips, sports activities, cinema and so on.

    Here are our top five FREE ideas to beat the boredom!

    1. SCAVENGER HUNT

    Free Printable Kids Scavenger Hunt

    Give your kids a list of fun items to gather and tick off, or fun challenges. You can hunt outdoors in a garden, park or forest (natural items, creepy crawlies, litter) or indoors (“5 items that are red”, “exactly 50ml of water”, a screwdriver). You can even create a photo scavenger hunt and have kids photograph a list of things and present them to you when they’re finished. Scavenger hunts are great because they can be played in any location, and individually or in a group.

    We have a free kids’ outdoor scavenger hunt that you can print off at home, and it comes in three designs.

    Click on the links below to download!
    Monsters Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
    Birdie Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
    Nautical/Pirate Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

    2. PAPER CRAFTS

    There are tons of free printable paper crafts for kids available on blogs, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Here are just a few:

     

    You can find more free kids printables on our Pinterest board.

    3. MONSTER HUNT

    Monster Hunt Printable Game

    A free printable game by Faffy Tea!

    Hide our cute monsters around your house, garden or outdoor area and get the kids to find them all!

    There are 12 numbered monsters to print and cut out. Each Monster prints to an A4 page, so you can use normal printer paper or white card.

    Find out more & download

    4. FREE BOARD GAMES

    Rain and Rainbows Free Board Game Craft

    There are also lots of free printable board games for kids available around the web.

    Kids will have so much fun cutting and crafting a board game that they can play afterwards! Here are just a few:

     

    You can find more free kids games on our Pinterest board.

    5. BOREDOM BUSTER JAR

    Boredom Buster Jar

    This is a fab idea – a jar full of suggestions/tasks of things to do whenever kids complain that they are bored!

    Why not make your own at the start of the summer holidays?

    Or you can download a set of free printable activity cards to add to your jar, and then decorate / prettify it to create a boredom buster kit.

    Find the free printables over at While He Was Napping Blog.

     

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  2. Top 5 Unusual Party Games for Adults: Part 2

    August 13, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Last year we put together a list of some very unique party games for big kids (i.e. adults!) – Read part 1.

    Well, now it’s time to list some more!

    1. CELEBRITY HUNT

    Unusual Party Game Idea Find a picture on the internet of a celebrity relevant to your party – the birthday boy/girl’s favourite star, or somebody who’s a bit of an inside joke for you and your friends. You’ll just need a shot of their head and shoulders, and preferably one where the celebrity is making a stupid or scary face (Arnie screaming in Kindergarten Cop works well – see photo!)

    Print out 20 or so pics of the celebrity image, and cut them out from their background (it will work best if they’re printed on to card).

    Hide the 20 celebrities around your house, so that they are peering out from cupboards, from behind the toilet cistern, out of a drawer, out of the toaster, in the fridge… anywhere that looks comical!

    Split your guests into teams and get them to find as many as they can. Once they find a celebrity they can remove them so the other team cant find them. The team who hunts the most celebrities wins!

    2. PASS IT ON – DRAWING GAME

    Pass it On Drawing Game This is a hybrid game, mixing Chinese Whispers with a Pictionary / Win, Lose or Draw style game!

    Prepare a number of word cards with people/places/songs/sayings/situations your guests will need to draw. Make them reasonably hard.

    Split your guests into two teams. You will need at least 6 people per team and even numbers in a team for this game to work well. Get the teams to arrange themselves in an order, and make sure that they are not sitting too close to each other. Give everyone in the team a pen and piece of paper.

    Let the first person in each team choose a different word card, and then give them 30 seconds to try to draw that word on their piece of paper, as best they can.

    When 30 seconds are up, the first person passes their drawing to the second person in their team. The second person looks at the drawing, hides it, and then writes down a guess of what the drawing is on their paper. This part is not timed.

    The second person passes their written guess to the third person. The third person is then given 30 seconds whilst they draw the second person’s guess on their piece of paper.

    When 30 seconds are up, the third person passes their drawing to the fourth person in their team. The fourth person looks at the drawing, hides it, and then writes down a guess of what the drawing is on their paper.

    … and so on until you get to the last member of the team. This member guesses out loud what they think the previous drawing is of. If they get it right they get a point!

    The game starts again with a different member of the team starting by picking a card.

    3. SKITTLES RELAY

    Unusual Party Game for AdultsSplit your guests into two teams.

    For each team set up a large bowl of Skittles (or another small sweet/biscuit variety).

    Also for each team set up a number of pieces of paper (50+) in another bowl, with a number between 1 and 8 written on each piece. The paper should be folded so guests can’t see the numbers.

    Make each team stand in a line and sound a bell or whistle to start! The team member at the front picks a piece of paper from the bowl and then has to count out and eat that exact number of Skittles from the bowl. They open their mouth to you to show that they have been eaten, then run to the back of the line and the next guest in the line picks from the bowl …and so on!

    The team wins when all of their Skittles have been eaten or they get through all of the pieces of paper.

    To make it harder:
    A. On the pieces of paper state a number AND a colour e.g. orange. So that guest not only has to eat the amount of Skittles but also has to pick out and eat only orange ones!

    B. Instead of numbers, on some of the pieces of paper make guests do a quick forfeit e.g. 5 Star Jumps or Give everyone in their team a high five! These guests will not eat any Skittles on that particular turn!

    4. WIND UP TOY RACE

    Toys Race Party Game Why go to the races when you can create your own?

    Buy a number of cheap wind-up toys in the same style, shape and size. Create a race track with individual lanes by using strips of tape on a table. (Or if you’re really clever, build a race track in a large wooden box with sides built up to split the lanes).

    Get your guests to pick a toy each, or even get them to place bets on which toy will win. Wind up the toys and start your race! The guest who backed the winner gets a prize.

    5. WATER GUN SHOOT OUT

    Unusual Outdoor Party Game

    This is a game for outdoors only!

    Buy some water guns/pistols and then set up a water shooting range, for guests to have a go at knocking down objects.

    Anything that water can knock down will work, but ping-pong balls on top of a line of beer bottles or golf tees works very well.

    Give guests a certain number of ‘shots’/squeezes to shoot off as many ping pong balls as they can.

     

     
    Unusual Advent Calendar

     


  3. Unusual kids party theme ideas – very unique and fun themes for children’s birthday parties!

    May 11, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Here are our top 5 unusual and memorable theme ideas for kids’ birthday parties:

    1. Mad Scientist Party

    • Have a green, orange and black colour theme
    • Have your guests come dressed in labcoats and goggles!
    • For party food include popping candy, gold and silver edible glitter, and green jelly
    • Entertain guests by getting them to do science experiments (baking soda volcano and so on)
    • For party favours, fill test tubes with sweets

     

    2. Art Party

    • Use all the colours of the rainbow for decorations and tableware
    • Decorate your venue with frames, easels and paper ‘splats’
    • Get guests to decorate their own cupcake dessert, with edible paint, sprinkles and sweets in a plastic art palette
    • Let guests scribble on the tablecloth too!
    • For easy party favours these could include pens, a mini paint set, face paints and so on

     

    3. Enchanted Garden Party

    • Decorate your venue as a fairytale garden – use fake ivy, gold glitter, swans and butterflies
    • Get guests to make their own miniature garden!
    • Have a tea party theme for party food – with dainty sandwiches and cakes
    • Make a centrepiece using wellington boots and fake flowers
    • For party favours, give all guests a pair of fairy wings or butterfly wings to wear and take home

     

    4. Space Puppies Party

    • Why not amalgamate two completely different things that your child loves?
    • Decorate with stars, planets and rockets… and then mix in puppies, bones and lots of googly eyes
    • Give your guests unusual ‘space age’ food – marshmallows, sherbet, edible glitter and so on
    • Let guests play with glow sticks and glow bracelets (turn down the lights)
    • Use a puppy toy with a paper-mache spaceman helmet (made from a balloon) as the centrepiece

     

    5. Detective Party

    • Turn your venue into a detective headquarters – decorate with suitcases, drawers, clipboards and binder clips
    • When guests arrive give them their own detective glasses and magnifying glass
    • Entertain guests by setting up a treasure hunt for them to solve clues
    • Decorate party food with edible paint fingerprints
    • Serve doughnuts, drinks in takeaway “coffee” cups, moustaches and edible rice paper ‘notes’

     


  4. Top 5 Unusual Party Games for Adults

    August 11, 2014 by Faffy Tea

    Hey! We recently wrote a part 2 to this blog post with 5 more game ideas. Check it out: Top 5 Unusual Party Games for Adults Part 2

     

    We’ve put together a list of five very unique party games aimed at big kids. If you’re looking for games that your guests have probably never ever played before, have a go at trying some of these:

    1. EXTREME PASS THE PARCEL

    Unusual party games for adults Instead of using wrapping paper or newspaper, in “Extreme Pass the Parcel” all prizes are wrapped in mounds and mounds of cling film / saran wrap.

    Start off with a centre ball of newspaper to create the shape, then wrap around more and more cling film adding prizes, sweets or forfeits as you go.

    Players will be able to see prizes through the film, making the gameplay very frustrating!

    HOW TO PLAY: Players have 30 seconds each to unwrap as much cling film as they can, and can keep whatever items they manage to free from the pass the parcel in that time.

    2. FREE ME!

    Free Me Game This is a game for outdoors or in a room where you can wipe up water (e.g. a kitchen).

    Print out 2 pictures of the birthday boy, birthday girl, bride-to-be, leaver or whoever else the party is in honour of, and laminate the image.

    Freeze the laminated images in two containers of water the same size. We would suggest ice cream tubs or medium-sized bowls.

    TIP: When the water is slushy, try and ensure that the laminated image is not at the very bottom or top of the container – push it further into the slush.

    Once the water is fully frozen, remove the blocks of ice containing the images from their containers.

    HOW TO PLAY: Split the guests into two teams and give each of them a block of ice. The teams must free the person from the block of ice in the fastest time possible, using whatever method they want to melt the ice: breathe on it, rub it with hands, sit on it etc. They cannot smash the ice block, and if they rip the laminated image they lose!

    3. DOUGHNUTZ

    Doughnutz GameTie one long piece of string or rope between two door handles, or wherever you can affix a rope to ensure it’s horizontal and at the same level. Keep the string low down if possible to make it harder for adults.

    String a good number of ringed doughnuts through the string or rope.

    HOW TO PLAY: Tie guests hands behind their backs. They must kneel down and bite as many doughnuts off the rope as they can in 1 minute.

    4. THE LAP GAME

    The Lap Game Sit all guests in a circle, making sure that everyone can sit on an item of furniture.

    Ask the players a number of questions one by one.

    If they can answer yes to the question then they must move one seat clockwise. If they can’t answer yes to the question they must stay where they are. As you can imagine people are going to have to share a seat!

    PLAYERS ARE OUT OF THE GAME IF: They are the third person sitting on one seat
    A PLAYER WINS IF: They are the first person to make it back to their seat

    Questions depend on how well you know your guests, or how risque you want to be, but some example questions:

    – Have you ever been stopped by the police?
    – Have you ever cheated on test?
    – Can you roll your tongue?
    – Have you ever cried in a cinema?
    – Do you have to wear glasses?
    – Are you scared of clowns?

    5. CATEGORY RUNNER

    Category Runner GamePut together lists of categories with 10 answers each. 7 answers correctly fall into that category and 3 do not.

    An easy example is below. You might want to make things a little harder:

    “Films starring Tom Hanks”
    Forrest Gump / Captain Phillips / That Thing You Do / Mission Impossible* / You’ve Got Mail / Million Dollar Baby* / The Green Mile / Finding Private Ryan / The Goonies* / Philadelphia (* = wrong answer)

    You could make them more personal to your friends, or have categories that match the party theme.

    HOW TO PLAY: You need a fairly big room or large location such as a a garden. Split your guests into two teams and make them stand in a circle around the edge of the room/garden. You might want to ‘draw’ a circle with a string so that there is a definitely line for the guests to stay behind. In the centre of the guests put something they have to touch/grab that makes a noise: a bell, a buzzer, a gong, a kazoo etc.

    Tell your guests the name of the first category, and then slowly read out the 10 answers in a random order. If a guest hears an item that does NOT fit the category they can choose to run to the middle and try to be the first person to grab and make noise with the object.

    If that first person is WRONG then they are out of the game and must sit down on the outside of the circle. If they are RIGHT they can pick someone from the opposite team to be out of the game. If nobody gets the wrong answer or wants to risk running to the centre then you move on to the next category.

    The winning team is the team who has one person left standing!

    Unusual Advent Calendar

     

    Hey! We recently wrote a part 2 to this blog post with 5 more game ideas. Check it out: Top 5 Unusual Party Games for Adults Part 2