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Children's games

action

noun

a movement that goes with a children’s song

blind man’s buff

noun

a children’s game in which one player has their eyes covered with a blindfold and tries to catch the others

catch

noun

a game in which children throw a ball to each other

cat’s cradle

noun

a game in which children hold a piece of string around their hands and make patterns by moving their fingers through the string

chicken

noun

a game played especially by children in which the winner is the person who continues doing something dangerous the longest

conkers

noun

a children’s game in which players try to hit and break each other’s conkers

dodge ball

noun

a game played by children standing in a circle using a large rubber ball that one child throws at another, who tries to avoid being hit

dressing-up

noun

the children’s game of putting on different clothes and pretending to be someone else

follow-my-leader

noun

a children’s game in which all the children copy what one of them does

game

noun

an activity that children do for fun that may not have rules or a winner

hide-and-seek

noun

a children’s game in which one player lets the other players hide, and then tries to find them

home base

noun

the place in children’s games where you start from and often finish

hopscotch

noun

a children’s game that involves jumping on a set of squares that you draw on the ground

I-spy

noun

a children’s game in which players try to guess what object someone is thinking of by knowing the first letter of it. The game begins by one player saying ‘I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with...’.

jacks

noun

a children’s game in which you pick up small objects after you have bounced a ball and before you catch it again

leapfrog

noun

a children’s game in which one child bends down so that another child can jump over them

marbles

noun

a game played by children in which they roll small coloured glass balls called marbles on the ground

maze

noun

a children’s game in which you have to find a way through a complicated structure

musical chairs

noun

a children’s game in which players walk round a row of chairs and quickly sit down when the music stops. There is one less chair than there are people, and the person who does not get a chair leaves the game. This continues until there is only one person left.

peekaboo

noun

a game that you play to entertain a baby or small child, in which you cover your face with your hands or hide behind something, then suddenly show your face, saying ‘peekaboo’

piggy-in-the-middle

noun

a children’s game in which two people throw a ball to each other and a third person stands between them and tries to catch it

sack race

noun

a race, especially for children, in which you put your legs inside a large cloth bag and move by jumping

tag

noun

a children’s game in which one player chases the others and tries to touch them

tag

verb

to touch another player in some children’s games

tig

noun

the game of tag

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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