Sometimes kids need instant entertainment to distract them. A school bus is late or a scouting activity ends early, and you find yourself desperate for a simple activity without any props. Here are a few "quick hits" to keep in your head -- or on a list in your bag -- for those restless moments.
- Human knot: Get kids to form a circle facing each other. They lift their arms in the air toward the center of the circle and shut their eyes, and each kid grabs two hands. When they open their eyes, they must try to untangle themselves back into a circle without letting hands go!
- Shoe relay: Kids take off their shoes and toss them into a pile. Set a start line across the room from the pile. Kids line up at the line, run to the shoe pile, find their shoes, put them on and race back to the start line. The first player to cross it wins! To make this race fair, separate kids into groups: shoes with laces, pull-on shoes, Velcro shoes, etc.
- Lobster race: Kids sit on the ground, hands behind them, palms down and feet on the ground. They lift their torsos up so their bodies form a bridge shape. Then, they "walk" in that position from a starting line to a finish line. The winner is the first to cross the finish line without falling.
- Mouse in the corner: Happen to have five restless kids? One kid is the cat, and the other four are mice who stand in each corner of the room or yard. The mice must switch spots without losing their corner to the cat. If the cat claims a corner, the ousted mouse becomes the new cat. (If you have one or two extra players, designate other parts of the room as "corners.")