Time for some slightly sarcastic horn blowing: my co-counselor and I are the best EVER. ;]
This summer we've had our fair share of interesting campers, to say the least. Because of our large and sometimes unwieldy group, we spent a lot of time brainstorming games that would keep our kids entertained and (for our own benefit) a bit quieter. I think our games are pretty awesome. Here are just a few of the gems we've come up with:
I actually played this when I was in the 4th grade. The teacher (or camp counselor) picks out a piece of "magic" trash. Then the kids pick up as much trash as they can, and show it to the teacher before they toss it. At the end of the game (a.k.a. when all of the trash is picked up), the kid who picked up the magic trash is the winner of some prize. At camp it's normally an "icey pop."
This game has two winners: best swimmer and best dead fish. When the counselor says swim, you move around the room like a fish. Here's the kicker: fish can't talk! See, we're very sneaky with our quiet games. When the counselor says "dead fish," you drop to the floor as quickly as possible and act like a deceased fish. Brilliant game if you ask me. We had one kid who pretended to be those fish who latch onto sharks--genius.
Pretend to be Asleep Very self-explanatory. You'd be amazed at how long we can keep this game up.
Serious Face All credit for this one goes to my co. He comes up with these ridiculous stories and songs off the top of his head, so he decided to turn it into a game. He pulls out his craziest song (and sometimes a dance, too!), and the kid who can keep a "serious face" the longest is the winner.
So really, all of these games are tricks for getting the kids to sit quietly for a few minutes and give us a bit of a breather. I don't want you to think that we do this all day; we spend our fair share of time playing TV Tag and Hide-and-Go-Peek (yes, peek, not seek). These games just help us keep our sanity on those days that we feel like it's 110 degrees outside and our brains are slowly shutting down.
Anybody have any "tricky" games they like to play with their campers/students/children/random street kids? :]