My five year old Flea and I LOVE to invent our own made games. They’re generally very silly, have very few rules and are just about the best fun ever.
Some of our favourite made up games include:
I can’t be bothered to hit you, will you just run into my hand instead?
All the information you need about this made-up game is in the name, really. But I can guarantee you that this is the best fun EVER if you’re five and if you’re 35 and having a bad day, it’s also quite likely to make you smile.
Close Your Eyes and Guess Who Hit You
Again, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Surprisingly, this games gets played a lot and we’re a single parent family with one child, so it’s not often a huge mystery. But Flea still loves to play. Sometimes we do a variation called “guess what I hit you WITH” which is a fresh new twist on an old favourite.
I don’t know who you are, little girl, but I’m sure your real Mummy is looking for you
Best played in supermarkets. Endless, endless, endless fun. But make sure you explain the game to your child before you start playing because otherwise there’s the potential to cause actual, lasting trauma.
However, our best and favourite game EVER is:
I can only hear you when you are singing.
If you’d like to try this game in your family, it’s really very simple. Whenever your child tries to talk to you, simply reply, “I can only hear you when you’re singing”.
Flea loves to make up silly songs about her day, and it’s a great way to encourage her to explore new words and rhymes. This made up game is also a great way to pass a long car ride if you have a bored five year old.
You can join in the game, too, if you like. And the louder and more out of tune you are, the better (which is lucky, for us Whittles). There’s no downside for you as the parent because – ha! – you are the one with the video camera.
Which means you are the one that gets to create absolutely amazing future blackmail material like this gem: