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Three quick and easy kids games

Whether it’s a birthday party or just an ordinary afternoon, summer days are ideal for celebrating just as they are. Here are three games with little need for planning and equipment.

1. Fishing for candy

“Fishing pond” is done by hanging a divider, e.g. a shower curtain, between doorposts. Here, as well for the other games below, an easily adjusted and fixed curtain rod is used. Then, let the children form a queue. Each gets a shot with the fishing rod with a clothes peg on a string, an unseen benefactor attaches – maybe after a playful tug at the fishing line – a bag of goodies. Reel in the catch!

2. Do the limbo dance

It’s limbo time! A mix of balance, agility and game in one playful package, limbo has something for everyone. Hang a curtain rod – make sure it’s easy to adjust height – play some music to loosen those joints, and let gravity work its magic. How low can you go?

Race to the bottom

To make it extra festive, add some textile strips on the rod. How low did you go? Let stickers on the door frame keep track of everyone’s low points.

3. Gifts on a string

Keeping an entire group of children happy over time may require some creative solutions. Giving away presents is one of the more basic ones. (If all else fails, serve ice cream.)

Everyone gets a wild animal

Attach a row of soft toys or other small gifts with ribbons to a rod. Lead one blindfolded child – careful with the scissors – at a time up to the display, and simply let them snip their prize.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

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