Here is a summer based CST activities page, based on children's toys and games. It can be used to help celebrate 'International Children's Day' on 1st June.
Start the session by asking what are members favourite or most remembered toys or games. Ask members to tell a story about their childhood involving play time.
Ask people to bring a piece of A4 paper to the session. During the group, ask members to make a paper aeroplane, which flies more than say 5 feet.
Also, ask members to bring a piece of string and together make a Cat's Cradle. Here is an instructive video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM53k3pKCqg
Then complete the picture and music quiz together together. Here goes ...
(There is a lot of content here, so it might be wise to be selective with the questions or split the activity, depending on time available and concentration of members.)
Ask members to complete these well known phrases, by way of a shout out ...
Babe in the WOODS
Born with a silver spoon in your MOUTH
Blue eyed BOY
Boys will be BOYS
It's child's PLAY
Chip off the old BLOCK
All work and no play makes Jack A DULL BOY
Children should be seen AND NOT HEARD
Don't throw the baby out with THE BATHWATER
Like father, LIKE SON
The apple doesn't fall far from the TREE
Never tell tales OUT OF SCHOOL
Spare the rod and spilt the CHILD
Like a kid in a candy SHOP
Wet behind the EARS
Monday's child is fair of FACE
Tuesday's child is full of GRACE
Wednesday's child is full of WOE
Thursday's child has far TO GO
Friday's child is loving and GIVING
Saturday's child works hard for its LIVING
And a child that's born on the Sabbath day Is fair and wise and GOOD AND GAY.
ROUND 1. Outdoor Games
Ask members to name the game.
For bonus points, ask members to describe how the game was played.
Do members remember old parks?
Apart from these rides, what else might you have found there?
The swing is missing ...
SONG BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ90ZqH0PWI
ROUND 2. Name These Top Ten Toys
For each of these ten photos, ask members to write down (or shout out) the names of the toys.
Also which of them they actually owned.
Ask members how they would be used.
SONG BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf9Wg2OkSbE
REMINISCENCE. Who still has their childhood Teddy? What is/was their name?
ROUND 3. Creative Games
There are some questions to go with the remaining photos ...
21. What is the biggest jigsaw, in terms of pieces, available today?
a. 4,200 pieces
b. 14,200 pieces
c. 42,000 pieces
22. What type of paints are used in 'Painting By Numbers'?
23. How would you erase an 'Etch A Sketch'?
a. Rub the screen with your finger
b. Turn it upside down and shake it
c. Turn it off and back on
24. What two ice cream flavours (fragrances) can you smell in 'Play Doh'?
a. Cherry & Vanilla
b. Custard & Banana
c. Chocolate & Cream
25. Which country was 'Lego' invented in? (The name comes from 'Leg Godt' / 'Play Well'.)
26. In a game of 'Spirograph', can you draw any straight lines?
27. What was this origami toy used for?
a. Fortune Telling
b. Love Messaging
c. A Quiz
28. Invented by Frank Hornby in Liverpool in the 1890s, 'Meccano' is a metal construction set. What other very popular games did he invent?
a. Trainsets & Dinky Toys
b. Ludo & Tiddlywinks
c. Tiny Tears & Cabbage Patch Doll
29. How much is this toy (with box) worth now?
30. What is this game called?
b. We All Fall Down
SONG BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gntArSV4SoU
ROUND 4. Board Games
31. How much do you get for passing 'Go'?
32. Name the six character suspects?
33. What are the two most valuable tiles in a game of 'Scrabble'?
34. In a game of 'Subbuteo', how do you score a goal?
35. In a game of 'Snakes And Ladders', what do you go up and down?
36. What are the six categories in a game of 'Trivial Pursuit'?
37. Name the five different ships in a game of 'Battleships'?
38. What are the names of the six different pieces in a game of 'Chess'?
39. What do Americans call a game of 'Draughts'?
40. What is this game called?
Does anyone remember this TV game show?
Who were the two presenters? (Eddie Wareing & Stuart Hall)
SONG BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xZmlUV8muY
ROUND 5. Electronic Games
41. What game is being played here?
42. What game is being played here?
43. Name (some of) the thirteen body parts in a game of 'Operation'?
44. How old is the game 'Scalextric'? (Nearest guess)
45. Which ex-celebrity lent his name to the 'Stylophone'?
46. Which rock star recently revealed he is a model railway enthusiast?
47. What chases you in a game of 'Pac-Man'?
48. What is the aim of a game of 'Space Invaders'?
49. What happened if you touched the wire?
50. How do you play a game of 'Simon'?
SONG BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaxSamtbnsg
Maybe ask members to stand up and do the moves?
CLOSING SONG - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92cwKCU8Z5c
Maybe have some prizes on hand to share around. Or, you could play a game of 'Pass The Parcel'?
OTHER PRACTICAL ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS
Play a game of ...
1. Leap Frog
2. Hide & Seek
7. Sack Race
8. Wheelbarrow Race
9. Egg & Spoon Race
10. Musical Chairs
11. Roller Skates
12. Hula Hoop
13. Pogo Stick
14. Space Hopper
15. Yo Yo
16. Chopper Bike
17. Ken & Barbie Dolls
20. Rubik's Cube
21. 42,000 pieces to make a 24.57x5.15ft picture 'Around The World', by Educa
22. Acrylic paints
23. Shake it upside down
24. Cherry & Vanilla
26. Yes. There were two rulers included
27. Fortune Telling
28. Trainset & Dinky Toys
32. Miss Scarlet, Mrs White, Mrs Peacock, Reverend Green, Professor Plum & Colonel Mustard
33. Q & Z are both worth 10 points
34. Flick the player to hit the ball into the net
35. Up Ladders, Down Snakes
36. Orange - Sport, Blue - Geography, Yellow - History, Green - Science and Nature, Pink - Entertainment & Brown - Art and Literature
37. Carrier, Battleship, Cruiser, Submarine & Destroyer
38. King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook & Pawn
41. Noughts & Crosses (Americans call it 'Tic Tac Toe')
42. Ping Pong or Table Tennis
43. Adam's apple, Broken Heart, Wrenched Ankle, Butterflies In Stomach, Spare Ribs, Water On Knee, Funny Bone, Charlie Horse, Writer's Cramp, Ankle Bone Connected To The Knee Bone, Wish Bone, Bread Basket & Brain Freeze
44. Launched at Harrogate International Toy Fair in 1957
45. Rolf Harris
46. Rod Stewart
47. Coloured Ghosts
48. Avoid Aliens Reaching the Ground
49. It buzzed, loudly!
50. Memorise colours and notes sequence