Grab your best bud for an afternoon of fun. We’ve round up 10 easy-peasy two-player games that don’t require any pieces or equipment to play. Best of all? None involve your cell phone, computer, or TV (This also makes them great go-to games for when you’re out and about with the kids, so be sure to keep this list handy!).
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photo: Melissa Heckscher
1. Rocks, Paper, Scissors – Get your game hands on and “shoot!” Want to know how to be a Rock Paper Scissors star? Watch this fun video from Buzzfeed on “How to Win at Rock Paper Scissors.”
2. Simon Says – Simon says to try this game with your kids instead of handing them your phone the next time you’re waiting for anything (i.e. at the doctor’s office, outside the classroom, etc.). If you didn’t grow up on Planet Earth and don’t know how to play, here are the rules.
photo: Eden, Janine and Jim via Flickr
3. Thumb Wrestling – One, two, three, four, let’s have a thumb war! Stick out those dominant hands and get your thumbs ready to wrestle with this simple game that can be played anywhere thumbs are found. Don’t remember how to play? Here’s an easy how-to video by Howcast.
4. Arm Wrestling – Let your kids flex their muscles and test their strength as they try to wrestle their opponents’ arms to the table. See how it’s done — and how to win — at Kidzworld.
5. “Would You Rather” – You’ll love hearing your kid and his BFF coming up with all sorts of silly scenarios “Would You Rather” questions (i.e. “Would you rather eat a whole bowl of worms or drink a whole cup of my little brother’s spit?”) This game gets yucky fast, but your kiddos will love it. Grown-ups looking for another way to waste time online should check out this awesome Either/Or site that asks silly-to-provocative questions — then reveals how your answer compares with everyone else’s.
photo: Melissa Heckscher
6. The Hand-Slap Game (also called “Hot Hands”) – This is a perfect game for kids who like to get physical — but not too physical. Have one player (“the slapper”) stand with their palms up, while the other (“the slappee”) stands with her hands hovering, palms down, just above the slappers hands. The slapper has to try to bring her hands around to slap the slappee’s hands before she pulls her hands away. It’s a simple and hilarious game — and your kid may actually beat you at it.
7. I’m Going on a Picnic – Your kids won’t know this game is good for them — but you will. Sharpen their memory skills and reinforce their alphabet prowess with this simple alphabet story game. The first player starts out by saying, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m going to bring…” Then, she adds an item that begins with the letter “A” (i.e. “apples”). The next player repeats what the first player said, and adds her own item beginning with the letter “B” (“I’m going on a picnic, and I’m going to bring apples… and bananas”). And so on. The object of the game is to get as far into the alphabet as you can while still remembering all of the alphabetized items. (Hint: This is a perfect game for car rides.)
8. “A My Name Is Alice” Alphabet Game – Alliteration has never been more fun than with this game that tests your kids’ alphabet skills as well as how fast they can come up with silly words. The first player starts with by using the letter “A” for this sentence: “A My name is Alice. My husband’s name is “Al.” We come from Alabama, where we sell Apricots.” The next person says the same sequence, using the letter B. And so on.
photo: Cornel Ilie via lickr
9. iSpy – This one’s another standby that’s great for long car rides. You can play it by “spying” something that is a certain color (“I spy something purple”) or by spying something that starts with a specific letter (“I spy something that starts with the letter B”).
10. 20 Questions, or “Who Am I?” – One person comes up with a person or thing; the other person has to ask “Yes” or “No” questions to try to figure out what or who it is. For younger kids, nix the Yes or No and just let any question do.
What’s your favorite two-player game? Share it with us in the comment section below!
— Melissa Heckscher