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10 Fun Games From Around The World to Use at Your Troop's World Thinking Day Event


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If you're curious about the games kids play around the world, you're in for a treat! While some games like tag and hide and seek are universal, each country puts its own unique spin on them. Soccer, or football as it's called in many countries, unites children across continents. Having organized numerous events teaching my girls about different countries, I've compiled a collection of exciting games that you can play at your next international party. Get ready to have a blast and discover the diverse world of childhood games!

Games Around the World Activity Booklet

Are your girls ready to embark on a global adventure? Look no further than the Around the World Activity Booklet! With 26 games from various countries across 5 continents, your girls will have a blast while learning about different cultures. Take it up a notch and add a twist by playing a game of Jeopardy using the included country cards. It's the perfect way to plan an international party with ease. Just print, gather supplies, and let the fun begin! Learn more and get yours today!

Game from United Kingdom

Pass the Parcel

The gift-wrapping game is a fun and engaging activity that can teach girls about sharing and taking turns. It encourages them to practice patience and shows them the value of perseverance. The game also fosters a sense of excitement and anticipation as the layers of paper are unwrapped one by one. By participating in this activity, girls not only have the opportunity to win a gift but also learn important social skills in a playful and enjoyable way.

Game from China

Catch the Dragon Tail

Girls form a human chain, by getting in a line and placing their hands on the shoulders of the girl in front of them. The leader of the line plays the dragon’s head. The dragon’s tail is the last person in line. The idea of the game is for the girls behind the dragon’s head try to prevent her from touching the the dragons’s tail. When the dragon’s head touches the tail the girls switch positions so everyone gets a turn at the head or the tail.

Game from Australia

Skippyroo Kangaroo

Girls sit in a circle and a leader asks one girl to go in the middle of the circle. That girl is Skippyroo the kangaroo. The Skippyroo crouches forward on the floor, with her eyes closed, while the kids say “Skippyroo, kangaroo, dozing in the midday sun, comes a hunter, run, run, run”. At this time an leader points to a girl in the circle who then touches Skippyroo’s shoulder and says “Guess whose caught you just for fun?” Skippyroo has to guess the voice. If she guesses the voice correctly they swap places. The game begins again until everyone has a chance to be Skippyroo.

Games from Zambia

Frog Friendship

In this game the girls will pair up and put hands together facing each other and work together to hope from one end to other without letting go of hands touching. This requires communication and jumping at same time. It requires extreme concentration, stamina and balance.

Frog Friendship from Zambia

Photo by Collins Kaumba, World Vision.

Example of Children Playing a Zambian Game

Have your girls watch the video and see if they can do the rhyme game as well.

Game From Brazil

Cinco Marias

This game is similar to jacks. Put your girls into groups of 3 to four girls. All you will need are 5 flat stones or pebbles for each group. Girls will take turns throwing all five stones on the floor. First girl will go and pick up a stone, toss it in air and pick up another and catch the tossed stone before it lands. Girl continues till all the stones have been picked up. In the next round, you must grab two stones at a time, and then three, and then all four, so the difficulty increases as the game goes on.

Game Representing Greece

Olympic Torch Relay Race

This game is not from Greece, but great way to talk about Olympics and represent Greece if that is country you are working on at your event.

You will need a toilet plunger and ball to put in plunger for each team. Have girls line up in two teams. The first girl on each team will be given a “torch” which is actually just a plunger. Also give them the ball that will be placed in the plunger. When relay begins the two girls will run to the cone and back holding torch up and keeping ball balanced within the torch. When girl gets back to group next girl will go. First team to get everyone to run with torch wins. If they drop ball you can either have them start back at beginning or grab ball and continue where they dropped it.

All Around the World Brain Game

Now if you are looking for a fun way to learn about facts about other countries instead of just reading a presentation or making a poster about a country. Your girls will love Brainbox: All Around the World

In a nut shell girls will study the pictures-and-facts about a country on one side of the card for 10 seconds, and then flip to the other side to see how many questions they can answer. It can be played individually or in a larger group. There are 71 cards in this game so you won’t get bored. 

International Fun Patch

If you are looking for interesting fun patch to put on the back of your girls vest, a great website called Making Friends has a pile of different kind of fun patches, some are specific for the year, but they also have a lot that are specific to the country you may be focusing on for your troops International event.

These are just a few of the games played in other countries. I think your girls will enjoy playing any of these games. I hope you have fun playing.

Before You Go…

Here are few other around the world ideas

Around the World Printable Activity Booklets

Enjoy every minute being a leader and continue to inspire your girls!