Easy, Old-School Games to Play with Kids

Whether you’re babysitting, someone’s older sibling, or just plain bored, we’re offering up some fun in the form of old-school, easy games to play with kids!


No matter experienced or inexperienced of a parent you are, it seems like our kids always grow up too fast. 

Living in the digital age can sometimes make it feel worse. Kids these days are miles more advanced technologically than when we were their age. Sometimes, it’s helpful to bring back the games from our childhood to slow things down, to embrace their childhood.

There are tons of old school games to play with kids, even as an adult. Some will require a larger group and some you can play one on one. Regardless, take a look at some of our old school suggestions!

Old School Games to Play with Kids

Some games are just for fun and laughs. However, many old school games to play with kids can actually serve a learning purpose as well. 

1. Chess

Chess, for example, is a “thinking man’s game.” It requires memory, attention to detail, patience, and strategizing. You have to stay one, two, or even three steps ahead at all times. 

This old school game may be a little too advanced for younger children. However, it’s not a bad idea to start, maybe even before they’re fully ready to improve their cognitive ability. There are countless benefits to teaching children to play chess.

2. The Telephone Game

Ahh, the telephone game. This is one of the best games to play with kids in large groups.

The goal of this game is to create a large circle or line. One person starts with a whispered phrase to the person next to them. The whisper flows down the line, where at the end, the person says it aloud.

Kids always get a kick of what the original phrase was versus what the last person hears.

3. Bingo

Next, is the timeless game of bingo that seems to transcend age. We start out playing it when we’re young and return to it when we’re old. It’s one of the most popular games for elderly people.

Maybe it’s the prizes or the thrill of spelling out B-I-N-G-O. Ether way, it’s a classic game to play with kids. For a modern twist, check out Blighty Bingo online.

4. The Memory Game

Another one of the most cognitively beneficial games to play with kids is The Memory Game. This game works best with cards with animals, shapes, or other various distinguishable objects.

Start with 10 to 20 pairs of cards. Scramble them and lay them face down. Then, take turns with your child trying to uncover the pairs.

5. Hide and Seek

One of the funniest games to play with kids that boost their resourcefulness, creativity, and problem-solving skills is the classic game of hide-and-seek. 

Play somewhere they’ll feel safe like your yard or house. Take turns counting to 50 (or however high they can count) and hiding. This is typically more fun with multiple players. 

However, as children search for new hiding places and take their turn seeking out the hiders, it helps them improve their creativity and determination.

Have Fun

No matter what old school games to play with kids you decide on, make sure everyone’s having fun! Sure, learning is an awesome bonus to playing these games, but having a good time with your kids is really what it’s all about.

They won’t be this age forever, and soon, some of these games will be “too lame” for them to play. Take advantage of this time while you have it!

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