Games my one year old loves
My little Chops is a character, there’s no denying that. He’s a regular trickster who loves a giggle. Recently a love of a select few games has become apparent. If you have a curious one year old, perhaps you could try a couple of these.
Tissue chew, 2 players.
Equipment : tissues (used ones from down the back of the sofa work best) / napkins/ magazine/ paper of other immediate importance.
Best played : At home although this is a portable game.
Rules : The clue’s in the title really. The density of the paper is key with this game. If you want maximum gross factor it’s best played with a cold. Player 1 rips the paper into pieces and shows them to player 2. Who says ‘ta’ and gestures for the paper back. Player 1 does their best to ignore player 2 during this process. He then puts the paper in his or her mouth and chew for 10 – 15 seconds before offering the paper to player 2. At this point player 2 must take the paper and be very grateful. Gratitude should be sincere and incredibly joyful (a genuine amount of thanks is present after the realisation that no one choked). Continue until all the paper is gone.
Empty it, 1 player.
Equipment : a kitchen.
Best played : In your own kitchen
Rules : Player 1 must empty every cupboard and draw in the kitchen. There is no rule as far as order is concerned. Score more points for maximising the volume emptied in the time allowed. Bonus points for a bin empty. Don’t let safety catches or other devices stop you from trying this one, if you give them a good tug most will just give way in a few seconds.
Chase, 2/3 player.
Equipment : point of safety (this could be another player, a chair or door)
Best played : mid nappy change/ getting dressed/ undressed.
Rules : Player one must get as far away from player 2 as possible, the less clothes they have on at the time the more points scored. Player 2 must have no pre warning to the starting of the game. In fact, it’s best to catch them completely unaware of what’s going on. Player one can give clues such as giggles or dancing once at the point of safety. Player 2 should then attempt to stop game, by doing this they are initiating further cause for chase.
Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeealers, 1+ player(s).
Equipment : voice
Best played : supermarket/ library/ doctors surgery
Rules : Level 1 – The idea is to squeal as loud as possible with out warning. If squealing is not an option don’t worry – a shout or ‘aaahhhhh’ sound will do. There should be other people around if possible but again this is not necessary to enjoy the game at this level. Level 2 – In order to complete level 2 players must seek a response from another player. Level 3 – To complete level 3 players must successfully use their squeal for manipulation or as a bargaining tool.
Under the table game , 2 player.
Equipment : a table (preferably with chairs)
Best played : at home post meal time, but can be played anywhere with a table.
Rules : Player 1 must get under the table and stay there for as long as possible. Once an entry under the table is found player 2 blocks it off as the route of exit. To survive under the table, player 1 should seek out food for sustenance under the table such as raisins or toast. Bonus points are awarded if player 1 does not injure themselves or break anything. To really maximise the game breakable objects are placed within grabbing distance of the table edge. Player 1 can seek to get them under the table as treasure.