What You'll Need:
- A Large, Rectangular Box
- An X-Acto Knife or Scissors
- Red Tempera or Spray Paint
- White Paint or White Masking Tape
- A Stereo
- A CD of Children's Songs (like "Old MacDonald")
Before the party, find a large, rectangular box, such as a furniture box. Alter the box to look like a barn using the following instructions:
At the Party:
- Use an X-Acto knife or scissors to round the flaps on the top two longer sides of the box.
- Fold the top two shorter flaps in at an angle so that they support the longer flaps.
- Cut a large, rectangular door on the front and back of the barn (for children to crawl through).
- Paint the barn red using tempera or spray paint.
- Use white paint or white masking tape to outline the two doors and the frame of the barn. Make a white X across each of the rounded top flaps.
Line the children up, one behind the other, in front of the barn. Station an adult by the stereo to start and stop the music randomly. When the music starts playing, the first of your "little farmers" crawls through the front door of the barn and out the back door. The next child in line follows the first, and so on until the music is stopped. The child who is in the barn when the music stops is caught.
Determining The Winner:
For Younger Children . . .
Since younger children may not be able to handle competitive games, ensure that every child gets caught in the barn at some point so that everyone wins. This will require the adult playing the music to pay attention to who's gotten caught already so he or she can stop the music at appropriate intervals. You may wish to give each child who is caught a sticker.
For Older Children . . .
The child who is caught is "out" and should stay in the designated "paddock" or "out to pasture" area for the remainder of the game. Continue playing until only one child remains in the game and is named the winner.