Everybody wants to enjoy and have great fun irrespective of his age group, and why not? This is the best way to relax oneself after facing so many tensions around. The kids, in particular, are immensely fond of sports and games especially the headband games. Where outdoor sports make you physically strong, the indoor games confer you mental health by making you undertake intellectual exercises. These exercises not only give you great fun and pleasure but also sharpen your mind a lot.
Headbands Game Ideas
Headband games are excellent in this connection. These are meant not for the kids alone but the adults may also enjoy them to their satisfaction. Moreover, these headband games are never too much costly for a lay man to afford them. Almost all and sundry can afford and enjoy themselves a lot. Again, you can also make your own headband games at home costing you the minimum possible.
How to Make Your Own Headband Game:
There are so many headband games out of which Hedbanz (a board game) and Heads Up (an app) are my favorites. Both of these are easily available as well as understandable. Here, I have also tried to explain how to make your own headband games at home and play them joyfully.
Creating Your Own Clue Cards:
Clue cards are the common element between Hedbanz and Heads Up though they are different, otherwise. These are actually the words written on the cards which the players have to guess from the clues given by the other players who can see these cards. If you want to make these cards yourself, you can do so by simply writing your own clues on the index cards or the sticky notes lying around. In case you want a bit sturdier cards as your clue cards, you may use playing cards and glue pictures on them.
Personally, I made my own cards on white cardstock and got them laminated in order to use them multiple times. You may also use a template in word and just add images and words of your choice by downloading it for free. You may also get the full set of 120 cards with the instructions for three different games namely headband game, memory and 20 questions.
How to Play Hedbanz
The Prior Preparation:
In this game, each player wears a headband and slides a card in the front slot which marks the start of the game. The card in the slot allows the other players to see it while the player wearing it can never see it himself. It is not at all necessary to use a specially made costly headband; rather, you may also make a simple paper headband like we all used to do in our early school days. This is how we can make it.
- Make a long strip by joining the two small strips with glue.
- Wrap the strip round your forehead with its center on your forehead.
- At the back of your head, staple together where the two pieces overlap.
- Trim the excess paper to make it good looking and easy going.
- In the end, to hold the clue cards, just stick a paper clip in each headband in the middle of each player’s forehead.
All the cards are placed face downward in the middle of the playing area. Then, each player wears a headband on his head and takes a single card out of the lot without looking and places it in the middle of his headband with the printed side towards the others.
The Actual Play:
It always starts with the youngest player and proceeds to the left. When there comes your turn, you should readily start the timer and ask the other players “Yes” or “No” type questions in order to judge what you have placed on your forehead. You will ask only one question per person starting from the very next one on your left. Until your time runs out, you may keep asking questions one by one. The moment you predict who you are, you stop to ask, “Am I —?” and if the answer is ‘no’, you may resume asking your questions. You may guess more than one card before your time runs out. It is up to the players whether they fix time or limit the number of questions each player can ask other players. His turn will end if either the time runs out or he cannot judge within the allotted number of questions. If a player succeeds in judging his card correctly, he may keep it as a point. The player managing three points first will be the winner.
How to Play Heads Up
The Prior Preparation:
Another joyful game with lots of fun both for the kids and the adults is Heads Up. This game includes 60 second rounds normally, but the players may also decide it mutually however long and short they want to set them. Moreover, this is a two-player game. In case of more players, you may form two teams.
The Set Up:
The players will sit opposite to each other with the cards facing downwards between them. A toss will be made to determine who will take the first turn.
The Actual Play:
On your turn, you will readily start the timer. Then you will pick a card randomly without looking at it and will place it onto your forehead in such a way that the other person may see it clearly. Now the other person will start giving you the clues to help you guess what you have got on your card.
You will put the card on your left if you guess it correctly and on your right if you want to pass it as such. If you are left with your time on the timer, you may pick another card as soon as you rid of the first one. Selecting it correctly every time will give you one point each and you may keep it scoring on and on.
At the end of your turn, the second player will repeat the same procedure for himself and at the end of the decided time, the game will finish itself. The one with the highest sore or points will be declared as the winner. You may also fix a certain number mutually and the player reaching it first will be declared the winner.
Not only the kids and the teen agers but also the adults play headband games keenly online or on board. You may also use these games with different party themes to entertain your guests in a jolly way. Besides, these games may also serve as an ice-breaker and keep all and sundry busy in a pleasing way.