15 Best Hand Games For Kids (Other Than Hand Clapping)

15 Best Hand Games For Kids (Other Than Hand Clapping)

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Toys may not be accessible everywhere, be it at a doctor’s clinic or when you are on a ride. During such times, they may feel restless, moving their fingers and hands, and looking for ways to acquaint themselves with their surroundings. Here is when you look for ideas to keep them occupied and help them enjoy themselves. Hand games could be one such fun idea as they can be played anywhere and doesn’t require props.

In this post, we bring you a few hand games for kids that could be a perfect way to pass a boring time.

15 Hand Games For Kids

1. Thumb wrestling

Thumb wrestling

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Thumb wrestling is a classic game that can be played anywhere and at any time. In this game, you have to use your thumb to pin down your opponent’s thumb for three seconds.

How to play:

  • Curl your fingers and lock the opposite hand of your friend’s. Start the game by saying, “1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a thumb war.”
  • Start wrestling with your thumbs immediately.
  • The player who pins their opponent’s thumb and says, “1, 2, 3, 4, I won the thumb war,” is the winner. During this time, the thumb must be pinned down. If the opponent manages to free their thumb, the war starts again.

2. Shadow puppets

Shadow puppets

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Shadow puppets can be played at night in a dark room with a single light source like a torch. The shadow can be cast on a blank wall. They can get creative making different shapes with props, too.

How to play:

  • Switch off all the lights in the room and sit before a blank wall with a lit torch.
  • Adjust the torchlight so that a sharp shadow of your hand falls on the wall.
  • Practice animal and bird shapes. You can then progress on to making imaginary stories around them.

3. The finger trick

The finger trick

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Teach your child a cool and easy magic trick. You don’t need anything for this but should perform it right. Once they know, they will try to do the same and impress everyone around.

How to play:

  • Fold the thumb of your right hand beneath the index finger and middle finger in such a way that the knuckle is hidden, but the thumbnail is visible.
  • Straighten all the fingers of your left hand except the index finger.
  • Keep the left index finger folded in at the middle knuckle.
  • Bring the two hands together with the folded thumb in line and the folded index finger.
  • It must look as if your index finger is under the right hand’s fingers.
  • Slowly move away the hands (you can add a magical chant if you wish). It will look as if you have dismembered your left index finger. Add a wriggle at the end for an enhanced magical effect.

4. Hand stacking

Hand stacking

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If you find a group of children turning boisterous, teach this game to calm them down. It is an easy-to-play game to engage them and let them have fun.

How to play:

  • Take turns in stacking hands on top of one another higher and higher.
  • When everyone has stacked their right hands, they can do the same with their left hands.
  • When all the hands are stacked, the lowermost hand goes to the top.
  • The same stacking should be continued until you reach the top.

5. Fist stacking

Fist stacking

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The game is similar to hand stacking. Instead of your open hand, you need to use a fist and keep stacking one on another.

How to play:

  • The first player makes a fist and starts the game.
  • The next player puts their fist on the first one, and the stacking continues.
  • You can put both fists alternating with other players or finish stacking right fists and then start with the next.
  • When everyone is done, the lowermost fist goes to the top, and so on until you reach the top.

6. Finger counting

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It is a hand game for kids that can help you to teach them basic mathematical concepts. You can play this game with two or more children.

How to play:

  • Start by holding out one finger from each hand.
  • The players take turns to tap the other players’ hands.
  • The number of fingers on your hand is the number the other player must put out. For example, if you have tapped your opponent with two fingers and they already have one out, they will put out a total of three fingers.
  • If there are more than five fingers after being tapped, put out the number of fingers over five.
  • If you have exactly five fingers out in one hand, that hand is out.
  • The player to get both their opponent’s hands out is the winner.

7. Rock, paper, and scissors

Rock, paper, and scissors

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Rock, paper, scissors is one of the most popular hand games for kids. The hand games list is not complete without mentioning this fun game.

How to play:

  • There are three hand symbols in this game—a fisted hand is called rock, an open hand is called paper, and putting the first two fingers out in a V-shape is called scissors.
  • Players have to stand facing each other and say something from rock, paper, or scissors while shaking their fisted hands.
  • If they say ‘scissors,’ they are supposed to put out two fingers.
  • You should know that rock is superior to scissors, paper is superior to rock, and scissors is superior to paper.
  • If one player makes a rock sign and another makes a scissors sign, the one with the rock wins. If one makes a paper and another makes scissors, the one with scissors wins, and the game continues. The reason is rock can hit and break scissors,
  • paper can wrap the rock, and scissors can cut paper.
  • If all players make the same symbol, try again.
  • Two or more players can play the game. It is more about anticipating what your opponent might choose and try to outwit them.

8. High five

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When one person raises their hand a bit over their head, and another person reaches out and claps it, it is called a high five. People usually give high fives when they have successfully achieved something. You can make it a hand game for children and let them enjoy it.

How to play:

  • One player (usually the parent) holds out a hand with the palm facing outward.
  • Children have to clap that hand.
  • The first player can take their hand anywhere, and the other player has to reach out to tap it. Try taking your hand here and there for more laughs.
  • You can also randomly put out both hands for clapping and call it high ten.

9. Finger spelling

Finger spelling

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If your toddler is learning the alphabet and numbers, finger spelling can a good game. You can play this game with older children as well. They can not only have a good time but also improve their learning skills.

How to play:

  • One player has to close their eyes and hold out the hand with the palm facing upwards.
  • The other player has to trace a letter or a number on the palm of the first player.
  • Using their sense of touch, the player must guess the traced letter. For older children, you can trace words too.

10. Hand slaps

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It is a two-player hand game for children and is quite entertaining. However, it can be played with more players too. It needs concentration and quick reflexes.

How to play:

  • Two players need to stand facing each other.
  • One player keeps their hands in front of them, palms facing upward.
  • The other player holds their hands from above.
  • The first player will try to slap the back of the other player’s hands.
  • The second player should quickly move the hand so that it doesn’t get slapped. If they are indecisive or their hand gets slapped, they can exchange places.

11. Majority wins

Majority wins

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The game can be played when there are three or more children. It is similar to the hand stacking game, and children of any age can enjoy playing.

How to play:

  • Stand in a circle, stretch out your hands and place them one on top of another.
  • Call out ‘majority wins,’ and pull out your hands to keep them in palm-up or palm-down position.
  • The majority of palms facing in one direction wins. For example, in a group of six children, if four children’s palms are facing upwards and two children’s palms are facing downwards, the palms-down position group are considered the minority, and the children who assumed that position are out.

12. Multiplication game

Multiplication game

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If your children are interested in mathematics and are quick to grasp concepts, they can enjoy playing multiplication game. Two or more players can play this simple game.

How to play:

  • You can play this game like you play rock, paper, and scissors.
  • Each player should hold out fingers from zero to ten.
  • The two players have to multiply the numbers on both hands as fast as possible and shout out the answer. For example, if one player has put out three fingers and the other has shown four fingers, they have to shout 12 as quickly as possible.
  • For younger children who haven’t mastered multiplication, you can play addition or subtraction games too.

13. Concentration

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The hand game is helpful to improve the concentration levels of your children. It follows a particular rhythm, and if your child doesn’t concentrate, they will lose.

How to play:

  • Two or more players have to sit in a circle and start the rhythm.
  • First slap the knees, then clap your hands in a rhythm. You could also add snapping of fingers.
  • The leader chooses a category for the game. It could be anything – animals, names, pet names, food, or places.
  • Each player has to say a word related to that category when their turn comes. It has to be done without losing the rhythm of the game.
  • If a player cannot say a related word before the rhythm passes or repeat a word, they are out of the game.
  • The last player who remains will be the winner.

14. Odd or even

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It is a quick game often played to decide who gets a turn, quite similar to tossing a coin. Two or more children can play it.

How to play:

  • Each player hides one hand behind their back.
  • They choose to put out one (odd) finger or two (even) fingers.
  • One player calls odd or even and has to say, “1, 2, 3.. shoot!”

15. Disappearing objects

Disappearing objects

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Young children are usually interested in playing the game. You would need something small to hold in your hand. It is a good way to pass the time on a long drive.

How to play:

  • Hold any small object in your fist. It could be a coin, a marble, or a piece of paper.
  • Put your hands behind your back and conceal it in one hand. The other hand will be empty.
  • Make fists of both hands and bring to the front.
  • Your child should guess the hand in which the object is.

Sometimes, simple hand games can give you a fun time. You can not only enjoy but also teach something new to your children. Many of these games can improve your children’s motor skills, too. They also teach your child how to think laterally and make the most of little. These lessons will go a long way in life even when they grow up.

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