Somewhere Over the Rainbow... We'll have a bunch of kids needing to be entertained...
June 24, 2012 7:07 PM   Subscribe

We're having a rainbow-themed family reunion and I'd like to keep people moving with games. So far I've come up with RED Rover and a WHITE elephant. What other games have a color in the title?

I come from a big family and each year we attempt a theme for our summer gathering. This year's theme is rainbow with a color assigned to each sibling and their families. (For example, my aunt's family is asked to wear RED. My mom's family is asked to wear ORANGE, my uncle's family is asked to wear YELLOW...)

We have RED Rover and a WHITE elephant covered. What other games/activities can we play to keep with theme? Approximately 15 kids of grade school age and 35 adults will be there.
posted by meindee to Grab Bag (16 answers total)
You can tell I'm the parent of a toddler, but BLUE'S Clues? Not the toddler version, but maybe answering a question or riddle by finding clues and putting them together.

You can also make up a game to go with GREEN with envy.
posted by Leezie at 7:11 PM on June 24, 2012

Red light, GREEN light. Hide and go PINK? Er...
posted by mochapickle at 7:13 PM on June 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

There's a handclapping/jumprope chant, "Miss Mary Mack, all dressed in black".

Croquet and bocce both involve different colored balls for each player.
posted by padraigin at 7:13 PM on June 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

There's that game where you have to grip an orange between your chin and neck/chest and pass it to the next person that way without using hands and its a race between two or more teams to get all the way down their respective lines of people.
posted by Askr at 7:18 PM on June 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Do they have to have colors in the titles? I mean, you could have a water balloon fight, do hula hoops, a dyed egg toss, croquet, flag football, beanbag toss, all sorts of things with lots of color, just not necessarily in the names. You could do like Pictionary, with big easel pads for group participation, and give each team their own team-colored markers. Squirt gun fights with team-colored plastic squirt guns?
posted by xedrik at 7:50 PM on June 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

The color doesn't have to be in the name does it? There are games that use color to identify a player or team, including croquet and bocce. There's also twister.

Oh, I'm too slow, on preview, what xedrik said.
posted by kbar1 at 7:56 PM on June 24, 2012

posted by box at 4:46 AM on June 25, 2012

Blue skidoo, you can too!
posted by ian1977 at 5:57 AM on June 25, 2012

On second thought, I don't think it needs to actually have the color in the name as long as the color is an obvious element.
posted by meindee at 6:00 AM on June 25, 2012

The two ways of playing "I Spy With My Little Eye" are by letter or by color - i.e. end the line with either "something that starts with (M)" or "Something (purple)". The color version might work for you.
posted by aimedwander at 6:40 AM on June 25, 2012

We used to play Black Tom when I was a kid.
posted by Oriole Adams at 9:57 AM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

If color doesn't have to be in the name, you could play I Spy. "I spy with my little eye... something... purple" or "I spy with my little eye... something... that rhymes with ochre."
posted by Temeraria at 10:36 AM on June 25, 2012

If you're from Minnesota, you can play duck duck gray duck (it's what we did instead of duck duck goose). In that version, as you tap each person, you come up with a different kind of duck they are ... like "blue duck, purple duck, striped duck ..." etc.
posted by freezer cake at 11:04 AM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Twister seems like it would fit the bill.
posted by erstwhile at 2:26 PM on June 25, 2012 [2 favorites]

Thanks, everyone! This definitely helps.
posted by meindee at 5:30 AM on June 26, 2012

Hopefully your gathering hasn't already happened, I came up with this one the other day: Orange and spoon race. Use tangerines or small oranges, or use bigger spoons.
posted by anaelith at 2:15 PM on July 6, 2012

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