Kids Entertainer Hub Games Guide with Clayton Poland

Step 7 to Becoming an Amazing Games Leader: Kill It Before It Dies!

Last time we talked about how important it is to be like a cheerleader when leading children’s games. And here, in the final installment of this series, we’ll talk about one last tip you need to keep in mind to be a successful games leader: stop a game before the kids tire of playing it.

Know When to Call It Quits

There is nothing worse than playing a game so often or so long that it becomes boring to the kids. You can create the most amazing, most awesome game ever, but if you play it for three hours straight, chances are everyone will tire of it. Don’t waste a great game this way, or else you will never be able to use that game again.

You can create the most amazing, most awesome game ever, but if you play it for three hours straight, chances are everyone will tire of it.
To avoid this, pay close attention to the kids. If you notice that their interest in the game is beginning to wane, stop playing it. If you don’t, you have “killed” that game for that group forever. You will never be able to play it with them again.

Let’s say your go-to game is a relay race. You decide to play it for the entirety of your two-hour party. After 10 minutes, the kids will be wondering what else will happen. After 20 minutes, they will begin complaining and they will likely stop participating.

The next time you are around that group of kids again and you mention a relay race, they will probably be ready to stone you.

Variety Is Key

Kids love variety, so it’s important to mix up the games that you play with them. The goal is to keep the kids begging to play your games, and the only way to do this is to offer them different things to do.

You actually do NOT need a library of games in your arsenal … I have around 10 games that are my go-to. These games are prop-free and require no set-up time. And you know what? That’s really all you need to become an amazing games leader!

It may come as a surprise, but you actually do NOT need a library of games in your arsenal to do this. I have around 10 games that are my go-to. These games are prop-free and require no set-up time. And you know what? That’s really all you need to become an amazing games leader!

So try to come up with your own set of games and please make sure that they’re varied. It will prove to be one of the most useful tools you’ll have in your kids entertaining career.

There you have it, the seven steps on how to become an amazing games leader. Add games to your routine and follow the seven tips and you’re on your way to a livelier, more fun-filled, and a lot more memorable show.

 

Want to know all seven tips on how to run successful kids games? See the complete list below.

Step 1: Make It Fun!

Step 2: Create Healthy Competition!

Step 3: Simple Is Better!

Step 4: One Rule Is Enough!

Step 5: No Questions!

Step 6: Become a Cheerleader!

Step 7: Kill It Before It Dies!