- Be sure that any games or activities are age-appropriate. Two and three year olds probably won't have the attention span to play organized games, but they love duck ponds, fishponds, beanbag toss, and bowling.
- By the age of four and five, most kids have started playing more organized games at school. Try to keep them simple, without a lot of rules. If you have a large group, with a wide range of ages, you may do best to run a couple sets of activities for the younger and older ones. Or, form teams with younger and older kids on each team.
- Try to avoid games where someone becomes eliminated, like "Simon Says" and "Musical Chairs", especially with young children who are likely to be upset about being "out".
- With younger children, "arrange it" so that everyone wins a small prize.
- Try to avoid competitive games, where there's a winner, at least until the kids are older, and then only if that's what they want. "Team" competitions work well if you really want the games to be competitive.
- Games can also be played just for the fun of playing. Don't feel that prizes must be awarded.
- If you're choosing teams, don't let the children pick the team members. Draw the names out of a hat.
- Plan more games than you think you’ll need—some may be too easy, some too difficult, some too quick, some too long, while some others may not capture their interest the way you anticipated, so you may need to adjust your scheduling.