“Fly-By-the-Seat-of-Your-Pants” Workshops

I was asked by a recurring client to develop a workshop for staff who want to learn a bunch of new games that they can play with little or no set-up and that are memorable. The reason they wanted this is because they found that staff, rather than plan things out carefully and then follow through, tend to fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants. Because of this, they were playing the same handful of games over and over until the kids were tired of it and camp became stale.

I thought about this long and hard. I could easily show them a bunch of new games but what could I do about them being memorable. I mean, this games blog is easily accessible if you have your cellphone handy, but I don’t see staff going through the trouble of researching a fresh game while they are at work. My solution was to come up with the following mnemonic device and name the workshop after it. That way, you would always have these games with you

Without further ado, here are 23 easily accessible, readily available playground games you can do on-the-fly with little or no set-up beforehand. I broke this up into two, two-hour workshops for obvious reasons.

Session 1: “Fly By The Seat” 

Farm Call

Line Tag

You Can’t See Me

Butt Out

Yeti Hunt

Toe Wrestling

Hide the Button


Snake’s Tail

Everyone Plays, Baseball

Alphabet Soup

Touch the Trash

Session 2: “Of Your Pants”

One to 20

Four Corners


Octopus Tag


Running With Scissors


Assassin #2

Name Roulette

Triangle Tag



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