Many people can’t stand when they are extremely ticklish.  The thought of being surprised with a tickle attack at any giving moment is disconcerting.  Sometimes, when you’re tickled you laugh so hard that you cry.   Many don’t understand that being ticklish is a good thing.  Beyond laughing is one of the best ways to keep those around you happy, tickling can lead to many health benefits.   There are many benefits to taking part in tickle games with those in your life.  There are also numerous tickle games that you can play with friends and family to have fun and enjoy the benefits associated with tickling.  Here is everything you need to know about tickle games.

Why Play Tickle Games?

It may seem silly but playing tickle games can bring many benefits.  First, it can strengthen the bonds between you and your loved one.  This is an involuntary action that takes place and the reason that we tend to play tickle games with babies and little children.  It helps human beings not only create new social bonds but strengthen bonds that are already in place.  It is also a great way to bring humor, especially to little ones that can’t comprehend a joke.  It is a way to show affection to one another and to promote bonding.  In fact, there are studies that show adults and teens use it to bond with those they are attracted to.  Studies show that most people in their teens or that are in adulthood enjoy it when they are tickled by the gender they are attracted to.    This leads to the idea that adults and teens may use tickling to bond with potential partners.

Another benefit is that it could possibly mean that our body is letting us know there is a threat to our skin.  The skins’ ticklish areas appear to directly correspond with threat areas.  This means that they appear to directly correspond with the parts of the body that it is likely for external threats, such as insects, dangerous surfaces, or parasites, to encounter your body.  The vulnerable areas of the body tend to be more ticklish than other areas.  It may be that being ticklish is the body’s way of letting us know when a threat is coming.  If you think about it when you’re tickled you giggle and try to pull away.

Laughing is thought to be the best medicine available.  Tickling leads to laughing.  In fact, playing tickle games can often lead to laughing so hard you can’t stop.  Tickling can create bonds and may even be a sign of submission.  Since being ticklish tends to be a reaction from vulnerable parts of the body; laughing could be the way our body handles this threat.  We may laugh so we appear least threatening to any potential threat.  Luckily there are lots of tickling games available that you can play in different situations and with different people in your lives so that you can enjoy these benefits.

When will my baby become ticklish?

You may be wondering when you can start tickling your baby and forming these bonds.  Babies don’t typically smile until they are at least six weeks old.  The average baby smiles at around two months of age.  Most babies don’t start laughing until they are three to four months old.  With that being said; when can you start playing tickle games with your baby?

Many individuals tickle their newborns and end up with a reaction they didn’t expect.  Children laugh when they are tickled, but some people are wary of the feeling of being tickled by certain individuals.  Baby’s typically smiled because they are happy about the interaction, not the tickling itself.  Most babies won’t laugh at being tickled until they are around two months old.  Before the age of two months, you may get a smile or nothing at all in response.  It’s important to remember that extensive stimulation and babies can become too much and quickly turn laughter into tears.  Make sure that when your child isn’t enjoying it anymore you stop.  You can begin tickling your newborn whenever you want, and they will enjoy the interaction with you and it will help you bond with them.  However, they won’t laugh about it until they are around two months old.

Tickle Games to Play with Your Babies

Finding ways to interact and bond with your baby can sometimes be difficult.  You want to make sure that the things that you are doing can increase your bond with your baby.  You don’t want to choose activities that they will not enjoy.

Tickle songs are an excellent type of tickle game that you can play with your baby.  As your baby grows older, round and round the garden or this little piggy are excellent tickle games that you can play with your baby.  Hold them on your lap and uncurl their digits gently as you sing the song to them.  You can repeat the song a few times.   After a time or two, they should start to giggle and get into it.  They get to the point that they get excited as they anticipate you tickling them at the end.

Puppets are also an excellent tickle game to play with your baby.  You can make finger puppets easily.  Find a pair of gloves that you don’t use anymore and cut the ends off them.  Make them faces and put them on your fingers.  You can use them to sing and dance and put on a show for your baby.  You can have them speak to your baby and even tickle the baby.  This not only gets your baby laughing but can also increase their imagination as they get older.

Tickle Games to Play with Your Friends

You may be surprised at the number of tickling games that you can play with your friends.  Don’t ever underestimate the power of random tickles.  Simply walking up to your friends and tickling them is a great way to strengthen your friendship.  There is also a game that you can play called Endurance.  During this game, the ticklee is given an object.  They must hold that object above their heads while the others tickle them.  Time it and compete to see who can hold the object up the longest!

There is another tickle game that you can play with your friends called switch.  This helps ensure that one spot isn’t tickled to the point it hurts.  You begin by knowing where each other tickle spots are.  When you start tickling the person can yell “switch” at any point and the tickler must swap spots.  This can be a lot of fun, as when the laughing starts it can be difficult to remember to say switch.

Tickle Games to Play with Your Toddlers

There are many tickle games that you can play with your toddlers.  Toddlers are very interactive and tend to be more involved in tickle games than babies.  We’ve all seen the toddler that runs around giggling and yelling “tickle me” as they run through a room.  Don’t negate the classics.  The original “I’m gonna get ya” is always a fun way to get the laughter started.  The anticipation alone is enough to make them squirm and break out in a fit of contagious giggles.

There is another game that helps your toddler learn about musical instruments while providing the benefits of tickling.  Ask them if they want to be in a one-man band.  If they say yes, have them select an instrument.  Play the song together and have them play their selected instrument to the beat.  You use them as an instrument.  You can tickle them on their belly and use them as “drum”.  You can strum along with their back as if they are a guitar or move your fingers on their spine as you would if you were hitting piano keys.  You can use your index finger and pull it along their shoulder as if it is a bow gliding across the strings of a violent.  You can do raspberries on their belly or hands and pretend they are a trumpet.  This game will get you both laughing and enjoying yourself.

Odds and evens are another tickle game that helps teach your children while ensuring everyone is in a fit of giggles.  This game is perfect for kids with siblings.  Decide on a number between zero and twenty.  Then, tell their sibling or another adult what the number is.  Have them guess what number you chose.  If they can guess they number their prize is they get to tickle you!  However, if they guess it wrong, you tickle them!

Tickle Games Perfect for Sleepovers

It can be difficult to get kids to bond during a sleepover.  One of the best ways to keep your child’s sleepover fun and entertaining is with tickle games.  One game that you can play is random tickles.  During the game of random tickles, you are going to need some dice.  Correlate a part of the body with each number on the dice.  For example, one could be the belly, three could be the feet, and six could be anywhere.  Have a child roll the dice and tickle the ticklee in that spot for a certain amount of time.  It’s more fun if the ticklee is blindfolded and can be a lot of fun.

Another fun game that you can play is hidden and tickly.  This game is best played I doors and is simple to play.  Much like traditional hide-and-seek, it involves hiding and finding the hider.  The difference in this game is only one person hides.  Once the tickler finds the person hiding, the hider is tickled!  This is a lot of fun.

You can also enjoy a round of domino tickles.  All you need for this game is a box of dominos.  Once you have the bag of dominoes, you begin drawing them.  The number on top should correlate with a safe/ticklish spot on the body.  The bottom number should suggest the amount of time the person is tickled.  This is a fun way to get the giggles started during a sleepover!

Tickle Games to Play with Your Spouse

A lot of the games listed above are great tickle games to play with your spouse.  You can walk up and randomly start tickling them to get them laughing and the fun started.  You can play the random tickles, and just change up the tickle spots to spice things up a bit.  You can do the same thing with the domino tickles.  There is another game that involves setting a timer and having a spot tickled for a set amount of time; which is fun if it involves a set of cards.  You could also blindfold your spouse and have them guess what you are using to tickle them with.  When done the right way, this can be a lot of fun or very sensual.

Wrapping it Up

Tickle games come with many benefits.  It can provide health benefits and help you bond with those around you.  You can tickle your baby to form the bond that is critical during the first year of your baby’s life.  You can tickle your toddler so that you can strengthen that bond.  Tickling games during sleepovers or with friends can greatly strengthen friendships.  You can even use tickle games with your spouse to add a bit of spice and fun to the relationship.  By playing tickle games you can get the laughter and fun quickly started and become closer to the important individuals in your life.