Ribbon Ninja: Compete To See Who Can Grab The Most Ribbons

Ribbon Ninja is a game that will get you up off the couch and moving! It has players compete to see who has the best ninja moves and can grab the most ribbons from their opponents. This game is great for indoor our outdoor fun. We like to change things up a bit and add some challenges.

We teamed up with the folks at Fat Brain Toys to show you some fun indoor and outdoor gift ideas for kids. We received some complimentary goodies as a thank you and to help give you details of each. All opinions are our own and were formed through personal use. Your results may vary from ours.

Ribbon Ninja Game

Ribbon Ninja Includes:

  • 12 wristbands
  • 18 ribbons in 6 colors
  • Detailed game rules and instructions


We tried very hard to get a video and photos of us, actually, playing this game. Our weather, here on the hilltop, just would not cooperate! It was either scorching hot, too muddy, raining or extremely windy (45+ mph). So, we never got to get outside and actually film. We do plan to do that as soon as the weather is nice. That video will be uploaded to our YouTube channels and I’ll do a quick blog post to let y’all know when it’s live. I’m so sorry!
With that said, here is how we play Ribbon Ninja.

We start out playing this fun game by the rules. Then on subsequent rounds, we add in some fun challenges. We do this with most games we play to shake things up a bit.

For Ribbon Ninja, we play like this.

Round 1 – by the rules with one exception – we play in teams. The only switch up we make is that we play in teams of 2 or 3. The rest is by the official rules. Each player gets to wrist bands, once for each arm as well as 3 ribbons in one color. They can place them however they like. One on one wrist and 2 on the other. All three on one wrist, wrist, etc…

Everyone stand in a circle. Each player places one foot in the center. On the count of 3 they move that foot back and strike a ninja pose. The other foot now becomes stationary and cannot be moved throughout the round or they’re out. Players will pose and grab at the other players ribbons and try to capture them. When one arm has lost all it’s ribbons, that arm has to be placed behind the players back and can’t be used for the rest of the round. The last player with all their ribbons wins the round.

Then, we change up the rules, make up our own and add in some challenges.

Round 2 – Sumo style – same teams. We make a chalk circle in the yard. Each player has to stay inside the circle but can move around and not have a stationary foot. However, they cannot leave the circle or they’re out of the round. The rest of the rules are the same as the first round, the last player with all their ribbons wins the round. The first team out gets sprayed with silly string!

Round 3 – tag – free for all. In this round, you’re out for yourself! Each player runs around the yard trying to capture as many ribbons as they can. The person with the most ribbons at the end of the round wins. In this round, the winner gets chalked by all the other players. Being chalked in this round is a good thing. You can see what we’re talking about in our Just Add Color Party post here.

These are just some of the ways we like to change things up and add some fun challenges. In the hot, summer months, we may throw water balloons or dump a bucket of water on the losing team. You never know what we’ll come up with!

This game really gets your heart going and is a great form of exercise, without realizing it! Our entire family had a great time playing it indoors. I can’t wait to show you our outdoor Ribbon Ninja fun!

What are some fun challenges you’d add to your Ribbon Ninja game?

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