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Party Games

 

Balloon Pop

Place a small note inside a balloon and inflate it.  Have enough balloons to cover the number of children at the party.   Place the balloons in the centre of the circle and when the music starts, let the kids jump on the balloons and pop them.    They can claim their prize when the music stops.    This is best played with children of the same age.

Balloon Relay

Divide the children into  equal teams and stand them in a line. Give each team a large garbage bag containing ten balloons.   The first in each line takes a balloon and runs to the other side of the room and sits on the balloon to pop it.    After popping the balloon they run back to the line and tag the next person who does the same thing.   The game goes on until one team has popped all of their balloons. The winning team gets a small prize.

Balloon Stomp

Fill the party area with balloons and have the children stomp on them until they burst.   Choose the colour to match your theme – for a pirate party use black balloons and call the game cannonball stomp, for a fairy use white balloons and paint red spots on using a magic market and call the game toadstool stomp.   You can add treasure slips to some of the balloons so the winners can claim their prize.

Bean Bag Toss

Use  beanie babies in a shape to compliment your party theme and terracotta flower pots.   The bean bags have to be tossed into a flowerpot to win a prize.

Bubbles

Buy giant fairy wands and have the children blow bubbles or hire a bubble machine for atmosphere at a fairy party.

Can You Guess

Put several small items into a brown paper bag. Blindfold one person and hand them one of the items in the bag.  Give them a few seconds to guess what the item is.  If they are unsuccessful they are out. The last one wins. 

Cap’n Hook’s Treasure

Buy cheap pirate hooks from your local party shop.   Each child wears a hook on each hand.  Fill a bucket with “treasure items” and each child is given 30 seconds to try and pick up as much treasure as they can.  The winner is the child who picks up the most.

 

Chinese whispers

Everybody sits in a circle and the birthday person whispers a long phrase to the person sitting next to them.   That person whispers to the person next to them and so on until it reaches the last person in the circle.   They stand up and announce what they heard, it will be completely different to what the first person said - a good funny game.

Ducky Ducky

Everyone sits in a circle except one who is given a pillow and blind-fold.  They then go and place the pillow on a persons lap, sit on it and say ducky ducky.  The person should say"quack quack" this can be done only 3 times.  If the blind person guesses the name the person, they should now be given the blind fold and the game run over again - after everyone has changed their places.

Flower Pot Toss

Fill terracotta flower pots with sand and stand a flower upright in each pot.  Make rings using rope and bind the ends together with tape.   Play the game by throwing the rings over the flowers.    Each time a hoop surrounds the flower the child wins a small prize.

Listen and Move

Place party shapes on the floor in a circle. For example if your theme is Knights the shapes could be shields, swords, and castles. Children walk around circle while listening to music. If the music is loud the children move fast. If the music is quiet the children move slow. If the music stops, the children stop on the closest shape. Young children like to play it this way. 

To make it more challenging for older children have 1 less shape than the number of children. Continue remove shapes as the children are 'out'.

Mummies

Divide your guests into groups of three.   Each group is given a roll of toilet paper.

Play a popular song and the children have until the music finishes to make one of their team into a mummy.

When the music stops the winning team is the one with the best mummy.

Musical Chairs

Everyone has played this game.  Count the number of children playing and set up enough chairs for all of them, then remove one!

Play music and the children walk around the chairs.  When the music stops, all the children have to sit down, but one child will miss out.   This child is out of the game.   Remove a chair and start playing the music again.   Keep removing chairs until only one chair and two people are left.   The person who makes it to the last chair is the winner.

Octopus or Worm Treasure

Fill a bucket with cooked spaghetti.    Add treasure to the bucket.   Blindfold the guests and time them for 30 seconds while they hunt for the treasure among the octopus tentacles or slimy worms. The winner is the child who collects the most treasure.

Pass the Orange

Arrange you guests into teams - 8 is a good number - and have them stand in a line one behind the other.

The first team member is given an orange, which he places under this chin.   The orange has to be passed to the person behind and so on down the line.  When the last person successfully gets the orange, that team is the winner, or you can get them to send it back up the line until it is with the first person.

Pass the Parcel 

Choose a simple gift suitable for your guests and wrap it in layers and layers of paper.  To make it interesting you can add a small toy or lolly between each layer.  Wrap the final layer in really bright party paper.

Seat all your guests in a circle and give the parcel to the birthday person.    Start the music and the guests pass the parcel around the circle.   When the music stops, the person holding the parcel unwraps one layer.   The music starts again and the parcel is passed along.  When the final layer is unwrapped, the person wins the prize.

The small favour between each layer can be varied by making it a small task - the person has to do a dance, sing a song, etc.   Makes for a good interactive game.

If you have a huge number of children attending the party, consider splitting them into two or three groups and have the game played simultaneously.

Pin the tale on ..

Vary it for your party theme, unicorn for a fairy party, fish for an under the sea party, and so on.

Postman's Knock

Divide the guests into boys and girls.   Each group gets a number.

They boys stand in one line and the girls stand in another line make sure they are not in order.  

The first boy in the line calls out his number and the girl with the corresponding number has to cross the line and kiss him.   Then the first girl in the line calls out her number and the corresponding boy has to kiss her.

Continue until all numbers have been played.

Statues

Play loud party music for everyone to dance to.  When the music stops, everyone must stand completely still like a statue.   If anyone moves they are out.

Keep playing until there is only one child left, who wins the prize.

Stuck in the Mud

One person is 'IT' and has to run round touching as many people as they can.   When they have touched someone, that person has to stop and stand with their legs apart and their hands outstreached, until someone crawls through their legs.  If you've been caught three times, then you are out.  The game ends when everyone left is standing still.

The Chocolate (or Jelly) Game

Sit everyone in a circle and place a tray in the middle with a hat, scarf, gloves, knife and fork, die and a wrapper bar of chocolate. 
In turn, players throw the die.  If they throw a SIX, they must put on the Hat, Scarfe and Gloves before they start to unwrap the chocolate with the knife and fork, ad then start to eat it. 
To speed up the game add a second die and require a Double SIX. 
The Jelly Variation is to turn out a set jelly onto a plate and eat it with the knife and fork.

The Memory Game

Put several small items in a brightly decorated box and place in the centre of the children's circle.   Remove the lid for about sixty seconds and everyone has to remember what is in the box.

Go around the circle and everyone has to name an object. Nobody can repeat what somebody has already said, if they do, or if they can't name something, they are out of the game.

Once you have gone around the circle, the box is opened again and some of the items are replaced.   This time everybody has to name two objects.

Keep playing until only one child remains and wins the prize.

Treasure Hunt

Spray sea shells gold and silver.   Buy little glass stones from dollar shops.   Add in chocolate coins, lip gloss, large glass beads, cheap jewellery and glitter bags, and small item to suit your party guests.   Hide them in the garden and send the children off to find them.

 

Whistling Jatz 

Every child is given three Jatz biscuits.  When you say "go" they must put all the biscuits in their mouth.   The first one to whistle wins.