What makes a child’s birthday party a big hit is the prepared games and activities that you have planned. Select games that are appropriate for your age group. Try out games ahead of time with your child; chances are if they like the game their friends will too. Some games will be hits and others may be duds. Be flexible if the game is not going well, stop the game and move on with a different game.
Consider your space if you are going to play the game inside or outside. What the weather will be at the time of the party. If you are planning all your games to be played outside, have a backup plan for game ideas if the weather changes.
If the children are younger, make sure if you give prizes, that everyone goes home with a prize. They won’t understand if only a few get prizes and they don’t. You might consider not having prizes at all. Instead at the end of the party award all the children with a party favor bag. Here are some children's game ideas for you to consider:
Have chairs arranged like inside an airplane minus one less than the guest, play music and have the children walk around the chairs, when the music stops, who ever isn't sitting in a chair is out. Continue until only one chair left and one guest left.
The Children sit in a circle and each has a gift in their lap. Play music and pass the gifts around the circle until the music stops. The gift that lands on the birthday girl or boys lap is the one they will open first. The person who started out with that gift then goes out of the circle and the game continues until all the gifts are opened. Be sure to have a few extra gifts around in case someone forgot to bring a gift so that everyone can play this game.
Choose one child to be Simon or have an adult be Simon. Every time the Simon says” Simon Says” you must do what they say (put your hands on your head, take to steps back, jump on one leg 5 times etc). If "Simon Says” is not said first, do not do what Simon tells you to do, just stand there still. If the child moves before hearing "Simon Says” then they are out of the game.
Water Balloon Toss: This is a fun outdoor on a hot day game. Have guests form two lines facing each other. The person you are facing is your partner. You start by throwing a balloon filled with water to your partner. You don’t want to bust the balloon of water or you are out. After each throw, if the balloon did not burst, you will take a step backwards. Everyone in lines does this at the same time. The last group with the full balloon wins this balloon game and wins a prize.
Set up stations for each game. Have a home base for each team, they have to come back to home base before the next team player can go to there game. The team that is done first wins.
There are tons of games you can play at a children’s birthday party that are listed on the web when you search for "children’s games”. Tossing games, pinatas, and word finds are all great games that take very little planning. Decide what things your child likes to do at their age & ask them what kind of games they like to play.
Find more game ideas and activities by reviewing the theme parties and children's parties listed on this site.
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