is important to remember that when playing any kind of childrens
games, the winner is issued with a reward. This is important
for two main reasons, the child will be excited and pleased
with their achievement and sometimes without realising it,
their confidence will begin to accelerate in areas that may
have been lacking. This will also help when trying to convince
some children into taking part. Be aware of the children that
try to "fade into background" due to being shy or face with
a totally new environment that may scare them. To help these
children a good idea is to look at the games you have lined
up and pick out the ones that have a reduced number of children
participating. This will increase their chance of winning
and help their confidence with the other games. Alway have
a list of games that exceeds the time available. That way
if a game cannot be played for what ever reason or finishes
quicker than expected, you won't run out of ideas.
to ensure each child has had the chance to win a prize by
the end of the party. Think up some silly reasons for awarding
the medal e.g. jazziest shirt, fastest eater, most helpful
child, cheekiest smile, best dancer etc. Depending on the
kind of game being played will depend on if you issue a prize
straight away or issue the winner with a prize winning coupon
so that at the end of the day you can organise a prize presentation.
If you do this, you have the opportunity to issue 1st, 2nd
& 3rd prize and everyone else a runners-up prize, that way......everybody
forget that some children simply won't want to play so it
is sensible to plan a quiet area, with some crayons and paper,
where they can sit without feeling left out. This could lead
to another competition for the best picture if there are enough
children doing the same. So.....What kind of games could you
Before the party, fill a jar with jellybeans. Count the jellybeans
before you put them into the jar. Put a "Honey" label on the
front. As your guests arrive, have each one guess how many
beans they think are in the jar. Write down each person's
guess. At the end of the party, the person who guesses the
closest number is the winner and gets to take home the "Honey
Jar of Jelly Beans!"
Balloon Relay Race.
the children stand in two single-file lines, facing the same
direction. Place a balloon between the knees of the first
child in each line. When the race starts the child turns to
face the next person in line, the second child must grasp
the balloon with his or her knees and turn to pass it on to
the third person, and so on. If the balloon falls to the ground
the team must start over. The first team to successfully pass
the balloon down the line wins!
game will take some preparation but it's worth it. You'll
need 50 to 100 small balloons. Recruit some help. Divide the
children into two teams. Select one child on each team to
be the "weakling," the remaining children will be "personal
trainers." Have the teams gather on opposite sides of the
room and divide the balloons between them. Have each weakling
put a large sweatshirt and leggings on over their clothes.
When you say, "GO," the teams of personal trainers must make
the weaklings grow instant muscles by stuffing as many balloons
as possible into their clothes. Give the teams' one minute
to do this. When time is up, let everyone admire the weaklings'
new muscles (have a camera handy). Then remove and count the
balloons, the team that used the most balloons, wins! Try
again with a new weaklings this time.
A Bug On My Back.
up your party guests (threes okay too) and put a sticker or
a picture of a bug on each childs back. Have the guests try
to guess what the bug is by asking questions that can be answered
only yes or no. For example " Do i have legs?" "Can i fly?"
and "Am i green"
gets into the act with this fun variation of musical chairs.
Set one fewer chairs than the number of guests at your party.
Start the music and have the children walk in a circle around
the chairs, until you stop the music. When the music stops,
the children try to sit on one of the chairs. The player left
standing must pull the name of an animal out of an hat and
act it out while the other guests try to guess what the animal
is. Start the music again and repeat the game until all the
animals in the hat have been acted out.
love to hunt for surprises! You will need of at least a few
family members, neighbours, or friends. Before the party find
some pictures to cut out from old magazines or catalogues.
Use easily recognisable images which when put together will
spell out the location of the treasure from the first letter
of each picture. For example, if the treasure is hidden in
the kitchen you might have pictures of a kite, ice-cream,
a Tree, a Cat, a House, an Egg and a Needle. When all the
pictures have been found the children must work out where
the treasure is hidden and then go and retrieve it. Depending
on the age of the children you can alter the difficulty of
the location or how well the clues are hidden. A variation
of this game is just to hide lots of pictures which link with
your party theme, e.g. if it's a teddy bears picnic hide lot
of pictures of food and teddies. The child who finds the most
pictures is the winner.
Classic children's game is perfect for any party. have the
children sit in a circle and have the birthday child begin
as the " Fly" He/she walks around the circle tapping each
child on the head, saying "Fly" with each tap. When thay are
ready to choose the next person to be the Fly, he/she says
"FROG" when tapping that person on the head. That child (The
Frog) gets up and chases the "Fly" around the circle. If the
new "Frog" does not tag the birthday child before he/she makes
it all the way around the circle and sits in the open spot,
then the Frog becomes the new "Fly". If the Frog tags the
Fly, then the birthday child remains the "Fly" for the next
round and the game continues. In the summer a variation of
this game can be played outdoors by adding water and calling
the game 'Drip, drip, Drop'. The child who is "it" is given
a plastic bottle of water and go's round the circle giving
each person a drip on the head with the water but then selects
someone for a bigger drop of water-then the chasing ensues!
game will make your party guests tumble with laughter. Have
the Guests stand in a circle facing inward. Everyone extends
their right hand into the ring and take a hold of someone
else's hand. They then do the same with their left hand. See
if thay can untangle the "knot" by stepping over, ducking
under people, or turning around. Whatever happens, they can't
let go of hands!
out a large balloon to each child. The object of this game
is to hit the balloon up into the air and keep them afloat
for the longest period of time. This is a fun and easy way
to start or end any party!
five pennies with different dates on them. Place the pennies
in your top hat and ask one of the guests to pick a penny
from the hat and look at the date, but not tell what it is.
Have all the guests pass the penny around to look at the date.
Quickly have them put the penny back into the hat and shake
up the pennies. Have the penny magician reach into the hat
and pull out the chosen penny. The secret? The penny magician
knows which penny was chosen because copper absorbs heat,
so the penny everyone has handled will be warm. Once everyone
knows how the magic is done, let all the guests take a turn
being the penny magician.
is not so much a game but an end of party event. Have everyone
sit in a circle to hear a wonderful story. While the children
listen, you can also have them colour a picture related to
your party's theme. This activity will not only keep the children
entertained, but it will also help calm them down as the party
comes to an end. Parents picking up their loved ones will
thank you for doing this one!
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