Party Games

Kids Party Games

"These fun-tastic Kids Party Games will have your young party-goers laughing and playing for hours"

Organizing some fun kids party games for your son or daughter's birthday party can be a funny, rib-tickling business ;-). It's therefore important to make sure they 'have what it takes' before introducing them to the hilarious fun inside each of these games!

Here's a TOP SECRET Giggle Test of 3 brain-teasingly difficult questions the kids will need to answer correctly to 'Pass'. If they 'pass' you know they'll be safe to play ;-)...

Are Your Party Guests Giggle-Qualified?

  1. How many belly-laughs and uncontrollable giggles will each party guest be able to take before their 'Giggleometer' blows a fuse? - Less than 5, about 5 or more than 5? (answer may vary depending on the quantity of cake and candies consumed beforehand!)
  2. What makes more noise...having a jet aircraft take-off in your back yard or having 8 young party-goers playing "Dress-Up Relay" or "Hot Potato"? (quick...you've only got 10 seconds left to answer this question..9...8..)
  3. How many 'leg ties' will you need for the 'Three-legged Egg and Spoon Race', with 8 children, split into 4 teams of 2, racing against each other in? (phew...this one's a real toughie!)

Did they pass the test? For those that did, we've put together a goody bag of the very best kid's party games around.

Remember that these kids party games are happy to have their bellies tickled, to be played with and to be customized or adapted to fit your birthday party theme - for example, "Pin the tale on the donkey" can be adpted to "Pin the crown on the princess" (for a Princess party); The "Dress-Up Relay Race" can be adapted to "Dress-Up Like a Pirate Relay Race" (for a Pirate party), and so on.


Kids Party Games

You can use the menu below to jump to a specific kids party game on the page below:


Blind Man’s Bluff

This is a nice simple kids party game which is well suited to children ages 2 to 5 years old. All you'll need is a blindfold and some simple prizes or treats...

Instructions:

  1. Start by making the birthday boy/girl the 'blind man' and blindfold him or her.
  2. Have the other children join hands in a circle around the ‘blind man’.
  3. The children need to start moving in a circle around the blind man and singing the following song of the ‘Three Blind Mice’ song:
  • "Three blind mice, three blind mice,
  • see how they run! see how they run!
  • They all ran after the farmers wife,
  • who cut off their tales with a kitchen knife,
  • have you ever seen such a sight in your life,
  • as three blind mice?
  1. When the verse stops, the ‘blind man’ points in the direction of another player (in the circle) and guesses their name. If the ‘blind man’ guesses correctly, he or she trades places with the other player. If not, the other player steps into the circle with the ‘blind man’ so the blind man can try to catch him or her.
  2. Once the ‘blind man’ catches the other player, he or she must try to identify the player by touching his or her face, hair, or clothing. If the ‘blind man’ guesses correctly they switch places. If not, the blind man stays in the center for another round.

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Bobbing for Apples

This is one of those kids party games which is particularly suitable for young party-goers from the age of 3+ and it's great fun to watch :-)

Instructions:

  1. Take one apple for each party guest.
  2. Core each apple then hang them by some string so each apple swings at the same height as the noses of each of the players.
  3. Set a ticking egg timer (ticking bomb!) to 2 minutes then get each of the kids to stand in front of their hanging apple with their hands behind their backs.
  4. Start the timer and get the kids to bite into their apple!
  5. The child who eats the most of his apple when the timer goes off is the winner.

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Bubble Swordfight

This is a fun kids party game for kids aged 3+ and works well as both a birthday game and as an icebreaker activity. It's also an ideal party game for the Pirate party theme and Knights party theme as it's a great way of distracting the young pirates and Knights from using their costume swords on each other and on the adults!

Instructions:

  1. As your party guests arrive provide each one with a foam or balloon 'sword'.
  2. Have 2 or 3 adults with bubble liquid stand in the yard and blow bubbles or create bubbles with a bubble wand or machine (which can be rented inexpensively from party suppliers).
  3. Challenge the kids to pop and slice the bubbles (monsters) with their fearsome swords. 

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Egg and Spoon Relay Race

This is another of the classic kids party games that's both hilarious fun and suitable for just about all age groups.

Instructions:

  1. Divide the kids into two teams.
  2. Give each team two small spoons and a hard boiled egg.
  3. Create a short race track in the yard with a a start line and 'turnaround point' at the end of the track.
  4. Get the two teams to make two line behind each other at the start line and give the first player from each team a spoon and an egg .
  5. The first 2 players must balance their egg on their spoon (no fingers are allowed to touch the egg). When they are ready have one of the adults shout "GO!" and get the players to race each other to the turnaround point and back to the start line carrying their eggs.
  6. When they get back to the start they must pass the egg from their spoon to the next team members spoon without uesing their fingers. The next player then races to the turnaround point and repeats the egg handover.
  7. If a player drops their egg, they must run back to the start line and place their egg back on their spoon and start again.
  8. The first team to complete the race (without cheating!) wins the race.

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Face Painting

Face painting is a popular birthday party activity but can also be a fun kids party game to play...and one the adults can play too.

Get the kids to 'paint faces' on each other and have a competition for the 'best' painted to be voted on by the children and adults...

"Who can paint the best Fairy face? the best Monster? the prettiest Princess? the best Spaceman? the meanest-looking Pirate? etc."

Some fun effects for the kids to paint include beards, moustaches, scars, rotten teeth, cuts, stitches, moles, burns, long eye-lashes, big red lips, glowing cheeks, etc.

Make sure to take lots of photos of the kids all made up - the photos will make great party favors and keepsakes.


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Hot Potato (Pass the Parcel)

This is another of the popular classic kids party games and can be played by all ages, from 1 year +.

Instructions:

  1. You'll need a toy or an item that matches your party theme or a parcel wrapped in lots of layers of paper with the prize in the center, some fun party music and a music player that you can be paused and easily restarted.
  2. Gather kids in a circle and pass the parcel around while the music is playing.
  3. When the music stops the person holding the toy or item is out...or...if they are holding the parcel, they must unwrap ONE layer of wrapping only from the parcel (and they remain in the game).
  4. Start the music again and repeat until another player is out or until another layer of wrapping has been removed.
  5. Repeat, making sure to stop the music randomly to keep the game lively and to keep the excitement level high!
  6. Continue until there is only one person left or until the prize at the center of the parcel has been unwrapped. The last remaining player or the player to unwrap the last layer of paper and discover the prize is the winner.
  7. If the kids are very young, it's a good idea to award concelation prizes to the players who get knocked out of the game to keep them happy and playing along!

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It's a Knockout!

This is a very lively and wet birthday party game best suited for children aged 5+, so needs to be played outside on a warm day. You’ll also need some towels handy and the kids will need to bring some swim shots or spare dry clothes with them to the party.

Instructions:

  1. Fill a paddling pool with water.
  2. Suspended a plank of wood across the pool and about 6 inches above the water. You can use wooden blocks or bricks placed underneath the plank at either end and around the edge of the pool to secure it in place.
  3. Divide kids into 2 teams and have the teams elect their first player to challenge on the plank.
  4. provide each team with a foam cushion and foam balls, ping-pong balls (or even rolled up socks!).
  5. The first two players (one from each team) have to battle head to head on the wooden plank using the cushions to knock each other off the plank and into the water whilst the crew throws the foam balls at the opposing teams player to try and make him wobble. 
  6. Each team scores a point for knocking off the other player from the plank and into the water.
  7. The team with most points at the end of the game (when you decide to finish or the first team to 20 for example) wins the batle.

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Musical Chairs

This is another very popular 'classic' kids party game and is particularly enjoyable for younger partygoers...

Instructions:

You'll need some chairs (you can use cushions, stools, mats or just about anything else you like as your 'chairs', as long as they are safe for the kids to sit on), some fun party music, a music player you can pause and restart again easily and some prizes for the competitiors and the winner.

  1. You'll need to set out one less 'chair' than the number of kids playing the game - if you had eight children playing you'll need seven chairs at the start of the game.
  2. Arrange the chairs with spaces between, either in a single line or just randomly around the party area and have the kids stand beside the chairs at the start.
  3. Start the music and have the kids move around the chairs - you can have a lot of fun with the rules on how the the children move, e.g you can make the rules state that they must "hop on one leg", or "crawl on their bellies", "walk backwards while whistling", "fly with their arms out" , etc. until you pause the music. As soon as the music is paused, the players must dash to the nearest chair and sit on it before another player does. The player who his left without a chair to sit on is out of the game.
  4. For the next round, remove one of the chairs, restart the music and repeat until another player is out.
  5. Continue removing a chair each round until there is a only one player left and they are the winner.

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Panning for gold

This is a sweet kids party game for adventurous young prospectors aged 4+

Instructions:

  1. You'll need lots of small gold and silver ‘nuggets’ and/or coins, a sandbox, paddling pool or large trough, several prospecting sieves and some water.
  2. Spray paint a selection of small garden stones (gold and silver or clored like gems) or use some plastic coins.
  3. If you have a large sandbox you backyard and you can use that otherwise fill a paddling pool or a trough with water and some sand (the water is optional!).
  4. You can make prospecting sieves by taking foil pie plates and punching holes in the bottom to let the sand (and water) through. You will need one for each prospector.
  5. Hide the gold amongst the sand and give each child a sieve to see who can make their fortune.
  6. Award prizes for each of the buried treasures they dig up and a special prize for the prospector who finds the most treasure.

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Pinatas

Pinatas are very popular at parties of all ages. You'll find lots of pinatas online or at a local toy store to choose from but you can also have a lot of fun making your own and stuffing it with your own prizes, candies and treats.

Just hang your pinata from a line, an outside tree or your ceiling indoors and let the kids each take turns being blindfolded, spun around a few times (to disoreitate them) and hitting the pinata with a bamboo or dowel stick.


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Pin the Tail on the Donkey

This classic childrens party game is suitable for all ages and can adapted to just about any favorite animal or object - e.g. "Pin the beak on the Duck", "Pin the tail on the Dog/Cat/Pony/Crocodile", "Pin the Flag on the Pirate Ship", etc.

Instructions:

  1. You'll need a large cut-out picture of a donkey which has a long tail you can cut off.
  2. Pin the Donkey picture to a wall or pin board.
  3. Take the donkeys tail and stick some bluetack or a small pin at the base of the tail so the kids will be able to stick the tail to the donkey picture.
  4. Have the kids take it in turns to be blindfolded then stood in front of the donkey. Give the donkey's tail to the player then gently spin them around in a circle a couple of times to disorientate them.
  5. They then have to try to place the tail back on the donkey in the original position.
  6. The one who comes closest to placing the tail back on the donkey in the right place is the winner.

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Sharks and Minnows

This is an energetic kids party game popular with kids from ages 5+.

Instructions:

  1. Start with the birthday boy or girl playing 'the shark' while the rest of the children play the 'minnows'.
  2. Place two cones (you can use cardboard boxes, cusions or something similar instead) in a line about 15 yards apart, across the middle of your backyard.
  3. The 'Shark' is only allowed to swim in a line between the cones
  4. The minnows have to ‘swim’ from one side of the backyard, across the line between the cones (where the Shark swims), to the other side of the yard without shark capturing or 'tagging' them.
  5. Whoever the shark captures or 'tags' is out of the game.
  6. The last minnow to be captured is the winner.

As an alternative to being 'out', the minnow that is captured by the shark then becomes the shark.


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Three-legged Race

If you're young party guests are bursting with energy, this competitive kids party game will help them let off steam. It's best suited for ages 4+

Instructions:

  1. You'll need a length of material to make a leg tie that's long enough to tie two players legs together - one for every two players i.e. if you have 10 players you need 5 leg ties.
  2. You also need some space in your yard for them to race.
  3. Get the kids to pair-up with a buddy so that you have teams of two players - 10 kids = 5 teams of players.
  4. Get the first two pairs to line up on the start line. Start the race with the drop of a flag, blow of a whistle or simply "GO!" and let them race.
  5. Prizes can be awarded for each race
  6. Make sure that the pairs races each other. The pair with the most victories are the winners and win the grand prize.

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Toss the Water Balloons

This water-based kids party game great for ages 5+. It's exciting to watch and is one that the kids really love playing, partly because of the suspense and partly because it involves getting very wet!

Instructions:

  1. Have a handy supply of colored balloons to hand and a hose with which you can fill the balloons with water.
  2. Fill one of the balloons with water then carefully pass it to one of the players.
  3. Have the kids stand in a large circle and toss the balloon to each other without dropping it on the floor.
  4. Whoever catches the balloon when it bursts is out of game and also very wet!
  5. Carry on the game with a new balloon until there is only one pirate left.

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Treasure Hunt

This is another classic childrens party game and always a top favorite amongst adventurous treasure-seekers of all ages.

Instructions:

Treasure hunts can be almost as much fun to create as they are at play. There are literally thousands of ways to create clues for your treasure hunt - colors, nursery rhymes, pop song lyrics, story clues, riddles and much more. Here is an example some nursary rhyme clues, ideal for a treasure hunt for 3-6 year olds:

  1. For example the first clue can be “Row, row, row your ____ gently down the _____ ", where 'boat' and 'stream' are the answers.
  2. Once they figure this out, the next clue can be taped to a small toy boat which is sitting in a bucket of water in the yard.
  3. The next clue (taped to the boat) could be "Humpty Dumpty sat on a ___ ". As 'wall' is the answer, the next clue could be on top off your garden wall.
  4. Another idea for a clue could be: "Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your ________ grow?" So you could hide this clue somewhere in your 'garden'.
  5. Just repeat this with as many nursery rhymes or children's songs as you like.
  6. At the end of the hunt, find an interesting place marked with a large X to hide a 'treasure chest' filled with a prize with each players name on it. This way the players won't all be grabbing for all the loot at the same time and will ensure that everyone wins a prize.

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