So, your child’s entire class is coming to your house for a birthday party, and you want them to have a good time. Nay, a great time! You have your birthday party theme, a cake design, and you’ve sent out the invitations. Now it’s time to plan how you’re going to keep these kids happily occupied.
Well, you’re in luck! These 5 must-try birthday party games have not only withstood the test of time, but they do not require expensive props and can be done in nearly any location (though you may have to move some furniture out of the way for a couple.) They can also be customized according to your birthday party theme!
So, if you’re ready, here are 6 must-try party games that will take you right from the beginning to the end of any kid’s birthday party with success!
Game 1: Guess How Many?
During the first few minutes of the party, kids will wander into your home and you’ll want to give them something to do right away (otherwise they might wander off and start dumping toys out in the living room!) We have a great classic to start the party and it’s called “Guess How Many”. This game has kept both kids and adults entertained for years. Here’s what you will need:
- A large clear container
- Objects to place into the container
- Small pieces of paper
- A container to place guesses
Common objects to place into the clear container include jelly beans, M&Ms, buttons, Lego bricks, tootsie-rolls, bouncy balls, and crayons. You can tie the container into the theme of your party.
Throwing a Spiderman-themed party? A jar of blue and red M&Ms would do the trick. White and blue-colored mints would work for a Frozen-themed party, while gummy worms would be great for a “Gross-Out” theme. Having a circus party? How about a jar of peanuts? This game offers plenty of imaginative possibilities to keep the kids entertained and happy.
Here’s how it works
Each child is directed to the container and asked how many objects he or she thinks it holds. Have them write their names and guesses on a slip of paper, and then place them into an envelope or jar. Whoever guesses closest to the actual amount wins.
The winner gets announced at the end of the party and that lucky kid gets to take home the container!
The only downside: you’ll need to know how many objects are in the container – which means counting them out beforehand.
Game 2: Monkey Races
Who doesn’t love the chance to act like a monkey once in a while? Monkey relay races are a great time, and can be held indoors or outdoors. Monkey games go perfectly with parties that feature our adorable monkey Par-T-Pet!
Divide the kids into two teams, and mark a starting point and a turn-around point. (Mark with cones or colored tape.) Whichever team finishes first, wins. Have several different relay games and you’ve got yourself a tournament.
Here are some monkey race ideas:
Walk like an ape: Have each child race to the turn-around point on all fours, walking as fast as they can like an ape would walk. The last child should complete the race by banging on his or her chest like Tarzan. (Optional!)
Carry the banana: Have the children run the race with a banana either between their knees or between their neck and chin.
Peel the banana: Have each team member run to the turn-around point, stop and peel a banana, and then rum back to the starting line. There’s one stipulation: each child must peel the banana with their feet!
Parents, you’re going to have to buy a lot of bananas for this party! (Another option for those who would rather leave the bananas out of it: have the children stop at the turn-around and place a plastic banana into a bowl with their feet, then run back to the starting point.
Game 3: Steal the Banana:
Since you probably have leftover bananas, this iteration of “Steal the Bacon” is sure to be a hit.
Divide the children into two even teams. (If you have an odd number of children, have an adult join in the fun!)
Each team should line up facing one another, and each child given a number. Place the banana between the two lines. Call out a number, and the two children assigned to that number run to the banana and try to “steal” it before their opposing teammate does. The team that “steals” the most bananas… wins! The game should get harder as it goes on, as the banana will get increasingly mushy!
Remember, this is a game that can be customized any way you would like. If the idea of a squishy banana on your carpet doesn’t appeal to you, you can use a towel, a stuffed animal, or some other theme-related object.
Game 4: Charades
C’mon, who doesn’t love Charades!? The trick is to have a party-themed version of Charades planned out beforehand.
Children can act like characters from a popular movie or book, act like animals, or act out ordinary scenes like driving a car or going fishing.
Place ideas in a container and have each child take turns acting out the charade in front of their teammates and time each turn.
The team who guesses what the charade is the fastest wins that round.
Game 5: Freeze Dance
First up, you’ll need to hone your inner DJ and choose some music that best matches the birthday party theme. Once you have some good tracks picked, that’s when the fun starts!
Have the kids dance to the music and explain that, when the music stops, they have to freeze immediately. The last one to freeze is out and the last kid standing wins the prize! Have the kids take turns controlling the music to make it extra fun for them.
Game 6: Balloon Pop Surprise
Every good kids’ birthday party has goodie-bags, but there’s no rule that says you can’t make those kids work for them! (And don’t forget, Par-t-Pets can also make fantastic and memorable goodie-bag!).
Move over piñatas, the Balloon Pop Surprise game is louder, faster, and more fun! Not only do kids love the chance to pop balloons, this game also serves as a great way to decorate for the party. You will need:
- Lots of balloons
- Small pieces of candy or items you would normally place in a goodie bag
- Tooth picks
Place candy or small items (erasers, glow sticks, stickers, etc.) inside the balloons. Blow up the balloons and dot them around one or two rooms. Tell the kids that there are treats inside the balloons, but they have to pop them in order to take the treats home.
Hand them a toothpick and a goodie-bag, say ready-set-go, and let them at it!
After all of the balloons have been popped, have the kids pick up the remains and throw them away. Voila! Removing the party decorations is partly done. The kids are tired out, have their goodie-bags, and are ready to go home. After you’ve announced the winner of the “Guess How Many” game, of course.
These are simple, but classic birthday games that can be tweaked to perfectly fit your party theme.
Implement these ideas, and your child’s birthday party will be the talk of the school for a long time to come!