What do children love just as much parties? Party games! They love to get together with their family and friends and play games. There are a lot of games out there appropriate for children’s parties. Some require movement, others require thinking, and some require both. Some let children let loose and have fun while others let them relax a little. Here are a few games that will let your little one and their friends do a little bit of everything.
Pin The Tail On The Donkey.
The age-old classic. Hang a picture of a donkey as the children hold the tail with tape or something to stick it to the photo. This will depend on whether you made the game yourself or bought it as a game set. Line the children up to take turns. When it is someone’s turn, blind fold them and spin them around 2-3 times. Then let them try to pin the tail on the donkey blind folded. Mark off each spot the children end up pinning it, give them each a tail (bought or hand-made), or find another way to keep track of where they all pin the tails (whichever way you would like). See which child comes the closest to pinning the tail on the donkey!
A piñata can be a lot of fun as it gives a child the chance to do something they normally wouldn’t be allowed to do: break something! Make a hand-made piñata or buy one in the store. You can find them in different designs and colors. Then, fill it up with candy and small toys. Line up each child. When it is their turn, blindfold them, spin them around 2-3 times, and let them try to break the piñata. You can give them a certain amount of swings each, such as three times. When the piñata finally breaks, let the children pick out some prizes. My personal suggestion would be to make sure all of the children get a few things out of it, as they are all trying their best to break it!
Guess The Number.
This game doesn’t require much movement, but it does require a little thinking. Fill a plastic or glass (see-through) jar up with candy, buttons, pennies, etc. Whichever you desire. Count them as you fill it, write the amount down so you don’t forget it, and keep it to yourself. Then, set it out and see who can guess the right amount (or the closest to it). The person who is the closest or right on the dot wins! Give prizes to the winners and everyone who played if you would like.
Musical chairs is a fun game that combines movement and music. Do a head count of the children playing. Set out chairs, making sure there is one more child than there are chairs. For instance, if there are 4 children, then set out 3 chairs. Let them walk around as the music plays. When you are ready, pause the music. When the music is paused, the children must find a seat. The child left standing is out and the next round begins. When the next round begins, take a chair away. The last child left in the game is the winner.
My nieces and nephew love this game. Freeze dance is a fun game that lets children just…dance. Only with a silly twist added to it. Start the music and let the children dance. Whenever you feel like it, pause the music. When you pause the music, the children must freeze. It’s fun to see the silly poses they end up doing when the music is paused. If you want, snap pictures of their poses and show them when the game is over.
Arts and Crafts.
This is a nice activity that will let everyone just relax. Sit the children together at a table or on the floor and let them work on a craft. Crafts can include paper hats, making animals, sticker books, coloring, drawing, or whatever you and the children decide to do (this depends on the children and their age group) Then when they are done, they can all show off the crafts they made.
These are just a few of the many games for children to play at parties. You can use something off of this list, other party ideas, or even make up your own games. Give out prizes to all of the children who play, or just let them play for fun. The choice is yours. But either way, these children are bound to have a great time!