Ever thrown (or attended) a Kids Party and during the ‘Games’, you end up wanting to poke yourself in the eye with something sharp – It’s that tedious?
Here’s a list of the Best Party Games and the worst offenders….
- Pass the Parcel
An Oldie, But a Goodie. BUT has anyone else noticed that as soon as a child gets their ‘prize’ they walk away from the circle leaving all of 2-3 kids vying for the ultimate prize? Pretty sure this comes from (and we all know it) living in an age where each and every layer of Pass the Parcel has to have a prize or there will be a mega-meltdown).
This drives me nuts, so at Miss 6’s Birthday party I changed things up a bit. Every second layer had a little card with a message on it like these:
- Pass to the person on your Left
- Pass to someone wearing Red
- Pass to the person on your Right
- Pass to the Birthday Boy/Girl
This made them all sit down for the entire game, gave them a bit of reading practice and (best of all) gave the adults a chance to actually drink a coffee! Winning!!
- Pin the Tail on the Donkey
- Musical Chairs
I’ve found that this game can get a bit violent! Yes – you did hear me right. Throw a couple of super-competitive over-achievers into the mix and suddenly there’s little kiddie chairs flying in every direction, legs are missing (on the chairs) and it ends in tears.
Best to use Carpet Squares or Hula Hoops instead of chairs.
- Musical Statues
Always a winner! This game always gives everyone a laugh to see some of the crazy dance moves, especially when the adults get involved. Easy & Cheap!
It always amazes me that in an age where play weapons are socially a no-no, it’s perfectly acceptable to beat the living shit out of a Disney Princess Character in order to get Candy (This is only ok if the Piñata is Dora).
And while, yes it is funny to watch the kids swing wildly and miss, when the bat connects with the next kids head or Hubbies genitals…. not so amusing (For Hubby). Still don’t believe me? Youtube it!
Choose a plain Shaped Pinata and proceed with caution.
- Scavenger Hunt
This one can work for any age and theme (pretty sure my Hens night included a Scavenger Hunt – Good Times, Good Times).
At Miss 6’s ‘Garden Party’, each child got a Brown Paper Bag with a List printed on it and a Pencil. I had hidden in the backyard (i.e.thrown around randomly) a pack of plastic bugs/insects/butterflies along with other collectable items suck as sticks different colored leaves, pebbles etc. The only rule was that nothing LIVE came back in the bags.
Just switch up the list of items to suit your theme and you’re done (or use lollies)
Pretty sure nobody plays this anymore…. surely?
- The Chocolate Game
Every 80s/90s child would have played this game at some point or other…. Never you say?
Place a large block of chocolate on a plastic plate with plastic cutlery (don’t use the real thing, it makes it too easy). Each person rolls the dice and whoever rolls a 6 gets to start to eat the chocolate (piece by piece). They don’t stop until the next person rolls a six.
This one is definitely better for a tween party or a sleepover and it’s best to have more than 1 block of chocolate on hand.
I’ve never played it personally, but I’ve seen it done at other kids parties. There are so many variations to this game and it can span so many age groups there are really too many to list. Best Google it!
What’s your all-time-favourite Kids Party Game?
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