A kids’ party is not complete without party games. The novelty of the cake and gifts will only last but so long and they will only be so impressed with the special tablecloth, plates and cups you selected. Once you’ve decorated the house with all the party supplies and decoration items, prepared the food, mailed the invitations and bought the gifts then you should plan kids party games to truly engage your young guests.
There are so many fun possibilities. You can go with traditional games, put a new twist on the old, or entirely create your own new games. You can tailor any of these games to the theme of the party. Be flexible enough to realize that when a game just isn’t going over well that you should go on to the next. Here are some traditional kids party games that can get your party started.
Treasure Hunt: A classic game that is sure to be popular. Hide small treats, toys or trinkets and give the children a set amount of time to collect as many as they can. The one that finds the most wins. Make the game more interactive for the children by dividing the group into two teams and having one team hide the treats and the other find them. Award the one who finds the most and the one who hides treats the best. Pin the Tail on the Donkey: An oldie but a goodie. Put the poster up, give each child a tail, blindfold them, spin them around and see how close they can get to the right spot. The one closest to pinning the tail where it belongs wins.Simon Says: This game is good for younger or older children. Pick a player to be “Simon”. All of the children must follow “Simon’s” request to do a particular activity, such as jump, wave your hand or step forward. If Simon makes a command without first saying “Simon says”, whoever follows will be out of the game. The last one left is the winner.Musical Chairs: Always proves exciting with kids. Place chairs in the center of the room and have the children form a circle around them. When you start the music, they start walking around the chairs. When the music stops, they sit down. Whoever is left standing is out. Take a chair out each turn until there is only one left with two players. The one who gets to the last chair first wins.
When choosing kids party games for your event, keep in mind the age group and the space you have available. Be conscious of the number of players needed and have everything set up prior to the guests’ arrival. Keep it interesting with gifts for winners as well as participants. Every child should get a prize, even if they don’t win. It’s always best if you don’t have anyone feeling left out.
Get the birthday boy or girl involved in the choice. Have them choose some of their favorite games and they can help you plan, and select the prizes. The more involved they are, the more interest they can stir up among their party guests. Whether you choose the traditional kids party games or create new ones, games will always bring life to a kids’ party.