Ideas for Simple Party Games
Many parents have expressed the need for more examples of fun and simple party games so they don’t have to hire others to provide entertainment during parties. The following ideas were suggested by other parents. Each idea has worked for actual families. See which ones might work for you.
- 3-legged race
- Sack race
- Pin the tail on the donkey
- Pin the carrot, piece of coal, hat, scarf, etc., on the snowman
- Relay race: Each person on the relay team carries the egg on a spoon across the yard. The game ends when each member on a team has successfully carried the egg across without dropping it.
- Relay race: Each person on the relay team carries a spoon full of water from a full cup to an empty cup. The game ends when a team has filled up their empty cup with water .
- Outside play: Have the invitees play outside with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and .50 cent inflatable beach balls.
- Night time treasure hunt: Give each child a flashlight and have them look for the hidden treasure outside.
- Put an old white sheet on the table with lots of permanent markers, and let the invitees draw all over the sheet and sign their name and ages. Pull the sheet out again at future parties.
- Balloon catcher: Blow up a bunch of balloons. Work together to keep all of the balloons up in the air.
- Cardboard box maze: Tape various shaped cardboard boxes into a tunnel and then freely paint the boxes with washable paint.
- Feed your favorite pet: Have invitees bring their favorite stuffed animal along with a can of vegetables, fruit or meat for the homeless. Play “make believe” and feed all of the pet animals.
- Hide and Seek
- Musical chairs
- Bobbing for apples
Cake drawing: Have each invitee draw a birthday cake with their eyes closed. Have the birthday child pick their favorite cake.
Reprinted with the permission of Birthdays Without Pressure.
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