Anyone who’s hosted a children’s birthday party knows that the kids are always game for fun activities. Unless you live in an area with guaranteed sunshine, you need to have a good stock of indoor party games ready for your child’s birthday party! For most of the games below, you will need to do some preparation and gather together some “equipment”.
It’s easy to make sure your child has the very best birthday. Including fun birthday party games for kids make it special and fun. They offer kids a chance to participate in games and activities that are not available on their everyday list of fun things to do. The best part is anyone can incorporate most of these games into their child’s celebration.
Booking an entertainer is one option, but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, all is not lost. Traditional party games never lose their appeal and are a great way to keep your guests entertained, whatever their age. This list of birthday party games are great for all ages and you can often add variations to make them work for adults or even younger children.
1. Sock Mania
In this game, the children compete against one another, two players at a time. Have the kids sit on the floor, and then place a giant pile of socks between them. The kids will race to see who can put the most pair of socks on their feet in a single minute. Allow each player to have one pair of socks at the ready, and then blindfold them before they begin. Count the number of socks after the minute is up, and then begin the next race. Winners can ultimately play against one another to determine who wins the grand prize.
2. Pin The Tail
Hang up a picture of a donkey without a tail. Line the kids up a few feet away and give each one a tail (write their names on the tails or make each one a different color). Blindfold the first child and slowly spin him around three times. Point him in the direction of the poster to tape on his tail. After each child has had a turn, see which tail is the closest to where it should be.
3. Simon Says
Choose one child to be the leader and have her stand in front of the rest of the group. The leader shouts out commands like, “Simon says, ‘wave your right hand’ or ‘bend your left knee’”. The group must mimic her moves but only if she says, “Simon says” first, otherwise they’re out. The last one standing wins the game.
4. Bubble Wrap Races
This game is fun and will have everyone giggling. Buy a large roll of bubble wrap and lay out a 5-foot piece of it in the yard or in an open space. Have each child cross the bubble wrap barefoot — the object is to get all the way across without popping any of the bubbles. If you want to make it more competitive, line up three sections and have teams race across to the other side. The team who cross without making a peep (or making the least pops) wins!
5. Drama Game
In this game, kids get to create their own entertainment. Start by giving each child or group of children a grocery bag of props, which can include anything from kitchen items and costumes to make-up and assorted clothing. Then give them an allotted time for planning their skits before you tape their performances. After everyone has finished, have a screening and award ceremony where each child receives a trophy for their part in the skit. Skits can entail anything from a talk or cooking show, to a TV commercial.