Party Games

Fun Filled Birthday Party Games Ideas for Kids

Your kid’s birthday – this is one time of the year where everything has to go right. Apart from the gifts, the catering and the sheer logistics, the games that are played form a pivotal part in the direction in which the party is headed. A bad sequence of games can make all your hard work go to waste. A good game plan (no pun intended), can even make a hastily planned party, a smashing success.

If you are lost on how to go about entertaining the little ones for hours, always turn to little games that give them a good dose of fun along with their peers. Here are some interesting birthday party games for children that can keep an army of little ones engaged.

Things to Consider While Choosing Birthday Party Games

Choosing what games to set up for little kids seems quite easy, but there are certain things that you will need to understand before you do it. In order to ensure that nobody in the party is left out, before you choose some games, here are some things that you may want to consider beforehand.

  • Focus on the average age of all the children attending the party and choose games that can be played by all the children and not a select few.
  • If you have planned on a themed party, don’t be afraid to stray from the theme a little when you choose a game; especially if the game could clearly be a lot of fun.
  • Limit intellectual games and try and have a lot of light-hearted games to keep the excitement alive. Children have enough intellectually stimulating plays in the school and at home.
  • Keep the games short. Don’t drag it for long as kids will get bored of them. Long games are unlikely to get much attention; it will only drag down the spirit of the party.
  • Don’t make games gender specific. Try to choose games that do not dabble with gender stereotypes. Don’t have games like ‘princess dressing sessions’ unless you are sure that everyone can take part in it.
  • Plan well and prepare ahead. Handling multiple kids can be a challenge. Try to plan well in advance about how each game should go to avoid any chaos.

15 Amazing Games for Kids Birthday Party

Once you’ve figured out the kinds of games that are ideal for your kid’s birthday party, you can take your pick to plan for a wonderful day. Here are some fun ideas for birthday games for kids.

1. Prize Walk

This game is similar to cakewalk and is ideal for kids between two and four years of age.

How to Play the Game

Write numbers from 1 to 30 on square charts and stick them on the ground within a circle. Make smaller chits with the same numbers and shuffle them up in a basket. Play some music and have the children walk around the circle and instruct them that when the music stops, they will need to go and stand on any number. If their number is picked up from the basket, they will win a prize. The game can continue until all the children have won prizes.

2. Bubble Wrap Race

This simple game is undeniably fun and is appropriate for kids over 3 years of age and only required some space and a lot of bubble wrap.

How to Play the Game

Roll out a large sheet of bubble wrap on the ground in an open space. Now instruct the children to cross over the bubble wrap without popping any of the bubbles. The kid who crosses without any noise wins the game.

3. Photo Scavenger Hunt

This game is one that kids of all ages can play and can be played anywhere. The difficulty level needs to be changed based on the age of the child. Young children can have a simple version of the game whereas older kids can have a slightly more challenging version of the game.

How to Play the Game

Sketch out a map for the kids indicating where they may need to go and give them picture clues of what they will need to find. Keep rewards or chocolates along with each of these clues. If you are conducting this game in a public space, ensure to send an adult to chaperone the kids.

4. Balloon Bursts

This game is great for kids over 4 years of age and is sure to get you a lot of laughs.

How to Play the Game

Write some challenges on a piece of paper and insert into different balloons before inflating them. The kids will have to bop the balloon in the air for as long as the music is playing. When the music stops the person, who was the last to touch the balloon has to pop their balloon and perform the challenge within it. It could be any like dancing, licking their elbow, etc. Get creative with your challenges.

5. Paper Boat Race

This interesting game is ideal for kids over the age of 5 and needs only some paper boats and a tub of water.

How to Play the Game

Make paper boats and hand it to the kids along with a straw. The kids will have to use the straw to blow air onto the boats and propel them forward on a plastic tub. The first person to successfully take the boat to the other side wins the game.

6. Pin the Tail on the Donkey

This is a classic game that can be played by kids of different ages.

How to Play the Game

Put up a picture of a donkey without a tail. Ask the kids to line-up some distance away from the picture and give each of them a tail with their names on it. Blindfold each kid and point them in the direction of the picture and ask to pin the tail on it. Once each kid has had a turn, select the kid who pinned the tail one closest to the donkey as the winner.

7. Musical Chairs

This is a game that never gets old and can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. Adults can play the game too if they’re up for it!

How to Play the Game

Place the chairs with the seats facing out in the form of a circle. The total number of chairs should be one less than the total number of kids playing. Turn some music on and ask the kids to go around the circle. When the music stops, every child has to find a chair to sit on. The one without a seat is out of the game. Continue this game until only one kid remains. Make the game exciting by asking the kids to dance around the circle of chairs until the music stops.

8. Balloon Pop

This game can be played by the kids and the adults attending the party.

How to Play the Game

Using strings, tie inflated balloons to the ankle of every player. Now play music and allow the entire party have a fun dancing session. The moment the music stops, they will need to try to pop the balloon of the person next to them by stomping on them, while keeping their balloon safe. The person whose balloon bursts is out of the game. The last person standing with an intact balloon wins.

9. Passing the Parcel

There is nothing better than a good old game that has been passed on from generations. This is a game you would’ve played and enjoyed yourself. If you’re looking for indoor games for your kid’s birthday party for a rainy day, this game is just right.

How to Play the Game

Tell the children to be seated in a circle and give them one pillow or a softball to pass on as the parcel. The objective of the game is to pass on the parcel to the person next to them as soon as possible. Play some music and instruct the kids that as long as it plays, they will need to continue passing it. The kid who has the parcel when the music stops is out. This person will have to entertain the group by performing a dance or singing.

10. Carrying Marbles with a Spoon

This version of the lemon and the spoon game can be so much more fun and get competitive as well.

How to Play the Game

Place two tables some distance apart and keep several bowls with marbles on one table. The other table should have empty bowls. The kids will need transfer the marbles to the empty bowl on the other end. To do this, they will have to hold spoons in their mouth and balance the marbles on the spoon from one table to the other. The kid who transfers the most number of marbles wins the game.

Author Since: Feb 27, 2019