Party Game Ideas


Pass the Parcel

You will need:
A gift wrapped in several layers of paper (the parcel)

Sweet to put in-between each layer (optional)
A music CD
A CD player.

Playing the Game:
Sit the children in a circle on the floor facing the centre. Start the music, and hand the parcel to someone in the circle (usually the birthday boy/girl). As the music plays, the children must pass the parcel to the person sat next to them so the parcel goes round the circle. When the music stops whoever has the parcel removes the first layer of wrapping. 

Repeat until all the layers have been removed.  The person who removes the final layer is the winner and gets to keep the gift.

Extra Idea:

It's best to have two people to supervise the game - one with the children passing the parcel and one controlling the music player.  The person controlling the music should try to make sure they stop it so that a different child gets a chance to open the next layer, this avoids children being disappointed.


You may find that the children enjoy playing this game so much that they want to play again, so it’s worth having a couple of wrapped presents just in case.

Egyptian Mummy Wrap

Divide the children into pairs, one will be the Mummy and the other the Mummy Wrapper.
Give each wrapper a roll of toilet paper or crepe paper streamer. On the word "Go!" the wrappers race to see who can wrap up their mummy within 2 minutes (you can change the length of time depending on the age group).  The winning team is the one with the best wrapped mummy.
The game is tricky because the faster they try to wrap, the more the tissue will tear, causing them to keep restarting!

Musical Chairs

You will need:
Chairs (one less than the number of children)

A music CD
A CD player

Playing the Game:
Set up chairs in 2 rows back to back. Put out one less chair than there are children. Start playing music, and have the children walk around the chairs without touching them. When the music stops, the children must each sit on a chair. The child without a chair is "out". Remove a chair and repeat.  Keep doing this until there is only one chair and 2 children remaining. The winner is the one who gets on the last chair. If there is a tie, the child with more bum on the chair wins.

 

Hot Potato

You will need:
A potato or other object


Playing the Game:

This game is an old favourite. Sit the children in a circle on the floor facing the centre.  Ask somebody who is not playing the game to be the "leader" for the first round.  The leader must stand outside the circle with their head turned away and eyes closed. Give the potato (or other object) to the birthday boy/girls and shout go.  The children must then pass the potato to the person next to them as fast as possible so it goes round the circle.  At any point the "leader" can yell "Hot Potato" and whoever has the potato is out of the game and is the leader for the next round. Continue to play until there is only one person left, and he/she is the winner.

Guess how many?
Find a variety of items that your guests can guess "How many…" For example, "How many jellybeans in a jar," "How many words on a page in a book," "How many crisp in a bag" "How many pages in a magazine". Award a prize to the person who has the closest guess for each item.


Chinese Whispers
Have the children sit in a circle on the floor. The first player begins by whispering a phrase into the ear of the person next to him/her. One by one, each person repeats the whispered sentence as they hear it when it is whispered to them. When the last person receives the message, he/she repeats it out loud. It is usually completely different than the original statement.

 

Musical Statues
You will need:
A music CD
A CD player.

Playing the Game:

All the children need to be standing on a clear floor.  When the music starts ask all the children to dance.  When you stop the music the children must stop and stay in whatever position they are in.
Any child who moves is out of the game and can help to spot other children who may be moving in the following rounds. The winner is the last person left on the floor.

Extra Idea
If playing this game more than once instead of dancing you can ask the children to act like animals or do bunny hops.

Sense-sational

You will need:
Some paper bags or containers
Variety of items that have an aroma.

 

Playing the Game:

Test their powers of smell! Fill paper bags with a variety of items that have an aroma, such as coffee beans, salami, toothpaste, orange peels, chocolate, and so on. Be sure the smells are familiar to the age group. Then pass the bags around and let the children smell them without looking inside! Give prizes to whoever guessed them all correctly (or whoever guessed the most correctly).

 Extra Idea:

All the children can work together to guess the items and all of them receive a small prize (ie a mini bag of haribo’s). This is great for the last game as everybody wins.

Balloon Grab & Pop

You will need:
A balloon for each child.

Playing the Game:

Prior to blowing up the balloons you need to write ‘WINNER’ on a piece of paper, roll it up and put it inside one balloon. 

Throw all the balloons up in the air and every one as to grab a balloon.  Once everybody as a balloon they all have to pop it and the one with the ‘WINNER’ note in wins a prize.

 

The Price is Right
Here's a great wind-down game that also serves as the going-away present. Buy inexpensive gifts for all your guests, such as a big bag of sweets, a small stuffed animal, a scary book, and so on.
Distribute paper and pencil to each player. Hold up one item and have the children try to guess how much it cost. Reveal the price tag and award the gift to the player who guessed the closest. That player is out of the game, while the rest continue guessing the prices of the gifts, until everyone has received gift.

Human String Relay

You will need:
A Spoon per team

A ball of yarn per team

 

Playing the Game:

Split the children into 2 or 3 teams. Tightly tie a spoon to the end of a ball of yarn. Line up each team in a line. When the host/hostess says, "Go," the first person from each team must put the spoon down his shirt, as well as his pants. When it comes out of his pant leg, he must then pass it to the next player and feed the yarn through (As it is still attached to the first player). When it has gone through the entire line, and everyone is attached, then the last person at the end of the line must reverse the process (While the first person winds the string into a ball as it comes back out of each person's clothing). When the team finishes unwinding the string then the first person in that line needs to shout, "Done!" The team to finish unwinding the string first wins.

 

Sleeping Lions

Playing the Game:
This is a great game to end your party on or to calm the kids down if they're getting a little over excited! All the children (the 'Sleeping Lions) lie down on the floor. When somebody moves they're out and can help spot other lions that move.  The winner is the last lion sleeping.