Are you looking for ways to organize fun birthday party games for kids without denting your wallet? Relax, a lot of party games can be made right in the comfort of your home with things that you can find inside your house.All it needs is some patience, a little creativity and lots of happiness.
Games Ideas for Kids Birthday Party
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Begin game time with the classic “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” This is a fun game that never fails to hit the right spot with kids. If you are having a themed party, then simply customize the game to suit your theme.
For instance, the game can be transformed into “Place the tiara on the Princess,” “Pin the gun on the Cowboy” or “Pin the leg on the Pirate.” But keep a mind on the kids’ safety and watch out for accidents – don’t spin them too fast and do keep an eye on where they are going. It is very easy to make this game at home itself – just print or cut out the figures and mount it on a cork-board. Keep some extra pieces handy to replace ones that get damaged.
There are various balloon games to play – balloon races with water-filled balloons raced along the ground; balloon hunts in which the kids try to find balloons that are hidden around the house; and target games where the balloon is blown and released to hit a specified target.
Red Light, Green Light
This is a great game to get the little energy balls to download some steam. Place the guest of honor well ahead of the other kids with the back facing them. Now, get the kids to stand in a single file behind the birthday kid. When the birthday child says “Green Light,” the other kids have to move towards him or her and when “Red Light,” is said, the kids have to stop.
The children who move at the wrong call or those who cannot maintain their position are out. Alternatively, you can play the same game as “Freeze-UnFreeze” by getting the kids to start and stop their actions to the calls of “UnFreeze” and “Freeze” respectively. A good variation to this game is “Simon Says.” The child celebrating the birthday gives instructions beginning with the phrase “Simon Says.” Any child who performs an action without the right phrase is out of the game.
Here’s a game that younger children will love – give them some dough and cookie cutters to cut out cookies in different shapes. Now, you do the baking. Once this is done, give them food decorations like candies, icing and chocolates. The little ones will love to take their cookies back home and show off to their doting folks.
A game of musical chairs is fun to play as long as you have some chairs, a stereo and enough space. Place the chairs in a circle – one chair less than the number of kids; and switch on your child’s favorite songs. Once the music stops, the kids will scamper to sit on the chairs and one will get left behind. Continue the game by removing one chair for every turn.
Duck, Duck, Goose
So the cake cutting part is over and you are looking for a way to get the kids to release the sugar. A game of “Duck, Duck, Goose” would get the little feet up and about. Make the children to sit in a circle and ask the child celebrating the birthday to go around the circle, gently patting on the heads while saying “duck” or “goose.” Any child who is called out “goose” should tag the caller; and the caller should try and sit in the place emptied by the catcher. If the caller reaches the empty place before he or she is tagged, then the catcher becomes the new caller.
A scavenger hunt is a great way to keep the brat bunch occupied. Divide the gang into smaller groups and provide them with identical lists of things to find. You can place these things around the home and in your yard. And the team that reaches base first with all the items is the winner. For older kids, you can set a time limit for collecting the items on the list.
Does your home have a backyard? It’s time to arrange some Olympic-style relay and obstacle races for the kids. Arrange things like kiddies pools, hoola-hoops and beanies to create various challenges for the kids to overcome. For older kids who understand teamwork, you can group the gang into different teams to complete the races.
Tired of all the running and increasing noise levels? Then, give the kids some paper, crayons and blindfolds. Yes, the kids are going to do their sketches blindfolded.
You can ask them to draw a particular object like a birthday cake or scenery like sunrise behind mountains. Once the kids are done, award the first prize to the child who draws best. While you are at it, show off the other sketches as well – this will generate lots of laughs.
No birthday party can be complete without the Pinata. To make one, cut newspapers into strips and dip these into a paste made from flour and water. Now, paste these strips around a blown up balloon and pop it when the pinata is dry. You can either paint the pinata or decorate it using colored tissue paper. You can fill up the pinata with candies, lollipops and chocolates and hang it from a central place. Now let the kids take turns trying to hit the pinata with a baseball bat or a short stick. As a safety measure, keep the other kids at a distance to avoid getting hit.
There are a few things to keep in mind while planning games for kids – the number of kids who will attend the party – if there are more kids, play group games; their age – younger children might swallow deflated balloons and older kids might not enjoy games like “Red Light, Green Light”; and the place where the games will be played – outdoor games can include a lot of running around. Also, try to plan a wide variety of games, so all the children will have something to enjoy.