Hosting a kid’s party soon and don’t know which party games to organize?
It can be a challenge to keep kids entertained for hours on end without breaking the bank, making a mess, or having things get too loud. This is where party games for kids come in to save the day.
The Best Party Games for Kids
There are some things to keep in mind when choosing the right party games for kids. You want them to be safe, age appropriate and if they can learn something along the way it’s even better! Here are our suggestions for your next kids birthday party.
Red Light Green Light
If you’re trying to calm down party guests but have some antsy movers on your hands, red light green light is a great game to try out. Not only does it teach children to follow directions, but it also teaches leadership skills and strategy skills for whoever is choosing the colors.
Also referred to as “Cuatro en Raya“, connect for is a great game for older children when you’re looking to bring the noise level down a notch or two. Harder than most kids games, but easier than chess, you can always set up several games at once and hold a championship game!
Duck Duck Goose
Duck, duck, goose it another great option for allowing children to run around without having too many running at once, reducing the chance of someone getting hurt. You can even choose different animals for a fun variation on the classic. Since the concept is pretty easy to get even smaller kids can get in on the fun.
The great thing about obstacle courses is that you’re almost guaranteed to have one area of the course where each child is going to thrive. Whether they are practicing speed, balance or coordination, a good obstacle course can bring in the laughs at any party.
Hide and Seek
Have a large yard to play in? Hide and seek is a great game to try that will also encourage silent play. If you’re only playing with much younger children you can keep it at a simple game of hide and seek or make it a round of hide and seek tag if you’re playing with older children.
Kids can be the best actors if you give them a chance. Fill up a hat with cartoon character names, movie names, or names of their favorite sports or hobbies and watch them turn into little stars as they attempt to act them out for their friends to watch.
Sometimes kids need a game that requires them to use some extra brain power while allowing them to practice working together as a team. Using clever clues and riddles makes a perfect challenge for kids as they rush to get one step closer to their final treasure prize.
A classic cultural tradition, taking turns, plenty of laughs, and even more candy. Pinatas are a great choice for any kids party. They can easily be organized to match the theme of your party, just make sure to play towards the end of your party so you’re not dealing with extra sugared up kids.
Kids love having a chance to wiggle, shake and move. Make a playlist of child-appropriate songs, you can even use the soundtrack to some of their favorite movies so they are able to sing along. Make sure there is enough space between the chairs to avoid anyone bumping heads.
Dress Up Play
Whether you’re throwing a party for boys or girls there is something fun about dressing up as your favorite characters and getting to put on a show. Let older kids write their own plays and give them a little time to rehearse, while younger kids can reenact a scene from their favorite movie.
Want to teach kids how to follow directions? Simon Says is a great way to practice those skills. Similar to Red Light Green Light, children have to learn to follow the direction of others, except in this version they get to make up their own moves for added giggles.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Pin the tail on the donkey is a great game that doesn’t require a whole lot of space to play. In most cases, the game doesn’t even become too noisy. You can even find versions of the game that are more tailored towards the theme of your party.
Bobbing for Apples
Health habits and water play? Who can say no to a game of bobbing for apples? Just be sure that you save this game for slightly older kids as smaller children may have trouble fitting the apples into their mouth and may not be able to hold their breath underwater quite yet.
A relay race is a great way to play a group game if you have guests that fall into a variety of age groups. Small children can cover a more simple section while older kids can handle a harder section, parents can even get in on the action.
Potatoe Sack Race
Potatoe sack races are cheap, fun, and tend not to take up a whole lot of time. If you have plenty of soft grass and some time to fill this is a great option. You can even group kids up into teams and make it a three-legged race.
Another game that combines music and fun. Limbo is something that most kids aren’t so great at, so you don’t have to worry about too much competition here, just laughter and maybe a bit of reggae. This game is also a perfect option for a luau or beach themed party.
If you’re looking to get a little retro, Twister is a fun way to have your guests tied in knots. If you’re playing with younger kids, this can even be used as a way to help teach them their colors without them even knowing that they’re learning!
Creating a Party to Remember
Having party games for kids is just one of the many ways you can make your next birthday party memorable. From the menu to the goody bags, all it takes is a little imagination to throw the perfect kids birthday party.