Make your next kids party a huge success with these classic party games for kids, there’s something for every age and most can be adapted to your kid’s party theme. Some are old favourites and some are a new twist on the classics you’ll remember from when you were a kid!
Hide toy dinosaurs (or whatever suits your party theme) and send the kids on an archeological hunt! This fun kids party game will keep your little guests entertained, plus they get a fun prize to take home!
2. Pass The Parcel
Always a fun party game for kids! Simply wrap a small prize in layers of paper and pass the parcel until the music stops. The secret is to put a treat in every layer so every kid wins something!
3. Doughnut Challenge
What kid doesn’t love doughnuts? Hang doughnuts from pieces of string for this classic party game for kids. Kids have to eat as much of the doughnut as they can without it falling, but the trick is they can’t use their hands! Make sure you have some spare doughnuts and wet wipes on hand!
4. Scavenger Hunt
If you’ve got a little more time on your hands to plan out your activities, a scavenger hunt is a favourite party game for kids. Whether you’re inside or outside, prepare a list of things to collect, and let the kids go crazy as they rush to find everything on their list.
5. Sleeping Lions
Sleeping lions is one of the easiest party games for kids, as it requires no preparation. Kids simply lie down and try to remain motionless while an adult walks through telling jokes trying to get them to laugh. Whoever giggles, wriggles or twitches is out! Sleeping lions is the perfect party game for kids who need a little calming down from the excitement, and parents who need a little break as well!
6. Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a classic game that never goes out of style. Hang up a poster of a donkey without a tail and blindfold each child in turn, giving them a paper tail with their name on it. The child who comes closest to pinning the tail in the correct spot wins.
7. Musical Chairs
Musical Chairs is another timeless game that children love. Set up a row of chairs, one fewer than the number of children playing. Play music while the children walk around the chairs, and when the music stops, they must find a seat. The child who is left standing is out, and one chair is removed for the next round.
8. Duck, Duck, Goose
Duck, Duck, Goose is a high-energy game that children always enjoy. Have the children sit in a circle, with one child designated as “it.” The “it” child walks around the circle, tapping each child on the head and saying “duck.” When they tap a child and say “goose,” that child must stand up and chase “it” around the circle. If “it” makes it back to the empty spot before being tagged, the game continues. If “it” is tagged, the child who tagged them becomes “it.”
9. Simon Says
Simon Says is a great game for younger children, as it helps them learn to follow instructions. Choose a child to be “Simon,” and have them give commands starting with “Simon says.” The other children must follow the commands only if they begin with “Simon says.” If a child follows a command that doesn’t start with “Simon says,” they are out.
10. Balloon Pop
Balloon Pop is a fun game that requires some preparation. Fill balloons with candy or small toys and hang them from the ceiling. Give each child a pin and have them try to pop as many balloons as they can, collecting the treats inside.
11. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to keep children busy and engaged. Hide a series of clues around the house or yard, leading to a final treasure or prize. The children must work together to solve each clue and find the next one.
12. Freeze Dance
Freeze Dance is a simple game that gets children moving and laughing. Play music and have the children dance, but when the music stops, they must freeze in place. Anyone who moves after the music stops is out.
13. Hot Potato
Hot Potato is a fast-paced game that children love. Sit in a circle and pass a ball or potato around while music plays. When the music stops, the child holding the ball is out, and the game continues until only one child is left.
14. Red Light, Green Light
Red Light, Green Light is a game that challenges children’s listening skills and coordination. One child is “it” and stands at the opposite end of a playing area from the other children. “It” calls out “green light,” and the children move toward them. When “it” calls out “red light,” the children must stop. If “it” catches any child moving after calling “red light,” that child is out.
Limbo is a fun game that tests children’s flexibility and balance. Hold a stick or broom at waist height and have the children take turns trying to pass under