Fun Children’s Birthday Party Games

Fun children’s birthday party games always make a big hit with the kids. Make the big day a fun day by lining up some fun birthday games. Always consider the ages of the children and choose games appropriate for their age. Keep safety in mind and use items that won’t harm them in any way. Here are a few ideas:

  • Birthday Art Mural. Have a large canvas, either on an easel or on a table or floor. Give the children some paints (washable) and let each one have a hand at painting on the mural. By the end of the party the mural will be done and it will be a neat keepsake for the birthday child.
  • Sculpture Game. This is sort of like a still charades. The “it” person will get to “sculpt” or move another child into some position while the others try to guess what it is. Try giving the sculptor more clay (children) to make a more elaborate sculpture. Like charades have some ideas on scraps of paper – ballerina, tree, dragon, etc.
  • Beaded Jewelry. Depending on the ages of the children – have supplies handy so they can make their own jewelry piece. Younger children you can use pasta and cereal like Cheerio’s and older children you can use actual beads. Get creative, use things like washers and colored paperclips.
  • Bug Hunt. Hide some plastic bugs around your home or yard. Give each child a paper bag and have them hunt bugs. Just like with an Easter egg hunt, the person with the most bugs at the end wins. Be sure to have a “prize” to give to the winner.
  • Treasure or Scavenger Hunt. Hide some items (enough for each child to grab) that relate to the party’s theme around. Make up a clue list with words or pictures (for non-readers) and print off enough for each child. Give them the clue list and have a timer handy. The first person to gather all the items wins. Mix up the clues so that the children won’t be going after the same items at the same time.
  • Swab the Deck. Or sweep the balloons. Find a 15 to 30 foot area. Put about 5 to 10 balloons on the ground – 2 kids with brooms try to sweep as many as they can into their team’s awaiting box at the end. The one to sweep the most balloons into the box wins.
  • Hide Your Treasure. This is a twist on the scavenger hunt game. Divide the party into two teams. Give each team some items to hide. Have them to make a list of clues and / or a treasure map. Then have the teams switch clues or maps – let them find the treasures the other team hid. First team to complete the task wins.

Whatever games you decide to play during the birthday party you can always fall back on the old favorites like pin the tail on the donkey and balloon popping races. And don’t forget about a piñata – those are always a hit (pun intended!).

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