Parties are literally the best when you’re a child. What’s not to love about spending the majority of your day with your parents, laughing and running around enjoying life? As a mom, arranging and hosting your child’s birthday party may feel like a monumental challenge. That is why I return to the classics again and again! Classic children’s party foods, classic birthday themes, and classic children’s party games
They’ve all earned classic status in my mind because they’ve existed for a long time, being enjoyed by thousands of children all over the world.
Of course, in some regions of the world, your traditional birthday party games may look a bit different or even be dubbed something else – but no matter where you live, your kids will be sure to build wonderful childhood memories of fun, laughter, and joy with a game or 2 from this list!
You’re familiar with the routine, aren’t you? Set up one less chair than the number of children who will be playing. Play the music, and everyone marches around the seats until the music stops, at which point everyone races to find a chair as fast as possible. When the last person remains standing, another chair is removed, and the music resumes until only one person remains standing.
Remove the seats and replace them with musical bobs (bob down when the song stops, slowest person to touch the floor is out) or musical statue (freeze in place when the music stops, everyone still moving is out).
If no one seems eager to play, get them hyped up from another activity. A good idea is getting a jumping castle hire Melbourne has quite a few event companies that offer such equipment.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Place a donkey picture on the wall, blindfold each participant one at a time, and turn them in a circle a few times before allowing them to try and stick the donkey tail as closely to its rump as they can!
Of course, this doesn’t have to be a donkey or a tail! With pin the crown on the fairy, pin the moustache on the dwarf, and pin the tail on the mermaid, we’ve adapted to fit the styles of the kids parties. Feel free to get imaginative to fit the theme of your birthday party.
A hessian/burlap sack or a big pillowcase is needed for each participant in a sack race. Participants must stay with their feet within the sack and sprint to the finish line (or to a colleague if played relay style). The champion is the first player or group to reach the finish line with all participants jumping.
Treasure hunts (also known as scavenger hunts) may be as easy or as active and thorough as you want. To keep it easy, hide packaged sweets/lollies around the play area for guests to find; each guest keeps whatever they find. For a more active treasure hunt, hide a collection of tokens around the play area for visitors to locate – the child who discovers the most receives a prize. Tokens can be anything – small coloured stones etc.
Finally, at the much more active end of the spectrum, there’s a treasure hunt, which involves guests reading and solving (as a group) a set of pre-written clues in a trail across the party room to locate a hidden treasure.