Parties are undeniably one of the most memorable events as a child. As an adult, planning for a child’s birthday party can be nerve-wracking especially if you’re trying to look for fun alternative activities that don’t require a screen or remote control. Here are some classic party games that you can play during a kid’s party.
18 Kid Party Games To Play
Who Am I
Take on the identity of a celebrity, character or even an animal. This fun guessing game lets players draw a card with an identity on it at random. They then have to paste the card on their back or their forehead. They then have to try to ask yes or no questions to guess their identity.
Blind Man’s Bluff
A popular game that is played around the world, Blind Man’s Bluff is a fun game to play as a group, especially at parties. Blind Man’s Bluff is like the traditional game of tag, with the exception that the person who is the catcher must be blindfolded. Read how to play Blind Man’s Bluff here.
The goal of an Obstacle Course is simple, players have to go from one end of the course to the other. There is a lot of equipment that can be purchased to make the course more elaborate but materials such as newspaper, string and plastic cones or markers can be used to map out a route for players to try. Various movements can be incorporated into the obstacle course as well.
Pass The Parcel
Pass The Parcel is a straightforward yet popular game to play at many parties and gatherings. The excitement of unwrapping presents does not get old no matter how many times it is played. Read the various things needed to play Pass The Parcel here.
Capture The Flag
Assemble a team and have a couple of flags at the ready for this fun team game! The aim of the game is for players to capture the flag of the opposing team and get it back to home base without being captured or tagged themselves. This game can be played with a single flag or multiple flags.
Who is Simon and why do we follow what he says? Some theories say that it was chosen about royalty who gave orders that could not be rejected, and others say that the name Simon was chosen as alliteration to the word “says”. Either way, this is a popular classic game that can be played in a group and across different ages. Here’s how to play the classic game of Simon Says.
I Spy is a fun game that can be played anytime and anywhere with another person. Players take turns to pick a different object that they can see and ask the other player to guess based on the given clue. There are endless rounds and possibilities and it’s a great way to pass the time. Read a breakdown of how to play “I Spy” here.
Floor Is Lava
A versatile game that tests creativity, reflex and agility, The Floor Is Lava is a game in which players pretend that the floor or ground is made of and thus must avoid touching the ground to avoid getting burned or “killed”. The concept has been referenced in media in movies such as Inside Out, and Netflix has also based a competition game where teams compete to navigate rooms flooded with “lava” by leaping from chairs, hanging from curtains and swinging from chandeliers. Here’s how to play The Floor Is Lava.
In a fun team building game, the goal is usually for teams to use small mats and or surface areas to try to cross from one end of the room to the other. They will have to use their creativity and corporative skills to brainstorm ideas on how to fit the members of the group onto one surface area and cross the river.
Hide And Seek
One of the well-known games played around the world, Hide and Seek is a classic game that can be played both indoors and outdoors at almost any age. Hide and Seek is a game that engages and develops many skills such as observation, quick thinking, dexterity and more. Here is how to play Hide and Seek.
Freeze Tag is a variation on the classic game of Tag. The main difference of freeze tag is that when a person is tagged, the player must be “frozen” and is unable to move until a fellow teammate tags the frozen player to release them. The player who is “it” wins by freezing all the other players. Here’s how to play Freeze Tag.
No game tests your flexibility quite like the game of Twister. Using a play mat and a spinner, players have to stretch and twist to keep the body part such as an arm or leg within the circle. The colour of the circle and the body part is picked at random by the spinner.
Follow The Leader
A game that is straightforward as it is fun, Follow The Leader is a game with many variations and is especially popular amongst little ones who love to copy adults. This group game can be used for various situations in the classroom and at parties as well. It is different from Simon Says as players will always have to follow the leader. Here’s how to play Follow The Leader.
Dodgeball is an easy and fast-paced game that is usually played in teams. The aim of the game is to eliminate the opposing team by either hitting them with a ball or catching one of their throws. Players who get hit by the ball will have to step out of the game for that round. Multiple rounds can be played before the winning team is declared.
Red Light, Green Light
Red Light, Green Light is a simple game that can be played by children across different ages either inside or outside. It requires very little to no setup and a few variations can be added to keep it interesting. Here’s how to play the game Red Light, Green Light.
Balloons are a common item at parties. Be it filled with air or water, there are multiple games that one can play with balloons. A Balloon Toss explains the aim of the game and there are various ways to increase the difficulty of tossing or even change the game to make small water balloons into “ammo”.
A game named after the famous 13th-century explorer, in this game, players will pick a person to be it and have to close their eyes. The catcher will have to get other players without opening their eyes and players will then try to evade the catcher. The catcher can try to identify the location of the players by shouting “Marco” and having the other player shout “Polo!’
What’s In The Bag
A fun game to play at parties, What’s In The Bag is a game that can be catered to different age groups. A series of random items have to be placed in a bag and players have to guess the content using just their sight of touch. The rules can be adjusted so that players can also use other senses to guess What’s In The Bag.