Birthday Party Games

Part Two

Musical Chairs

Who remembers Musical Chairs? Didn’t we just love this game? There are a few fun alternatives out there so thought I would share them as they’re great ideas.

Animal Musical Chairs 

This fun variation is set up just like normal musical chairs but with additional fun thrown in. Start the music and have the children walk in a circle around the chairs, until you stop the music. When the music stops, each participant tries to sit in one of the chairs. 

The player left standing must pull the name of an animal out of a hat and then they must act it out while the other guests try to guess what the animal is.

Start the music again and repeat the game until all the animals in the hat have been acted out. 

Upset the Fruit Basket 

This game works well with large groups 10 or more.

Place the chairs in a ring; just like musical chairs. Each group (e.g. 5 – 6 people) is named after a fruit, like apples, bananas, etc…  To start, everyone is sitting and the host calls out apples and only the apples have to stand up and walk around the circle. While they are walking a chair is removed. 

Now when the host says apples again, the apples have to scramble for the remaining chairs. This continues with the other fruit groups as well. However every once in a while, you yell ‘Upset the fruit basket’, ALL fruits must stand up and you can either remove 1 chair from each fruit group or you can remove an entire fruit group!

Say there are 4 fruit groups of 2, 3, 3, and 4 people. You remove the 2 chair group “cherries” and the cherries must now join a new fruit group. This is a way that you can keep the groups pretty large and when needed combine groups. And once you get down to 2 groups with 2 people just Upset the basket and create a circle of 3 chairs so you only eliminate one person per round. 

The winner of course is the last fruit in the basket.


Round and Round

Things you will need: Pieces of construction paper, all same colour (1 per player) & music

Suggested age: 3-7yrs

The great thing about this version is it replaces chairs with paper squares which illuminates the pushing and shoving and you can personalise the square to go with your theme – it doesn’t even need to be a square, it could be anything!

Number the squares to how many children there are to begin with. Place the numbered squares on the floor in the shape of a circle with space in between each one. Now each child goes and stands on a square and when the music starts playing each child steps to the next square. When the music stops, each child stands on the numbered square and you randomly draw a number out of a hat to determine who is out of the game.

Continue this pattern until you get down to a winner!

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