Anyone who's hosted a children's birthday party knows that the kids need some form of entertainment and something to help burn off all that sugar intake. With this in mind and taking in to consideration that there is the possibility of not so nice weather on the day – doesn't that always happen - I've put together a selection of indoor games that are sure to be a ‘hit’ at your child's next party!
Bubble-icious: Give each child a pair of socks to wear on their hands and have them sit in a circle and try to pass a bubble from person to person. How long can they keep it going? If the bubble pops on them – they are out! Last person in the circle wins a prize.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea: Mark a line on the ground using chalk or painter's tape. Choose one person to call out the commands "land," "sea," or "air." Have the rest of the players stand in front of the line, shoulder to shoulder. If the caller says "land," everyone jumps behind the line. If the caller says "sea," everyone jumps over the line. If the caller says "air," everyone jumps straight up. (For an extra challenge: If the caller says "land" or "sea" twice in a row, don't move on the second call.) Anyone who jumps on the line or makes a mistake is out.
Sock Mania: In this game, the children compete against one another, two players at a time. Have the kids sit on the floor, and then place a giant pile of socks between them. The kids will race to see who can put the most pair of socks on their feet in a single minute. Allow each player to have one pair of socks at the ready. Count the number of socks after the minute is up, and then begin the next race. Winners can ultimately play against one another to determine who wins the grand prize.
Don't forget these old favourites. They are easy to do and can be modified to fit in with your party theme:
Pin the tail on the donkey: This is a classic party game that can be adapted for any party theme. All you need is a picture of a tailless animal along with enough tails for each child, a blindfold and some pins to attach the tails. Each child takes it in turns to pin the tail as close to the point where the tail should be, whilst blindfolded. Alternatives can be pin the jewel on the tiara for a princess party, pin the fin on the shark for an underwater party game and pin the patch on the pirate for a pirate party
Musical Statues, Bumps & Chairs: To play these games you need a fun CD as children will love dancing to their favourite songs. For Musical Statues, get the children to dance about and when the music stops they have to keep as still as possible. The one that moves the most is out and keep playing until you have a winner. Musical Bumps is a similar game but instead of standing still, players have to sit down. The last person to sit down is out. Musical Chairs players have to dance about until the music stops, at which point they have to find the nearest chair to sit on. Make sure there is always one less chair than the amount of players so there will be one person without one. Each time a player is out, remove another chair until you have a winner!
Pass the Parcel: An all time favourite party game that is a must and best for ages 3 +. You can pre-prepare the parcel beforehand and ensure the present is wrapped in many layers, each layer with a sweetie attached. Sit all the children in a circle and when the music starts they pass it around until the music stops. Whoever is holding the parcel at this point must tear open a layer and the music begins again. This continues until the last layer and the child who removes this wins the prize.
Simon Says: A perfect game for younger children and can be adapted to fit with any party theme. Firstly choose a leader (this can be yourself or another adult) to act as ‘Simon’ who will call out a series of commands that the children have to follow such as ‘Simon say’s put your hands in the air’. The children must do any commandment that begins with ‘Simon says . . .’ However the leader will put in some trick commands without beginning with ‘Simon says’ such as ‘turn around’ and the children who do this task by mistake are out.
The Chocolate Game: This game is great fun and a chance for children to eat as much chocolate as they possibly can with a knife and fork! Get the children to sit in a circle and in the middle place a board with a large unwrapped bar of chocolate, a knife, fork, hat, scarf, pair of gloves and a die. The die is passed around the circle and whoever rolls a six has to quickly put on the hat, scarf and gloves and try to eat the bar of chocolate with a knife and fork. Meanwhile, the rest of the circle continue rolling the die until another six is thrown and the next child then takes over. Adapt this game for younger children by using chocolate buttons instead.