Easy Kids Games for Parties
You might be surprised at how much fun kids can have with these simple games. A lot of the supplies needed to make these games can easily be found in your house already, but the ones you need to buy will be very inexpensive. These fun games are very easy to make. Best of all, the kids will have a ton of fun playing them.
The Button Game
To make the game, you will need a plastic or paper cup, a piece of ribbon (about 13 inches long), and two buttons. Poke a small hole in the bottom of the cup. Next, thread the ribbon through the hole. Knot a button onto each end of the ribbon. That’s it, now you are ready to play!
The idea of the button game is pretty simple: flip the button into the cup! Make it a game by seeing how many tries it takes to fling the bottom button into the cup. You can also make it a competition, seeing who can get the button into the cup the most times in one minute.
You can actually have the kids help make the button games during the party. Then, you can send the games home with the children as party favors.
This game is similar to musical chairs, but the dots make it more fun (and offer less opportunity for the kids to run into or fall on the chairs). To create this game, you will need poster board in different colors. Cut out large circles from the poster board and tape them onto the floor in two rows. You want the circles to be big enough for the children to sit or stand on.
To play, you will need one fewer circle than the number of kids playing. Play music, letting the kids run or skip in a circle around the dots. When the music stops, the kids have to hop onto a dot. Whichever kid ends up without a dot is out. Before starting the next round, remove one of the circles. Continue playing until there is only one kid left in the game.
Connect the Dots Bingo
You can make this game pretty quickly, and then reuse it whenever your kids want to play a fun game of bingo. This is a kid-friendly version of bingo, so we will use small numbers.
To make the bingo balls, you will need 25 Ping-Pong balls. Using a marker or letter and number stickers, mark your balls: B is 1 through 6; I is 7 through 12; N is 13 through 18; G is 19 through 24; and, O is 25 through 30.
You can buy bingo cards, or make your own. I made the bingo card shown below in Microsoft Word—so you can easily do it too. Make the bingo chips by cutting circles out of sheets of felt. If you are throwing a theme party for your kids, you can cut shapes out of the felt. For example, if it is a Valentine's Day party, use a heart shaped cookie cutter or stencil to draw the shape out onto the felt, and then cut them out.
To play, put all of the balls into a bowl. Pass a different bingo card out to each of the players, along with a pile of felt bingo chips. Pull a ball out of the bowl, and read the number aloud. The kids will put one of their chips onto the square with the number (if their card has that number). The first child to make a line (connect the dots) with bingo chips yells out ”Bingo!” and wins the game.
You don’t need any supplies for this game, just fun hiding places that a lot of kids can fit into. The game is like Hide-N-Seek, but reversed. The person who is It hides, and the rest of the kids have to search for the hiding spot. As the seekers find the hiding spot, they join the person who is It, stuffing together into the hiding place like a bunch of sardines. The last child to find the hiding spot is It for the next game.
I like having groups of kids play Sardines instead of Hide-N-Seek because it feels safer (especially when played outdoors). Instead of worrying about where all of the children are hiding, you can keep an eye on the one hiding spot.
After the Games
After all of the playing, I bet those kids (and you) will be hungry, so make sure you have the most important thing of all: cake! No party is complete without cake. Eat, drink, be merry, and enjoy the rest of the party.