13 Fun and Easy Games for Your Kid’s Birthday Party

I don’t know about you, but one of the hardest parts about planning a party isn’t the theme, the decor, or the food–it’s thinking up of ideas to keep the kiddos entertained! So if you’re on the same boat as I am, don’t fret, I’ve got you! I’ve listed down 13 tried and tested games that you can plan for your kid’s next birthday party. Don’t worry, they’re fun, easy, and cheap! You can even host them yourself (or get an unwitting relative to)!

Baby and Breakfast: Tips and Trends 13 Fun and Easy Games for Your Kid's Birthday Party

 

Classic Games

Simon Says

Materials Needed:

  • None

Instructions:

Have someone (it can be you, your child, or another adult) be Simon. All Simon has to do is tell the players to do something. However, the players can only obey the order if it has a ‘Simon Says before it.” So if Simon says “Simon says jump!”, all the players must jump. But if Simon says, “Clap your hands,” whoever claps their hands is out of the game.

 

Bring Me

Materials Needed:

  • None

Instructions:

A simple game where you have the participants race to bring you whatever you want. Examples: Bring me a shoe! Bring me a coin! Bring me the birthday celebrant!

 

Musical Chairs

Materials Needed:

  • Chairs (one less than the number of players)
  • Music

Instructions:

Arrange the chairs in a circle, with the seat of the chairs facing outward. Play music, and have everyone dance around in the circle of chairs. Once the music stops, the players must race to be seated. The person who is left standing is out. After someone is out, remove one chair until only one person is left.

 

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Materials Needed:

  • Drawing of a donkey with an outline of a tail
  • Paper donkey tails (one per player)
  • Tape
  • Blindfolds (one per player)

Instructions:

Stick the drawing of the donkey up on a wall. It should be high enough for all players to reach. Hand out donkey tails to each player. Stick tape to each of the player’s donkey tails. Blindfold the first player, spin him/her around three times, and direct the player toward the donkey drawing. The objective of the game is to be able to stick the donkey tail on the outline of the donkey drawing.

*You can also be creative and use other drawings as well.

 

Pass the Present

Materials Needed:

  • Heavily wrapped present
  • Music

Instructions:

Choose a prize and wrap the prize in as many layers as you want. Have the players sit in a circle, and hand the present to the youngest player. Play the music. When the music stops, the person left holding the present can unwrap one layer of wrapper. The person who unwraps the last layer can keep the present.

 

Relay Games

Balloon Relay

Materials Needed:

  • 2 Balloons
  • 4 Chairs

Instructions:

Split the players into two teams. Place two chairs at a starting point, and the other two chairs several feet away. Have the players form one line per team, and hand one balloon to the person at the front of each line. When the game starts, the first person passes the balloon to the second person over his/her head. The second person receives the balloon and passes it to the third person in between his/her legs. The third person receives the balloon and passes it to the fourth person over head, and so on. Once the person at the end of the line receives the balloon, he/her must run around the other chair (at the end), and pass it (over his/her head) to the next person. This will continue until the all the players have ran around the chair. The last person to run around the chair has to sit on the balloon and pop it. Whichever team pops their balloon first, wins.

 

Calamansi Relay

Materials Needed:

  • 2 Calamansis
  • Plastic spoons (one per player)
  • 4 Chairs

Instructions:

Split the players into two teams. Place two chairs at a starting point, and the other two chairs several feet away. Have the players form one line per team, and hand one calamansi to the person at the front of each line. Give all players one plastic spoon each. When the game starts, the first person must put the calamansi on one end of his/her spoon, and put the other end in his/her mouth. The player must walk around the chair at the other end, and must transfer the calamansi to the next player without using his/her hands. The first team with all the players to walk around the chair wins.

*If players are younger, you can allow them to transfer the calamansi with their hands.

 

Straw in the Bottle Relay

Materials:

  • 2 Empty bottles
  • Straws (one per player)

Instructions:

Split the players into two teams. Place the empty bottles several feet away from the starting point. Have the players form one line per team, and hand one straw to each of the players. When the game starts, the first player must spin around five times. Then he/she must walk or run to the bottle, and be able to put his/her straw inside the empty bottle. Then he/she must walk or run back and tag the next person in line. The first team to put all their straws in the bottle wins.

*Due to the spinning, be ready for people to fall down. It is recommended that you play this on the grass, or somewhere where the ground is not that hard.

 

Hunting Games

Scavenger Hunt

Materials Needed:

  • Lists (one per player)
  • Optional: Pencils or stickers

Instructions:

Prepare a list of things you want the players to scavenge for beforehand. Hand these out to each player. The first player to complete all the things on the list wins.

*You can also give each player pencils or stickers to help mark the things that they’ve already found.

 

Themed Hunt

Materials:

  • What you’ll be hiding
  • Optional: Lists (one per player)
  • Optional: Pencils or stickers

Instructions:

Depending on your theme, you can make cutouts of what you’ll be hiding (e.g. cutouts of cowboy hats, unicorns, etc.) Hide them around your venue. When it’s time to play the game, you can either just instruct the players to find as many cowboy hats or unicorns as they can, or give them a specific list. The player who find the most wins.

 

Eating Games

Chubby Bunny

Materials:

  • A lot of Marshmallows

Instructions:

In this game, each player tries to see how many marshmallows he/she can fit in his mouth. He/she must put one marshmallow in his/her mouth at a time. After putting one marshmallow, he/she must say or shout “Chubby Bunny!” This continues until the player can not fit any more marshmallows in his/her mouth. The player who can fit the most marshmallows in his/her mouth wins.

 

Eat the Donut

Materials:

  • Donuts (one per player)
  • Ribbon (one per donut)
  • Something to hang the donuts on

Instructions:

String the donuts on one piece of ribbon, and tie the ribbon to wherever you choose to hang the donuts. (You can use hangers and put the hangers on clothes racks or ask some adults to hold them instead.) The objective of the game is for each player to completely finish his/her donut without using his/her hands. The first person to finish his/her donut wins.

*You might want to have napkins ready. This can be a bit messy.

 

Cookie Face

Materials:

  • Cookies/biscuits (one per player)

Instructions:

Give each player one cookie or biscuit. Tell each player to put the cookie on his/her forehead. The objective of the game is for the player to eat the cookie. However, players are not allowed to use their hands to move the cookie. They can only move the cookie with their face. The first person to eat his/her cookie wins.

 

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