12 Exciting Birthday Party Games for Kids!

Pretty obviously, birthdays call for a celebration. It can be stressful throwing your kid a party without knowing how to entertain a bunch of kids. The cake, gifts and food may be the main attraction of your little one’s birthday party, but you’ll want to have some exciting party games planned to keep the kids entertained. Here are 12 birthday party games that are sure to get the party started and keep everyone in a celebratory mood.

Musical Chair

This is one of the oldest popular birthday party games. You have to put one chair less than the number of children joining the game. Turn on the music and let the children move around chairs. All of them have to take a chair and be seated once the music stops. One kid remaining is out of the game. Continue removing 1 chair after each round till only one chair and two kids are left. The winner is the kid who manages to sit in the only chair left when the music stops.

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Passing the Parcel

This is one of the classic birthday party games for kids. I can’t remember any of my childhood parties without this game. The kids have to sit in a circle and start passing a little object or the gift even, once the music starts. The one who has the parcel when the music stops is out. The one who manages to stay till end wins.

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Dance on the Paper Sheet

Form groups of 2 children who have to start dancing on a sheet of a paper without stepping out of the sheet until the music stops. The duo that steps out of the sheet is out of the game. Next, the sheet is to be folded half every time a duo is out and the last duo that manages to dance within the sheet throughout wins.

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Simon Says

Choose one person to be Simon and the others as players. Simon stands in front of the players and tells them what they must do. The kids must only do commands that begin with the words ”Simon says”. For instance, if Simon says, “Simon says play air guitar,”, players must pretend to play guitar. Then if Simon says “raise your hands”, WITHOUT first saying “Simon says,” players must not raise their hands. Whoever follows the command that doesn’t have Simon says are out of the game.

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Memory Tray

Set a tray consisting various stuff like socks, toffees, scarf, handkerchief etc. Let the kids have a look at the tray for a minute to memorize things. Give them pencil and papers to list down everything they saw in 60 seconds. The winner will be the kid who lists the maximum number of things correctly within the time limit.

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Spin the Bottle

Make the kids sit in a circle with a table in the center. Spin a bottle. When the bottle stops, look for the kid towards who the top of the bottle points. That kid is out and can be asked to do a penalty dance, tell a story or sing a rhyme.

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Lemon and Spoon

Give a lemon in the spoon to each child. The tail of the spoon has to be held in the mouth, and hands behind. The kids should have a race. The kid who manages to reach the finish line with the lemon still on the spoon wins.

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Scavenger Hunt

This is one of the best/easiest outdoor party games. Hide little objects, almost ten of them like a lego mini figure, a mini car etc at different places. Put the hidden things in the list. Divide children into two teams and hand them over the list to find the hidden articles in given time.

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A big birthday balloon has to be filled with candies, whistles, chocolates, small gifts and other little birthday goodies. The child has to collect as many goodies as possible once the balloon bursts. The kid with maximum goodies gets the crown/tiara.

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Corner Game

Number the corners of the room as 1, 2, 3 and 4 or any names of your choice. Write one number each on small pieces of paper, fold and put them in a bowl. Play music and let kids dance. When music stops kids have to go and stand at any one corner they prefer. They should pick a a number randomly from the chit bowl and the kids standing in the corner with the number is out of the game. The one who manages to stay in any of the corners till end wins the game. This is one of the most popular birthday party games and it’ll be a sight to watch the kids run from corner to corner.

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Who Am I?

Read out to kids one short description about any place, thing, animal, bird, or personality and let them guess what you are talking about. They raise hands if they know the answer. Give the first one to raise hands the chance to answer. Every correct answer gets a little surprise.

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Straw and Thermocol Balls

For this game you’ll need, containers filled with small thermocol balls, one empty container per child and straws for each child. Each player has to suck the thermocol balls with the help of straw and shift it to the empty container. It wont be counted if the balls fall down while shifting them from one container to another. The time limit for the game is only one minute. The player with the maximum number of thermocol balls shifted to the other container wins.

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We hope that this read has given you some wonderful ideas to plan your little one’s birthday! If you’re at a struggle to find venues for the party, then fret not! Contact us and our Customer Delight Team will help you with the whole ordeal and you can go directly to the celebration part.

Originally published at BigFday.