Best Birthday Party Games for Kids to Play
Kids’ birthday parties can be really intimidating. After all, you have to keep an eye on a group of kids for several hours and keep them occupied too. This is why people play games at birthday parties, not just because they’re fun, but because it keeps the kids busy too. In case you are running low on ideas, here we have a list of the 8 best birthday games to play for kids.
1. Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Yes, it’s a classic — an oldie but a good one — pin the tail on the donkey. It’s game that people have loved for decades, and it will continue to be popular for some time to come. It’s an exceedingly simple game, just put a large picture of a donkey on the wall, blindfold the kids, spin them in a circle, and see if they can pin the tail on the picture in the right spot. It’s fun because everybody can play, it’s easy to grasp, and when a child pins the tail on the donkey, they get a nice prize. Kids seem to love spinning in circles and being disoriented.
2. Prize Walk
You are probably familiar with a cake walk, which is where there are tiles or squares arranged on the ground, each with a number assigned to them. There is then music playing, and people walk around the squares. Once the music stops, each person should be in a numbered square.
Numbers are then drawn out of a hat, and whoever’s square corresponds to the drawn number wins a cake. Now, other parents probably won’t be too happy if you give their kid a whole cake, but this is why the kid’s version is called a prize walk, because the cakes can be replaced with any prizes suitable for children.
3. Balloon Burst
Yes, this one starts off great. What kid doesn’t like balloons? The fact of the matter is that all kids love balloons, and even better is popping balloons. That loud pop and the inevitable surprise of a balloon bursting really gets the blood rushing, and kids seem to love it. The point of this game is to write some simple child-friendly challenges on paper, like hopping on one foot for 10 seconds.
The game is played by playing music, and while the music is playing, the kids have to hit the balloon and keep it in the air. The last person to touch the balloon before the music stopped playing then has to pop the balloon and complete the challenge contained within. Prizes can then be handed out for challenges completed successfully.
4. Scavenger Hunt
Yes, a good old scavenger hunt. It’s another time-tested favorite that never seems to get old. Scavenger hunts can be done in different ways, but essentially they are all the same. You hide clues and instructions around a certain area, clues which will lead to specific areas or prizes, and then finally to a culminating challenge or item. It’s like a big step-by-step puzzle which kids have to figure out.
The aim of the game is to follow the instructions once found, figure out the next location to go to, and continue in this manner until the hunt is done, all the way collecting hidden items. It takes a bit of work for parents to put together a good scavenger hunt, but kids always love doing it. It gives them something fun to do, it eats through time, and it allows kids to put their brains to use as well.
5. Egg and Spoon Race
The egg and spoon race is another great kid’s birthday game to play, and very simple too. All you have to do is set up a start and a finish line, give the kids spoons, and put eggs in the spoons. The aim of the game is to be the first to cross the finish line without dropping the egg. It’s super simple and for kids it’s very exhilarating too. It’s also a great way to get the kids outside, so you can prepare food and the birthday cake without being harassed by a gaggle of cake-hungry kids.
6. Simon Says
If you feel like leaving the kids in charge of the games and activities, and if you want to make the kids feel like they hold all the power, Simon Says is another great game to play at kids’ birthday parties. One child is Simon, and he or she says “Simon Says” followed by an instruction.
Everybody else has to follow the instruction. The aim is for the child who is “Simon,” to get the others to follow an instruction without saying “Simon Says.” Anybody who follows an instruction that didn’t start with “Simon Says,” loses the game.
7. Musical Chairs
As long as you have enough chairs around, musical chairs is always a great option. Simply set up a circle of chairs facing outwards, one less chair than there are people playing. The kids walk around the circle of chairs, and when the music stops playing, everyone has to sit down in a chair. Seeing as there is always one less chair than players, one person will not get a chair and will be eliminated. This usually keeps going until there is one winner left, who then usually gets a small prize.
8. The Monster Game
This is kind of like tag. Here, one child starts off as the monster, and all other kids have to keep away. Once the monster catches somebody, they also turn into a monster and join the hunt. The last child not turned into a monster is then the winner.
You can also play using a time limit, so any child not turned into a monster by the end of a certain time period is a winner. It’s another very simple birthday game that kids like playing because it lets them run around and chase each other.
The bottom line is that there are dozens of birthday games to play for kids, and they all have their merits. One thing we would recommend is to add some choice into the mix. Kids can be picky, so it might be best to provide them with two or three options and let them decide what they would like to play.