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Birthday party games add to the fun.


If your theme is based on a T.V. show or movie, be
sure to read through the story for ideas. Blue
loves to find clues. The traditional Scavenger
Hunt becomes Blue’s Treasure Hunt. You might also
want to play theme music at the party and read a
short version of the original story. All are great
birthday party games that will make the day
memorable. These suggestions are from kids domain.
Most of these games are good for almost any party
with kids – and they’re not just for birthdays!

1. Pin the _Something_ on _Something_

Traditionally pin the tail on the donkey, this
game can be changed to fit any theme. In this
game, blindfolded guests try to stick a paper
‘tail’ onto a poster of a donkey. You can take a
piece of poster board and draw anything with
something missing – a nose on a clown or animal,
the TY heart on a beanie baby, a spaceship in an
outer space scene, and one year we gave Yoda (Star
Wars) his staff. Just be sure to include an
outline of where the object needs to land.

2. Bean Bag Toss

You can make an easy Bean Bag Toss using a double
layer of poster board glued together and a large
box. Use the large box as a base, and attach the
poster board to one side of it. Before attaching
the poster board, paint a design on it, allowing
for one or more holes. Kids always have a lot of
fun throwing bean bags. They’re easy to make from
fabric scraps if you sew. This should be included
in your file of inexpensive and creative birthday
party games.

3. Pinata

This is a game that requires room and good
supervision. The children are blindfolded (or not,
if they are young and don’t want to be) and they
take a stick and try to break a hanging container
that has candies and other small goodies in it.
(Colorful Band-Aids are popular among
preschoolers). To make one, you can do something
as simple as decorating a paper grocery bag with
paints or crepe paper and then gluing and taping
the top shut once the treats are inside. Run a
string along the top edge before shutting the bag.
You can also make a fancier one using a balloon
and paper mache. The fun thing is that these can
be decorated to match any theme. This is just one
of the many birthday party games that can be
adapted to the ages of the attendees.

4. Make a Bracelet/Necklace

This activity can be an activity the children can
go to between other activities, or the main focus.
A big bag of pony beads, some elastic cord,
scissors and an adult to help when needed, and
they can make their own jewelry. Be sure to
supervise this one, so that necklaces and
bracelets are not made too tight.

5. Go on a Treasure Hunt

These are some treasure hunt ideas: You can
scatter coins in the lawn and let the kids hunt
for them, much like an Easter egg hunt. You can
hide each child’s goodie bag and then give that
child a piece of paper with a hint for finding it
– it could be a simple map drawing for a young
child, a word or two, or a riddle for older
children. You can also let the children do a paper
clue based hunt as a group – with the goodie bag
for the youngest being the first found, along with
the clue to the next goodie bag, and so on.

6. Guess How Many

This is an old favorite on the birthday party
games list. Fill a jar with candy. Have children
write their name on a small piece of paper and
their guess as to how many candies are in the jar.
The child who guesses the right number, or comes
closest, gets a sucker. The candy in the jar is
then divided among the children. A variation would
be that the winner takes the jar of candy home to
share with their family.

7. Make Place Cards or Placemats

This activity could be as complex or simple as you
want – children can decorate 3×5 cards or
construction paper with a variety of stickers, cut
outs (use an old beanie baby magazine for a source
of a hundred or more beanie pictures, a pokemon
magazine for pokemon), crayons, and colored
pencils. If you have enough help to cover the
placemats after they’re done with clear contact
paper, they will last a long time.

8. Who Am I?

When the children come through the door tape a
farm animal or item/object to their backs. Through
the course of the party they may ask each other
yes and no questions about what they are. Explain
that the first question they may want to ask is
“Am I an animal or an object?” At the end of the
party each child takes a turn saying what they
think they are. Suggestions: cow, pig,
sheep…pitchfork, saddle, horseshoe, hay, milk,
barn, tractor, etc. This is another one of very
popular birthday party games.

9. Button, Button, Who’s got the Button

A child is chosen to be “it” and hides her eyes as
a button is given to a child to hide in his lap or
behind his back. “It” then has three chances to
guess which child has the item. (All children hide
their hands in their laps/behind their backs like
they have it.) For animal themes, select an item
that goes with the animal. If you’re doing a
character theme like Cinderella it would be
“Slipper, Slipper, Who’s got the Slipper”.

10. Cookie Decorating

One party where I was doing a magic show, the
parents had made all of these sugar cookies,
amd the kids got to decorate their cookie however
they wanted.  There were different colors of frosting
gummy bears, chocolate chips, and more.
I was glad I was finished with the show before the
frosting came out.  However the kids and the adults
all looked like they had a great time.

Got a birthday party to plan?
How about a magician?