As many of you know, it’s totally impossible to plan a children’s birthday party when you’re at the mercy of the British Weather. Indoors? Outdoors? What if you plan ‘out’ but it rains??
NB. children never normally know they’re even about to get frostbite but they will at a party IF you’re not prepared with a long list of backup party games…
This is Marty’s absolute favourite game – everyone else in the North Pole despairs of him! We play it here and it’s best in the garden when all the neighbours can hear too. With no shame whatsoever, I find this game just unbelievably funny.
- Start with one whoopee cushion per child.
- Everyone dances around the whoopee cushions to music and when the music stops, everyone makes a mad dash for a whoopee cushion and sits down on it. The last one is out.
- Remove a whoopee cushion at each round (like musical chairs) until you end up with two children and one whoopee cushion. The winner is the obviously the one that manages to Paarp! at the end!
- You can also do this with hats – you have to actually put them on your head and not sit on them 😉
The Spider & The Flies
- One child is the spider and stands at one end of the room facing the others but with their eyes closed (I personally find them all big cheaty pants and find it works better if this spider faces the wall instead!)
- The others are the flies.
- All the flies have to try and creep up and touch the spider without being heard.
- If the spider thinks it hears a sound, it opens it’s eyes or turns around and then chases the kids back to their end of the room.
- If it manages to catch a fly then it takes it as it’s prisoner.
- If no-one manages to touch the spider, then the new spider is the last fly to be captured.
- One child is blindfolded and all the others sit around them in a circle.
- The one in the circle points in the direction of someone, who says ‘Happy Christmas!’
- The one who is blindfolded then has to guess who said it and if they fail after 3 guesses they remain blindfolded but if they’re correct, they swap over.
- Warning: there are huge tendencies to use silly voices and giggle a lot….
- Two children are chosen to be policeman: one to control the traffic and the other to make sure it does as it’s told!
- The rest of the children ARE the traffic.
- When the controller calls out
‘RED LIGHT’, everyone has to sit down immediately.
‘AMBER LIGHT” and everyone has to stand still and
‘GREEN LIGHT” and everyone runs around the room.
- The second policeman has to pull anyone out that’s not following the instructions. The controller can chop and change the colours as many times as they like, in any order and as quickly as they like.
- The winner is the last one in the game.
The Postcard Game
- Collect a number of coloured postcards to allow 3-4 per child if possible.
- Cut each one in half.
- Keep one half to give to the children and hide the other somewhere around the room but easy to see.
- Give each child one half and ready, steady, go…the kids have to find the other halves and then they’re given another one to find.
- The winner is the first one to have completed the most postcard matches at the end of ten minutes!
The Boat Race
- Two teams each standing in a line behind each other at one end of the room.
- They put their hands on the shoulders of the child in front of them.
- The leaders of each team must be level with each other.
- Ready, steady, go! and everyone bends their legs and jumps towards the other end of the room.
- If a player lets go, the team has to go back to the beginning and start again!
- Everyone sits in a circle and one child is given a lemon.
- While the music’s playing, everyone passed the lemon round the ring.
- When the music stops, whoever has the lemon is out!
The Chocolate Game
- Bar of Chocolate, knife and fork, adult hat, scarf and gloves and a dice
- If you roll a 6 you quickly put all the gear on and then try to cut off a piece of chocolate. If you manage to do it you can eat it.
- Your go lasts until someone else rolls a 6.
This can be really difficult if you’ve just taken the chocolate out of the fridge!
- Two teams and 1-2 rolls of toilet paper per team
- Each team has to wrap up one of their team mates in toilet paper, like a Mummy and the first team to finish wins!
Two Dogs & A Bone
- Two teams standing in a line facing each other.
- They are then numbered from opposite ends and the captains are the number ones.
- An adult puts ‘the bone’ (any item – glove, toy etc) on the floor between the two teams and calls out a number. e.g. 3
- The two threes race to pick up the bone first and the one that gets it gets a point for his team.
- The captains keep the scores!
These party games are really easy and lots of fun – I hope you enjoy!
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