10 Children’s Party Games

If you’re looking to plan a birthday party for your child one of the biggest worries parents face is “How are we going to keep them all occupied?”, it’s a daunting task for even the most seasoned entertainer so doing it yourself can be very stressful if you would like one of my team to take the stress instead then just get in touch with me today and I’m sure we can get your entertainment sorted for you. However, not everyone’s budget stretches to getting an entertainer, birthdays are getting more and more expensive! So here are 20 games you can play on the day with your child and their friends.

1. Show Jumping

A fun game that can be easily put together with just a few simple hobby horse’s, set up an easy course for the kids to run around using boxes, flower pots and if they’re old enough a pole across a couple of boxes to jump over, give them rosettes as prizes!

2. Duck Duck Goose

Get all the children to sit in a circle, then pick one out. The chosen child walks around the outside of the circle, tapping the head of each child as she passes them, and calling out ‘duck. After a while, the child says ‘goose!’ and starts running round the circle to get back to the place where she was sitting. The ‘goose’ child has to chase and try and catch them. If the first child gets back round the circle before being caught, she sits down, and the chaser has his turn. If not, the same child goes again. A real fun and easy game to play with no need for props.

3. Grandmothers Footsteps

One child is Grandmother/Grandfather, standing with their back to everyone. The other kids line up at the other side of the room. When Grandmother/fathers back is turned, everyone creeps nearer to them. When they turns around, anyone who they catch moving has to go back to the beginning. The first person to make it all the way to Grandmother/father and tap them on the shoulder is the winner, and becomes Grandmother/father for the next round.

4. Obstacle Course

This active game is best in a garden or a large room or hall. Clear the space as much as possible. Then put some ‘islands’ (cushions, mats, beanbags, chairs, etc) on the floor, forming an obstacle course. The children have to go around the room, jumping from island to island, without falling into the river (touching the floor). Whoever falls into the river the fewest is the winner.

5. Escape The Monster

In a big space, line all the children up on one side. Get one or two kids or adults to pretend to be monsters in the middle of a forest. The children have to run across the forest without being caught by the monster. If they’re caught, they become a monster too. Carry on running back and forth until all but one child have been caught. The last child standing is the winner.

6. Kim’s Game

Put some small items on a tray, for example a comb, teaspoon, eggcup, scissors: about 20 is ideal. Give each child pencil and paper. Let them look at the tray for a minute, then cover it with a tea towel. The children have to write down what was on the tray; the one with the most right answers is the winner. As a variation, take away one item at a time while the kids aren’t looking and get them to call out what’s missing.

7. Feely Bag

Take a fabric bag or box, and put a different item in it each time, for example an orange, cotton wool, shoelace, hairbrush, etc. Ask the children to put their hand in the bag or box and guess what it is, without looking.

8. Musical Statues

The children dance around to music. When the music stops they have to stand absolutely still, like a statue. If anyone moves, they are out. You can vary this game by getting the children to dance like a particular animal that you call out. When they freeze, they have to pose like that animal.

9. Musical Chairs

Put out a line of chairs, one next to the other but facing in opposite directions. The children have to dance around the chairs and when the music stops, sit on a chair immediately. Each time, take away a chair while the music plays. The child left without a chair when the music stops is out. The last child left in is the winner. For a safe party game for young children, use cushions instead of chairs.

10. Pass The Parcel

Make a parcel by wrapping up a prize in several layers of paper (one for each child, plus an extra one). Make sure the prize is wrapped in different paper so you know when you’re at the last layer. Sit the children in a circle, give one of them the parcel and when the music starts, get them to hand it around the circle. When the music stops, the child who’s holding the parcel opens the first layer; put a small treat like a sweet or sticker between each layer. Make sure each child gets a turn to unwrap a layer, then turn away for the last round so the eventual winner is chosen randomly.


I hope you found this helpful and that your child, their friends and you enjoy a wonderful birthday party. If you need any help with getting some entertainment together then here at Everybody Party I’m sure I’ve got something your child will just love and their friends and parents will be sure to talk about for weeks, get in touch with me today on my contact form  or give me a ring on 07975731475 and lets get the party started!


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