When it comes to kids' party games, it's the usual suspects that get the most attention. From "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" to a traditional ring toss, most kids have been there and done that when it comes to playing at a party. So why not shake things up by trying a few new games on for size? By using kids party games that no one has played before, you get children excited to be at your party and interested in participating in something other than the same old. Check out some new, fun party game ideas to use at your next soiree.
For the Donut Dare, you dare the children to eat an entire donut without using their hands. You'll need a long stick (a broom handle works well) and string for each child. Tie the donuts through the holes so that they're suspended from the stick. Have a helper hold the stick up and ask all the kids to put their hands behind their backs. The first person to eat their hanging donut is the winner!
Backyard Scavenger Hunt
One way to keep kids busy and active during the party proceedings is to engage them in a kids party game that requires movement and thinking. A backyard scavenger hunt is perfect for summer parties, since it's done outside. Write a list of 8 to 10 items that are commonly found in your backyard, like a pot, a dandelion or a twig. Kids need to check all the items off of their list and the first one to bring you examples of each item wins.
You've played musical chairs, but have you ever played musical spots? It's a fun twist on the classic game that causes pure chaos and fun. Start by cutting out 12-inch spots from construction paper in different colors. Make sure you have a spot for each child and scatter them around a large, open room. Play some music and instruct the kids to march around the room. When the music stops, they must find a spot to stand on. After each round, you'll remove a spot – by the end, all the kids will be crowded onto just one spot and everyone wins.
The Candy Game
If many of the children at your party don't really know each other, try making a get to know you kids party game with small candies like Skittles or M&Ms. Pass a bowl around and instruct kids to take as many as they want without eating them. Then, for each candy they took, they need to say something about themselves before eating one, like "My favorite subject is math" or "I love cartoons."
Looking for a great photo op for your party? Try "Cookie Face." Grab a package of any cookies – Oreos work well – and ask each child to tip his head back so he's looking at the ceiling. Place a cookie on each child's forehead and instruct them to get the cookie from their forehead to their mouths without the use of their hands. It'll be hilarious to see them scrunch and wiggle to get that cookie.
What kid doesn't dream of making a mess in the kitchen? Providing each child with an unfrosted cupcake and a selection of icing and toppings can create the ideal opportunity for a cupcake decorating contest. You set the time limit and when it's over, have the birthday boy or girl judge who did the best job.
Trying new kids party games might be a little intimidating, but it's bound to cause a lot of fun and laughter when it's something other than the old favorites. Sprinkle in a few new activities with your regular games to really engage children at parties.