19 Lively Party Games For Kids

Party Games For Children

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Parties are usually about chatting and socializing, which could be boring! But kids parties are fun because all that you get to do is play, play and play until you are tired. If you are planning to host a party for your kids’ birthday or any other occasion, you need to prepare for it with the right kind of activities.

MomJunction brings you 19 fun party games for kids! Try these and we promise that your little guests will go home with a smile plastered on their face.

We have divided the games into three categories – games for girls, boys, and both.

Party Games For Girls And Boys

When you need to engage boys and girls from different age groups, these games we have listed for you can help.

1. Find Your Partner

Find Your Partner

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Finding easy party games for kids can be difficult. Or is it?

We begin with this icebreaker game that will encourage the kids to interact with each other and have fun as well.

You will need:

  • Post-its
  • Pen

Number of players: 10-16

How to:

  1. Create a list of famous duos – the kids must know them too. Here are some examples:
  • a) Batman and Robin
  • b) Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • c) Charlie Brown and Snoopy
  • d) Humpty and Dumpty
  • e) Popeye and Olive
  • f) Prince and Princess
  • g) King and Queen
  • h) Asterix and Obelisk
  • i) Laurel and Hardy
  • j) Calvin and Hobbes
  1. Write these names (separately) on post-its and pin each name to a kid. If the kids do not know the partners, then write the names of partners on a board or a chart for kids to see.
  2. Ensure that everyone gets a partner.
  3. If you have an odd number, make a triplet.
  4. Ask the kids to go around the room and look for their partner.

Occasion: Birthday parties, summer camps

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2. Greetings, O’ Great One

Greetings, O’ Great One

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This game makes it a must for kids to greet each other in a fun, dramatic way. We guarantee a lot of giggles from this one.

You will need:

  • A blindfold

Number of players: 10-16

How to:

  1. Pick a child to be ‘It’ and blindfold him or her. Let the other kids form a circle around It.
  2. Turn them around three times or more and leave them there.
  3. One of the kids from the circle should go to the player in the center and say “Greetings, O’ Great One’ in a masked voice.
  4. If It recognizes the person correctly, the person will become It, and the game continues.

Occasion: Birthday parties, school or class parties

3. Escape the Monster

Escape the Monster

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Kids love it when their parents pretend to be monsters that are out to get them, don’t they? In this game, some of the kids pretend to be monsters that the others have to escape from!

You will need:

  • Space for kids to form a circle and run

Number of players: 10-16

How to:

  1. Line up all the children on one side of the room or garden.
  2. Get two older kids to be the monsters and ask them to block the path of the huddled children.
  3. One by one, the kids have to run across to the other side of the room or garden without being caught by the monsters.
  4. If the monsters catch them, they become monsters too.
  5. The game continues until all the children have escaped or turned into monsters.

Occasion: Birthday parties, family parties or Christmas parties

4. Pin the Tail On the Donkey

Pin the Tail On the Donkey

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One of the best birthday party games for kids, pin the tail on the donkey will never get boring. You will have fun watching the kids play this one.

You will need:

  • A large cardboard with a picture or drawing of a donkey without a tail.
  • A tail for the donkey
  • Blu-tak
  • A blindfold

Number of players: 6-8

How to:

  1. Place the cardboard at a height that the children can reach.
  2. Attach the Blu-tak to the top end of the tail.
  3. Pick a kid and blindfold him.
  4. Give him the tail with the Blu-tak and ask him to attach the tail at the right place on the cardboard.
  5. The others can guide the child. The kids who can pin the tail correctly get a gift.

Occasion: Birthday, summer camps

5. Boomer Whitz

Boomer whitz is a fun treasure hunting game, except that the treasure is hidden in plain sight. This is also one of the most popular birthday party games for kids.

You will need:

An object to hide, preferably a small one – you could pick a little dino toy, a ring or crown of a doll, or just anything that can be hidden.

Number of players: 8-10

How to:

  1. Show the object you are going to hide to the group of kids.
  2. Send the kids out of the room and hide the object in plain sight. Don’t make it too difficult or too easy for the kids to find the object.
  3. The child who finds it first screams out Boomer whitz – and gets a gift!

Occasion: Themed birthday parties

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6. Walking with Binoculars

Walking with Binoculars

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What do you do with binoculars? See something near or far. But what happens when you walk while using the binoculars? Get the kids to play this to find out.

You will need:

  • A pair of binoculars
  • Space to walk

Number of players: 8-10

How to:

  1. Clear the room of objects and make space for the kids to walk.
  2. Draw a straight line using tape or string.
  3. Get each child to walk on the straight line while looking through the wrong end of the binoculars.
  4. The kid who stays longest on the line gets the prize!

Occasion: Picnics, summer parties

7. Sardines

Sardines

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If you have seen a box of sardines, you know how they are packed tightly inside the box. In this hide-and-seek game, the kids are like sardines, except they will be hiding together somewhere inside the house, and not in a box!

You will need:

  • Space to play – safe hiding places for the kids

Number of players: 6-10

How to:

  1. Pick a child to be the first sardine.
  2. While the other children count from one to 100 or any other convenient number. The first sardine hides somewhere in or outside the house.
  3. The other kids will have to search for the sardine. If they find him or her, they join the first sardine in the hiding place.
  4. The last child to find the kids becomes the first sardine for the next round!

Occasion: Birthdays, casual get-together, ideal for small groups of up to 5 or 6.

8. Shadow Bluff

Shadow Bluff

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Can your kids recognize a person by his shadow? Find out with this entertaining party game for kids.

You will need:

  • A white curtain
  • A strong light or battery-operated torch
  • Space win the room – preferably an empty wall to cast the shadows on

Number of players: 6-8

How to:

  1. Choose one child to be “It”.
  2. Set up the curtain between the wall and the doorway. Let It sit near the wall, behind the curtain.
  3. While It watches the curtain – the other kids will come and stand silently between the light and the curtain.
  4. It has to guess who the child is, based on the shadow.
  5. If It guesses right, the other kid becomes It, and the game continues!

Occasion: Slumber parties, summer parties, birthday parties

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Party Games For Girls

No, these games for kids party are not ‘girly’. They just demand less physical force and more use of the girls’ gray cells.

9. Who has the Button?

Who has the Button

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This is a simple game that requires only a simple button from a shirt, coat, or skirt. And it also needs all the attention from the girls. It can be played with younger kids too.

You will need:

  • A regular-sized button

Number of players: 10-12

How to:

  1. Gather the girls in a circle, and ask them to hold their hands together such that their palms touch their fingers.
  2. Choose one person to be It and ask her to stand in the center of the circle. It should also hold her hands together like the others.
  3. It takes the button and goes around the circle, putting her hands between the palms of each girl, and secretly drops the button with one of the other players (the other player must not reveal that she received the button).
  4. Once the circle is complete, It comes back to her position, and the girls say “Button, button, who has the button?”
  5. Anyone in the circle can guess who has the button – if they guess right, they become It and start the next round!

Occasion: Birthdays, girls slumber party

10. What’s in the Bag?

What’s in the Bag

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That’s the question the girls have to answer, but they cannot look into the bag! This is a fun game that you can organize for your daughter and her friends.

You will need:

  • A bag, preferably a satchel
  • Objects to put in the bag

Number of players: 8-10

How to:

  1. Select a few objects such as cotton wool, a vegetable, a piece of jewelry, a toy or anything else that can go into the bag.
  2. Let the girls sit in another room, while you put something in the bag.
  3. Ask one of the girls to figure out what is in the bag without peeking into it.
  4. Pass the bag until one of the girls gets it right!
  5. The one with most guesses gets a gift!

Occasion: Slumber party, girls night out

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11. Grandmother’s footsteps

Grandmother’s footsteps

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‘Grandmother’s Footsteps’ is a pretend game where one of the girls pretends to be the grandma. But what’s grandma’s role in a party game? Find out below.

You will need:

  • Space, preferably a large corridor with a lot of space

Number of players: 10-12

How to:

  1. One girl becomes the grandmother and stands to face the wall on one end.
  2. The other girls line up behind the ‘grandmother.’
  3. The girls have to creep up slowly to the grandmother behind her back and become statues when she turns around.
  4. Granny is allowed to turn around whenever she wants to – if she catches anyone in the act (of creeping up on her), that person becomes the grandmother, and the game continues.

Occasion: Birthday parties, school party games

12. Name game

Name game

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This is similar to the game called Twenty Questions. However, the roles are reversed. Confused? Read on, and you will know.

You will need:

  • Post-its
  • Pen

Number of players: 6-10

How to:

  1. Write a name of a famous person on the post-it. Prepare as many post-its as you want.
  2. Get the girls to sit in a group. You can also make teams if you want. One of them will be It.
  3. Stick one of the post-its on Its forehead. Make sure that It does not see what’s written on the forehead.
  4. It has to ask a series of questions to the girls to guess who she is or what’s written on the post-it!

Occasion: Birthday parties, picnics

13. Feather

Feather

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A feather is all it is going to take to test the physical strength of the girls. The game needs the girls to sit down, but it does not need them to stay quiet!

You will need:

  • A feather
  • A white tablecloth or sheet preferably round
  • Music player

Number of players: 8-10

How to:

  1. Ask the children to sit cross-legged on the floor, and form a circle.
  2. Ask them to hold the sheet of cloth in the center – get them to hold the edges tightly so that it becomes a flat, bumpy surface.
  3. Put the feather in the middle of the sheet and play music.
  4. While the music is playing, the children have to blow the feather away from themselves.
  5. Whoever is closest to the feather when the music stops gets a penalty letter (pick animals such as monkey, duck or donkey).
  6. When one child completes the entire word, game over.

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Party Games For Boys

Boys, boys – they like to run around and show off their physical strength. Engaging the little men such that their energy is put to good use is what you will be doing with these fun party activities for kids.

14. Red rover

Red rover

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The Red Rover is one of the outdoor party games for kids, which can also be played indoors if there is space for it.

You will need:

  • Space to play – indoors or outdoors

Number of players: 10-16

How to:

  1. Divide the boys into two groups.
  2. Ask them to form a chain or line by joining hands.
  3. A team picks one member by saying “Red Rover, Red Rover, send (name) over”.
  4. The person called has to try and break the other team’s chain by ramming into it.
  5. If he succeeds, he challenges a member of the opposing team to break his team’s chain.

Occasion: Outdoor picnics, barbecue birthday parties

[ Read: Outdoor Activities For Kids ]

15. Sand treasure hunt

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This is a fun party game for younger kids and toddlers. If you are having a beach party, then older children and adults can join too.

You will need:

  • A sandpit at home or near the beach

Number of players: 8-12

How to:

  1. Select a few items that you can bury in the pit – make sure that they neither too big nor too small.
  2. Hide them in different places and make a list of where an item is.
  3. Once the kids are ready, give them a list of things they need to find in the sand.
  4. The kid who finds most of the items gets a prize!

The game is fun, but get ready to greet muddy, dirty boys back home.

Occasion: Beach birthday parties, picnics

16. Cross the river

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This is also called “cross the lava”. The objective of the game is to cross the lava or river using bridges and other platforms. This game is fun when played with eight players or more.

You will need:

  • Platforms such as tires, milk crates, pillows or cushions (indoors)
  • Space to play

Number of players: 6-10

How to:

  1. The game is simple – the kids start at one end of the river and cross it to the other side. But, they cannot set foot in the river.
  2. Any kid who touches the river (floor or ground) is out!

Try this to see how many of your little guests have the resolve to get to the other end.

Occasion: Picnics, summer camp parties

17. Chopsticks

Chopsticks

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Chopsticks are for eating food. So what are we talking about here? Keep reading to know.

You will need:

Chopsticks – as many pairs as there are kids

Number of players: 5-8

How to:

  1. Get the children to sit at the table.
  2. Give them a pair of chopsticks.
  3. Place a hand towel in front of them and put around ten raisins on it.
  4. Set another cup or plate in front of them and ask them to transfer the raisins from the towel to the cup.
  5. See who manages to transfer most or all of the raisins to the cup.

Occasion: Birthday parties, lunch or dinner parties

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18. Sleeping lions

Sleeping lions

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This makes a great game for a slumber party. It can also be played on other occasions when things get out of control and kids need to be calmed.

You will need:

  • Floor space for the kids to sleep

Number of players: 6-8

How to:

  1. Get the kids to lie down on the floor, and pretend to be sleeping like the lions.
  2. An adult or a child can be chosen to walk around the sleeping lions and try to disturb them by tickling them, shaking them, etc. (no violent or aggressive methods).
  3. The objective is to get the lions to move, while the lions try to not move or be disturbed by the person.

Occasion: Birthday parties or pajama parties

19. Wipe that silly smile off your face

Wipe that silly smile off your face

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Yeah? Well, good luck to you. Because we are going to talk about a silly game that boys will love! Without a doubt, this is one of the many funny party games for kids.

You will need:

  • Space to sit around, you could use a dining table as well

Number of players: 5-8

How to:

  1. Make the children sit in a circle.
  2. Start with the youngest boy in the group. You can also follow the alphabetical order.
  3. The first person starts off with his silliest, wildest, and weirdest smile.
  4. The rest of them try to keep a straight face, while the one smiling tries to make them smile or laugh.
  5. After a while, the kid uses his hand to wipe off his smile and pass it on to the next person!

Occasion: Party games, dinner table game

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Try these party games ideas for kids aged between five and 12. Younger kids may not be able to play all the games, while the older ones and teens may find them boring. But if you tweak them a little, these games can be enjoyed even by adults!

So did you pick a game already? What’s your fondest memory of a party game?

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Sagari is a math graduate and studied counseling psychology in postgraduate college, which she uses to understand people better. This skill also helps her write better articles about kids and their behavior. She is meticulous in her research and gives you information that could be the ultimate help you’ll need in times of need. An animal lover, vegan, and coffee addict, Sagari puts her mind and soul into whatever she does. During her free time, you'll find her either rescuing a sick/injured animal with a friend, or glued to her couch watching Sons Of Anarchy on Netflix.
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