As a kid, parties are the best. What’s not to love about getting to spend a large portion of the day with your friends, laughing and running around celebrating life! As a parent, planning and hosting your child’s birthday party can feel like an epic responsibility. Which is why I come back, again and again, to the classics! Classic kids party food, classic birthday themes and classic party games. In my opinion, they’ve acquired classic status because they’ve stood the test of time, being enjoyed by thousands of children the world over.
Of course, in some parts of the world, your classic birthday party games might look a little different or even be called something else – but wherever you live, your kids are sure to create fabulous childhood memories of joy and fun and laughter with a game or two from this list!
1. Musical Chairs
You know the drill, right? Set up one less chair than the number of children playing. Start the music and everyone walks around the chairs until they hear the music stop, then everyone rushes to grab a chair as quickly as possible. The last person standing it out, another chair is removed, and the music starts again until there is only one final person standing.
Simply things even further by removing the chairs and play musical bobs (bob down when the music stops, slowest person to hit the ground is out) or musical statues (freeze in position when the music stops, anyone still moving is out) instead.
2. Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Pop a donkey poster up on the wall (you can order one like this online), blindfold players one at a time and spin each one in a circle a few times before letting them try to stick the donkey tail as close as possible to its rump!
Of course, it doesn’t have to be a tail or a donkey! We’ve improvised to suit the themes of our birthday parties with pin the wand to the fairy, pin the beard on the dwarf and pin the tail on the mermaid. Feel free to get creative to suit your birthday party theme.
3. Pass the Parcel
Okay so this one takes a little preparation but it’s such a huge hit with younger children that I had to include it on our list. Before the party, purchase a small, inexpensive prize related to the party theme or just something that you know your child and her friends will love and then wrap it in lots of layers of paper – recycled wrapping paper or newspaper are great. You’ll want at least one layer per child. To play, have the children sit in a circle, passing the wrapped parcel around the circle while you play some fun music. When the music stops, the child holding the parcel removes the outer layer of paper. Start the music again and continue until one child unwraps the final layer of paper to reveal their prize.
You might like to put a small lolly/sweet or balloon in each layer of wrap so that each of the children receive a prize.
4. Egg Toss
Unless you are very brave, hard boil the eggs beforehand (though I must admit, it’s much funnier if your eggs aren’t boiled – especially for tweens and teens), you’ll need one egg per pair.
Pair players up and have them toss an egg back and forth to each other. Each time the children both catch it, they must take a step backward and continue. The team that can catch their egg with the furthest distance between them, wins!
5. Egg and Spoon Race
Line players up, each with an egg balanced on a tablespoon. On “go,” players race to the predetermined finish line. If their egg drops, they must stop and put it back on their spoon before proceeding further (or, if you’re really tough, send them back to the start each time it drops!)