Everybody loves a party, and kids are no exception. Festive decorations, yummy food, tons of balloons and of course, fun party games, help to make the day memorable. If it's been a while since you played children's party games, here is a quick refresher:
- Bozo Buckets: Line up 6 buckets and stand a child at one end. Instruct the player to toss a ball into the closest bucket. If the child is successful, she gets to try the next bucket. The child gets to continue tossing the ball into each progressively further bucket until she misses. Award a prize for each successful toss, with the prizes getting a little larger for each toss.
- Clothespin Drop: Set an empty bottle with a medium sized opening on the floor behind a kitchen chair. Players take turns kneeling on the chair, facing the back and dropping clothespins, one at a time, attempting to get them into the bottle. Allow each child to drop ten clothespins--the child who gets the most pins into the bottle wins a prize. If there is a tie, either award prizes to all tied players or hold a tie-breaker.
- Pin the Tail on the Donkey: Supplies for this game are readily available at party supply stores. In addition to the traditional donkey version, many stores sell similar games featuring popular children's characters. No matter the character, the game is played in the same manner. A poster is tacked to the wall and one part of the picture is missing (for the donkey, it's the tail). On each child's turn, they are blindfolded, then turned around a few times and pointed in the general direction of the poster. They are to attempt to place the tail onto the poster on the donkey's posterior. After all children have had a turn, the prize is awarded to the child who placed the tail closest to the desired location. This classic children's game is sure to elicit many giggles as the tails end up in all sorts of silly places.
- Piñata: All children love piñatas--colorful and filled with candies and small toys. If possible, it is recommended that piñatas are used outdoors since the game can get pretty boisterous. Simply hang the piñata from a tree branch so that is over the children's heads. Each child takes a turn swatting at the piñata with a long stick, attempting to break it open, spilling candy and toys for all of the children to enjoy. This is especially fun since no matter who actually breaks the piñata open, all children are rewarded.
- Scavenger Hunt: Divide the children into equal groups of 2-4 and provide each group with a list of items that they must gather. For young children, the items on the list should be located in the house or yard. Older children may be allowed to go to the homes of familiar neighbors to request items, but be sure to remind all of the children that they are not permitted to enter anyone's home and that they must stay together in their groups. The first group of children to gather all of the items on their list wins prizes.