You don’t need a lot of space to pull off a stellar birthday party game, and with our ideas you won’t need to spend a lot of money or time either! Be resourceful like our Scout Elves in the toyshop and repurpose items around your house to create birthday games and activities that will keep kids engaged until it’s time to cut the cake!
- Wacky Photo Booth
Outfit guests in your dress-up box best and have them vogue for the camera! Let children put on hats, eye patches, mustaches, scarves, glasses and other fun props to create quirky photo keepsakes. Use a printed bed sheet as a photo backdrop and play photographer as kids mix and match looks.
- What Comes Next?
Bring out your guests’ inner Ernest Hemingway or Flannery O’Connor with this fun storytelling game that is sure to end with lots of laughter! Have children sit in a circle and give everyone a piece of paper. Ask guests to write down the first sentence of a story. Children will then pass their paper to the person to their right, who will write the story’s second sentence. The paper should be folded down after each subsequent writer’s turn so that the next person to receive the paper can only see the sentence written just before theirs. Continue until each child has added to each other’s story. Unfold the paper and have children take turns reading the hilarious, patchwork pieces aloud!
- Paper Bag Skits
Pull a hodgepodge of items from around the house that can be used as props for an impromptu play. Divide the actors into groups and have them open their bags. Give groups fifteen minutes to a half hour to create a short skit using the props. Let kids vote for the best one act!
- Heads Down, Thumbs Up!
This schoolhouse favorite is sure to go over just as well at your child’s next party as it does in their classroom! Have children sit in chairs, preferably at tables, and put their heads down and stick one of their thumbs up. Designate several children to be “it.” They will move around the room and choose one person whose thumb they will push down. Once they have returned to the front of the room, the children whose thumbs were touched will guess who did it. If they’re right, they get to be “it”!
- Fruit Salad
This birthday party game takes a beloved, age-old activity—musical chairs—and makes it even more interactive for kids! Set up chairs in a circle, setting out one fewer chair than there are guests. The child without a chair will stand in the middle of the circle and say a descriptor that they think applies to at least two other party guests, such as “People who are under 12 years old” or “Anyone who has a sibling.” If that statement applies to one of the sitting guests, they must stand up and scramble for a new chair. The person in the middle will try to steal a chair, leaving someone else in the middle. If the person in the middle says “fruit salad” everyone must jump up and find a new chair!
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