Games to Keep the Kids Entertained at a Birthday Party

A group of adorable kids having fun at a birthday party

If you’re planning a birthday party for your child, you’re probably wondering what games to play to keep the kids entertained. After all, you want the birthday boy or girl to have a blast, but you also don’t want the other kids to get bored and start causing trouble. Luckily, there are plenty of great games out there that are perfect for birthday parties. This article will give you a run-down of some of our favorites.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

This classic game is always a hit with kids. All you need is a picture of a donkey (you can find one online or draw your own) and a bunch of tails (these can be made out of construction paper or felt). Once you have your donkey and tails ready, blindfold each child in turn and see if they can pin the tail in the right spot. The child who comes the closest to the right answer wins a prize!

Musical Chairs

This is another classic game that’s perfect for birthday parties. Set up chairs in a circle, with one less chair than the children are playing with. Play music as the children walks around the circle of chairs. Once the music stops playing, everyone must find a seat. If a child can’t find a seat, they’re out of the game, and one chair is removed from the circle. The game continues until there’s only one child left sitting in a chair – the winner!

Minute-To-Win-It Games

Minute-to-win-it games for children are a great way to keep kids entertained at a birthday party. They’re simple to play and can be adapted to any age group. Here are a few that you can do:

  • Stack it up: This game is perfect for younger kids. All you need is a stack of plastic cups and some small prizes (like candy or stickers). Have each child take turns trying to stack as many cups as they can in one minute. The child with the most cups stacked wins the prize!
  • Blow it out: This game is a bit more challenging, but older kids will love it. You’ll need a balloon and some tape. Tape the balloon to a wall so that it’s about shoulder height for the kids. Have each child take turns trying to blow the balloon up until it pops. The child who blows up the balloon the fastest wins!
  • Water race: This game is perfect for a hot day. You’ll need two bowls, one filled with water and one empty. Set them up at either end of a table or other surface. Have each child take turns trying to scoop water from the bowl with their hands and carry it across the table to the other bowl. The first child to fill up their bowl wins!

Hot Potato

For this game, you’ll need an object to act as the “potato.” A real potato works fine, or you could use a stuffed animal or even a balloon. The object is passed around in a circle as fast as possible while music is playing; when the music stops, whoever is holding the potato is out. The last person remaining wins the game!

Egg Toss

For this game, you’ll need a dozen or so plastic eggs (empty ones – no need to hard boil them!). Or you can always use fresh eggs if the kids are up for it! Have the kids pair up and stand across from each other. They then toss the egg to each other and take a step backward as they do so. They step further and further from their partner as they continue to toss the egg back and forth without dropping it. The last pair standing wins!

Sack Race

Children having a sack race

This game is a lot of fun, and all you need are some old pillowcases or burlap sacks. Have the kids line up at the start line and put their legs through the sack. When you say “go,” they must hop to the finish line as fast as possible. The first child to cross the finish line wins!

Balloon Pop

This is a simple game that’s perfect for younger kids. You’ll need a bunch of balloons (one for each child) and some small prizes (candy, stickers, etc.). Have the kids sit in a circle and give each of them a balloon. They must then try to pop their balloon by sitting on it or using their hands. The first child to pop their balloon wins a prize!

Egg and Spoon Relay

This is a classic relay race that’s perfect for birthday parties. You will need approximately a dozen eggs (it’s better to boil them first so you don’t have to clean up later) and some spoons. Have the kids line up in teams of two behind a start line. The first child in each team must then balance an egg on a spoon and race to the finish line and back without dropping the egg. If they drop it, they must stop and pick it up before continuing. The first team to finish wins!

These are just a few of the many games that you can play with your kids. They’re all simple to set up and adaptable to any age group. So whether you’re looking for something to keep the kids entertained at a birthday party or you just want some fun, family-friendly activities to do on a weekend afternoon, these games have you covered!

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