Birthday Party Game Ideas

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Creating a fun birthday celebration usually includes some games for the guests. This page is about birthday party game ideas.
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December 27, 2004

If you want to play "musical chairs" at a kid's birthday party but don't have enough chairs or enough room, use cardboard squares for the children to stand on and play "musical squares."

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March 20, 2008

I'm having a party at McDonald's for my 4 year old son. There's not really a theme, but the party favors are "Construction Pals". I need ideas for at least one game/activity that can be done at the tables.

Sherry from Oxford, MS

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March 20, 20080 found this helpful

i had hubby make lil tool boxes simple wooden ones we painted and i then put names on when they died kinda fancy big letters kids in my preschool class loved taking these home..if anyone has an old polarroid camera the ones that print the pics you could have them wear a const hat and vest and have them hold a play hammer take the pic then have them make foam pic frames to put pics in and sometimes dollar stores have const foams you could check walmart.. simple and fun

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March 20, 20080 found this helpful

Back in the later 1980's when I had my daughter's party at Mc Donald's, THEY did games with the kids... There wasn't really any time to do more as the whole thing was sort of "timed" because there were kids coming for the next party. Call & ask them if THEY do the activities & if you'll have the time to do one game...

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For a game for little 4 year olds??? Maybe you could take one zip-lock for each child & in it put together (loosely) a "puzzle" made from brand new clean wing-nuts, bolts & washers & have a race for who dismantles their bolts the quickest.... OR you could give them the parts (as a sort of puzzle) & a piece of wood with 2 or 3 holes drilled in it (to put the bolts in) & see who can put theirs together first... 4 year olds are just beginning to be able to really use their fingers in this manner, so it might be a bit of a challenge. Which could be fun. PLUS, they'll feel like "grown-ups" playing with REAL hardware!
* Another idea, cut up a piece of pegboard (you can buy smaller sections these days) & have them run small bolts through the pegboard holes.

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March 21, 20080 found this helpful

How about bingo? DLTK-Kids (a fabulous site!) has printable bingo cards in various sizes, themes. By four, most kids can manage the game quite nicely. Here is the link for printable, customizable cards: www.dltk-cards.com/.../bingo1.asp

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You can use cut pieces of paper, o-shaped cereal, or whatever as markers (I would suggest m and ms, but who would know who really won--too hard to resist eating the markers!)

When I play with preschoolers, I find that (individual) stickers make fine prizes.

They'll often play over and over, too! (If they're not,you can also give them a crayon to mark their card, too.)

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March 26, 20080 found this helpful

My kids have had several parties at Maccas. Here in Australia they usually have an area set aside for kids parties and they play simple games like pass the parcel, musical bobs Chinese whispers etc. We also added what is on the tray - you put several objects on a tray, let the kids see if for 60 seconds and they ask them to either call out or write out what was on the tray. You can also do this in teams.

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Another popular one was to put 2 sets of letters of the alphabet into 2 bags and get the kids to go into groups and get each group to select 2 or 3 letters from each bag. Use a theme eg animals and get them to act as animals beginning with those letters for the others guess.

Simple colouring in sheets and puzzles are also good from sites like DLTK. Also ask what is included in your party plan from Maccas. Ours included the food (happy meal), a party coordinator from Maccas for 30 minutes - she did some games and gave out prizes. We also opted for the ice cream cake. The centre also had a kids play ground which the kids played on for 20 minutes as well. The whole party was 90 minutes.
Hope this helps.

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January 14, 2011

I really need a plan for my party because it's in a week and I haven't even got the invitations out yet. I need some fun games as well.

By lisa

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January 18, 20110 found this helpful

A week is certainly cutting it close. ;-) What age group is this party for because that will make a difference in what games are appropriate.

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January 19, 20110 found this helpful

My son's very favorite was:
Get several boxes. Put something inside each box, cotton, a dish of olives, cooked spaghetti, jello, anything that is icky to the touch. Cut a hole in the box and each person has to be blind folder, then stick their hand into the box and guess what it is.

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You might suggest as they stick their hand into the olives that it could be eyeballs and the spaghetti might be 'brains!

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January 10, 2012

My 12 year old daughter is having a sleepover for her birthday. She will have 3 close friends staying, but is stuck on ideas for games. Do you have any ideas?

By Georgia from Auckland, NZL

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January 10, 20120 found this helpful

Only three guests? This is a piece of cake.

Twister, Monopoly, Scrabble, one of those music or TV trivia games and if you have the machine a Rock Player, or Rock Singer video game.

Popcorn, Pillsbury Strudels, soda.

Sleeping bags, a fire (glow) light and some flashlights.

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I'm afraid that my sister's birthday party is going to be boring! I need any help to make it a bit exciting. Any ideas anyone? games or something?

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By jamilabazoun from Lebanon

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October 29, 2011

Does anyone know any good birthday party games for a 6-7 girls pamper party?

By PrincessAnisaxxx from Scotland

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December 11, 2017

This page contains 12th birthday party game ideas. One way to keep the cost of a birthday party down, is to have it at home. Games are a great way to keep the kids occupied and having fun. Here are some game ideas that would be fun to play at a 12th birthday party.

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January 14, 2011

What games would you play for a 12th birthday party?

By Isabel from Racine, WI

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Birthday Party Game Ideas

My grandkids loved to play Sorry, Uno, Clue, Monopoly (but that takes a long time!), Go Fish, and Old Maid. We had a dart board with "dots" in it; they had regular darts (steel) with covers on them to prevent damage to the board and the walls! (they are 18, 17, and 14 now, and they still love to play these!) (10/03/2010)

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October 3, 2010

What games can my daughter play at her 12th birthday?

By abigail faith from Brunswick, OH

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April 16, 2010

I am having a birthday party for my almost 8 year old daughter. Both girls and boys are invited. We are holding it at a park and I need ideas for games. I need them to be cheap and I need them fast as I have till Friday to do this. I am making pinatas. The party is going to be 2 hours long.

Dee from Nixa, Mo

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Birthday Party Game Ideas

Old standbys like grey duck (also known as duck duck goose; I think it depends on where you live) and red rover, red rover could be fun. (04/25/2008)

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November 5, 2009

I need ideas for party games for my son's 6th birthday party in May. We own a campground, so I would like to have a weenie roast and make s'mores, etc.

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February 15, 2007

What are some popular 13 year olds birthday party games?

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August 24, 2006

I already have theme for my 11th b-day party but I need to know some FUN party games to do once we get home from the murder mystery restaurant we are going to.

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