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Unsure of what games to play at your child’s next birthday party? How about we revisit some of the classics. Forget about the Xbox and phones for a second and let’s get your children up and partying. 

Pass the Parcel

A classic of course, but it’s a classic for a reason. It’s fun and competitive but also it includes all the children so there won’t be anyone feeling left out and upset. Use old newspaper so as not to waste paper and put a fun treat in each layer; Freddo’s, gummy bears, toy jewellery, a little toy, a little something for everyone. 

Limbo

Kids can get very competitive when it comes to limbo – showing off their talent and their cool moves. While prizes can be fun, honestly all kids need for this game is the satisfaction of winning. Limbo is quite an easy game – all you need is a broom or if you have an actual limbo pole, perfect.

Piñata

This game is perfect for the end of the party to get them to release that final burst of energy and send them home exhausted with a handful of the treats they won.

The Chocolate Game

This game is a lesser known one so I will explain it here because boy is it an excellent one to play.
Each child sits around a table with a knife and fork. In the middle of the table is a block of chocolate. They take turns rolling a dice and the first person to roll a six begins cutting the chocolate piece by piece until the next child rolls a six. By the end of the game the one with the most chocolate pieces wins, although don’t they all win with free chocolate. You can up the stakes by freezing the chocolate before-hand or having to cut the chocolate blindfolded, but remember absolute supervision for this one.

Musical Chairs

Another classic. This party game is heaps of fun and similar to limbo in that it’s all about the satisfaction of winning. All you need is a couple of sturdy chairs and some music. I say sturdy chairs because I have seen a few super competitive participants break lawn chairs during this game. 

Musical Statues

This games removes the risk of broken chairs and limbs but is just as fun. Get the kids dancing and moving. When they freeze, move amongst them slowly and you’ll hear them start to giggle. 

Scavenger Hunt

This game is for the adults as much as it is for the children. Send them off around the house, or park, or where ever you may be, on a mad hunt. There are many ways to plan a scavenger hunt. It can be laid out for them with clues to find one big prize. Or you can have lots of little items to find and the first person or team to find them wins. Or there can be lots of little prizes, like an easter egg hunt. Whichever way you choose, it gets the kids out and about for a bit and leaves you and the adults time to tidy up and relax.

Chinese Whispers

Such a simple game but outrageously fun. For those that don’t know it here’s how to play. The kids sit in a circle and the birthday child thinks of a phrase or a sentence or an adult can give them one if they would like. They then whisper to the person next them and so on until it comes back to the start and we see how much it has changed from being misheard. Sometimes it hasn’t changed one bit but more often than not, it’s an entirely new and hilarious phrase. There are no winners or losers in this game – just lots of laughter. 

Who Am I?

Similar to ‘Heads Up’ but a DIY version. Each child draws an animal or a character or an object on a piece of paper. An adult then shuffles the drawings up and tapes one of the drawings on to the back of each child. The kids go around asking each other ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions about that drawing until they think they’ve worked out who they are. This game is heaps of fun and gets them moving around and thinking hard. 

Hopefully this list has inspired you to go back to basics. Maybe you’re feeling a little nostalgic for your childhood right now. But don’t worry, you can always join in the festivities and play a bit of limbo yourself. 

By Nelly Bowyer, Little Ginger Co.