Classic Kids Party Games

With summertime coming up that means lots of backyard bbq invites family reunions and gatherings at the parks. It also means lots of children running around who will need some entertainment. Cookiemag.com put together some great classic kids party game ideas that would be a hit at any family gathering or kids party.,

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Classic Kids Party Games

Smell It, Hear It

Supplies

  • Jars
  • Paper
  • Various odds and ends (to fill jars with)

This is a great game for kids 3 and up. They will love shaking and smelling the jars trying to figure out what is inside. Here’s what to do: Wrap mason jars in paper and punch small holes in their lids, then fill them with cinnamon sticks, paper clips, pennies, etc. Pass them around for kids to shake or smell. Let each one guess what’s inside, then reveal the contents.

Peanut Hunt

Supplies

  • Paper bags
  • Peanuts/candy

Another great game for kids 3 and up. It’s a simplified treasure hunt. Here’s what to do:, Hide lots of peanuts (or candy if you like) around a big room, give each child a bag, then say, “Go!” to begin the hunt. Allow five minutes for children to seek, then have them count their finds. Make sure to have extras on hand to even out the stashes.

Pass the Parcel

Supplies

  • Gift wrap
  • Music
  • A small prize

This game is good for kids 4 and up. You will be able to watch the excitement grow as they tear off the layers! Here’s what to do: Wrap one prize in as many layers of paper as you have guests. Then have the kids pass it around a circle as music plays. When it stops, the child with the parcel unwraps one layer. Keep passing the parcel until a child unwraps the last layer, winning the prize inside!

Sock ‘Em

Materials

  • Socks
  • Music
  • A small prize

A great game for preschool age kids. The kids will get a kick out of all the socks on their feet! Here’s what to do:, Pile up at least six times as many socks as you have guests. Gather all the kids and have them sit in a circle around the socks. The the kids that as the music plays, they are to put on as many socks as possible, one right over the other. When the music stops, the child with the most socks on wins.

Clothespin Drop

Materials

  • A jar
  • A clothespin
  • A chair

This is a great game for kids preschool age or older. They have fun trying to figure out to get those clothespins into the jar! Here’s what to do: Have the children stand or kneel, one by one, on a stable chair (facing the back) with their hands at chin level and try to drop clothespins into a jar (or bucket) below. Give each child three tries to get it in. If they get it in the jar, they automatically get an extra turn.

Balloon Buddies

Materials

  • Balloons
  • A small prize

This game is great for kids 4 and up. The laughter will ensue as soon as you start this game as the children work to keep their balloon in between them. Here’s how it works: First have the kids partner up. Ask them to line in pairs back to back in a row, with an inflated balloon wedged between each. Have them all walk sideways toward a finish line; if a pair’s balloon falls, they start over. The first pair to reach the finish wins.

Musical Chairs

Materials

  • Chairs
  • Music
  • A small prize

A classic game fore all ages! Here’s how it works:, Set up chairs in back-to-back rows or in a circle facing out, a child in front of each. Play music and have the kids walk around the chairs. Remove one, stop the music, and have everyone try to sit. Repeat until only one chair is left; the last child seated wins!

Egg Relay

Materials

  • Eggs
  • Spoons

This is a classic game and is always fun. It’s best to use hard boiled eggs so they won’t make as big a mess if they do drop and break. Here’s what to do:, Make two teams. Give each team an egg and each child a spoon. The kids will then race one by one to a marked location and back with the egg on the spoon. Replace fallen eggs with new ones. The first entire team to finish wins!

Bucket Toss

Materials

  • Buckets
  • Ping-Pong balls
  • Small prizes

This is great for kids 5 and up. They’ll have a blast trying to get the balls in the buckets. Line up a few buckets, each filled partially with prizes. Mark a line about three feet away. Kids get 3 turns at each bucket to stand at the line and throw the ping-pong ball into the bucket. They win a prize each time they succeed. Sometimes the best games are the simplest. Get back to basics and enjoy these fun and classic kids party games at your next outdoor gathering!

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