Not only do kids of all ages love to play games, games are a
creative and inexpensive way to entertain children. With a
little imagination you will soon have them making up their own
by Rachel Paxton
Whether you're looking for birthday party games or just something
to keep the little ones busy for a little while, I think you'll
find these games easy to learn and fun for all ages.
Bean in Your Shoe
One player goes out of the room. A dried bean is given to one of
the players to put in his or her shoe. Play some music and have
all the players dance, each child pretending to have a bean in
their shoe. The player that left the room comes back and tries
to guess who has the bean in their shoe. If they guess right,
the person with the bean in their shoe gets to guess next. If
they guess wrong, they get to leave the room again and try again.
If they guess wrong a second time, they get to choose who gets to
leave the room next.
Grin or Bear It
All players except one line up in a row. One player moves down
the line, making faces to try to make each player in line laugh.
The children standing in line try not to laugh. The first player
to laugh gets to take the next turn trying to make the other
Divide the children up into pairs. One person gets to be the
clay, and the other person gets to be the sculptor. The sculptor
molds the clay into any shape they want to (without hurting the
clay). Faces can be arranged into odd expressions, arms and legs
can be bent and arranged, and heads can be turned or tipped.
When all the sculptors are finished with their creations, they
get to put their sculptures on display. The pairs get to switch
places after the exhibit.
Nursery Rhyme Game
Divide the players into teams. The leader assigns a nursery
rhyme to each team. The teams take turns acting out their
nursery rhymes. Whichever team guesses the nursery rhyme
correctly gets to act out the next one. Continue for as many
nursery rhymes as you can think of.
About the Author
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who publishes the
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downloadable booklet with more great kids' party game ideas.