5 Funtastic Birthday Party Games & Ideas

Here are 5 Funtastic Birthday Party Games and Ideas that will help you keep the kids interested and having a good time!

Treasure Hunt

Divide kids into teams 1 through 4 depending on how many are at the party. Make up clues and scatter them all over the house (and outside, too, if weather permits). Each clue leads to the next and at the end of the trail is a treasure for the team, for example, food, party favors, or prizes.

Hint: Color code clues so teams only find their own clues. Time the hunt and see which team gets done first.

String Treasure Hunt

Take colored strings and wind them all over your property, inside and outside. Up the stairs and then back down. Over and under furniture, beds and chairs. Teams must wind up their roll of string to find the treasure at the end of the roll.

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts are a lot of fun, there are many variations on the idea. The key to a successful scavenger hunt is to think about who the players will be and make clues and items that will appeal to them. After you decide what type of scavenger hunt you will have, you need to spend some time coming up with a list of items to collect or activities to complete. Here are some fun ideas:

Video Scavenger Hunt – Players use video recorders to record themselves doing the silly things on their list. When all the groups get back together, they watch the tapes.

Picture Scavenger Hunt – Players use Polaroid® cameras to photograph the crazy things on their list.

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt – Players go out on foot in your immediate neighborhood to follow the instructions on their list.

Mall Scavenger Hunt – Players are set loose in the mall to follow the instructions on their list. (This works well with the camera!)

Mail Call

This game is usually played as an icebreaker. Have your group sit in a circle so there are no gaps. (It may be helpful to use chairs if possible.) Someone stands in the center of the circle and says, “Mail Call for everyone who is wearing red.” Then all the people who have red on get up and switch chairs with someone else who had red on. Players cannot sit in a chair immediately beside them or in their own chair. The object is for the person in the middle to get a chair before someone else can. It’s similar to musical chairs.

Note: The person in the middle does not have to be wearing red. Be creative, some other examples you can use are: “Mail Call for everyone who … has a dog, has a sister, likes to eat pizza, drove in a car to get here, wears braces, hates math.” The list is endless!

Honey I Love You

Honey I Love You, is another icebreaker that’s fun to play. Your group should be sitting in a circle again with one person in the middle. The person in the middle can go to anyone in the circle and say “Honey I love you, won’t you give me a smile?” The person who was asked the question has to answer back “Honey I love you, but I just can’t smile” (without smiling.) The person in the middle can do anything to the other person to make them smile except touch them. You have to be the judge as to what you call smiling.

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