1. Musical Chairs. This game is easy to customize by the music you choose. I usually just select something off YouTube (it's free!) and play it on my laptop. (For example, this time around, we'll use "The Ballad of Davey Crockett." For our scarecrow party, I found a children's song about scarecrows. For our Little House on the Prairie party, I found fiddle music.) To play, put as many chairs as you have children - minus one - in a circle. Turn on some music and let the kids walk around the chairs. When you stop the music, they all try to get their own seat. The child who can't get a seat is out of the game. Remove another chair and play again. Continue until only one child is left.
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7. Spitting Contest. A few years back, we used this one for a Little House on the Prairie party. You can use any kind of larger seed - though I think watermelon seeds or cherry pits work best. Give the kids seeds or pits and have each one try to spit it as far as she can. (I recommend having them eat the watermelon or cherries first; it's part of the fun...and saves you some work!) It's helpful to use cheap plastic tablecloths on the ground. you can mark where each person's pit landed by using a Sharpie.
9. Blind Man's Bluff. Blindfold one child and spin him around a few times. The other children must walk around making noise while the blindfolded child tries to catch them. Once the "blind man" catches someone, he guesses who it is. If he's right, another child gets blindfolded and the game begins anew.
10. Spoon Relay. Again, this is pretty easy to customize. One year, we used plastic Easter eggs (which we called "dinosaur eggs"). Another year, when kitties were the theme, we used Goldfish crackers. Give each child a teaspoon. Set an egg in the spoon (or have the children scoop up something - like crackers - into their spoon). They must balance it carefully as they walk a course. If they drop the egg (or whatever you're using), they must start over. Whoever gets across the finish line first, wins. To make the game more challenging, divide kids up into teams and have the first child pass over their egg to another child who must complete the relay.
Some Kid's Birthday Parties Mentioned in This Post:
* Knight & Princess Party
* Horse Party - with Cowgirls & Cowboys
* Little House on the Prairie Birthday Party
* Dinosaur Party