Do you remember those fun party games you used to play when you were little? We have dug up 8 party games to help you bring back some old-fashioned fun and celebrate the traditional way. Some favourites like pass the parcel, musical chairs, the chocolate game and pin the tail on the donkey.
The following games are surprisingly easy to create and require only inexpensive or household items that can buy at your local store. You can also amend all these great games to fit any theme.
PASS THE PARCEL
mystery prize is wrapped in layer upon layer of newspaper or wrapping paper.Sit everyone in a circle and play a short piece of music. When the music stops, the person holding the parcel removes one layer of wrapping and gets prize.Repeat until the last layer of wrapping has been removed, restarting and then stopping the music each time.
PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY
All you need is a picture of a tailless animal along with enough tails for each child, a blindfold and some pins to attach the tails. Each child takes it in turns to pin the tail as close to the point where the tail should be, whilst blindfolded. The child thats pin the tail closest to the point wins. You can modify this game to your theme, some alternatives are pin the jewel on the tiara and pin the patch on the pirate.
Players have to walk around the chairs until the music stops, at which point they have to find the nearest chair to sit on. There is always one less chair than the amount of players so there will be one person without one. Each time a player is out, remove another chair until you have a winner! This can be played indoors or outdoors.
You will need a pinata filled with treats and lollies which you can make yourself or you can buy one. To play hang the pinata and have the guests stand in a single file line three metres away. Traditionally, to play the pinata game you blindfold the first child in line, gently spin them around three times, and give them a wooden stick so they can hit the pinata. If the children are preschoolers, the option of blindfolding can be dropped and you can just spin each child around and give them the opportunity to hit the pinata. Give each child a turn to hit the pinata 2-3 times until the pinata is broken.
THE CHOCOLATE GAME
Sit children in a circle and in the middle place a board with a large unwrapped bar of chocolate, a knife, fork, hat, scarf and a pair of dice. Whoever rolls a six or a double has to quickly put on the hat and scarf before attempting to try and eat the bar of chocolate with a knife and fork. Meanwhile, the rest of the circle continue rolling the dice until the next child takes over. The child to eat the last square is the winner and gets a prize.
TUG OF WAR
Split the children and adults evenly on either side of the rope. Find a spot on the ground to mark as the middle. The objective is for one team to pull the other over the mark on the ground. To start, someone yells "go" and everyone starts pulling as hard as they can, until one team crumbles and they're all pulled across the line.
EGG AND SPOON RACE
Arrange all of the children at a start line with an egg and a teaspoon each.
When you are ready to start the race, ask them to place the egg onto their spoon and then place their other arm behind their back. When you say go, the children will race as fast as they can without the egg rolling off the spoon to the finish line. The first child over the line with their egg still on their spoon wins.
BLIND MAN'S BLUFF
Blindfold one child and spin him around three times. The other children must move around making sounds while the blindfolded child tries to catch them. When the blindfolded child catches another child, he must guess who it is. If he guesses correctly, the caught child takes over as the blind man.
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