September 03, 2009

Budget Party Games

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Looking for a few new yet classic games to play at your kids’ parties, beyond Musical Chairs and Pin the Tail on the Donkey?

Here are a few that you may not have heard of:

Pass the Parcel

  • Items needed: gift wrap, small present, music
  • This game is hugely popular in the UK and Australia! Wrap your prize in as many layers of gift wrap as you have kids attending. Have the children pass the parcel around to one another while music plays. When the music stops, the child holding the parcel unwraps one layer. The game continues until the last child unwraps the final layer and wins!

Candy HuntParty Games

  • Items needed: candy, paper bags
  • Hide candy around the party area, and give each guest a paper bag. Give them five minutes to find as much candy as they can. The children can take these sweet bags home as their party favors.


Sock ‘Em

  • Items needed: socks, music, a prize
  • Make a huge pile of socks, perhaps ten times as many as the number of kids attending the party. Play music while the guests try to put on as many socks as they can. When you turn the music off, whoever is wearing the most socks wins the prize!

Button, Button

  • Items needed: a button
  • Ask a birthday guest to leave the room, and hide a button in the party area. When the child returns, have him or her try to find the button. The other guests must direct the child by saying if he or she is hot or cold as compared to the location of the button. Once the button is found, another guest is chosen until all have had a turn.

Balloon Buds

  • Items needed: balloons, a prize
  • Pair up the kids into teams. Have each team stand back to back with a balloon wedged between their backs. The kids must walk sideways with the balloon in place to a designated finish line. The team that crosses the finish line first wins! If a team drops the balloon, they must begin again.

--Lisa Kothari, Peppers and Pollywogs

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