Fun Birthday Party Games for Brisbane Kids

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Fishing Game
This is good for 1-5 years of age. You drape a Large Blue sheet between two walls or two chairs (whatever you have). Stick cut-out fish all over the sheet. You make a fishing pole out of a small stick, clothes hanger etc. Attach about 2-3 feet of string to the pole. At the end you attach a clothes peg. An adult sits behind the sheet with a bowl of goodies or small prizes. Each child gets a chance to fish. They throw in their line over the sheet and the adult behind the sheets attaches a goodie or prize for them. The adult will tug on the line to let the child know that they have a bite. Great game. Great fun.

Sponge Relays Great fun for a hot day! Put a bucket full of water at the start line and an empty bowl at the finish line. Start some music. The goal is to fill the bowl at the finish line with water carried in the sponge before the music ends.

Bucket of Coins Contest Divide the children into groups. Have a decorated empty coffee can(younger children) or smaller soup can(older children) at the opposite end of the room for each group. Have a cup full of 5 cent pieces for each group. The groups race against each other to see which group can get the most coins in their can. Only one child from each group goes at a time. They have to place a coin between their knees and walk all the way to the can to drop it in. Use a kitchen timer.

Musical Laps If your party is small, start with everyone sitting on pillows. Start the music and get everyone to dance around. Remove a pillow and stop the music. The kids will rush to find a pillow to sit on. Whoever doesn't have a pillow has to sit on another persons lap. On it goes until the final round when everyone is trying to sit on one poor person's lap. Great fun - just don't forget the camera.

Sneaky Pete Gather everyone into a circle with a chair in the middle. Under the chair put a teddy bear (or other toy). Blindfold the birthday child and put him on the chair. Turn on some fun music. One by one, the guests have to try to sneak up to snatch to teddy bear .The birthday child has to stay seated but can flail around with his hands trying to get a tag. If he tags someone, they have to switch.

Blind Makeover: First, one girl sits in front of the bathroom mirror on a stool or chair, the other girl kneeling behind her. (she can't see the mirror) The girl in the chair puts her hands behind her back, and the girl on the floor who can't see puts her arms in between the other girls arms, and gives her a makeover, and she cant see!

No Reading Treasure Hunt Treasure hunts are great party games! This works with all age groups, even the pre-readers. On ten 10cm x 15cm cards draw pictures of ten things from around your house and yard. Hide the clues before the party and when it's time to play gather the group around you. Hand out the first clue and away they go. (Example - if the first card has a picture of the fridge on it, they will race off to the fridge where they'll find the clue with a picture of the welcome mat on it. They will race off to the welcome mat where they will find another clue with whatever drawn on it, etc.) The last clue has a picture of you on it. When the group finally makes its way back to you it's cake time! Idea - if you can't draw try cutting out pictures from magazines.

Crepe Paper Tag This game needs lots of room - like a backyard.. Split into two groups - each team gets their own color of crepe paper. Tie the crepe paper around the waists of each player - like a belt. The goal is to rip off the other teams belts before they rip off yours. Once a player gets de-belted, they sit down. The last person left standing with his belt on wins. When this game is over they can play the "clean up the crepe paper" game.

Doggy Doggy Where's Your Bone? Gather everyone (grown-ups included) into a circle. Hold up a small toy - small enough so that it can hide behind little backs. This is your "bone". Send someone into the middle and make them close their eyes while the bone gets passed around. Point to someone silently (your "hider") and when the bone gets to them, they should hide it behind their back. Everyone else, meanwhile, puts their empty hands behind their backs and looks as guilty as they possibly can while the person in the center opens their eyes and tries to guess who the real hider is. Lead a chant of "Doggy, Doggy, Where's Your bone?" so they have to think under pressure. Swap places when the successful guesses are made until everyone has a turn.

Balloon and String Game Tie a balloon to your ankle by a piece of string (about 18 inches or 45cm long) Once everyone has the a balloon start playing some music. While the music plays, people walk around the floor. When the music stops, the aim is to burst the others peoples balloon and protect your own. No holds barred, whatever it takes to burst that balloon is allowed. The winner is the last person left with a balloon.

Musical Chairs A classic and still a favorite with the younger children. With one fewer chairs than people, a short snippet of music is played while the people move around the room. When the music stops everyone tries to sit on a vacant chair. (Only ONE person per chair) The person who doesn't find a chair is out. One chair is taken away and the game continues until only one person (The Winner) is left.

Pass the Parcel Wrap a bar of chocolate (or some other gift), in a layer of gift paper and ribbon. Now wrap it in another layer and repeat until you have about 10 layers. Finally wrap it in gift paper (so it looks nice). Sit everyone in a circle and play a short snippet of music. When the music stops, the person holding the present removes ONE layer of wrapping. Repeat until the last layer of fake wrapping has been removed. The winner keeps the present.

Memory Game Page 1 of 5 On a tray, place about 10 to 15 small items (e.g. pencil, watch, comb, shoe lace, spoon, toy car, etc.) and cover with a cloth. Sit everyone in a circle. Place the tray in the middle of the circle and remove the cloth for 60 seconds. Everyone has to remember the objects. When the time is up, replace the cloth. In turn, each person has to name an object on the tray. The first person to fail to name an object, repeat an object or name something not on the tray is out. The tray is then removed and some or all of the objects replaced, and the game re-started with the person following the one who is out. If the game is too easy for the group, add more objects or reduce the time.

Musical Statues This is like Musical Chairs, but when the music stops, the players have to keep still. Anyone who moves, quivers, shakes etc is out. The winner is the last one still playing.

Heaps of Lollies Fill a jar with candy . Make sure you count the items before you put them in. Write the number on a small slip of paper and attach to the inside of the lid. Place the lid on the jar. Make a list with each child's name on a piece of paper and leave it beside the jar. This is where you will write each child's guess. Be sure not to let the other children see what guesses are already there. This could result in a tie.

Duck, Duck, Goose This classic children's game is perfect for any party. Have the guests sit in a circle and have the birthday child begin as the "Goose." He/she walks around the circle tapping each child on the head, saying "Duck" with each tap. When they are ready to choose the next person to be the Goose, he/she says "Goose" when tapping that person on the head. That child gets up and chases the birthday child around the circle. If the new Goose does not tag the birthday child before he/she makes it all the way around the circle and sits in the open spot, then the new Goose becomes "it." If the new Goose tags the birthday child, then the birthday child remains "it" for the next round and the game continues.

Musical Animal Acts Everyone gets into the act with this fun variation of musical chairs. Set up one fewer chair than the number of guests at your party. Start the music and have the children walk in a circle around the chairs, until you stop the music. When the music stops, the children try to sit in one of the chairs. The player left standing must pull the name of an animal, written on a piece of paper, out of a hat and act it out while the other guests try to guess what the animal is. Start the music again and repeat the game until all the animals in the hat have been acted out.

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