Have a contest to see who can keep the balloon in the air the longest
using only their heads. The person who can keep it in the air the
longest without using anything but their head is the winner (can
also be played in pairs or teams)
Divide into two teams of three or four players. Fill a small bowl
with smarties for each team, give each player a straw. Say go! Teams
have 60 seconds to suck as many smarties as they can out of the
bowl with the straws. The team with the most Smarties wins.
Place notes inside un-inflated balloons, one, or two of the notes
should indicate that this balloon is a winner. Inflate the balloons
and hang them around or hide them around the house or garden. Tell
each child to go and find a balloon and then one at a time pop it
to see if their note is a winner. Have some small prizes for each
Put several small items into a brown paper bag. One person is blindfolded
and then given one of the items from the bag, give them a few seconds
to guess what the item is. If they are unsuccessful they are out,
the last one wins.
The old favourite, make sure there is one less chair than children
playing, when the music is played, the children run around the outside
of the chairs in a circle. When the music stops everyone tries to
sit on a chair (only ONE person is allowed per chair) the person
who doesnt find a chair is out of the game. One chair is taken
away each time and the game carries on until only one chair and
one person is left that person is the winner!
This is like musical chairs, but when the music stops the players
have to keep very still. Anyone who moves wobbles etc is out. The
winner is the last one still playing the game.
Great for birthday parties where you want to give each guest a present.
For each child you will need a small block of wood wrapped with
a very long (several yards) piece of yarn. Make sure each child
has a different colour yarn. Just before the party unwrap the yarn
by winding it back and forth, over and under and through the furniture
in the party room. At the end of each piece of yarn tie a present.
As the guests arrive give them their block and let them wind up
the yarn as they follow the string to the present.
Sit everyone in a circle and whisper something to the first person.
They, in turn whisper what they heard to the next person and so
on. The last person announces what they heard.
Depending on the weather, this game can be played either indoors
or outdoors either way its great fun! Split the children
into teams of four. Before the party make up a list of items inside
or outside the house that the children have to collect. Then give
them a limited amount of time (depending on how many items you have
asked for and their location) to find them. When the time is up,
call the teams back in. Whichever team has the most items from the
Have all the children sit in a circle, as one child is chosen as
the leader. Begin passing a potato (or other object)
around in a circle, while the leader turns his/her head
with eyes closed. Everyone must accept the potato, and may not hold
it longer than a second. At any point the leader can
yell, Hot Potato, and whoever has the potato is out.
Continue to play until there is only one-person left and he or she
is the winner.
Place around 10 to 15 small items on a tray (for example elastic
band, pencil, watch, brush, shoe lace, toy etc). Cover up with a
cloth, everyone sits in a circle and place the tray in the middle
of the circle, remove the cloth for about a minute. Everyone has
to remember the items. When the time is up cover the items again,
each person has a turn to name an item on the tray. The first person
that is not able to name an object is out. The tray is then removed
and some or all of the objects are then replaced and the game is
then restarted with the person following the one who is out. If
the game is to easy add more objects or reduce the time.
Organise for teams of 6 8 to stand in a line, one behind
the other. Each team is given an orange, which the first person
tucks under their chin. This should be passed to the person behind
without touching it with their hands. When the orange gets to the
last person, they come to the front of the line and start again.
The winning team is the one who gets their starting player to the
Wrap a bar of chocolate (or some other gift), in a layer of paper,
now in another layer and repeat until you have about 10 layers,
finally wrap 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 parcel removes ONE layer of paper until the last layer
has been removed. The winner keeps the present.
Split the partygoers into teams of three and give each team a toilet
roll. Two persons then wrap the third in the toilet roll so that
they look like an Egyptian Mummy. The winning team is the one who
in a set time (say 2 minutes) have the neatest and most covered
All the children (except one - The Pirate) sit Cross Legged on the
floor in a circle. The pirate sits Cross-legged in the middle of
the circle, blindfolded, with a large bunch of keys on the floor
in front of him.
A child is nominated to creep up and take the keys and then return
to their place, without the pirate hearing them. The Pirate has
three goes to point to where he thinks the raider is. If he is successful,
the raider becomes the Pirate.
in the Mud
One person is 'IT' and has to run round touching as many people
as they can. When they have touched someone, that person has to
stop and stand with their legs apart and their hands outstretched,
until someone crawls through their legs. If you've been caught three
times, then you are out. The game ends when everyone left is standing
Two pairs participate in this game. Each pair stands hand in hand
with their adjoining hands tied together. With their free hands
(one with the right hand and other with the left one) they must
wrap up the package, bind the rope round it and tie it a bow. The
pair, which finishes the task the first, is the winner.
The players are in 2 circles: inner one and outer one. One player
in each circle has a hat on his/her head. The object is to pass
the hat round the circle. But the players mustn't use their hands
while passing the hat from head to head. The team, which passes
the hat round the circle the first, wins the game.
Put a stool upside down. At each leg of the stool stands a player.
The players are blindfolded. Each of them holds a spoon in his/her
hand. At the leader's command the players make 3 steps forward,
turn around and try to place the spoon on the leg of the stool as
soon as possible. Two players who place their spoons the first win
Give 2 balloons to each player - a round and a long one. Using the
long balloon as a bat the players must drive the round balloon into
the box, which is put on one side. The player whose balloon is driven
into the box the first is the winner. It's easier to judge about
the winner if the balloons of the players are of different colours.
Put a ping-pong ball on the edge of the table. The player is blindfolded.
He/she stands with his/her back to the table. At the command he/she
makes 5 steps forwards, turns around 3 times, comes back to the
table and blows the ball off the table. Very often after the turning
around the players lose their orientation. Then it's very funny
to watch the player who tries to blow the ball off the place the
ball has never been.
In a fixed time the player must make a chain of the paper clips.
The player whose chain is the longest wins the game.
the Eyes Closed
With a pair of thick mittens/gloves on your hands try to guess what
object you hold.
up the Cord
Make a knot in the middle of the long cord. Attach a pencil to each
end of the cord. Two players wind up the cord on their pencils.
The fastest player becomes the winner. Instead of cord you may take
The players are divided into 2 teams. Each team is given a sack
with a shirt, a cap, a pair of boots and trousers. At the command
the first player of each team runs to the sack, puts on all enumerated
pieces of clothes, says "I'm the fastest", takes off the
clothes, puts them back into the sack and runs to his team. The
next player of each team does the same. The team, which finishes
the game the first, is the winner.
Each of the 2 participants takes a big butter-fly-net and a balloon.
The object of each player is to catch the rival's balloon with the
net as soon as possible; trying not "to loose" his/her
Have a list of things for the players to do e.g. walk, run, sit
down, hop on left foot, wave your right hand, quiet, noisy, stand
still, jump up and down, scream, dance etc. The game is to do the
exact opposite to what you are saying. Gradually remove all those
players who get it wrong, the last player remaining is the winner
All the players have to run, jump, skip, hop, dance etc. while the
music plays; when the music stops they have to sit on the floor
as quickly as possible. The last one to sit down is out. Continue
the music until you have a winner.
Make a cardboard hoop ring that can easily fit over large cold drink
bottles. Paint or decorate the hoops and the empty bottles, 3 hoops
for each player. Put 3 bottles on the floor, and mark a throwing
line on the floor with chalk or stick tape. Each player takes turns
to throw the hoops onto the bottles the one with the highest score
is the winner. In case of tie, a re-match between the players decides
This is a game, which calls for attention and is real fun to play.
On hearing the word "land" the players jump forward, on
hearing the word "water" backward. Then the word "land"
can be suddenly changed into "bank". The actions of the
players must be the same as after the word "land" i.e.
jump forward. The word "water" may be changed into "sea",
"lake", "river", etc. The player who gets it
wrong is out.
Each player must run a certain distance, holding a spoon with a
big potato on. The players run in turn. If the potato falls down,
the player must put it in the spoon again and continue to run. To
run without a potato in the spoon means to break the rules. The
player who covered the distance in the shortest time is the winner.
Instead of a potato you can even try a lemon.
On cardboard draw or paint a simple dartboard with rings and points.
Give each player 3 balls made from plastacine, put a tape on the
floor for the throwing line or draw the line with chalk. The players
take turns throwing to the dartboard, aiming for the centre (Bulls
eye) the player with the highest score is the winner.
This is a variation on the theme of musical chairs but played with
pieces of paper placed on the floor, one less piece of paper to
the number of players. When the music stops the children have to
stand on a free piece of paper, the one not standing on a desert
island is out. Always have one less desert island than players.
The paper (islands) should be brightly coloured and not too small.
is the Clock
All the players are blindfolded. The leader hides the alarm clock
somewhere in the room. The players (not more than 4) stand along
the wall. They listen to the ticking of the clock and cautiously
walk in the direction of the ticking. The leader noiselessly changes
the location of the clock 2-3 times. The player who comes to the
clock nearer than 1m gets a point. The player who has the greatest
number of points wins.
The blindfolded players must draw a cat. At first they draw the
body, then the eyes, then stop and pause, and then draw the nose,
then stop and pause, then draw the eyes etc it's funny to see what
you end up with.
much am I
The players are given glass jars. The jars are closed. In the jars
there is loose change 1p, 2p, 5p. The task of the players is to
count the sum of the coins without opening the jar.
Mix some peas, beans, lentils, sultanas (not more than 3-4 kinds
at a time). "Cinderella's" has to sort out the mixture
being blindfolded. The player who manages to sort this mix in the
shortest period of time becomes the winner.
Ask 3-6 persons to participate in this game. Each of them is given
2 paper (plastic) glasses filled with water. In front of each player
on the floor there are 5 cardboard circles, which are situated at
the equal distance from each other. The players' task is to get
to the finish line jumping from one circle to another. The player
who has water in his/her glasses at the end of the game is the winner.
To be more accurate and to make the game funnier you may measure
the water in the glasses by the measuring glass.
Each player must cover a certain distance jumping with a small box
or tennis ball between his or her knees. If the ball or the small
box falls down, the player places it between their knees again and
continues to jump. The player who covers the distance in the shortest
time is the winner.
Choose about 5 or 6 different 4, 5, or 6 letter words (difficulty
depends on age) write each letter of each word on a separate postcard
sized piece of paper or card. Using one word at a time, put all
the letters of that word into a bag, the children then shout out
letters of the alphabet, when a letter is shouted out that is in
the bag you take that letter out, display the letter. Continue until
there are no more letters left, the children then have to guess
what the word is. Repeat with your other words.