Party Games, Children’s Party Games

Musical chairs

Line up alternate facing chairs, one less than the number of children playing.( Eg. If there are 10 players, place 9 chairs). The players move round the chairs while the music is on.

When the music stops they have to sit down on a free chair. The player without a chair is out, take away one chair each time.

Repeat until you have only 2 players and 1 chair. The one to sit down first on the last chair is the winner.

Where’s the ball ?

Put a ping-pong or table tennis ball on the edge of a table. A 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 tries to blows the ball off the table.

It’s really funny to watch when the players blow the ball off the place the ball has never been.

Grab a toy.

Put small toys on the floor. As the music plays everyone walks around the circle, following the leader. When the music stops everyone must grab a toy. The person who hasn’t picked a toy is out. The number of toys should be reduced every time. The winner is the person who stays till the end of the play.

Desert Islands

This is similar to  musical chairs but played with pieces of paper placed on the floor.

But remember to place one less piece of paper to the number of players. ( Eg. If there are 10 players, place 9 pieces of paper)

When the music stops the children have to stand on a piece of paper.

The player not standing on a desert island is out.

Always have one less desert island than players.

The paper (islands) should be  colourful and not too small.


Put a balloon on the floor, the blindfolded player who is taking the penalty stands about 6-7 steps away from the balloon. Spin the player round 3 times before they kick the balloon towards the goalie. It’s fun when the player having made those 6-7 steps kicks the air, because he went in the wrong direction. The winner is the player who kicks the balloon.


The balloon is tied to the left leg of players. The object of the game is to burst a rival’s balloon with the right leg. Do not play this game with small children.


Put a white sheet on the wall. One of the players sits down on the chair facing the sheet. At the opposite side of the room there is a lamp on a table. All the players walk between the lamp and the guesser in turn. The guesser must try to identify the others by their shadows as they walk past. The players try to change their shadows. The player who is recognized becomes the guesser.


The players must wisper a difficult phrase to the last player in the row. Usually when this phrase comes to the last player it is distorted or gets changed.

Do the Opposite !

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

Jigsaws Puzzle

This can be played either as a team game or for individual players.

Cut out pictures from old magazines.

Cut or tear into smaller pieces to form a jigsaw pattern.

Put each into a separate box or bag .The team or player that completes the picture correctly first is the winner.

Musical Bumps

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.

Guessing game

Collect about 10 boxes before for party, eg shoe box size, cut a hole in the top big enough to put your hand in, cover the boxes label or number them so you know which is which. place a different object in each box.

Blindfold all players, get them to put their hand in the box one by one and guess what they are feeling

Eg:- erasers,cotton wool, toy soldiers, playdough, toy spider, marbles, toothbrush, dinky cars,sugar lumps.

You can further use your imagination and The list can be endless but don’t go for anything too messy.


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 the winner.

Musical Statues

All the players have to run around while the music is playing,

When the music stops, the children have to stand as still as a statue for as long as the music is not playing.

The first child who moves is out, repeat until you have a winner.


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 dart board 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 dart board, aiming for the centre ( Bulls eye)

The player with the highest score is the winner.

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