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Party Games For Kids 

Hosting a birthday party?  This is the place to find true and tested kids party games. You don't need a lot but a few that will always be a hit ! 


Musical Chairs

Starting with one less chair than the number of people, arrange the chairs in a long row one facing one side and the next facing the other. Next a short snippet of music is played while the people move around the long row of chairs.  When the music stops everyone tries to sit on a vacant chair.  Only ONE person may sit 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. (All ages)   Top

Four Corners

Arrange four distinct corners in your party room and name them 4 different things. They could be : 1,2,3,4 or Ace, King, Queen, Jack or Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades or it could be related to the theme of your party. Next a short snippet of music is played while the people move around the room.  When the music stops everyone picks a corner and stays there till the person who is handling the music calls a corner. All the people in that corner are out. The game continues. The last person to be left in the game WINS ! ( All ages )  Top

Passing the Parcel

Wrap a bar of chocolate (or some other gift), in a layer of news paper.  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 parcel removes ONE layer of wrapping. Repeat until the last layer of wrapping has been removed. The winner keeps the present. (Ages 2 to 8)   Top

Passing the Parcel with Forfeits

As above but every layer contains a forfeit. For example -  Sing a song, Tell a joke etc. (Ages 6 to 11)   Top

Chinese Whispers or Telephone

Sit everyone in a circle.  Whisper a long phrase to one person.  They, in turn, whisper what they heard to the next person, and so on.  The last person announces what they heard. The end result is very funny as the sentence takes a life of its own ! ( Ages 6 to 11)    Top

Lucky Ducky

Everyone sits in a circle except one who is given a pillow and blind-fold.  Everyone should remain quiet. The blind folded person then goes in the middle of the circle and turn around once. Then throws the pillow to one person in the circle and says "You are the Lucky ducky".  The person with the pillow on the lap says "quack quack" only once.  If the blind person guesses the name of  the person, they win and get to sit in the circle. The Lucky Duck should now be given the blind fold and the game is played over again. Make sure everyone changes their places before the next round begins. ( Ages 6 to 11) Top

Scavenger Hunt

Make a list of 10 to 15 everyday items (ie. hair brush, toilet paper roll, red piece of string, rubber band, chewed piece of gum, etc.) and send two teams on a mission to find these items on thier list. They have 15 minutes to find these and the winning team is the one that is back first with EVERYTHING ON THEIR LIST! Make sure you have everything in sight of the teams as you don't want them all over the house. (Ages 8 to 15) Top

Who Am I

As the friends arrive at the party each person gets a piece of paper pinned to their back.  The paper contains the name of a famous person.  By asking questions which can only be answered with "Yes" or "No" such as "Am I still alive?", "Am I fictional?", etc. the person has to guess their name.  The first person to guess gets a prize. (Ages 6 to 15)    Top

Memory Game

On a tray, place about 20 to 25 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.  Give each person a pencil and a paper. Each person has to write as many objects that they remember. The person that names all the objects WINS ! ( Ages 8 to 15)  Top


Divide the kids into two teams and take Team A into another room. Team A must switch various items of clothing or accessories with one another, then return to the game room. Team B must try to guess all the switches that have been made within a five-minute time period. Add up how many items Team B guessed correctly. Then let Team B have a turn to "switch" and let Team A guess the switches. The team with the most correct answers in the allotted time period wins a prize. (Ages 6 to 11) Top

Duck Duck Goose

Gather the kids in a circle, and choose one child (usually the birthday boy/girl) to be the "ducker". The "ducker"  walks around the circle, tapping (not hitting!) each child on the head, electing to say "duck", or "goose". If the "ducker" says, "duck", then nothing happens. But if the "ducker" yells, "Goose!" then the "goosed" child gets up and runs around in an effort to tag the "ducker". If the child cannot catch the "ducker", then that child becomes the "ducker". If the "ducker" is caught, then he/she has to sit in the "soup" (the middle of the circle) until another "ducker" is caught.  Top

Gone Fishing

You will need a helper for this children's activity. Tie a string across the room and lay a sheet over it so no one can see what is on the other side. Use an old fishing pole, or tie a string around a stick or broom handle. Tie a clothespin on the end of the fishing pole's string. Let each guest take a turn "casting" their line over the sheet. Have your helper stand on the other side and attach small gifts, favors, or treats to the clothespin. When they're done, the helper gives a slight tug on the line. When the kids "reel" in their lines, they'll be delighted to see what they've caught!

Statue !

Played to music, all the players move round while the music is playing, when the music stops the players have to stand like statues, anyone who moves is out, start the music again and repeat as many times as you want.

Hats and Shoes

This can be played with just hats and shoes or an assortment of different clothes.

Put an equal number of different items into a bag a shirt, a hat , pants, socks, shoes. Each player will receive a bag. On the word Go they have to put on the items in the bag, the one to put all the items on first is the winner.

(Adult or larger clothes than the children work best so they can be put on over their own clothes)


All the children gather in a circle, holding hands. Everyone moves into the center and on the birthday child's mark begins blowing. The circle expands getting larger and larger until you can no longer hold hands and "POP" everyone falls down laughing. Toddlers and young children love it!!! child grab a balloon at the same time and try to pop it.

Make sure to carefully clean up the balloon remains, as they are choke hazards for young children.


If you have a Party Game that works every time and is ALWAYS FUN TO PLAY send your suggestion to   suggestions@cuisinecuisine.com  and we may just put it in with full credit to you.



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