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Adapt these games to the theme of the party

Don't just tell the kids, "to go outside and play for awhile." Have something PLANNED for them to do. Once they start to run around freely, they can be difficult to control when it's time settle down. Here's a bunch of fun activities to try.

Hogswart Beans?
Before the party, fill a jar with jelly beans, but count the jelly beans as you put them into the jar. Seal this number in an envelope to be revealed later. As kids arrive, have each one guess how many beans they think are in the jar. Write down each person's guess. At the end of the party, the person whose guess is the closest is the winner and gets the jar of jelly beans!

Musical Zoo!
This fun variation of musical chairs that doesn't leave some kids "out" doing nothing! 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 the music stops. When the Then each tries to sit in one of the chairs. The player left standing must pull the name of an animal out of a hat. Then, they must act it out while the other kids try to guess what the animal is. Repeat the game until all the animals in the hat have been acted out.

Cake Safari
Have the kids form 3 or 4 teams. Give each team a set of clues to find various party favors hidden in the yard. Give each child a bag to put their favors in. The clues and favors should eventurally lead them to the cake. The first team to locate the cake gets served first. Be sure to lend some help to those who have trouble finding any favors so no one is left out.

Cool Potato!
Hot potato is fun game to try, but here's something of a twist. Games that elimate children, often leave them sitting with nothing to do (but look for trouble). Take a newspaper and tape the sheets together (end to end) so you have a long, long piece. Now you need a bag of small party toys for the kids (make sure you have enough for all). Start at one end of the paper and wrap one of the toys in the paper just enough to cover the toy well. Then place another toy in the paper and continue rolling some more. Keep doing this until you have a prize for each child wrapped in this BIG paper ball. To play the game, have the kids sit in a circle. Play some music and have the kids pass the ball around the circle. When the music stops the person with the ball unwraps it until he or she finds a prize! He or she leaves the circle and the game continues until everyone has a prize.

Make A Birthday Banner
Mount a large piece of butcher paper on the wall so the kids can write a birthday message using crayons or color markers. Make sure they sign their name. Take some close-up photos so you can perserve and enjoy it later.

Wizard's Slime
To make a fun playful "gunk" that stretches and snaps and feels so crazy kids will scream with delight, try this:Mix in a medium sized bowl the following: 1 cup of water, 1cup of white glue, and about 7 drops of food coloring. Then in a second bowl, mix one and 1/3 cup of warm water and 4 tsp. Borax Laundry Booster. Make sure the Borax is completely dissolved. Then slowly pour the first bowl into the second, BUT DON'T MIX, rather KNEAD and roll together. Keep kneading for 2 or 3 minutes and you will end up with a stretchy fun slime. Store in a ziplock bag.

Bobbing for Apples
Buy enough small apples for each guest and tie a string to the stem of each. Then hang the apples from a tree low enough the kids can reach them with their mouths. They then try to take a bite out of their apples without using their hands. Great photo opportunity! A GREAT variation on this is "BOBBING FOR DONUTS" instead of apples!

Pin the Tail
You can change this classic to fit your party's theme. You could find or make a poster of an animal or object that goes with your theme and tape it to the wall. Some ideas could be "put the rabbit in the hat," "put the ball in the hoop," "put the nose on the clown" or "stick the jets on the rocket." Put a piece of tape (instead of using a tack) on the back of each of the items the kids will be "pinning." Have each in turn close his or her eyes, spin around, and then you point them toward the poster. The child who sticks the object closest to the right place, wins!

Ballon Box Toss
Line up several boxes each a foot ahead of the other. Have the party goers take turns tossing a balloon from a line. They are to toss the balloon into the first box, if he or she makes it, they try for the 2nd and then the next. Each continues until they mix a box, then it's the next person's turn. The person who reaches the most boxes wins!

Building Muscles
Divide the kids into two teams. One guest on each team to be the "weakling." The rest are "personal trainers." With teams on opposite sides of the room divide about 100 balloons between them. Have the "weakling" put on a one-piece long underwear over their clothes. When you say "GO," the personal trainers must make the weaklings grow instant muscles by blowing up and stuffing as many balloons as possible into the long underwear. The team that used the most balloons, wins. Give the teams 60 seconds to do this. When time is up, let the muscle men "pose" and show off. Then count the number ofballoons each team used.

Balloon Volley
This is a fun and simple way to start a party! Pass out a large balloon to each kid. Let them blow up their balloon (that can be fun in itself!). The object of this game is to hit the balloons up into the air and keep them afloat for the longest period of time.

Balloon Relay
Have the kids form two lines. Place a balloon between the knees of the first in each line. When the race starts, the first child on each team turns to face the next person in line. The second must grasp the balloon using only the knees, and turn to pass it on to the next until it reaches the end. If the balloon touches the ground, the team must start over. The first team to pass the balloon to the end wins!

Balloon Wrestling
Have a balloon prepared for each guest. Insert a small, light-weight party favor such as a sticker into the opening of each balloon before inflating it. Decorate the party area with the balloons as you normally would. When the party is almost over, give a balloon to each guest. Tell your wrestlers that they must pop the balloon by sitting, jumping, kicking it, etc. in order to win the match. They'll get a "bang" out of the wrestling and a prize to boot!

Fire House Relay
Before the party, collect two sets of boots, oversized jackets, hats, and gloves. Tape a mark for the start/finish line on the floor and put chairs across the room with a paper or plastic tube as a pretent hose. Have the kids form equal lines. They need to run to the "dressing station" and put on the firefighter's clothing, run to the chair, pick up the hose, run around the chair with the hose "spraying the fire", return the hose to the chair, run back to the dressing station, take off the clothes, and go back to their line. The next person in line then repeats all these actions until all team members have taken a turn. First team done wins!

Fire Brigade
Divide the kids into two teams, and line them up next to each other. Give the first person in each line a small cup full of water. About thirty feet away, place an empty bucket for each team. When you say "GO!," the first person runs down to the empty bucket, pours the water from his or her container into the bucket, and races back to their team with their empty container. The next teammate must then race down to the full bucket and pour the water from the bucket into his or her empty cup, and then return it to the next person in line. The kids will have fun trying to keep as much water as they can in their buckets. The game ends when each has had a turn.

People Knots
This is an old camp favorite. Have the kids to stand in a circle and everyone extends his or her right hand and takes a hold of someone else's hand across from them. Then, they do the same with their left hands, only being sure to grab a different persons hand. Now the object of the game is to untangle the "knot" they've created by stepping over, ducking under people, or turning around. However they can't let go of each others hands no matter what happens!

Monkey on my back?
Have the kids select a partner. You then put a picture -sticker of a bug or animal on each kid's back. The kids try to guess what the picture is on his or her own back by asking questions that can be answered with only "yes" or "no." For example, "Do I have wings?" or "Am I blue?"

Big Foot Relay
Before the party, cut four large shapes, to fit the theme of your oarty, out of cardboard. At the party, divide the kids into two equal lines and give the first person in each line two of the cardboard shapes. These become the only thing they can step on as they walk across the room, around a chair and back to the line again. Begin the game by having the first child on each team place one piece ofcardboard on the ground and step on it. Then, they place the other on the ground in front of the first and step on it. Next, they pick up the first and place it on the ground in front of the other and continue until they circle the chair and return. They then hand the two pieces cardboard to the next in line. The first team to have all its players complete the course is the winner!

Ha, Ha, Ha
In this game each is to keep a straight face while the others try to make you laugh. All players form a circle and one player begins by saying, "ha." The next player says, "ha, ha," followed by the next player who says, "ha, ha, ha," and so on around the circle with each player adding another "ha" to the string. Each player must pronounce their "ha ha"s as solemnly as they can. Any player who laughs or makes a mistake must drop out of the circle. That player then gets to try to make the remaining players laugh in any way they can without touching or talking to anyone. He who laughs last, wins!

Piggy Contest
Set a bowl of gellatin for guest on the ground in a line. You might want it on a drop cloth, this can get messy. Each player places hands on the ground beside their bowl and must keep them there. When you say "go", all the kids start eating. The first to clean their bowl completely, wins! Take lots of pictures!

Bean Bag Toss
Buy or make bean bags for tossing (you can make some using socks rubber bands and beans). Draw a picture related to your party theme on a cardboard box. Cut a hole in the box large enough for the bean bags to be thrown through easily. Place the box about ten feet away and give each child several chances to toss.

Fishing Pond
Tie a string across the room and lay a sheet over it so no one can see what is on the other side. Attach a clothespin on the end of an olf 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 have fun looking to see what they've caught!

Squirting Gallery
Place a rope on the ground to show where the kids should stand and set up some of plastic pop bottles about 6 feet away.Give them squirt guns and let them try to knock down as many bottles as they can.

Edible Jewels
You will need at least two feet of string for each guest, candy or sweet cereal with holes, and small bowls to put them in. Before the party, fill the small bowls with the candy or cereal and place them within easy reach of your guests at the party table. Give each child a length of string and let them create a necklace, bracelet, anklet, etc.

Round Up
For this game you will need two brooms, a long string to mark your course, six balloons. Set up an obstacle course in your party area using boxes, chairs, bushes, trees, etc. Mark the path of your obstacle course with string. Divide your party guests into two teams and line up both teams at the starting line.

Give the first person in each line a broom and three balloons.Use a different colored balloon for each team. They must use the broom to herd their wild ponies (balloons) through the course. Each player must herd their balloons through the entire course to complete their turn. The first team to finish the course, wins! If a balloon pops during a player's turn, he or she must take a new balloon to the starting line and begin again.

Telephone Tell-a guest
Seat your guests in a circle. Help the birthday child think of a message related to your party's theme. The birthday child then whispers the message to the person on their left, and so on. When the message has traveled all the way around the circle, the person on the birthday child's right tells the "message" heard out loud. Then the birthday child tells the original message. This can be surprising.

Freeze Tag
For this popular game, guests need to spread out in the party area. The tagger tries to tag all the other guests. If a player is tagged, he or she must freeze. Players who are not frozen can "melt" frozen players by touching them. A player to be frozen three times becomes the next tagger.

Red Light, Green Light
Lay two lengths of rope about 25 feet apart to make start and finish lines. The birthday child stands in front of the finish line as the Police Officer. The others stand behind the start line. The game begins when the Police Officer turns his/her back on the other players and shouts, "Green Light!" He/she then turns around and counts to five. While the Police Officer is counting, the other players try to run or walk quickly toward the finish line. When the Police Officer has finished counting to five he/she shouts, "Red Light!" and turns around quickly. The other players must freeze instantly. If the Police Officer catches anyone moving, that player must return to the starting line. Play continues until one of the participants crosses the line while the Police Officer's back is turned. That player then becomes the Police Officer.

Story Circle
This is a great "calm down item." Have the kids sit in a circle as you read a story that goes with the theme of the party. Let the kids color draw a picture that goes with the story while you read. Later, they can share what they drew.

Buried Treasure
If you have a sandbox, hide some small toys in it and let the kids dig through the sand to find them.

Leap Frog
This classic children's game is best played outside where there's lots of room. Show the kids how to get into a frog position by bending down on their hands and feet. Tell the kids to form a line and keep their heads down. The frog at the end of the line begins by placing hands on the back of the frog in front of them, jumping in the air a little, and sliding their legs around the body of the frog they're leaping over. They continue jumping over all the other frogs in line. The person now at the end of the line, does the same thing until everyone has jumped.

Twisty Face Project
Cut a 2-inch square piece of cardboard, and make a small hole on two opposing edges. Then, attach short pieces of string or rubber bands through the holes. Draw a circle on one side of the cardboard and a smiling mouth and eyes on the other. Hold the string between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Begin to twirl the square rapidly. While it is twirling, you will see a composite face.

The Magic Penny Mystery!
Use five pennies with different dates on them. Place the pennies in a hat or bag and ask one of the kids to pick up a penny and look at the date, but not tell what it is. Then, let all the guests pass the penny around to look at the date. After everyone has seen it, quickly put the penny back into the hat and shake up the pennies. Have your Magician reach into the hat and pull out the chosen penny. Hows it done? The Magician can tell which penny was chosen because the penny everyone has handled will be warm. Once everyone knows how the magic is done, let all the children take a turn being the Magician. Let them try to figure it out first and try only as they think they "know."


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