Here are several ideas... I have more if you need more~!
Name That Sound
This game is great for young kids. You'll need a helper to make it work best.
Gather a selection of items and instruments that can make a recognisable noise or sound. For example:
- a pair saucepans lids- a whistle- a toy drum- a box of matches- a rattle- a packet of cereal
- a set of keys
etc.Now demonstrate each item to your party of kids so they know what to expect.
To play the game, simply hide behind the sofa or a screen, and randomly make noises with each instruments. Ask the kids to name that sound. Each kid who guesses a sound correctly wins a prize.
Pass The Parcel An old classic that always goes down well at a kids party.
Wrap up a gift in wrapping paper, then hide several more sweets and smaller gifts in further layers of wrapping paper. Ensure you have enough layers for the number of children playing.
To play the game, get everyone sitting in a tight circle, then start your music. The kids must pass the parcel around from person to person, until you stop the music. Whoever has the parcel when the music stops can unwrap a layer and claim the prize in that layer (if there is one). Keep going until somebody wins the main prize.Make sure you stop the music at the right time to ensure everyone gets a turn to unwrap a layer.
Traffic Lights You will need three pieces of coloured card for this. Cut out a red circle, a green circle and a yellow circle. Or you can just use white card and colour it in.
Now get some music playing in the background and ask your party kids to start "driving" around the room, making beeping and engine noises. They can pretend to be lorries, buses, car, bikes - whatever they like.
Every few minutes you hold up a coloured card and shout out either
"Stop - the lights are Red!" or"Slow down - the lights are Yellow!" or"Go, go, go - the lights are Green!".If the lights are red, the kids must stand absolutely still. If they are yellow they must slow right down. On green they can run around normally.
At the end you can ask all the "vehicles" to park neatly.
Musical Island You need a small piece of carpet, cloth or card that one person can stand on. Alternatively you can use a hoola-hoop.
This is the "island".
Ask your children to stand in a rough circle and for one of them to be standing on the island. Now start the music, and they walk/dance around in a circle, taking it in turns to stand on the island.When the music stops, whoever is standing on the island must drop out of the game. If nobody is on the island you continue to the next round.
The prize winner is the last person in.
Use the pause button on your CD player or tape machine to stop the music
Brick Tower This is good for your toddler party. Kids from 1 year upwards can play.
Sit in a circle with a selection of building bricks to play with. Each child should be given one brick. You place a single brick in the middle of the circle, then take it in turns around the circle to add a brick to the tower.
If the tower falls down you all applaud and start again, with the next child around the circle.
Mums may need to help out the very young. You can reward everyone at the end with a little prize each.
Musical Statues This simple game is similar to musical chairs - except you need no chairs! Kids always enjoy it. Everyone dances around to your music until you stop the song. They must then freeze completely - in whatever dancing position they were in. Anybody caught moving is out.Start the music again fairly quickly and keep repeating until you have a winner. The non-players can help you spot any statue movements.