Free Kids Party Games
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Kids Party Games
No kids birthday party would be complete without kids birthday party games. It would be like having a movie without popcorn! Kids are always on the go, and when you are planning a party, filling a couple of hours can seem really daunting. Finding the right blend of kids party games is important to keep the kids entertained, especially if you are hosting the party yourself.

Have you bought childrens birthday party games in the past?

Well, that can really add up, especially if you have a large number of kids invited to your party. Added to the cost of food, decorations and invitations- it can become just too expensive.

But help is at hand. There are plenty of kids party game ideas here to help you plan your perfect kids party, and to make sure that you don't have to spend a fortune on childrens party games again.

The Farmer's In His Den

Duck, Duck, Goose

Pass the Parcel

Mr. Wolf

Musical Chairs

Musical Bumps

Musical Statues

Musical Islands

Corners


The Farmer's in his Den
This is an old fashioned kids party game, and is just great for young ones. It's a singing game, and can be played with pretty much any number of kids.
It's based on the Farmer's in the Den rhyme, which goes:

The Farmer's in his den
The Farmer's in his den
E-I-Ad-E-O, the Farmer's in his den
The Farmer wants a wife
The Farmer wants a wife
E-I-Ad-E-O, the Farmer wants a wife
The wife wants a child
The wife wants a child
E-I-Ad-E-O, the wife wants a child
The child wants a dog
The child wants a dog
E-I-Ad-E-O, the child wants a dog
The dog wants a bone
The dog wants a bone
E-I-Ad-E-O, the dog wants a bone
We all pat the bone
We all pat the bone
E-I-Ad-E-O, we all pat the bone

To play

  1. The kids all stand in a circle and one child is chosen to be the farmer. The farmer stands in the middle of the circle
  2. The kids begin to sing the song
  3. As the children sing, "The farmer wants a wife", the farmer chooses another child as 'the wife'
  4. As the kids sing, "the wife wants a child", the wife chooses another child to come into the circle as the child
  5. Then another child is chosen as the dog, and finally the bone
  6. The child chosen as the bone has the dubious pleasure of being patted by all the children as they sing, "we all pat the bone"!

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Duck, Duck, Goose
This is a fun kids party game and is suitable for kids of all ages. There are no real winners or losers, the kids play for the fun of it.
To play:

  1. All the children sit in a circle, and one child is chosen to be the farmer
  2. The farmer stands up, and walks around the circle, tapping each of the sitting children on the head and saying "duck"
  3. The farmer decides at some point to tap one of the children on the head and say "goose", then runs off around the circle
  4. The "goose" has to stand up and run around the circle in the opposite direction to the farmer, and try to get back to the empty space in the circle before the farmer does
  5. Whoever gets back first stays in the place, and the other child becomes the farmer and the game begins again

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Pass the Parcel
This is a great kids party game, and is suitable for kids of all ages.

To play:

  1. You need a small gift and music that you can turn on and off
  2. Wrap the gift in newspaper, or colored wrapping paper
  3. Put candy, or very small prizes in between some of the layers if you wish
  4. For older children, you may wish to put forfeits between some of the layers
  5. Organise the kids to sit in a circle
  6. Give the birthday child the parcel to start with
  7. Play the music and as the kids to pass the parcel around the circle. When the music stops, whoever has hold of the parcel gets to unwrap a layer of paper
  8. If the children are aged three or four, try and make sure that everyone gets to unwrap a layer- maybe even put candy between each layer so that everyone gets a prize
  9. Once the layer of paper has been removed, start the music again, and ask the kids to continue passing the parcel around the circle
  10. The game continues with a layer of paper being removed every time the music stops
  11. The winner is the person who takes off the last layer of paper to reveal the prize

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Mr Wolf
This is a great kids party game for outdoors, or a large space indoors. To play

  1. Choose one child to be Mr. Wolf
  2. Mr Wolf stands at one end of the space with his or her back to the group, and the rest of the kids stand at the other end
  3. The kids shout out, "What time is it Mr. Wolf?"
  4. Mr. Wolf replies, "It's x o'clock"- x can be any number from one to 10, for example, "It's three o'clock"
  5. The rest of the kids take x number of steps (in this case three)towards Mr. Wolf
  6. The kids continue to ask the time, and move towards Mr. Wolk after he replies, until Mr. Wolf shouts "It's dinner time", and then turns and runs towards the rest of the kids, trying to catch one of them. Whoever is captured is the next Mr. Wolf
  7. If the kids get to Mr. Wolf before he or she says "It's dinner time", the game starts again with the same child as Mr. Wolf

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Musical Chairs This is a classic kids party game. To play:

  1. Put chairs into a circle, seats facing outwards
  2. Have one more chair than the number of kids playing the game
  3. Ask the kids to gather in a circle around the chairs
  4. Start to play music, and ask the kids to walk, skip, hop, or dance around the chairs, keeping moving all the time the music is playing
  5. When you turn the music off, the kids must rush to sit on a chair
  6. There will be one child who doesn't get the seat and they are out
  7. Take one of the chairs away, and re-form the chair circle
  8. The kids that are left begin to move around the circle once the music starts again, and must rush to sit on a chair when the music stops
  9. Again, whoever is not sitting on a chair is out
  10. Take away another chair, and start the music again
  11. Continue until you have one chair and two kids
  12. Whoever sits on the last chair first, when the music stops, is the winner

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Musical Bumps This is another traditional kids party game, and is best played before the kids eat! To play:

  1. You need music that you can turn on and off, and a space for dancing
  2. When the music plays, the kids all start dancing. You can give spot prizes for good dancers if you wish
  3. When the music stops all the kids must sit down on the floor as quickly as possible
  4. Whoever sits down last is out
  5. The game continues until you have only one child left and they are your winner

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Musical Statues
This is a kids party game that everyone loves. All you need is music that can be turned on and off, your party kids, a place to dance, and a pair of eagle eyes! To play

  1. Turn the music on and get the kids to start dancing
  2. When the music stops everyone must stand still- like statues
  3. If anyone moves, they are out
  4. Continue turning the music on, then off, watching out for movement when the music is turned off
  5. The winner is the last child in the game

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Musical Islands
This is a variation on Musical Statues. For this kids party game, you need sheets of newspaper and music you can turn on and off.
To play:

  1. Get the kids to work in pairs for this game. If you have an odd number, you can have a group of three kids
  2. Place fully opened sheets of newspaper on the floor
  3. Turn the music on, and get the kids to dance around
  4. When the music stops, the kids have o get in their pairs and stand on their newspaper
  5. If anyone stands off their paper while the music is turned off, the pair is out
  6. When the kids have done this a couple of times, and know what they are doing, make it a little more difficult. When you start the music, ask each pair to fold their newspaper in half and place it back on the floor
  7. When the music stops the pairs have to get on that newspaper, and stay on it until the music starts back again
  8. They have to fold the newspaper in half again, and get dancing
  9. It gets harder and harder to stay on the newspaper as it gets smaller and smaller
  10. The winners are the last pair left standing on their newspaper

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Corners
This is a great kids party game if you have a large number of guests. It can be played indoors or out in the yard or the garden.
To play

  1. If you are playing indoors, name each corner red, yellow, blue and green. If you are playing outdoors, decide the area for the game and mark the corners with different colored balloons, or chairs with colored cloths draped over them
  2. Choose a child who will be the caller, and blindfold them
  3. Play some music to get everyone dancing
  4. When the music stops, the kids all choose one of the four colored corners and run there (try and encourage the kids to split up a bit, or the game could be over very quickly)
  5. After a minute, when everyone has gone to the corner they have chosen, the caller calls out a color, for example "red". Whoever is in that particular colored corner is out
  6. The music starts again, and the kids dance around. When it stops, they all choose a colored corner again. When the caller shouts out a color, whoever is in that corner is out
  7. The game continues until you have a winner

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