A party themed around games is a great way to allow kids to have fun engaging themselves and compete with their friends. Games can include healthy physical activity or stimulating mental challenges. They also can help children learn leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship skills. If you are planning your child’s birthday party or another celebration for kids, try centering the occasion around games.
Party Game Ideas for Kids
Here are some great games for your party that kids will love.
Fun Party Games for Kids
From juggling to relay race for buddy-tag, these exciting games at parties get kids moving and are always filled with surprises. Many of them can be played indoors, provided you have enough room. Put their energy into a physical activity that will do your body good.
Outdoor Party Games
Take the fun outside with outdoor games. Games such as a scavenger hunting as well as balloon stomping and more will keep them running, jumping, moving, and achieving healthy physical activity. Being active and letting their energy out will help make the kids ready for quieter activities after the party. Not to mention there will be less mess around your home, if you limit the party outside.
Wii Sports Party
If you’re hosting a small party to your child’s birthday, for example from four to eight kids, you can organize a Wii sporting event inside your family room. The Wii games for sports like bowling and tennis are great for elementary school-aged children. They will help children improve the hand eye coordination of their children. They will be enthusiastic about competing and cheering for their teammates. Kids can even play with adults (although odds are, the kids will have the advantage).
The most popular game for iOS or Android is so entertaining you and your family will love to play it every time you’re having a moment of peace and without or with an event. The free version features categories including “Movies,” “Accents,” and “Charades” and can be played with two or more players. It’s also ideal to play with teams at a kid celebration.
Children will be having fun playing with the words on the screen or feeding the “guesser” clues with this fast-moving, think-on the-feet game. And they’ll absolutely love watching the recorded videos automatically made of themselves acting out the words on the screen. It’s guaranteed to keep the kids entertained.
An ideal option for a game-themed small party is to get out some enjoyable kids’ board games like Balderdash, Blokus, and Khet. And don’t forget the classic games for kids like Monopoly and Scrabble and also educational games such as Boggle and Rush Hour. Their brains will get an exercise. Kids can create teams and collaborate to think of moves to play four-player games such as Scrabble.
Divide the children into different groups and have them play different board games; that way, everyone gets an opportunity to play their beloved game. Apart from teaching the basics of language, math and reasoning skills Playing board games in teams helps kids learn how important it is to work together to accomplish a goal.
Card Games for Kids
Classic card games for children like Go Fish and Spoons and family-friendly card games such as Crazy Eights and Go Boom can be great at kids’ parties.
Mad Libs Contest
Mad Libs is the name of a game in which players are provided with printed pages with stories on them–except there are gaps in the stories. One participant prompts the other for words to fill in the gaps and then reads the complete story aloud, typically with hilarious results.
Find a few Mad Libs publications (or make your own if you have the time) for your kids’ Mad Libs celebration. Make sure that the kids are divided into teams to work on the their very own Mad Libs stories. They’ll have a great time then and afterward when they discuss their stories with other teams.
Tips for a Successful Party
Once you’ve decided on the games that will be the focal point of your party, consider purchasing or creating invitations for your party along with decorations and food in line with the theme. As an example, let’s say you’re planning a party with cards for kids. What about making hanging decorations that resemble cards? You can also order or bake a cake decorated with symbols from cards, too. There are plenty of types of card games of snacks, such as chips or dip.
Other suggestions to keep the enjoyment in the air:
Get the teams balanced If you’re aware that your child’s buddies are champions in Monopoly or Wii baseball, you can put them on teams of different sizes. In this way, everyone has a good chance to win and the party will be fun for all.
Play Along: You or another parent can get the party going by showing how to play a game, and having amusement while you play. It doesn’t mean you must have an entitlement to steal the Wii remotes or to take children into the game’s locations. Once the game is over and you’re ready to stop or continue playing, based on how the party is developing and if your child would like you to join in. Keep in mind that your presence on the sidelines is essential as well. Be alert for kids who are struggling either with the game or one another, and be prepared to intervene with help or even a distraction for example, serving a meal or a snack if necessary.
Set up Prizes for All the Kids, and Encourage Good Manners: As the host, you establish the tone for the event. If you stress good sportsmanship and manners and everyone will have more enjoyable time. It is important to provide small, even-valued gifts or toys to all the kids at the party and encourage the kids to reward each other for playing well even if they don’t take the title. It could make a major difference to a kid that their peers–and children from other teams–tell them that they gave an excellent effort, regardless of what they did.
Think Simple, Easy Food: To go with your party snacks that are themed around games serve up some fun and easy to eat foods like sandwiches, wraps, or pizza. For snacks to eat while playing, opt for small snacks that won’t be too messy such as popcorn, pretzels, or cut-up (not too juicy) fruit.
For information on which gaming party is right for you, get in touch with our experts…