Here are some great party games for children 2 and over.
Air Balloon (3 upwards)
This is more of a time filler than a game with a winner and is enjoyed by everybody because it doesn't matter how good or bad you are! It's a good way to start a party whilst you are waiting for everybody to arrive. Before the party, insert a small, light-weight gift such as a Stretchy Smiley Men into the opening of a balloon before inflating it. Then, blow air into the balloon and repeat until you have a balloon for each guest. The children have to try keeping the balloon in the air for as long as they can just using their head. Once given the go ahead they can enjoy bursting the balloon and retrieving their prize!
Pass the Parcel (3 upwards)
Before the party wrap a gift into a layer of paper. Now wrap it in another layer and repeat until you have the same number of layers as you do guests. (If you have more than about 15 guests it's more fun for your guests if you play the game with 2 parcels). Seat everyone in a circle and play some music for a short time. When the music stops, the person holding the parcel removes ONE layer of wrapping. (Have a bin bag ready so you can keep tidy from the start!) Repeat until the last layer of wrapping has been removed. The winner keeps the present. Three variations include:
1. Putting a forfeit in each layer e.g. name 2 animals beginning with p, count from 20 backwards, kiss somebody wearing blue€¦.
2. Putting a gift in each layer. Have a look at our really special made up pass the parcels which save you a huge amount of time and inspiration. If you make up your own, choose fairly small gifts to stop the parcel becoming unmanageable and you might like to follow your party theme if you have one.Look at our 'Individual Party Bag Items and Xmas Stocking Fillers' Section for ideas.
3. Cinderella Pass the Parcel - another special pass the parcel but more of an effort for you. You need a pair of Cinderella type dressing up slippers and as many girly gifts as you have guests. First, wrap one slipper with a girly gift. Repeat wrapping individual layers and tuck a girly gift in each layer. About halfway through the number of layers you choose to use, insert the other slipper and a girly gift, and keep wrapping. Play the game in the normal way.Continue until the first slipper is unwrapped. Then, reverse the passing order until the second slipper is uncovered. The 2 girls holding the slippers then ball room dance around the circle, wearing one slipper each.
Animals (2 upwards)
This is game is fun for small children who are naturally intrigued by animals and can't cope with the intricacies of a more
complicated game. Have a selection of animal masks or small wild animals- the same number as you have guests. Hold one up, one at a time. Ask all the children to imitate the animal. Continue, changing the animal just as soon as you feel the time is right! At the end of the game, give a mask or animal to each child. This could be a good 'going' home game if you're brave enough not to hand our party bags!
Sleeping Lions (3 and upwards)
Surprisingly loved by a huge age range, this is a great 'calming down' game before handing your guests back to their
parents. Ask the children to 'sleep' on the floor like a sleeping lion. The moment anybody moves they are 'out'. In reality, you can ignore the odd twitch and your guests can stay 'sleeping' until somebody comes to collect them! You will look marvellously in control and the children will have calmed down into a contented and peaceful state.