One of the major tasks that you’ll have to deal with as a mom is party planning. Whether it’s birthdays or playdates, party planning is essential and it is your responsibility to make sure that everything is as good as possible.
Other than the snacks, entertainment is a significant part of any kid’s party. You need to make sure that your children and their friends are entertained and occupied. However, just plopping them in front of the TV isn’t going to work. Children need engagement and activity, which is why party games are a crucial element of any party.
But deciding on what party games to play can get complicated and frustrating. This is why we’re listing out some of the easiest yet incredibly fun party games that you can organize for your children.
Hide and Seek
Our first suggestion is the classic game that continues to remain popular, for children and adults alike – the humble hide and seek. This is the perfect idea for when you have no time or energy to create and think up elaborate games, and while the amount of effort required is little, the fun is enormous. However, since you’re having children over, it is important to establish some boundaries beforehand. Make sure that you convey off-limits areas of the house, lest they injure themselves or get lost. Another great way to ensure safety is to set a time limit, beyond which the game stops. If they’re playing outdoors, this is a good way to ensure that they can get back inside on time.
Known for being a fun-filled and entertaining party game for adults, 20 questions can easily be adjusted into a game for kids. Though some may call it boring, it is actually a great way to get the kids interacting and talking with each other. Instead of following the usual method through which 20 questions are played, you can create chits for the children with simple questions about their hobbies, family, etc. The children can then take turns to pick out questions one by one and ask the closest person to them the question, and that person can do the same to the person next to them and so on. If you’re confused about the questions to put there, Google funny questions to ask kids, and I’m sure you’ll come across a ton of options.
If you want to make things a bit interesting then a great way to do so is by organizing a treasure hunt. In case you didn’t know, a treasure hunt is a game where you create clues that lead to the end prize. The players must move from clue to clue, till they reach the final destination. Although this does require more effort on your part, it has great rewards as it keeps the children occupied and entertained for a long time. If you want to make the treasure hunt even more of a success, try going to a full theme. For instance, you can organize a pirate-themed treasure hunt, with the prize as a chest of gold coin chocolates.
If your child is an adolescent and having friends over, simple games like the ones above may not cut it. They require games with more interaction and higher critical thinking, and in this case, what better than a good game of monopoly. Nowadays there are many versions of monopoly available, including a card version as well. So if you don’t have one already, you can get it easily. Monopoly is an engaging and fun game to play with friends and family, and it’s a great way for kids to learn more about business as well. However, it might take a while to get a hang of the game if they haven’t played it before. So a bit of patience on your part will be necessary here.
Looking for a crafty and hands-on way to get the children interacting and playing? Then, why not make sock puppets? For children who aren’t much into activities and games, making sock puppets is a great way to get their attention and get them involved. All you need here are old socks, crafty glue, bits and pieces of fabric that can be used as hair, and buttons for eyes. Everyone can create their own sock puppet, and the most creative ones can be given small prizes. You can take things a step further and have them put on a sock puppet drama as well. However, make sure that you keep a close eye on the kids when they’re using glue and cutting tools like scissors.
Last but not least in our list of party games is musical chairs. This game never gets old, and it remains a fan favorite for children and adults alike. All you have to do here is arrange a bunch of seating arrangements, either chairs or cushions, into an oval shape. There should be chairs for every player other than one. So if you have 10 players, there should be 9 chairs. Then, start playing some music or audio. As the audio plays, the children will move around the chairs at a steady pace. The music should be stopped without warning, and just when the audio stops, the players should sit down. The one who is unable to get a place should leave, and another chair is reduced. The game continues this way till only one winner remains.
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