Over the last month I attended two birthday parties for young girls. Although each party was quite different, they both included plenty of fun party games. Later I stopped to consider the question, “What should you consider when planning party games for children?”
You should start by thinking about the children who will be attending the party. For example:
(a) What is their age range? Although some games appeal to a wide range of ages, others are better suited to a particular age group. Young children really love “Duck, Duck, Goose” as they sit on the ground and jump up to run around, but teenagers with longer legs may find it too awkward. On the other hand, “Balloon Volleyball” may require co-ordination and skills that are difficult for young children while teenagers love the boisterous nature of the game.
(b) What is the mixture of boys and girls? As a general rule (and there are exceptions), boys tend to like more active games than girls. Try to choose the types of fun party games your guests would prefer.
(c) Do any of the children have physical or other disabilities that may preclude them from joining certain types of games? Include games where everyone can participate, at least some of the time. สมัครสล็อต
You will also need to consider the space you have available to play games. In Australia we can play outdoor games any time of the year, but in other countries you may need to plan more indoor games. How much room does each game require? Is there enough space indoors or in the back yard? Could active games damage decorations or delicate furniture? Is there an alternative venue to play party games? If you live in the inner city, can you play outdoor games in a nearby park?
Provide a mixture of quiet and active games. For example, “Musical Newspapers” is an active game based on “Musical Chairs” that can be played indoors or outdoors. “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” is a quieter game. You can also include musical games like “Pass the Parcel”. Try to avoid moving from area to area too much though. Start with quieter indoor games and then move outdoors for the more active games.
A further tip is to prepare a box with all the things for the games, such as newspapers, balls and a CD/cassette player. The equipment for “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” and “Pass the Parcel” should be included, along with a list of the games and quick instructions to remind you about each game.
Consider having a friend or someone else run the games, especially if you are busy with other party details. An adult or older child who is enthusiastic yet sensitive would make a great games leader. Young children, especially, can become quickly bored so the leader may need to change games even if some children are wanting to continue playing (particularly if they are winning). A good leader will be ready to discard a game that is not working well, and will be able to encourage a child to join in, always with sensitivity. Most children love games. The leader should use enthusiasm to enable them to enjoy themselves fully.
Finally, try to plan more fun party games than you expect you will need. It may be necessary to discard some of your planned games or you may need to add more games if the food is not ready on time, for example. Allow about five minutes per game and then add five or more extra games. If you find you have run out of games for any reason, races are simple to organise and can be run indoors or outdoors. Simply set up two start and finish lines. Children can run forwards, backwards or sideways. They can skip, hop or jump, or can hold their ankles or their knees with their arms crossed. They can link arms (side by side, or back to back) or hold hands with a partner. Then they can crawl, leapfrog, and so on. After that, you could start all over again with relays!