More Games for Kids’ Parties

Here’s more of the tried-and-true for you!

Hot Potato Game

Object of Game: Try to avoid holding the “hot potato” at the wrong moment by passing it on to the next person as fast as you can.

What you need: Toy or other item as “hot potato,” noisemaker as the sudden “horn” to stop play

Prep & procedure: If you can, try to match the “hot potato” object and noisemaker to the theme of the party. Examples:

  • For a firefighter party, use a firefighter’s helmet paired with a siren or air horn
  • For a theme that involves animals, use an appropriate bean-bag or stuffed animal with an animal sound
  • For a sports theme, use a mini football or basketball and a referee’s whistle
  • For a Christmas party, use a stuffed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ with a bicycle horn
  • Players stand in a circle passing an object from person to person until the designated sound is heard. Play stops with the sound and whoever is holding the “hot potato” at that moment is “out.” Game continues until all the players are “out” but one.

    Treasure Hunt

    Object of Game: Teams follow clues to find a hidden treasure.

    What you need: Paper, markers, envelopes, and “treasure” item(s)

    Prep & Procedure: This game works best outdoors, but can certainly be adapted for indoors if preferred.

    In advance, you come up with 5-10 age-appropriate clues, which you place into envelopes. Each clue leads to the next until a final clue leads to the treasure. This is a great game for teamwork, even if the party is small enough for just one! Be sure to have the number of teams decided in advance so each has its own name/designation, and you can hide the right number of envelopes at each clue site.

    Try to tie the party theme into the game wherever possible. A party with a dinosaur theme, for example, might have two teams named “T-Rex Team” and “Velociraptor Team.”

    If there is more than one team, make sure everyone understands up front that the prize for finding the treasure first is personal satisfaction (and maybe a little glory), because the treasure is to be shared with the whole party.

    The treasure could be a cache of candy or favors – or how about a piñata, in which case the end of the treasure hunt brings the party right into the next activity!

    For ages 2-4, simplify the plan to something resembling an Easter egg hunt. Find and hide objects that relate to the party theme. When all the items are found, produce the treasure/grand prize.

    To find more activity ideas, check out ShindigZ extensive selections of piñatas and party crafts.

    One comment

    • I’m planning our 2nd annual National Night Out for the town I live in and need some suggestions on games and activities we could do for all age groups, even adults.
      Any suggestions?
      Trish Samuelson
      Menahga NNO Coordinator

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