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Party Game Ideas

Duck Duck Goose

This is a great fun (and easy game) to play with 5 or more children. Get all the children to sit in a circle, then pick one out.
The chosen child then walks around the outside of the circle, gently tapping the head of each child as they pass them, and calling out ‘duck.’
After a while, the child says ‘goose!’ and starts running round the circle to get back to the place where she was sitting. The ‘goose’ child has to chase and try and catch her.
If the first child gets back round the circle before being caught, she sits down, and the chaser has his turn. If not, the same child goes again.

To make this more fun, you can also change the words: chicken/nugget,  toilet/brush, fish/chips etc

Pass the parcel

This fun classic game. Make a parcel by wrapping up a prize in several layers of paper (one for each child, plus an extra one). Make sure the prize is wrapped in different paper so you know when you’re at the last layer. You can also use newspaper as a cheaper option.
Then Ssit the children in a circle, give one of them the parcel and when the music starts, get them to hand it around the circle.
When the music stops, the child who’s holding the parcel can then open the first layer; put a small treat like a sweet or sticker between each layer. It’s also fun to put a little challenge in each layer (jump 5 times, do 5 star jumps, sing a nursery rhyme, be a chicken etc)
Make sure each child gets a turn to unwrap a layer, then turn away for the last round so the eventual winner is chosen randomly.

Musical Chairs

This fun classic game.

Put out a line of chairs (enough for each child), one next to the other but facing in opposite directions.

The children have to dance around the chairs and when the music stops, sit on a chair immediately. Each time, take away a chair while the music plays. The child left without a chair when the music stops is out. The last child left in is the winner.

For a safe party game for young children, use cushions instead of chairs. You can also ‘soften’ the blow of losing by allowing children who are ‘out’ to help remove the chairs.

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