Top 13 Birthday Party Games for Kids

May 29, 2017 | Read time: 8 mins

May 29, 2017 | Read time:


Every parent wants their child to have the best birthday and the biggest draw at every child’s party are the birthday party games. Throwing a birthday party is an exciting prospect, right from thinking of unique party themes, renting bouncy castles to employing magicians to entertain the crowd. Let’s face it – everyone loves parties. Believe it or not, the children do too so we are going to talk more about birthday party games for kids.

Each person has their own idea of a party but a common factor in all the ideas must include – fun. Parents often find themselves confounded about what to do for their child’s birthdays, especially when it comes to arranging birthday games. Birthday parties increase your child’s self-esteem, help them make new friends and create everlasting memories that they will keep with them forever.

13 Birthday Party Games for Kids

Here are 13 birthday games ideas that will take your child’s celebrations up a good few notches:

1. Grandmother’s Footsteps

2. In & Out the Dusty Bluebells

3. Duck Duck Goose

4. Obstacle Course

5. Show Jumping

6. Escape The Monster

7. Musical Bumps

8.Chinese Puzzle

9. Sand Treasure Hunt

10. Chopsticks

11. Strike a pose

12. Blindfold cotton ball transfer

13. Queen of Sheba

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1. Grandmother’s Footsteps

In this birthday party games, one of the participants plays grandma and stands in the room with their backs turned towards everyone. All the other children then line up towards the other side of the room.

When Grandma’s back is turned, everyone is supposed to come closer to her. Grandma will turn around at any moment now, and if she catches anyone moving, they have to go back to the beginning. The first person who manages to reach grandma and tap her on the shoulder wins and gets to be the grandma for the next round. This is one best birthday games among the kids.

2. In & Out the Dusty Bluebells

This birthday party games for kids is like a traditional party game, in this all children except for one are supposed to stand in a circle, hold hands and lift them together in arches. The one-child that is not a part of this chain moves in and out of those human arches to the sound of ‘In & Out the Dusty Bluebells’.

When the rhyme’s chorus starts, the child will stop wherever he is and taps the person in front of him on their shoulders. Then, these two children will form a chain weave arch together. The chorus keeps repeating and the chain keeps getting more and more chaotic! And creates so much fun in the birthday party.

3. Duck Duck Goose

All the children sit in a circle and one of them gets picked in this birthday games.

The chosen one then has to walk around the circle and tap each child on their head while calling out ‘duck’. After a while, the child will say ‘goose’ and run around the circle to get back to the place where they were sitting. Now, the ‘goose’ has to try and catch them.

If the first chosen child manages to finish a round of the circle before being caught, they sit down and the chaser gets his turn. If not, the same child gets to have a go again!

4. Obstacle Course

This is a birthday party games for kids that need a garden or a big room, as space is required.

A large area has to be cleared. Then, arrange that area with ‘islands’ – cushions, pillows, beanbags etc., on the floor which will form the obstacle course.
Once the course has been set, all the children have to go around the room, over the course and try not to fall into the river, which are the obstacles. Whoever falls in the river the least is then adjudged the winner. Try this birthday party games at your child birthday’s party and let all kids enjoy.

5. Show Jumping

This is another fun birthday party game that requires a lot of space. A pony jumping course needs to be set up. Pots, bamboo sticks, and planks can be used to create the course. Each child is then handed a number and they have to run through the course pretending to be ponies.

Once they’re racing against each other, throw in some commentary and take the fun to the next level!

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6. Escape The Monster

Escape the monster is one of the interesting birthday party games for kids. Where all the children are supposed to be lined up on one side of the room. Then, one or two other children will be made to pretend monsters in the middle of a forest.
The children then have to run across the forest without getting caught by the monster. If the monster manages to catch them, they become monsters as well.
This fun and frolic will continue until one child gets caught. The last child who has not gotten caught at all is then the winner.

7. Musical Bumps

Also called musical chairs, this is one of the oldest and most fun birthday games for everyone, children and adults included.

Get the children to dance to some music when the music ends they have to quickly find a chair and sit. The last one to sit or the one that’s left without a chair is out. The last child that is still left dancing is then the winner.

8.Chinese Puzzle

Chinese puzzle is a birthday party game where kids of all age can play. One child closes their eyes, and all the other children are in a circle while holding hands. Without breaking the human chain, the children have to tie themselves into the most complex knots possible.

Once they’re ready, the child with the closed eyes is supposed to come back and open the knot, while being careful as to not break any of the links.
The funny bit is when children start falling in these attempts.

9. Sand Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

Another birthday game that needs a little bit of open space and some sand.

Put some assorted treasured pieces like coins, chocolates etc. in a sand tray and evenly spread it out. The treasures need to be completely hidden in the sand.
Each child will be handed a flag with their names on it. The children are then supposed to plant their flags wherever they think the treasure is hidden. Once everyone has taken their turns, they uncover the treasure and whichever child’s flag is planted closest to the treasure, wins!

10. Chopsticks

To play this birthday party game get all the children to sit on a table, or a floor if there are a lot of participants. Hand everyone a towel, on which we can place around 10-15 raisins or peanuts, a small box and a pair chopsticks. The child that manages to transfer all the things into the box using only chopsticks wins!

Children’ birthday parties can be a lot of fun with these games thrown in. These games are not only fun, but they also offer children the chance to participate in games and activities that they usually won’t – and most importantly, win! Birthdays are the most exciting day of the year for children, more important than any other day. Children count down the months, days and weeks until their big day comes. With great anticipation, they keep asking their parents, “Is my birthday today”? We, as parents, on seeing this can’t afford to be unaffected by this excitement and that is why the onus is on us to make that day the best for them.

Birthday parties are serious business for your children – make sure you always outdo their expectations!

11. Strike a pose

In this party game, there are four pre-decided pose- a hug, fight, sleep, dance, which the parent-child duo should strike.

The music starts playing and the children start to dance with their parent. Once the music stops, they have to strike the pose they have thought of. The person administrating the game will pick up a chit with one of the four poses mentioned. The team striking that pose is out. The game continues until the last team is left. They are the winners. This is a fun and exciting birthday game for children.

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12. Blindfold cotton ball transfer

In this birthday party game, ask the children to form a line. When it’s their turn, blindfold them. In front of the child, will be placed 2 bowls, and in one of them, cotton balls will be filled. The child who is blindfolded needs to transfer cotton balls into the adjoining bowl, using a spoon. The child can only transfer cotton balls at a time. Time limit is 45 seconds. The child who puts the most number of balls in the bowl wins.

13. Queen of Sheba

This is an exciting birthday game. It creates a lot of excitement and hustle-bustle among the children. The organizer has crowned the Queen of Sheba. The queen of Sheba will tell the other children to bring them any item in the colour of their preference. For example, I want something in blue. The children will look around for any object in blue and bring it back to them. The person who brings it first will stand by the Queen. If the age group is above 6 years, they can make the game more interesting. Instead of calling out the names of colours, they can call out to different objects. Example- 5 rupee note, a 50 paisa coin, a handkerchief. The first five people who bring it first will win a prize.

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