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Fun Indoor and Outdoor Party Games for Kids
Whether you are hosting a birthday or holiday party, it is always a good idea to have some fun party games ready to entertain the kids. Keep in mind the ages of the children that are attending your party and plan your games accordingly. Below are five fun party games that I have either planned or that my boys have played at other children's parties. This list includes options for both indoor and outdoor games that are fun for a variety of ages.
1. Sidewalk Chalk Board Game
A fun outdoor party game for kids is the sidewalk chalk board game. This game works well if you have a large paved driveway or concrete porch. The kids will enjoy being the game pieces in this funny and action packed board game. Come up with several different instructions for each space on the board to have the kids rolling with laughter. Here are a few items you will need and how to set up this game:
What you will need:
- Sidewalk chalk
- Square cardboard box or bin
- Construction paper
- Tape or glue
How to play:
- Find a square cardboard box or bin you can turn into the die for this game.
- Cut out circles from construction paper and tape or glue the appropriate number of circles to each side of the box.
- Draw a large rectangular or circular game board on your driveway or porch with sidewalk chalk.
- Divide the game board into squares large enough for a child to stand in.
- Write a few different and funny instructions in the squares that the kids must follow if they land on that particular square.
- To begin, have the children line up at the starting point to take turns rolling the die and moving the appropriate spaces.
- The game will end once all kids have made it through the entire board.
- If you wish to declare a winner, crown the child who completes the board game first.
2. Sandbox Treasure Hunt
Another fun party game for kids is the sandbox treasure hunt. There is nothing that little ones like better than getting to dig around in the sand. Watch their face light up as they find a hidden treasure. Here are a few items you will need to set up this game:
What you will need:
- Sandbox or plastic pool
- Sand shovels or sifters
- Small toys or wrapped candy
How to play:
- Fill sandbox or plastic pool with sand.
- Hide lots of small toys or wrapped candy throughout the sand. Keep up with how many items you hid so you will know when they have all been found.
- Give each child a sand shovel or sifter to search for the hidden treasures.
- Set a time limit or number of treasures for each child's turn.
- When everyone is done, hide the treasures again to continue the game or let the kids keep the hidden treasures they found. Everyone is a winner in this game!
3. Animal Roundup
The next fun party game for kids is called animal roundup. This game works best when you have more than 6 children playing and can either be played indoors or outdoors. Think of different categories of animals to play several versions of this games. For example, you could have zoo animals, farm animals, and ocean animals.
Make sure that each animal is one that the kids can easily act out and identify the sound that they make. Here is list of what you will need and how to play this game:
What you will need:
- Index cards
- Timer (optional)
How to play:
- Make out 2 index cards for each kind of animal in the different categories. You will write the animal name on each card. For younger children unable to read, you can either include pictures on the cards or quietly tell them the animal name.
- Choose one child to be the farmer (or zoo keeper, safari guide, etc.) of the escaped animals. It is his or her job to match up the animals and round them up in a designated area. The other children will be spread out in the yard or house acting and sounding like their chosen animal.
- After the farmer has successfully matched and rounded up the animals, you can replay with a new farmer and different set of animals. If you wish to declare a winner of this game, use a timer to record how long it takes the farmer to match up all the animals. The fastest recorded time is the winner!
|Farm Animals||Zoo Animals||Ocean Animals|
4. ABC Scavenger Hunt
Another fun party game for kids is the ABC Scavenger Hunt. This game is a great activity for all ages and can be played either inside or outside of the house. Depending on the number of children, you can either divide them up into teams or have them play individually. Here are a few items that you will need and how to play the game:
What you will need:
- Alphabet letters
- Bag to hold letters
How to Play:
- Decide if kids will play individually or need to be divided up into teams.
- Find a bag to hold your alphabet letters, and instruct the child or team to draw a letter.
- Have the kids search the house or yard for a safe, small object that starts with that letter and bring it to you. If they are correct, have them draw another letter to search again.
- The team or individual that finds the most objects in a certain amount of time or when the bag is empty is the winner!
5. Obstacle Course
A really fun party game for kids is to create an obstacle course. For this game, gather up common household items and a few kid toys to make a fun and challenging race that the kids will really enjoy. You can set up an obstacle course indoors for a smaller group of kids, but I suggest you have a large, spacious room and remove any items that could easily get broken.
When creating this course, bear in mind the ages of the children that will attend the party. Have easier stations throughout the course for little ones and more challenging stations for an older group. Refer to the table to the right for examples of items you can use to create your obstacle course. Below are a few tips on how to set up and play:
How to play:
- Transform your yard or house using some of the examples in the table to the right.
- Mark off a starting line and set up each individual station. To help out the flow of traffic, you may want to make signs giving instructions which will help direct the kids where to go next.
- Instruct the kids to go through the tunnels, run around the cones 5 times, shoot 3 balls or bean bags into the bucket, balance an egg or bouncy ball on a spoon while running to the other side, pop one balloon, etc.
- To declare a winner, use a timer to record how long it takes each child to complete the obstacle course. The fastest time is the winner!
Items for an Obstacle Course
|What You Can Use:|
Boxes or crates
Old tires or tire floats
Eggs or marshmallows
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Party Games to Keep Kids Entertained
Fun party games are a great way to keep those kids entertained throughout the birthday party or any other kind of get together. They are also a great ice breaker to introduce children to others who may not know each other and get them comfortable with their surroundings. Get creative when planning these games and give out special treats or rewards to the winners. The kids will love all the time and effort you spent putting these games together and the adults will appreciate you keeping the kids busy!
I hope you have found some fun party games for your next birthday party or get together. Will you be using any of these games or do you have another idea to keep kids entertained at the party? Feel free to share any ideas and comments in the section provided below. Happy party planning!
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 23, 2013:
Thanks Jennifer! I will be sure and check it out. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!
Jennifer on June 15, 2013:
This post is perfect for the Monday Kid Corner Weekly Linky Party. The next party goes live Sunday morning and this week’s theme is SIDEWALK CHALK. Be sure to brush off those archives as well and link them up at http://thejennyevolution.com/category/linky-partie... See you there! Jennifer
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 09, 2012:
Thanks so much chrissieklinger! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!
chrissieklinger from Pennsylvania on July 04, 2012:
fun game ideas!
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on April 03, 2012:
Thanks so much kidscrafts! The board game was a big hit with all the kids at the last party. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!
kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on April 03, 2012:
I love your suggestions for fun activities for party! I especially love the chalk board game in the driveway with the giant die!
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 31, 2012:
Thanks Cara! Lol oh yes my son has a true southern accent! Guess he gets it from his momma :) Happy to hear you will be trying the board game out - hope your kids enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by and for sharing!
cardelean from Michigan on March 30, 2012:
Oh my this hub was FUN! I was watching the video with my munchkins and they had to watch it twice! They loved your younger son's barking and your older son's "Southern" bye at the end! I love the chalk gameboard idea, awesome! I will definitely be using these ideas this summer and sharing as well. Thanks!
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 29, 2012:
Yes it was fun - my boys loved it! Though next time I think I will write funny instructions on all the squares. They loved landing on the funny ones the most :) Thanks for stopping by Rebecca!
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 29, 2012:
The big board game on chalk looks like great fun for the little ones!
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on March 28, 2012:
Thanks so much RTalloni for your sweet comments! All these games are kid tested and kid approved for a good time at any party :) Appreciate you stopping by and for all the votes!
RTalloni on March 27, 2012:
Voted up and useful and interesting for obvious reasons, and funny and beautiful because of those boys, then awesome because so many people will benefit from this so-much-better-than-chuck-cheeses party ideas hub. :)