We're mid way through the half term holidays now and if you have little ones, you may have parties to go to this week, or some of their friends to entertain! We're sharing our top ten kids party games to get you inspired... For those of you getting married, if you're having children attend your wedding, some of these activities are great options to keep them busy between the ceremony & reception.

What you'll need:
A line of string/rope, ribbon, doughnuts (one per player)

How to Play:
Hang a length of rope/string from two trees (or you could use the washing line), tie ribbon around the doughnuts and tie them up so they're hanging side by side from the line, with the doughnuts dangling roughly at the kids' mouth level. With their hands behind their backs, on the count of three the children have to try and eat their doughnut. The first one to finish is the winner (but who needs prizes when there are doughnuts?!)

What you'll need:
All you really need is a pole (broom handle or garden cane) two adults and some music! Alternatively limbo kits are widely available online.

How to Play:
Ask your two adult volunteers to hold the pole at each end approx 4 feet from the ground. Once the music starts children takes it in turns to 'limbo' under the pole. Any child that touches the stick or falls over is out. When everyone has had a turn lower the stick by 6 inches and start again. Repeat this until you have one winner.

What you'll need:
A bucket or paddling pool filled with water, Apples (at least one per player) and a towel.

How to Play:
Drop all of your apples into the bucket or paddling pool with water. Children kneel with their hands behind their backs in front of the bucket/paddling pool. On the count of three the kids have to try and catch an apple with their mouths.

What you'll need:
A large bar of chocolate (from the fridge), a dice, woolly hat, scarf, gloves/mittens, plate, knife and fork.

How to Play:
Children sit in a circle with the chocolate on a plate with the knife and fork, woolly hat, scarf and gloves/mittens. Take turns to roll the dice and when someone rolls a 6 they put on the woolly hat, scarf and gloves/mittens then using the knife and fork try to cut off one square of the chocolate bar. Keeps going until the next person rolls a 6, at which point they must hand over the dressing up clothes. This continues until the chocolate is gone!

What you'll need:
A fun or pretty backdrop (e.g. using wall paper, fabric, gift wrap, streamers etc.), a selection of funny hats, glasses, signs and other props. A camera!

How to Play:
You'll be amazed how much the kids will love having a giggle in a photobooth – letting the little ones loose, while you snap away!
If you want to go the extra mile, there are also some great apps you can download such as PocketBooth for iPhone/iPad which allows you to have your pictures printed as vintage style strips.

What you’ll need:
A Piñata (bought or homemade), a blindfold, a stick and a tree.

How to Play:
Hang the piñata filled with sweets from a tree - The children line up and one by one, they are blindfolded and spun around 3 times while they bash the piñata with the stick until it breaks and the sweets fall out. The kids can then enjoy collecting up all the treats from the ground.

What you’ll need:
A room or space large enough for all the children to lie down.

How to Play:
After lots of activity this is a great game to quieten things down. Get all the kids except two to lie down and pretend to be sleepy lions. They don’t have to be lions - they can be fairies or pirates etc. The two chosen little ones have to go around the room, talking to the sleeping lions and trying to make them laugh without touching them - if they succeed, then whoever moved is out.. The last person left sleeping is the winner.

What you'll need:
A prize, wrapping paper (different colours/patterns is preferable) a bag of sweets (optional) and music.

How to Play:
Before the party you need to wrap the prize in layers of wrapping paper - the minimum number of layers should equal the number of children attending the party. (You can choose to put a sweet in each layer that you wrap)
At the party, all of the children sit in a circle - once the music starts they pass they parcel around and keep going until the music stops. Whoever's holding the parcel when the music stops gets to unwrap a layer, until the the final prize is revealed.

What you’ll need:

A picture of a donkey with no tail, tails for each child, a wall, blu-tac and blindfold.

 

How to Play

Attach the picture of the donkey to a wall. Each child takes it in turn to be blindfolded, spun around on the spot 3 times then must place there pail on the picture where they think the tail should be.

Variations of this game can include; pin the patch on the pirate, pin the tiara on the princess and pin the tie on Spongebob.

 

What you’ll need:

Fun party music

How to Play:

Musical statues - children to dance to the music and when it stops they have to keep as still as possible. The one that moves the most is out - keep playing until you have a winner.

Musical bumps is a similar game but when the music stops the players have to sit down. The last person to sit down is out.

Musical chairs - players have to dance about until the music stops, at which point they have to find the nearest chair to sit on. Make sure there is always one less chair than the amount of players so there will be one person without one. Each time a player is out, remove another chair until you have a winner!

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