Finding games that are quick, easy, and will be fun for everyone can be a challenge. Something that is too long may be hard for the younger ones to keep track of. Ones involving a lot of running may not work for guests with asthma – so how do you ever find games that are not only fun for everyone, but also easy to create? It isn’t a simple feat. Here are a few ideas to make your foray into party planning just a little less hectic!
This can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make it. Whether you set up a whole course in your backyard or use a series of chairs, ribbons, and clothes, you can make a team game that everyone can enjoy! Make sure that you have enough room for at least 2 teams. If you have a large backyard, create one long course and do a relay style. If not, do a game with a consistent relay style for each team member. For example, the first team members have to run to a large paper roll, run around it three times, then put on a new pair of shoes. Next person has to run to the paper roll, run around it three times, but put on a shirt! Whatever you choose to do, this is a fun option that will let you get creative and have some fun while you are at it!
Balloon relay races
This game is especially funny when older kids are doing it. To play this game, you must run with a balloon between your legs to your teammate, and pass the balloon off to them for their leg. Whoever completes this task to the finish line first, wins!
Pin the tail on the donkey
A classic, this one is a lot of fun for younger kiddos. Using Velcro or tape, have the kids try to pin the tail onto the right spot on the donkey. The closest ones get a prize – everyone else gets candy!
A scavenger hunt!
This activity is a great way to use time. Create a hunt that will send them all over, and give you some time to either set up a new game, or kick back and relax for a little while! Split the kids into two teams, and then give them a beginning clue list. As they move throughout the hints, give clues to each item. All items should be following a certain theme, and should lead to an ultimate item, theme, or compilation. This also allows you to use complete creativity and have some fun. You can also let your child in on the fun – let them pick the theme, and have some say in how many clues there should be, etc. Even with the surprise of what you ultimately pick, they can know that it will be something everyone can enjoy! Whatever you pick, these simple activities can make a good party great!