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Kids Party Games – Ages 6 to 12 years

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Balloon Catchers

Teams Race to see how many balloons they can get in their bags before the music stops. You need a large area and lots of balloons (different colors for each team, e.g. four teams, four colours) You also need four large plastic bags and fun party music. Put the four teams in four corners with their plastic bag and balloons in the middle, jumbled up.

Divide everyone up into teams and decide who from each team will be the bag holder (so everyone gets a turn in the fun, alternate bag holders each round). After that, assign each team a color balloon. Now, make up a funny way to get the balloons into the bag, for example, "You have to bounce the balloon onto your head until you get to the bag."

Then, start the music. Everyone will run to the center (except the bag holder) and pick up one of their team's color balloon and do the silly action until they get to their team's corner. The bag holder puts it in the bag. If a kid drops a balloon and it touches the ground, they have to go to the middle and start over. After a few songs (two or three is easiest), stop the music and tell the bag holder for each team to count how many balloons are in the bag. The team that has the most balloons, wins.

Balloon Battle

Be the last not to let your balloon get burst. You require enough balloons and string for each person. Divide the group into two teams. Tie the balloons to everyone's ankles. Say "go" and watch the teams trying to burst the other team's balloons first. The team with the last balloon wins. As your balloon is burst you withdraw from the game.

Hunt the Prize

A treasure hunt activity. Hide some small prize or sweets in the party room (or better still if the weather is good, hide them in the garden)before the children arrive. Whenever you decide during the party the children are allowed search the room or garden for the prize. You can give them hints by telling anyone who is close that they are hot while someone who is looking in the wrong place is cold! Whoever finds it keeps the prize.

Pass the Parcel

The parcel is prepared before the guests arrive. It should consist of a main prize wrapped in several layers of paper. The children sit on the floor and pass the parcel around while music is being played. Once the music stops, the child who is holding the parcel may remove one layer of paper. The game continues until the last layer is removed and the prize is revealed.

Another variation of the game is to put a sweet between each layer so that even if a child doesn’t get to the prize when it is their turn they will still get a sweet. If the children are a little older it can be fun to make the kids try and unwrap the parcel using gloves – the ones without fingers. You only need one pair of gloves which should be given to the relevant child when the music stops.

Balloon Race

Divide children into two or more teams. Team members stand one behind the other and each leader is given a balloon. The balloon is passed down the line by going over the leader's head to the next child who passes it through their legs to the next one who in turn passes it over their head. When it reaches the last child he/she runs around to the front and starts it off again. The game continues until the team leader ends up back at the front and the first team to finish is the winner.

Pop the Balloon

You need at least 2 balloons for each child and enough "treats" for each balloon to have one . Treat ideas: rings, candy, mini balls, money anything small that will fit inside a balloon. Add the "treat" inside each balloon and blow up and tie.
Dump all the balloons on the floor and tell the children how many they may pop. The children must pop the balloons by sitting on them and bouncing. Alternatively pair off the children and tell them they must pop the balloons by putting the balloons between them (tummy to tummy or back to back) – no hands aloud.

Granny Grunt

Guess who the granny is by how they grunt. You need a blindfold and broomstick. All players stand in a circle except for "it". Choose one person to be "it" who is blindfolded and stands in the middle of the circle with a broom in hand. "It" tells all the players move, then tells them to stop. Then "it" spins around and sticks his/her broom handle out. The person nearest grabs it and "it" says "granny grunt". The person grunts and whoever is "it" tries to guess who the granny is. If the guess is correct, that person now becomes it in the middle.


A Piñata is made of papier-mâché to form the shape of popular and traditional characters depending on your party's theme and is then filled with sweets and small toys.

The idea is that an adult hangs the piñata by a rope from a tree branch, clothes line or other suitable point and each player takes it in turns while blindfolded to hit the piñata with a stick until it breaks open – ensure there is adult supervision at all times. As soon as it is broken all the goodies fall out for everyone to share. To avoid young children being disappointed, it would be a good idea to put small goody bags inside with each child's name on it.

You can either have a go at making your own Pinata or buy one - check out our list of Party Suppliers many of whom stock Pinatas.

Hula Hoop Target

Hang hula hoops from the ceiling by ropes and have players throw small footballs or frisbees through the hula hoops. You can mark off throwing levels or lines on the floor for various ages. Ages 2-6 can throw from 5 feet away. 6-12 from 10 feet etc. For the older participants you can even have the hula hoop swing back and forth as a moving target.


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