Planning to entertain a group of children at a kids’ party can be almost more daunting than planning an adult party. As long as you’ve got a bar and some music most adults are happy, but this is not so easy with kids. However, you can use music and dance to make your party a hit. Plan a dance party for kids and include games based on music, either singing or dancing. The games here are sure to be a hit with the kids and make you the hostess of the neighborhood.
Pass The Parcel
Pass the parcel is to party games as spaghetti and meatballs is to children’s party food. It is a staple. Have a small gift wrapped as many layers as the number of players until it looks like a parcel box. Gather the kids in a circle and turn on lively music. Have the kids pass the parcel around. When the music stops, the child who has the parcel will be out, but not before unwrapping it. Continue until all but one child remains. The winner will get the prize inside. Another variation of the game is when the music stops, the child unwraps a layer of the parcel and is given a dare or challenge, like singing a song, hopping on one foot or holding the breath for an added twist and excitement.
Name The Nightingale
This game does not need live music. The music will come from the children themselves. Have the kids form around in a circle and blindfold one volunteer in the center. All the children will hem hum a tune (any famous or children’s song will do) and walk around the circle until the volunteer says stop and randomly points to any child. The rest of the children should stop humming except the chosen child. The volunteer should guess the name of the tune the child is humming. If successful, they can swap places; otherwise, the volunteer is out. The eliminated child can choose which one will stand in the center next.
This kids dance party games is an oldie but a goodie. Arrange chairs inside a circle so that there is one less chair than the number of children. Ask a volunteer to handle music. When the music starts the children walk round the circle. Once the music stops they need to sit down in a chair. The kid without a chair is out. One chair is taken away and the game starts again. This continues until there’s only one child with a chair.
Another classic game that has been around for decades. Kids would love to hop along into a potato sack to compete with the playmates for the first price. Having the kids divided into a team, the first players are given sacks to hop into. But how about using pillowcases instead of potato sacks, that would be a great substitute as pillowcases are just about the right size for kids.
Penny or Coin Pitch
Even without a twist, this children’s party game is just as exciting as it is. Each player will pitch his pennies onto the grid with marked points. After combining the points, the one who gets the highest wins the game. Another cool way to play the game for older kids is to use empty cups, bottles, and jars, and setting points for each of these goals.