Alongside the cake and entertainment, interactive party games are one of the most exciting aspects of any birthday party. We have compiled a list of fun interactive games that are not only great for birthday parties, but any event with a large gathering of kids.
1- Duck Duck Goose (Interactive games):
To start this interactive game, have all of the kids sit in a circle and then choose one from the group to stand up. The selected child will then walk around the circle, patting each kid on the head or shoulder and saying “duck” as they do so. The kid who is playing will eventually choose someone by saying “goose” as they tap them. The child that is selected as goose will then have to chase the selector around the circle, trying to reach them before they get to their original seating area. If the selector gets back to their seat in time, the newly selected “goose” will take their place in choosing a new goose, otherwise the original selector can go again (or you can let someone else volunteer).
2- Red Light, Green Light:
Otherwise known as the Statues game, this interactive game starts with choosing the “traffic officer”. The traffic officer will stand at a distance, while the other kids stand at a starting line. When the officer says “green light”, all of the kids start to move closer (you can choose to have them only run, walk or tip-toe to keep the game fresh). The officer will then say “red light” and quickly turn around, all of the other kids will need to stop in place as soon as they hear “red light”. If the officer sees anyone still moving after turning around, they’re out of the game. Whoever manages to touch the officer first during the “green light” period will become the new traffic officer for the next round. To add to the fun, you can also replace the red and green light phrases with a whistle or two sided stop sign (one side says Go, the other says Stop).
3- Island Obstacle Course:
This interactive game for kids doesn’t require any “outside” props, all you need to do is choose an area with a large amount of free floor space and then set up some “islands” for the kids to stand on (such as pillows, cushions, blankets, mats, chairs, giant stuffed animals, etc). Using the group’s collective imaginations, the laid out items are now islands and the floor is not a raging river. The kids will then go around the entire room, trying to jump on all of the islands at least once without falling into the river. The player who touches the floor the least amount of times during the game is the winner.
4- Memory Tray:
Put some small household items on a tray (for example: a cup, a brush, an apple, a toy car or doll, a fork, etc), about 15-20 is a good amount to start with. Let the group of kids look at the full tray for 30/45/60 seconds (depending on the age group and level of difficulty you’re looking for). Each kid is then given a paper and pencil to write down everything they remember seeing on the tray. Whoever has the most amount of correct answers is the winner. A great thing about this interactive game is the options to raise the difficulty level between rounds, such as giving less time to look at the tray, adding and removing items in between rounds, or setting a time limit on writing down the items.
5- Musical Chairs:
A very popular interactive game for kids, this game has one of the most simple set ups of any party game, requiring only an adequate number of chairs and a music player. After setting up the chairs in either a circle or two lines (with the chairs on each line facing opposite directions), have the kids line up around the chairs and start playing the music for a short period of time. As the music stops, all of the kids need to immediately sit down on a chair, one kid will always remain standing without a chair to sit on. That kid is eliminated, and another chair is taken away before resuming the music. This continues on until there is only one chair and two kids left, which will decide the winner. You can also try other less common varieties of this game, such as “Musical Statues” where the kids will need to stand still after the music stops and the first kid to move is eliminated each round.
6- Binocular Walk:
A fun optic-warping interactive game, to set up this game simply make a straight line on the floor with chalk or tape (the length is up to your discretion based on the particular group of kids). For each player’s turn, give them a pair of binoculars to look into the wrong way while trying to walk on the straight line. Whoever can walk on the straight line the longest and get to the end (or whoever gets closest) is the winner.
7- Pin The Tail On The Donkey:
This is another classic, time-tested interactive game for kids, and has been a staple of party games for years. To set up this game, you can either purchase pre-made donkey posters and tails, or make your own (this can even be turned into a pre-game arts and crafts activity involving the kids). When the game is ready, each kid will be blindfolded and given a tail to pin on the donkey. You can either write each kid’s name on their tail, or write it on the poster next to their tail. The kid who places the tail most accurately is the winner.
8- Follow The Leader:
This is a good interactive game to play after the kids have some sweets, getting them engaged and giving them a chance to burn off the extra energy without running amok. An older kid or adult can start out as the leader, with the other kids lining up behind them. The leader will then start doing different moves as they walk, such as jumping, skipping, waving or flailing their arms, turning their head, doing the chicken flap, etc. The kids will try to copy all of the leader’s moves. After a period of time, the kid standing right behind the leader will switch places and become the new leader. In addition to being a game to burn off some energy in an organized manner, this is also a fun way to move the kids from one area of the party to another (for example, from the outdoor play area to the kitchen for cake).
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