This is a very adaptable game, which can be fun at a party, mixed age gathering, a rainy afternoon or a plane journey! It takes a little preparation.
Unless you live in an area with guaranteed sunshine, you need to have a good stock of indoor party games ready for your child's birthday party! Of course you don't need to confine them to a birthday party: many of these games can also be played in the classroom or in group activities. For most of the games below you will need to do some preparation and gather together some "equipment".
Remember, when throwing a party for younger children, it is always useful to have as many adult helpers as you can - but for one person to be in charge of the games. Always have more games than you think you will need!
Noisy, frantic, and lots of fun, this is such a simple game but one which most children enjoy and will play happily for as long as there are balloons remaining...
Balloon games are always fun, and this one is a classic birthday party game.
This is a very old favourite, thought to date back to Tudor times at least! It was originally known as Blind Man's Buff.
Here is an unusual party game which will get the children giggling! You would not believe how hard it is to play this until you try it yourself!
This is a sitting down game, but it can be very noisy! Simple but fun, and it works well with children from 4-5 up.
Great for pairing up children at the beginning of a party, and for breaking the ice when kids don't know each other well as everyone has an excuse to approach other people and start talking.
Whenever we play this game we get very giggly indeed! This only works when your group of children knows one another, and is roughly the same age.
Harry Potter parties are always popular and appeal to a wide age range. Here are some ideas for a Harry Potter themed party.
This traditional game remains a firm favourite at parties, and is simple to prepare for an play.
This is a silly game and it doesn't last long, but it makes for a funny few minutes and kids seem to love it!
Just for fun, here's a printable game of "pin the badge on Arnie" from Monsters University - it's a bit more original than a tail on the donkey!
Often the first game that children learn to play at parties, this will always be a favourite.
Another favourite game with little kids, Musical Statues is easy to set up, fun to play, and ideal for small party venues.
A favourite game with little kids, Musical Statues is easy to set up, fun to play, and ideal for small party venues.
This well-known classic birthday party game is a favorite with the younger age-group, although we have found that very young children don't understand that they need to pass the parcel on and h
This classic game has been played in many variations at countless children's parties over the years, and remains a firm favourite.
This Hide and Seek variation is a perennial favourite, but you will need a large house with lots of good hiding places!
Here is an unusual balloon game, which provides lots of noisy fun. Great for mixed age groups too.
This game takes a little effort to set up, but the kids will have a lot of fun with it. It is obviously better on a dark evening!
This is an exciting party game for children of all ages, perfect for birthdays and Christmas parties. It can double-up to provide a "going away present" for the kids, too.
A traditional game enjoyed by younger children. You will need a quick thinking adult to play!
Sometimes a bubble-blowing session can be just the thing - especially on a rainy day! We have lots of ideas here, including one for turning bubble blowing into a team event.
Much loved by all ages, from little kids to adults, this team game is great fun and very noisy! It is good for a mixed age party and enjoyed by teenagers too.
This is a lovely game for a group of children or a family gathering. Play it as an ice-breaker, around the dinner table, on car journeys, as an after-tea party game...
This game is extraordinarily popular with my children, who seem to love the thrill and excitement more than the actual chocolate eating, which they never get much of a go at!
I played The Chopsticks Game often in my childhood and became quite accomplished at it! It makes a fun racing game for parties and Chinese New Year gatherings.
A messy game, this appeals to children more than their parents! You are better off playing this outside if possible. It has a certain similarity to Jenga!
Popularised as a "board game" which you can now buy in the shops, we have been playing this one for years in my family - and with much enjoyment too.
The Line Up Game is a really fun ice breaker game which works well in a school or group setting, but also makes a super mixed-age party gathering - perfect for a large family party!
This is probably my all-time favourite game, as it can be tailored for all occasions, works with all ages, breaks the ice when people don't know each other, and causes much merriment even when
Children love this team game, which takes a fair amount of skill and concentration (and puff!) There are at least two different ways to play it...
This game takes a bit of preparation, but is less rowdy than some other "hunting" games and is generally enjoyed - perhaps more so by girls than boys, who might find the tying together a
Best played with a large group of kids but we have had fun playing this at family dinner times, with just four. It works with any age, but is better when the children are young.