Another favourite game with little kids, Musical Statues is easy to set up, fun to play, and ideal for small party venues. This game is often the most successful of the "musical" games, although it takes a little more preparation.
You will need:
A CD player or similar with dancing music or children's favourites
A chair or cushion for each player *
Some little prizes
* you can improvise by cutting squares or circles out of an old plastic tablecloth or sheet if you like - you just want a "base" for children to sit on, which will survive some energetic trampling by enthusiastic children.
How to play:
Arrange the chairs or cushions around the room, leaving space for the children to skip around and dance. Two lines of chairs in the centre of the room works well, as does a ring around the edges. Alternatively, scatter them around the area randomly.
Similar to musical bumps and music statues, the children dance and skip around while the music plays. When the music stops they must race to sit on a chair or cushion. In the first round there will a space for everybody, but then you remove one chair after each round and the child who doesn't find somewhere to sit is eliminated.
Supervise carefully! Sometimes children get a little carried away in this game...