The Games I play at parties

The Games I play at parties

I’m occasionally asked by parents what games I do and it’s quite lengthy to go through  on the phone so I wrote this to explain. Firstly none of my games are elimination based meaning that no one is ever ‘out’. This ensures all the children are engaged throughout and no one becomes bored.

Character statues

The children dance and when the music stops they freeze as well-known characters. These are superheroes, Disney Princesses and characters all the children are familiar with. I’ll pick the most creative one each time ensuring that everyone wins. If there are a lot of children, I’ll pick multiple winners each time so by the end they have all won.

Why it’s good – the children enjoy being on their feet dancing, if they prefer not to pretend to be a character they will freeze normally so they feel they’re still involved. It’s easy to understand and we can play it instantly. The children are never bored in this game and are always engaged throughout. 

Pass the plate challenge

It’s the same as pass the parcel but with a plastic plate instead of a parcel. When the music stops, if the child has the plate then they pick a card which has a silly challenge on it (I always read it). If they do the challenge then they are a winner. Challenges include – rub your tummy and pat your head at the same time, be a T rex dinosaur eating a birthday cake, pull a funny face etc.

Why it’s good – The children like to try all the other children’s challenges therefore they all become involved (it’s brilliant!) . They find it funny and challenging. As a bonus the children are not running around crazy as they are all seated. 

Plate spinning

The children hold a stick and spin a plate on it. All they have to do is hold the stick and I spin the plate. It’s very simple to do. I have 3 year olds doing this every week.  I pretend that it’s difficult to do so when the children are able to do it they feel extra special.

Why it’s good – The children feel empowered that they are doing something difficult. All the children get to join me on stage and do something special. As I have picked a few volunteers throughout the show, the children are immensely eager to also have a go onstage and excited to finally get a chance. It also makes for a great photo for the parents. 

The dance champion game

A child joins me on stage to show off their coolest (or silliest) moves. Then everyone copies. In turn all the children get to join me on stage and do their own dance. The best dancer wins. I explain that the children don’t have to come up if they don’t want to and can just copy the dancer (I say this early and clearly as I don’t want anyone to feel pressured). 

Why it’s good – There’s a lot of comedy here. The children do funny dances and it becomes a funny game of who can do the silliest dance. And again, all the children get a chance to join me on stage in front of everyone.

These games have been incredible for me over the years and I can always rely on them to engage the children thoroughly throughout. This is why parents constantly comment in my reviews that the children are fully engaged throughout.

I’m occasionally asked by parents what games I do in my parties and it’s always a bit of a mouth full to explain so I have wrote this for greater clarity. To begin with, none of my games are elimination based which means no one is ever ‘out’. This ensures all the children are engaged throughout and are not going to become bored which is very important to me. On to the games!

Character statues
I tell the children to dance and when the music stops to freeze and impersonate a well known character (superheroes, Disney princesses etc). I’ll pick the most creative one each time ensuring that everyone wins. If there are a lot of children, I’ll pick multiple winners each time so by the end they have all won.
Why it’s good
– The children enjoy being on their feet, if they don’t want to pretend to be a character they will usually just  freeze normally so they still feel involved. It’s  easy to understand and we can play it instantly. The children are never bored in this game and are always riveted throughout. It’s been so good over the years.