1st Birthday Party Games

Okay, so you need 1st birthday party games for your child's birthday party but it’s been a long time since you were a kid.

So how do you entertain them?

Well, you could go out and rent a jumpy house for a few hundred bucks an hour, but that may be outside your budget.

Fortunately, the good news is you don’t have to hire entertainment. It’s actually pretty easy to do it yourself.

First, assess the age group. If they’re in the 3-6 years age range, you don’t need to sweat a lot about coming up with something modern. Here are a few classic games that are still relevant today.

1st Birthday Party Games the kids will love...

Pin The Tail On The Donkey – All you need it a picture of a donkey (or anything really), some cloth “tails” with pins (or better yet, velcro) and a blind fold.

And remember … it doesn’t matter that it’s an old, worn out game to you. To your kids, it’s brand new.

Duck, Duck, Goose – Line up some chairs, pick someone who is “it”, and then let them loose.   If you don’t have chairs handy, use the grass (or floor if you’re inside). Kids don’t care.

Musical Chairs – A great follow-up to Duck, Duck, Goose. While they’re playing DDG, hook up an iPhone with speakers or turn on a stereo. You’re all ready for Musical Chairs after they’ve tired of DDG.

Simon Says – Be the leader for one round if they haven’t done it themselves before. Then, pick one of the kids to be “it” for the second round.  The classic games still rule.

Balloon Pop – This is a great one for the last game of the party, because it’s quick and fun way to get the kids to help take the decorations down. Just be sure to have a trash can handy and to instruct them that they don’t get credit for popping a balloon until they put the popped balloon in the trash. Whoever pops and tosses the most balloons wins a small prize.

Of course, if your kids are in the 6-10 year range, you’ll need some different ideas. Here are a few for a starting point.

Anagram Challenge – It’s easy enough to create one, but if you don’t have the time or  energy, just buy a kid’s anagram book at your local Barnes & Noble and cut up the pages.

Relay Races – There are so many varieties that the kind of Relay Race you select is merely a matter of taste. Equalize athletic abilities with things like having to go on hands-and-knees, duck walking, tying runners together to force them to work together instead of against each other … the sky’s the limit with possibilities.

Find Harry Potter – get a picture or a figurine of Harry Potter (or any famous character they know, really), show it to the kids, then hide it somewhere. First one to find Harry Potter wins a prize. What’s My Name? – attach a small sign to the “it” person’s forehead showing either a written name or a picture of someone known to the kids, and ask the “it” person to guess the name based on 20 questions.

Blind Man’s Bluff – a classic game that never gets old. It’s ideal when the kids are full of cake and ice cream and need to burn off some sugar.  All you need a blindfold and some open space without serious obstacles.

These 1st birthday party games are sure to be a hit with the kids.  They will love playing with their friends, being a little competitive and maybe winning some small prizes.  All in all it makes for great affordable fun at your child's birthday party.

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