For my daughter's birthday party back in July I thought it would be fun to come up with some birthday party games no one had every heard of. After a bit of a search I came up with three games that seemed like they had good potential. The results? Two out of three were 100% hits and the third was good but a bit too challenging for this crowd.
Birthday Party Balloon Tower Game:
Divide children into two teams. Give each team around forty or fifty balloons and a roll of packing tape. The team that builds the highest balloon tower using only the balloons and tape wins. The game was off to a great start, but the girls didn't quite have the structural knowledge to figure out how to make a tower out of balloons and tape that will stand up! Definitely a great game for architects, engineers and handy types, but didn't quite go so well with nine year old girls. Maybe throwing a few more elements into the mix, like some cardboard tubes might help. Let me know if you try it! It might even be fun as an interesting activity for kids!
Birthday Party Cotton Ball Game:
Two children compete against each other for a race against time. The idea is to see who can be the first one to move the cotton balls from the bowl on their head (held by someone) to the bowl on their lap, using a spoon and while blindfolded. For the bowl on the head I used a microwave dish cover since the deeper bowls seemed a bit too difficult. And for the bowl on the lap, a large plastic mixing bowl. The game is challenging because it is difficult to tell whether you've actually scooped up cotton balls. There were lots of squeals and cheering, and the game was a great success.
Birthday Party Chocolate Bar Game
The children all sit in a circle and take turns rolling a die. The first one to get a six runs to a basket of dress-up clothes, quickly puts on something funny (a hat and a scarf, etc.) and runs to a small table and begins trying to eat a bar of chocolate with a knife and fork. In the mean time, the children start rolling the die again, and the first chocolate eater is replaced by the next child that rolls a six. The girls were shy to start gulping down the chocolate, so many just started cutting up the whole bar before eating. I think we went through three chocolate bars with a group of 15 girls, and I had some extra bars on hand to give chocolate to those who didn't get to eat any during the course of the game. Oh, and I put the bars in the freezer to make it just a bit more difficult! This game was lots of fun and funny too with the dress-up element.
Have any great birthday party game ideas? Please let us know in the comments!