1. Bean Bag Toss
Make and easy bean Bag Toss using a double layer of poster board glued together and a large box. Use the large box as a base, and attach the poster board to one side of it. Before attaching the poster board, paint a design on it, allowing for one or more holes.
2. Scavenger Hunt
Hide items in the yard and have the kids try to find them. This can be as easy or elaborate as you choose. Rather than encouraging competitiveness, have the children work together to find all the items. :)
3. Duck, Duck, Goose
Don't forget this classic althoguh fun game. You will need at least 5 friends to make this game a lot of fun. Sit in a circle and have 1 child walk around patting each child on the head saying: "Duck, Duck, duck, duck" and finally "Goose". The child deemed goose stands up and runs around the cirle in the opposite direction from the other child. Whoever gets back to the spot and sits down first wins the spot and the other child starts again with the "Duck, duck, goose."
4. Simon Says
An oldie but goodie. If your child has a favorite character, substitute "Simon" with a character from the theme. Children should listen carefully and only do what "Simon" says.
Give a child the theme or group of animals then have them act out what the animal does. You and the kids can try to guess the name of the animal.
6. Freeze Tag
1 child being chosen as "it". The chosen child tags the other children by catching up to them and touching them. Once tagged, the child must remain frozen until another free child goes through their legs. When all of the children are frozen (except the 1 who was chosen as "it") the game is over and you can start again and choose a new "it".
7. Balloon Bust Relay
Purchase large balloons, stuff with a prize such as a whistle, then inflate and tie. You will need one balloon for each player. Divide children into 2 teams and place team behind the start line. At the other end of the room are the balloons. On your mark a child from each team runs to the other end of the room, grabs a balloon and sits on it, bounces on it, lays on it, anything they can do to make it pop.
When the balloon pops they collect their prize and run back to their teammates. The game continues until every child has retreived their prize. If 1 team falls behind parents are allowed to help.
8. Wits and Consequences
Blow up balloons with questions, written on strips of paper, inside and place balloons in bag "A". Let each guest reach in and pull out a balloon on their turn. If they answer correctly they stay in the game for another round.. If they answer incorrectly, they pull a balloon out of bag "B", pop it and have to do what it says. ie: Rub your tummy and head at the same time. Strut and cluck like a chicken 3 times. If they complete the task they can return to the game. If not they can cheer on remaining players.
**Are there any other fun games you know of and want to share?**