Whether scheduling a Valentine's Day party, organising Easter games for after the hunt or planning a sleepover for a child's birthday, chocolate-centred games are a sure bet for engaging Primary school aged children in good old-fashioned fun. Substitute chocolate for crucial items in traditional children's games, such as Hot Potato, or improvise and lead games that instruct, inspire and fuel the minds, and sweet teeth, of children.
Play a variation of Hot Potato by seating younger children, cross-legged, in a circle on the floor. Start the game by giving one child a box of sweets, such as M&Ms or chocolate drops. Cue up children's party music and press play. Instruct children to pass around the sweets as quickly as possible. Stop the music. The child left holding the box of chocolate must give one chocolate to another child, who then begins the cycle over again.
Unwrap an extra-large bar of milk chocolate and set on a plate in the middle of a small table. Organise knives and forks alongside the plate. Split older school aged children into two teams. Instruct the children to take turns rolling dice. Each time a child rolls a double, he or she runs to the table and attempts to eat as many squares of chocolate as possible using only the knife and fork. Continue with one child eating the chocolate until another child rolls a double and takes over eating with a fresh set of knife and fork.
Bring chocolate fondue to a warm temperature in a fondue pot. Outfit each older elementary aged child with a set of chopsticks. Dump a mixture of mini-marshmallows, pretzels and apple slices into the pot. Assign a fixed number of points for each item added to the mix. Task children with fishing out as many items as possible with the chopsticks within a set amount of time. Tally up the winner by counting how many of each item the children collect and counting up the points. Reward the winner by allowing that child to take the first bite of the spoils.
Fill a jar with small chocolate sweets, such as Hershey's Kisses, or chocolate chips. Count how many sweets are actually in the container. Challenge children of all ages to guess how many are stuffed inside. Instruct them to write down their name and guesstimate on a slip of paper. Determine which child makes the closest guess and award the child the entire jar of sweets, along with a subtle hint that he or she should share the chocolate with the other children.