The right games at a party make or break the occasion. When you use a theme for a kid's party, the prevailing idea needs to permeate the entire event. Army theme parties for kids should not stop with a bit of camouflage hung on the wall and army men placed on top of a cake. Appropriate army games keep the theme going throughout the duration of the event.
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Boot Camp Training
Part of being in the army is going through boot camp. The process involves many hours of hard work and specified training. Part of the training is successfully navigating obstacle courses. Use this training exercise as a game for an army-themed party. Set up a course according to the age range of guests. Place old tires side-by-side for navigation. Add more tires for older guests, and only a few for a younger group. Fill one child-sized swimming pool with sand; fill a second with water. Place other objects in the path for guests to jump over or go around. Hang a rope from a low hanging tree branch to use to swing over an object. Use a whistle to shout commands at participants as they go through the course. "Jump that water," "Move move, move" or "Let's go" are all army-style encouragement to add to the game. Time each individual run, or make the game a team effort to see who finishes first.
Part of army life is the uniform the soldiers wear and the equipment they carry. Turn this aspect of the army into a shuttle relay game for partygoers. Collect two sets of large army-style boots, oversized camouflage jackets, hats and a backpack. Select items including canteens and binoculars to fill the backpacks. You need one item for each guest. Place the backpack items on one end of a set course and the clothing on the other. Divide guests into two groups. At the whistle, the first person in each group puts on the clothing, takes the backpack and picks up one item from the other end and places in the backpack. The play soldier runs the item back, takes off the clothing and passes it all to the next person who repeats the process. Older participants see strategies in picking the lightest items to place in the backpack first.
In the heat of combat, face paint becomes camouflage for soldiers. Use this concept as a game for an army-themed party. Provide various shades of green and brown body paint. Allow each guest to paint his own face, or mix up the game by letting the kids paint each other. Provide plenty of cold cream and disposable towels. Let the guests paint faces several times. Use this game at the beginning of the party so that the participants are in army mode for the entire event.
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