Homemade birthday party games for kids

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Homemade birthday party games for kids
Homemade birthday party games are a simple way to make sure kids have fun. (kids playing football image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

Homemade birthday party games can help you save money, get kids involved and throw a unique birthday party for someone special. The games don't have to be dull, and you can personalise your child's birthday party. A little creativity and a few inexpensive resources is all it takes to create some home made fun.


A candy-filled piñata is something everyone can enjoy. Make the piñata by moulding strips of newspaper dipped in a flour-and-water paste around a balloon. Pop the balloon when the piñata is completely dry. Paint or decorate the outside with coloured strips of tissue paper. Fill the piñata with candy, and let the party guests take turns trying to hit it with a baseball bat (don't use a broomstick). Have other guests keep a safe distance to make sure nobody gets hurt.

Bobbing for Apples

This game is simple to assemble. For safety and sanitation reasons, use a new galvanised or plastic tub filled with clean water right before the game. Place towels around the tub to catch spills and minimise the risk of falling, or play the game outside. Once the game is finished, empty the tub promptly to prevent injury or accidental drowning, especially if the kids are young. As an alternative, use plastic ducks with numbers written on the bottom. Have plastic eggs with corresponding numbers that are filled with candy or small toys.

Pin the Tail on the...

This is a classic party game. Pin the tail on the donkey can be customised to any party theme (pin the tail on the horse, pin the heart on the princess, pin the parrot on the pirate). Draw the object of the pinning on a piece of butcher's paper, and create one of the item to be pinned for each party guest, plus a few extras. Print them on the computer, or trace around an object like a cookie cutter so that the items are identical.

Scavenger Hunt

Divide party guests into two teams. Create identical lists of items for each team to find by going to neighbourhood homes (check with your neighbours first to see if they're willing to participate). An adult should accompany each team of children to make sure that party guests are safe crossing the street and to keep party guests together. The first team to return with a completed list wins. A twist on this idea is to set a specific time to collect items and the team with the most items wins.

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