If you have children in your life, you almost certainly understand the challenge of keeping a group of children at a kids party occupied for several hours. After the food is eaten, you probably find yourself looking for fun party games for the kids to play. Games for a kids’ party have to meet certain criteria. They need to be entertaining for a variety of ages, as well as accommodate large groups of children. They also have to be easy enough for children to understand, and, preferably, use up kids’ endless store of energy. The following kids’ party games fulfill these requirements, as well as come with the kind of reviews that make them classics in the world of party games for kids.
Top 10 Party Games for Kids
|Party Game||Number of Players||Rating|
|Hot Potato Passing Game||2 to 6||4.5 Stars|
|Farkel Party Game||2 to 6||4.8 Stars|
|Set of 4 Burlap Potato Sacks||2 to 4||4.4 Stars|
|Junior Size Cornhole Game Set||2 to 4||4.5 Stars|
|Stinky Pig Game||2+||4.2 Stars|
|Charades for Kids||3+||4.6 Stars|
|Feed The Pizza to Mikey||2 to 8||4.7 Stars|
|Paw Patrol Party Game||2 to 8||4.8 Stars|
|Treasure Hunt Game||2+||5.0 Stars|
|Inflatable Alligator Ring Toss Game||2 to 5||3.4 Stars|
1. Hot Potato Electronic Musical Passing Game
Hot Potato has been a classic game for years. Now, Ideal’s electronic Hot Potato has made the game even more hilarious for people of all ages. The game is simple: Just start the Hot Potato’s music and start passing it around. Players can throw the plush potato to anyone in any way they choose. The only rule is to avoid being the person holding the potato when the music stops. The person holding the potato when the music stops takes a potato chip card. Once someone earns three cards, they are out of the game. Whoever is the last person without three cards wins the game. The game’s simplicity of use, fun music, and cute design make it a hit with children 4 and older, and adults as well.
While this Hot Potato game can be played anywhere, anytime, it is ideal as a party game for kids. Up to 6 people can play at once. It is simple enough for young children to understand and fun enough for older kids to enjoy as well. The result is a game that adds hilarity and enjoyment to a party, where there are kids of many different ages in attendance.
Reviewers give this game high praise. They note in particular that the plush potato is durable enough to withstand being kicked, hit, dropped, and sat upon. Many reviewers find that it makes for fun impromptu family time, as well as a great addition to parties. The result is a great spin on a classic game.
2. Farkel Party Game
Farkel is a classic party game that is simple enough for children to learn. The game consists of rolling six dice and adding up scores based on combinations of dice. The player decides when to stop rolling, but if they roll and do not score any points, they lose the rest of the points they had collected during their turn. As a result, the game uses a combination of strategy and luck to keep players entertained. The first person to reach 10,000 points wins.
Because it is such an easy game to learn, Farkel is a great family game, and a great game for kids’ parties. Players simply need to learn the score values of the various dice combinations (or, just one player needs to learn them and keep score for everyone else). The scores are quickly memorized, and then the game can be played easily for hours. Reviewers note that the game is fun for all ages, and quickly becomes a favorite. The result is a truly entertaining addition to any kids’ party.
3. Set of 4 Burlap Potato Sacks
Sack races are a classic party game, for kids and adults alike. The game consists of the players stepping into the sacks and jumping from the starting point to the finish line while in the sacks. The goal is to be the first person to reach the finish line. It is one of the great fun party games for kids, though it often shows up at grown up parties too.
In order for the game to work, you need strong bags of the right size to fit both kids and grown ups. These burlap potato sacks fit the bill. Because of their size (23”-43”), and construction out of burlap, they provide a sturdy, reliable way to enjoy a sack race. While each order only contains 4 sacks, they are affordable enough for you to order as many as you need for your next kids’ party.
The sacks receive generally positive reviews. Customers do report that the bags come with a strong odor that requires them to air out the bags before use. However, they also find that the smell is not a strong deterrent to using the bags. They also note that the bags live up to their claims to durability, and that they fit both children and adults so that all ages can participate in the game. The result is a versatile, reliable, and fun way to enjoy a sack race at your next kids’ party.
4. Junior Size Cornhole Game Set
The Cornhole game is a fun game that involves throwing bean bags into a board with a hole in the top. You receive points for hitting the board, and more points for getting the bean bag through the hole. The only problem with the original Cornhole sets were that they were too large for children to play with comfortably. GoSports has solved that problem with a junior size Cornhole game set that is just the right size for children. The set sports bean bags that are about half the size of regular bean bags, and more compact boards to make it easier for kids to succeed at the game. It also includes rules and instructions for use so even beginners to the game can quickly start to enjoy a friendly competition.
This junior size Cornhole set has a number of advantages. Its small size and lightweight feel make it perfect for indoor play, as well as for portability and storage. The two included boards even Velcro together, making a pouch for the bean bags. Included carrying handles also add to the game’s portability. These features are in addition to a size that has been carefully selected to allow the game to be played indoors and by kids.
Reviewers find this small-sized game to be perfect for kids as young as three. At the same time, they note that even older kids and adults can enjoy this game too. They report using the game outdoors at the park, indoors on rainy days, and with small children who would struggle with larger versions of the game. The result is a Cornhole game that would make a great addition to any indoor or outdoor kids’ party, as well as to any family looking for a compact and kid-friendly family game.
5. Stinky Pig Game
The Stinky Pig Game is a fun twist on Hot Potato. Instead of a potato, you use a small (4-5 inch tall) pig. You simply press the pig’s belly to get it singing, then roll the die to see whether to pass him left or right. You might also roll a pig face, which means you need to roll again. At the end of the music, the pig makes a sound like he is passing gas. If you are holding the pig when he toots, you must take a token. The person who has the least number of tokens at the end of the game wins. The game may also be played more like Hot Potato, with the pig passed randomly whichever way the holder wishes. The game is marketed for children 6 and up, but can be played by any child who knows their left and right.
The Stinky Pig Game is fun for kids simply because of the tooting pig. The sounds delight children (and adults, too!), and create an atmosphere of hilarity and fun around the game. Because the game is so small, it can easily be brought to parties, or as a game to pass the time when out and about. And, because it is simple to play, it is ideal for groups with small children. The result is a genuinely fun way to enjoy a Hot Potato-like game at any kid’s party.
Reviewers give the Stinky Pig Game high praise, mostly for its hilarious twist. They note that small children (and especially boys) love the tooting sound, while the adults love watching the children enjoy the game. The game’s fun factor, simplicity, and portable size make it a highly reviewed game and an excellent choice among party games for kids.
6. Charades for Kids
Charades for Kids takes the classic game party game Charades and makes it into a perfect kids’ party game. The game itself includes a score card, a die, a timer, and the charade cards, with six options (one in each of six categories) on each card. The players divide into teams, and nominate someone to be the actor first. The first team then rolls the die to select the category that the actor will be using. The actor chooses a charade card, looks at it, and then has a minute (dictated by the included timer) to act out what is on the card for his team to guess.
Charades for Kids is designed for clues that children ages 8 and up will be able to handle. It allows for more than 300 charade rounds to be played without repeat, and is fun enough that both kids and adults can enjoy the game.
Reviewers note that this game is perfect for elementary-aged kids to participate, though they do note that some of the cards are harder than others. Some reviewers even note that younger children (as young as four) are capable of playing the game as well. Because the game can be played in teams, it is an ideal party game for kids’ parties. The result is a fun, child-focused way to enjoy Charades.
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Game, Feed The Pizza to Mikey
A fun twist on the Pin the Tail on the Donkey game, this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle variant is perfect for anyone too old for Pin the Tail, but still wanting to have a blast with the concept at a party. The game comes with 8 pizza slices, a mask, and the game poster. Players wear the mask, and try to get a pizza slice as close to Mikey’s mouth as possible. The person who gets the closest wins the game. While the game is designed as a one time use only game, reviewers have reported cutting the pizza slices in half to stretch for larger parties, and keeping the plastic on the slices and using tape to secure them to the poster in order to keep the slices usable for more than one game.
This game is one of the most creative party games for kids around because it takes a game that may feel tired or young for your kid’s party and makes it into a cool party game for kids that everyone can enjoy. In addition, it is simple to play and, if you cut the pizza slices in half, can accommodate large parties of up to 16 people. The result is a game with the potential of hours of fun.
Reviewers praise this game for simply being fun. They note that even adults wanted to get in on the action during the parties, and that the game kept party guests occupied for hours. The result is a game that has proven its value in any kids’ party where the party guests like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the adults want to enjoy the game along with the kids.
8. Paw Patrol Party Game
The Paw Patrol Party Game is another twist on the Pin the Tail on the Donkey game. This fun party game involves a poster of Chase, eight badge stickers, and a blindfold. Players simply wear the blindfold and try to place the badge on Chase. The person to get the closest wins the game. The stickers are not reusable.
This game is ideal for any child who loves Paw Patrol, but can also be fun for adults too (just ask the reviewer who ended up playing with her husband and adult friend after the party). The game’s theme also allows it to fit in as a birthday party game for kids who love Paw Patrol. While the stickers are not reusable, the game is inexpensive enough to order again if you wish. The result is a charming and entertaining variant of a classic game.
Reviewers give the Paw Patrol Party Game high praise because of its appeal for the children at the party. They do note that sometimes more than eight badges would be preferable for larger parties, as would reusable badges. However, they note that the game keeps children of various ages entertained and, therefore, makes a great addition to any young child’s birthday party.
9. Treasure Hunt Game
The Treasure Hunt Game is a wonderfully imaginative, fun, and educational game for children to play. While they can play it by themselves, they can also play it in a group, making it a smart choice for a party. The game consists of 100 clue cards, gold coins, a cloth bag to hold the coins, a “gold bar” box, and treasure maps. You simply choose the clue cards you want (choosing from among pictures, words, and riddles) and scatter them wherever you want the kids to look, and hide the box at the end. You can make the box itself the prize, or put a small prize inside the box. The children collect a gold coin every time they find a clue, and eventually end up with the treasure box at the end.
This game is wonderful for children because it teaches them reading comprehension and team work in a fun way. In addition, it is just plain fascinating to children to figure out the clues and look for the treasure. Reviewers praise the game for its quality, as well as for the hours of fun it provides the children for whom they purchased the game. You can also access more clues online, or use the included blank clue cards to create your own clues. Because you can choose from among different types of clues, the game can be played by both small children who do not yet know how to read and older children who may enjoy figuring out the riddle clues.
10. Inflatable Alligator Ring Toss Game
The inflatable alligator ring toss game from Fun Express is an ideal way to add an element of fun to a kids party, particularly if it takes place near a pool. The game consists of a 22-inch alligator which you inflate yourself, and five assorted plastic rings. Kids simply take turns tossing the rings onto the alligator’s nose or tail. The game is fun for children of different ages, but works best for children between the ages of 2 and 6.
This ring toss game is a fun game for a kids’ party for a number of reasons. First, it comes in the form of a whimsical alligator that has served as a stand-in for the crocodile at some reviewers’ Peter Pan-themed parties. Second, it is plastic, making it durable enough for children to play with. Third, it provides multiple places where the rings can be tossed, increasing the likelihood that even young children will enjoy some success getting the rings on the alligator.
Reviewers generally give this alligator ring toss game solid reviews. Most of them find that the alligator stays nicely inflated for even days after the party. They also note that it receives good usage from the children at the parties, and serves as a fun part of any young child’s birthday party. Its easy set up, fun look, and ease of use make it ideal as a kids’ party game.