When planning a children’s party, schedule more games than you think necessary because some may fall flat. Arrange the order of the games (long and short) so that the youngsters will not become bored. Your own child’s taste may be the best guide as to what will please and for how long. That may range from playground games, such as leapfrog, to guessing games, skill games, and team games.
These are good icebreakers. Hide peanuts or wrapped candies around the house or in the yard-finders keepers. Or setup a trail of clues, with each child’s clue on a paper of a particular color and each trail leading to a small prize. Or weave a string spider web around a room with each guest’s name tagged at one end of a length of string and a prize at the other end. Each guest winds up his or her piece of string but may not move furniture or any other obstacle en route.
Divide the guests into two teams. Relays might include having each team member in turn put on and take off a complete football uniform or transfer water by the cupful from a pail at one location to an empty pail at another. The team to finish first wins.
Easy skill games
Tossing wrapped candies into a bowl from a line 10 feet away requires a good aim. Each player gets three tries and five candies per try. Dropping clothespins into a bottle or flipping cards into a hat are other simple amusements.
Keep a score chart. Give the winner of a game 3 points; the runner-up, 2; everyone else, l point. Total the scores at the end of the party and, going from the highest to the lowest points scored, let each child choose a prize. The prizes should be of equal value and nobody loses.