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Birthday Party Games

Once you have the theme, activities to keep the kiddies happy during the party are a must. Many of the traditional games, that we played when we were kids can be adapted to fit your child’s birthday party theme. Below you will find a short description of some traditional games, and examples of ways they can be adapted to your child’s birthday party theme. Be creative and you will be able to use many of these games with virtually any theme.

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Duck Duck Goose

Whatever the theme, simply substitute words from the theme for "duck" and "goose." For example, use "puppy, puppy, dog" for 102 Dalmatians. Use "prince, prince, beast" for Beauty and the Beast. As long as you explain the new words to the children, any words you select will work just fine.

Don’t Wake the Dinosaur

This is a fun game where one child is selected to be the Dinosaur. The dinosaur hides his face and lays on the ground as if asleep. The other children creep up on the dinosaur and ask "Are you asleep?" The dinosaur answers "Yes" several times. He then at one point answers "NO!" and the children scatter to avoid being tagged. The first child tagged is the dinosaur the next round, or you may select yourself. For Cinderella, you could make the dinosaur "the evil stepmother." For 102 Dalmatians, make the dinosaur "Cruella."

Mother May I

If using an animal theme, allow the children to address the mother animal. For example, "Mother Doggie, may I take two steps forward?" If using a story, movie or TV show theme, select the "bossy" character. A perfect candidate for this job is Angelica from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats. Or you may simply chose the main character, such as Mickey, Barney or Pooh.

Simon Says

Play this traditional favorite as described in the last game by replacing "Simon" with a character from the theme. Have the children play with the typical rules of listening carefully to the directions by "Simon" and following them only if "Simon" says.

Hot Potato

You can use virtually any item for the "potato" for this old favorite. If your child has chosen a character party, and has a stuffed or plastic toy of the character, use it. For a sports theme, use a ball or other item from the sport. Even a story book about the theme would work well. Use music about/from the theme topic for an added bonus.

"Name it" Tag

This is a fun version of tag which has one basic rule. The only way the children can be safe from "it" is to stop in place (before being tagged) and name something or say something. For example: with any show/movie/cartoon theme, the children are safe while stopped and singing the theme song. (It must then turn his attention to another child.) With animal themes, the child might have to stop and make the animal’s sound (barking, meowing, roaring, etc.) to be safe. For older children, you might have them stop and name a character or scene from the show/movie/cartoon/book, or name an item from the sport/activity. They then have until the count of 10 to be safe, then must begin running again. It the theme topic has several familiar songs (such as Barney, Blue’s Clues, many movies) the children may stop and sing any song from the show/movie/cartoon/book.

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