10 Kids’ Traditional Party Games

10 Kids’ Traditional Party Games

Have you forgotten all those wonderful party games that you used to play when you were little, like pass the parcel, musical bumps or the chocolate game? It’s time to bring back some old-fashioned fun and celebrate the traditional way.

Kids Traditional Party Games

Most of the bits and pieces you need for kids’ party games are very easy to find and most things you will need can be brought at your local shop. Things like flour, chocolate, apples and doughnuts are inexpensive and all the other things you probably have at home anyway. The joy of the classic children’s party games is that it doesn’t require lots of planning so you can spend more time on the other elements for the party.

Top 10 Traditional Kids’ Party Games

1. Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Pin the tail traditional kids party game

This is a classic party game that is great for indoors and can be adapted for any party theme (age 4+). You can buy ready prepared kits for this game or if you would rather make your own all you need is a picture of a tailless animal along with enough tails for each child, a blindfold and some pins to attach the tails. Each child takes it in turns to pin the tail as close to the point where the tail should be, whilst blindfolded. Alternative themes include pin the jewel on the tiara for a princess party, pin the turtle for an underwater party game and pin the patch on the pirate for a pirate party.

2) The Chocolate Game

This game is great fun and a chance for children to eat as much chocolate as they possibly can with a knife and fork! Get the children to sit in a circle and in the middle place a board with a large unwrapped bar of chocolate, a knife, fork, hat, scarf, pair of gloves and a die. The die is passed around the circle and whoever rolls a six has to quickly put on the hat, scarf and gloves and try to eat the bar of chocolate with a knife and fork. Meanwhile, the rest of the circle continue rolling the die until another six is thrown and the next child then takes over. Adapt this game for younger children by using chocolate buttons instead.

3) The Doughnut Game

Kids Traditional Party Games - Donuts

Another messy challenge is the doughnut eating game where children have to eat a suspended doughnut without using their hands or licking their lips! You can hang a doughnut for each child by creating washing line out of string. The child who uses their hands or licks their lips is out of the game. This game also works well with apples. Give your doughnuts a personal touch with our cute doughnut printables!

Doughnut Printables

4) Apple Bobbing

Apples are also essential for the ‘bobbing’ game where children take it in turns to try and retrieve a floating apple with their teeth, with their hands tied behind their back. Fill a large tub with cold water and place enough apples for each player. Children can then either bob for the apples together or individually, but the player to get the apple first or quickest is the winner.

5) The Flour Game

Definitely one of those games that will bring inevitable chaos but it is a simple game that children aged 5 or older will love. Firstly you need to make the ‘flour cake’ by tightly compacting flour into a medium sized mixing bowl. Then turn this out on to a board and top with a large chunk of Mars bar. Each child takes it in turns to slice away sections of the flour cake ensuring the chunk of chocolate remains at the top. The child who eventually topples the chocolate from the top has to find it with their teeth.

6) Pass the Parcel

PassTheParcel Traditional Kids Party Game

An all time favourite party game that is a must and best for ages 3 +. You can prepare the parcel beforehand and ensure the present is wrapped in many layers, each layer with a sweetie attached. Sit all the children in a circle and when the music starts they pass it around until the music stops. Whoever is holding the parcel at this point must tear open a layer and the music begins again. This continues until the last layer and the child who removes this wins the prize. For a quick solution, you can buy a pass the parcel game pack.

7) Tray Memory Game

This is a quieter game and will also get the party guests to think! All you need is a tray filled with weird and wonderful objects you find around your house along with some pen and paper for each child. Once the children are sitting around a table ready with pen and paper, place the tray with objects in the centre of the table and give them 1 minute to try and memorize what’s on the tray. Once the time is up, remove the tray and each child has to write down as many objects as they can remember from the tray. The child who remembers the most number of correct objects is the winner.

8) Musical Statues, Bumps & Chairs

To play these games you need a fun CD as children will love dancing to their favourite songs. For musical statues, get the children to dance about and when the music stops they have to keep as still as possible. The one that moves the most is out and keep playing until you have a winner. Musical bumps is a similar game but instead of standing still, players have to sit down. The last person to sit down is out. If you have enough room, musical chairs is another fun game where players have to dance about until the music stops, at which point they have to find the nearest chair to sit on. Make sure there is always one less chair than the amount of players so there will be one person without one. Each time a player is out, remove another chair until you have a winner!

9) Simon Says

A perfect game for younger children and can be adapted to fit with any party theme. Firstly choose a leader (this can be yourself or another adult) to act as ‘Simon’ who will call out a series of commands that the children have to follow such as ‘Simon say’s put your hands in the air’. The children must do any commandment that begins with ‘Simon says . . .’ However the leader will put in some trick commands without beginning with ‘Simon says’ such as ‘turn around’ and the children who do this task by mistake are out.

10) Sleeping Lions

After lots of activity this is a great game to quieten things down. Choose a large open room and get all the children to lie down and pretend to be sleepy lions. If you are doing a particular theme you can get them to pretend to be fairies, pirates, dinosaurs or whatever fits your theme instead. Explain that whoever moves after the game begins will be out. During this time you can walk around the room, talking to them and trying to make them laugh. Each child who is out can help you try and make the others laugh. The last person left sleeping is the winner.

Do you have any other fun ideas for party games for kids’? Let us know in the comments below!



  1. Charlotte-Anne de Castellane

    We played several of these games at my seven year old’s party here in France this month and they were a great success, fun and easily organized. It was lovely to be reminded of some old favourites (the French children enjoyed discovering pass the parcel), and games which were new to us such as sleeping lions, and the strawberry bootlace and smarty game from the Sharky and George list, were a big help in calming everyone down when they got too hot and excited. It was lovely to go into a party armed with suggestions – thank you very much!

  2. hi im kira I am 8 years old. I am going to have a little party at my house with my 2 friends over. There was a small problem though: We didn’t have any ideas for party games so I looked at all of these games and then I picked about 5 or 6 games out of all the games and now I have my party games ready!. These games are very great thankyou very much.

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  4. My daughter was holding a small party for 5 friends and wanted to play musical bumps / statues. Because the game is quite short with a small number of children we decided that each child could hold 2 ribbons which stood for ‘chances’. If they were caught out, a ribbon would be taken away. This worked really well.

  5. hi i m wamika. i am eleven years old> i was goin’ to plan the party for my brother (he’s smaller than me). i was not gettin’ any idea what games shall i plan. but from this site i picked up 6-7 games and the kids enjoyed it. thanks very much for this website

  6. These games look like fun but my parents would never let me eat lots of chocolate and I’m celiac so I can’t eat doughnuts

    • You can always get gluten-free doughnuts. I have a bit of an intolerance and they taste just the same as normal gluten doughnuts they are delicious.

  7. Hi I’m Bethany, i had my 13th party and i decided to make it that we would play games from when we were younger and games that none of us know and this was very helpfull to remember the old ones and i found some new ones aswell

  8. ananya agha

    HI I am ananya I am 10 years old I am very excited for my birthday party and I sawed this website it had great ideas of birthday party games my birthday is on 13 of january

  9. I’m doing My Daughters 5th Birthday Party tomorrow morning and wanted to make sure I had enough games, now I have 10 games. Thank you for reminding me of some of the classics that I played when I was her age.

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  11. i had a birthday party and this really helped thankyou!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Welllll!!!!! the games are wonderful 🙂

  13. Thanks ssssooooooooooooooooo much Rachel and the other friends adore them and they are very much appreciated

  14. Hi Im Yasmin and Im 14 years old. My auntie has asked me to plan all the music and party games for my cousins party. She is a girl and as most 7 year olds she loves Frozen. Most of these games are very good! i need more though, does anyone have any other great games i could use please? Thank you 🙂

  15. Great ideas! These sound like pretty easy games that kids would just love. Thanks for the ideas!



  17. Great party ideas, you can’t beat a classic party game!

  18. Thanks enjoyed reading these

  19. I am extremely impressed thanks for sharing all information regarding kids birthday and games activities. It is a great post for the people to get the proper information about games activities. Your games ideas are very nice. I like your thoughts. Thank you for posting such an excellent article.

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  21. Amazing! Great games! I will use them for my 7 year old sister’s party!

  22. Some of them are new to me! Good ideas! I’d like to share the face painting. It would be cool for kids party events!

  23. I love party games. All the classics are here but I think you’ve missed out on the Whisper game, where children have to whisper to each other a message and see if the message is the same at the end. Craft is also good for party activities. A popular one we did was fairy wands and concertina snakes. These are simple, affordable and great fun.

  24. Olivia Torres

    Enjoyed this article. I remember enjoying these games when I was young, can’t wait to create new memories with my sons. I am also looking for other games I enjoyed playing such as the potato sack race. I would really appreciate it if anyone can recommend me something similar 🙂

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