Last-Minute Fun & Easy Party Games & Activities to Make Your Kids Birthday a Hit!
by K.D. Grant
You set the date and sent out the invitations with the greatest of intentions of planning the perfect birthday party for your child. Then somehow time got away from you, the date is fast approaching, and you've done little more than buy the gifts and order the cake.
If this sounds like you, you're not alone. Parents everywhere are struggling to keep up with all the daily household and career responsibilities while taking care of the seemingly endless to-do list that comes along with parenting. In a bad economy, this becomes even more of a challenge. However, all is not lost. You can still throw a great party with plenty of fun activities that will earn your child bragging rights and have his or her friends talking about the fantastic time they had long after the party's over.
Today's generation of parents have a secret weapon on their side that gives them an edge that their parents didn't have -- the Internet. We'll tell you how to save time and surf the web to quickly locate a full day's worth of fun, and often free, interactive activities to make your child's party truly unique and memorable without leaving the comfort of your home.
Below are just a few of the game ideas that are sure to be a hit, are ready to play, and just a click away:
Embark on a Treasure Hunt - Kids of all ages love to solve puzzles, follow a trail of clues, and race to track down hidden loot, and a classic printable treasure hunt with fun and clever pre-made clues is the perfect solution when you need an exciting party game quickly that children will love. An online treasure hunt can be simply downloaded, printed, and played instantly at minimal cost, and comes complete with a hiding guide to help you coordinate and pull off the perfect hunt that will bring your party to life! And don't limit yourself to birthdays - these can be used to entertain your young children, teens, and their friends during sleepovers, on holidays, at picnics and while outdoors, on vacation, in the classroom, or for family fun night, plus there are many other themes to choose from. To learn more about how these hunts work and order online, visit http://www.treasure-adventure.com
Play the Pantomime Game - This hilarious game will have children up on their feet and in all sorts of crazy positions as they attempt to mimic poses picked from a deck of printable cards. It's a great way to break the ice and get kids interacting while having fun and improving their coordination and creative thinking skills. All you need is a printer and flexible children ready to play. http://www.printgames.net/english/pdf_e/panto.pdf
Solve Puzzles & Word Games - You can create your own personalized word searches, crossword games, or jigsaw puzzles based on your party theme. For example, for your child's birthday you might want to create a word search or puzzle containing your child's favorite things, for a music themed party use names or pictures of instruments, or for a pirate party have the kids search for pirate jargon or treasure items, etc., and award small prizes to the one who uncovers all the words first or completes the puzzle first. Several web sites exist that let you generate your own unique puzzles and word games. You can even add your own graphics and personalize with your child's name. To make your own word search puzzle you might try the web site http://www.billybear4kids.com/jigsaw-puzzles/WorkSheetMachine/WordSearchMachine.html, create your own jigsaw photo puzzle using a generator like http://www.flash-gear.com/puzzle/, or build a fun and challenging crossword puzzle at http://edhelper.com/crossword_free.htm
Compete in the Paper Airplane Olympics -- Have each child create a paper airplane, and then let them decorate their aircraft with their own personal style. You can divide the pilots into fighter teams or play as individuals. The planes then are raced through the air towards a target and judged in 3 different categories: best appearance, greatest distance in flight, and most accurate. The kids will love showing off their artwork and sending their airplanes soaring. The best part is all you need is some paper and crayons! http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-folding-paper-airplanes/
"Capture the Spoons" - This is a fast-paced exciting and very popular card game that is perfect for large groups. All you need is one or two decks of cards depending on the size of your party, and kitchen spoons for all but one of your players. The kids form a circle and rapidly pick and pass along discarded cards trying to get 4 of a kind while keeping an eye on the spoons and other players in the event someone else gets 4 first. The first person to get 4 of a kind then tries to sneak away one of the spoons that have been placed in the center. Once one spoon is taken, the rest of the children must all dive into the center to get a spoon before they're gone, and the one left without a spoon is either out of the game (shorter version) or given a letter each time, starting with "S," until "SPOONS" is spelled and they're out of the game (longer version). Don't forget to include this easy classic party game that is a sure-fire winner that kids will love!
Do-it-yourself party planning becomes a breeze when you take advantage of all the free and inexpensive kids games and activities that can be found on the world wide web that are perfect for livening up any children's party without the stress of last-minute shopping in crowded stores with limited time and paying high prices for party games or party planners.