Welcome to my preschool party game ideas :)
If you are throwing a birthday party for a preschooler well you are in for a fun time. I love this age group and I love the fact that they are now able to understand a bit about playing games in a group. However don't expect too much from the kids and don't make the games too complicated with lots of rules.
As a rule of thumb, I tend to organize the number of games depending on how many hours the birthday party is. So for a 2 hour party, I would organize 2 birthday party games, for a 3 hour party, 3 party games and so on. With preschoolers your birthday party is not going to be more than 2-3 hours so I would say 3 games will be plenty.
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A garden is better for this preschool party game as you need a bit of space. The children all stand round spread out as much as possible. You then call out the names of 2 of the children who then have to run and change places.
This preschool party game is rather like musical statues. Put on some music and the kids have to squeak and scuttle about like mice. The moment the music stops, the kids must be as still and as 'quiet as a mouse'. Anyone seen moving or making a noise is caught by the cat (you) and is out of the game. However give them a cat sticker and then they are can help you with the music. The last child in the game, receives a mouse sticker.
A great preschool party game for the younger ones. Prepare in advance a short story and include lots of animals and noisy farm vehicles. It does not have to be a very adventurous story as the point of the game is to make the noises of the animals and vehicles.
You could start with: "It was a beautiful sunny day down on the farm and the chickens (the kids Cluck) were wandering around the farm yard. Suddenly the big brown cart horse (the kids all neigh) came galloping over to Framer Giles in his tractor (the kids say broom, broom...)…". and so on.
A preschool party game for the 3-4 year old. Think up in advance some characters or animals. With the kids all seated at your feet you then start to silently act out one of the characters or animals. Gradually you introduce some noises and the children then have to guess who or what you are. For example if you were a cat you could run around on all fours, play with a ball or imaginary mouse and then meow.
Equipment: Pairs of objects, clothing, bags or small baskets
For the 2-3 year old restrict this party game to one room but for the older children you could spread out a bit. In advance, collect pairs of a number of items such as socks, spoons, pencils, hair slides, toy cars or whatever you can think of. Place one of the pair of each object into bags or baskets equal to the number of kids that there are. The kids don't all have to have the same items and some you could repeat. Allow 5 or 6 items per child. Hide the other halves of the pairs around the room(s). Issue each child with a bag or basket and get them to go on a hunt for their matching halves. First to get a complete collection wins.
Equipment: Paddling pool, fishing rods, party bags, small treats
In advance, place some small treats in the party bags. Have enough bags so that their is one per child. Make some fishing rods by tying a piece of string to the end of a cane and then at the other end of the string, tie on a cup hook. Place all the party bags in the paddling pool and give each child a fishing rod and then let each child fish for a bag.
Equipment: Music, 4 pieces of colored cloth (each cloth a different color)
Hang a large colored cloth in each corner of the room. So you might have a red corner, a blue corner etc. Put on some music and the kids all dance around. As soon as the music stops, your shout out a colored corner. So if for example you say, "Red corner", the kids must all rush to the red corner. Last child there is out of the game but they get to help you shout out the next color. To make it more fun, you could also say "Color Mix" and then the kids can go to whichever corner they like.
Equipment: Bag filled with small items
I love this preschool party game and it always gets a lot of laughs. Before the party think up a simple story with lots of nouns in it. Then fill a bag with lots of small household items. Sit the kids in a big circle and hand one child the bag. Start telling the story and when you get to a noun, the child with the bag has to pick out an item (no peeking!) and say the word in place of the story word. Then you pass the bag to the next child and so on. At the end of the story and once each child has said a word, retell the story all at once with all the funny words the kids said.
Example: Once upon a time there was a big (DOG) who was very fat and very hungry. His favorite thing to eat was (SAUSAGES). One day, he looked in his (CUPBOARD) and found there was nothing left to eat so he decided to go in search of food to see what he could find. First he met a little old (LADY)........
Equipment: Bubble mixture, fishing nets (optional)
I've yet to find a kid who doesn't like bubbles. Hire a bubble machine or even consider making your own bubble mix (it's not hard). Let the kids have fun running around popping as many bubbles as they can. If you feel there is enough space to avoid bashing each other, you could also give them fishing nets to catch the bubbles with.
Equipment: One or two skipping ropes, music
You'll need some adults to help you with this preschool party game. Lay the skipping rope(s) on the floor and have an adult hold each end. Put on some music and have the kids dance around, jumping over the skipping ropes. Gradually start wiggling the rope so that it is like a snake (keep it flat on the floor to avoid kids falling over). The kids need to try and avoid touching the snake with their feet. There are no winners or losers and you can play the game as long as you like.
As your kids get older, you will want more and more party games to hand. To help you, I have written an eBook with over 100 kids party games that have been tried and tested by me and my kids. The games range from preschool to pre-teens so you'll have plenty to last you over the years. Click here to find out more.
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