Games and More Games

Hello again

Lets carry on from my previous post with some games and competitions you can use to fill in time at your party if you are let down by an entertainer.

 If you are able to access the garden, a TREASURE HUNT is always popular.

At Easter time, you can hard boil some eggs, colour them with food colouring and hide them around the garden.

Make sure that they are not all easy to find, and also make it clear to the children that they are not allowed to go into certain areas of the garden.  You don’t want them trampling all your plants.  

Another variation is the MATCHBOX TREASURE HUNT.

Each child is given an empty match box.  They are given a set length of time, say 15 minutes, to find and put as many things into the matchbox as they can.  They must be able to close the box when they have finished.  Make it plain that they are not to put anything alive in there, or you could end up with live worms being split in half, or something equally revolting.  Set the rules at the beginning.

The winner is the person who manages to pack the most DIFFERENT items into the matchbox.  That is, there should only be one of each thing.


 ‘I Packed My Bag’ is a very old game, and is ideal for the smaller party. Participants take it in turn to say “I packed my bag and in it I put…………”

They mention an article say, for example, a lollipop.

The next person says “I packed my bag and in it I put a lollipop, and ……..” .

They then add another article, for instance, a television.

The third person repeats, “I packed my bag and in it I put a lollipop, a television, and a …… ” They then add an article. 

As each person recites he adds another article.  This is continued until someone cannot remember an article and drops out.  The final winner is the last person to be left in the game.

This is a game that needs no setting up and no equipment and so is nice to keep as a standby.


 This game can either be played in teams or groups but to simplify matters it is described as a team game.

Six pictures are needed for each group or team. These can either be printed from a computer or cut from magazines.

Each set of cards should represent a family, comprising of a father, mother, boy, girl, dog, cat.

Each card also has a number, Father 1,  Mother 2,  Boy 3,  Girl 4,  Dog 5,  Cat  6

 The teams are lined up at one end of the room or lawn, and the cards laid out at the other. The first person in each team is given a dice.  When the signal is given, they roll the dice, and whatever number they roll, they run to the other end of the room pick up the card bearing that number, return to the team and go behind the last member of the team.

The next person rolls the dice, and this continues until one team has the complete family.  If a player rolls the dice and the card bearing their number has been collected, then that person goes to the back of the team and the next player rolls the dice.

 If groups are used, they are placed around the room with the cards in the centre, and after a player has shaken the die he hands it to the next person.

Bye 4 now


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