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Please give me some ideas for children's party games (7 years old)

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Caligula Sat 27-May-06 20:00:49

Pass the parcel is dire, musical statues ends in punch ups. DS party (7) is next week and I'm trying to put together a military schedule so that I don't have to think or respond or be spontaneous, I can just work my way through the list. Mostly boys there and lots of the prizes will have an England / World cup theme (because that's what was going cheap in the market today), but am wondering about games that don't require too much energy and stamina and nerves of steel from adults. Any suggestions?

Caligula Sat 27-May-06 20:08:05

And also, how long do each of the games last? I reckon 5 minutes. Is that too short?

MarsLady Sat 27-May-06 20:13:39

rather useful site that I use) ink{http://freespace.virgin.net/ken.tew/party/games1.html#Memory%20Gameand another

and another

MarsLady Sat 27-May-06 20:13:57

oops hang on

Whizzz Sat 27-May-06 20:14:11

Target practice - throwing beanbag / ball / rolled up paper balls into a box (couldhave different size boxes for various points)

MarsLady Sat 27-May-06 20:15:06

this was the second one

MarsLady Sat 27-May-06 20:16:04

all games can be adapted to football theme...

eg. Duck Duck Goose could be Owen Owen Beckham.... iyswim

controlfreaky2 Sat 27-May-06 20:16:54

get them doing at least one craft type thing.... a mask from paper plate decorated with tissue / felt tips / pipe cleaners etc.
or giant drawing where all join in to make one big picture (cld be football theme) with roll of lining paper on floor and then on wall as mural....
will take longer than musical bumps and be less wearing on the nerves.... good luck. how many punters are coming??
my ds2's 7th party tomorrow... game of football and pizza (not at home!)

Caligula Sat 27-May-06 20:19:48

Oh I like that second site - a whole list of them! Perfect.

Cheers Marsy!

Caligula Sat 27-May-06 20:21:04

Hmm. Like the idea of a muriel as well. I have a very long brick wall in the garden that I could just blu tack a roll of IKEA drawing paper to...

Whizzz Sat 27-May-06 20:21:13

Cut out or draw outlines of football shirt shapes - kids can then design their own shirts

Caligula Sat 27-May-06 20:21:32

About 15 children

MarsLady Sat 27-May-06 20:23:43

15 you mad fool you!

I keep those sites bookmarked for when I do parties for people. The kids all seem to love the old-fashioned games best.

MarsLady Sat 27-May-06 20:24:51

I like Whizz' idea of the footie shirts though. You can get lining paper that is cheap and sturdy. Don't forget pin the metatarsal on Rooney lol

Caligula Sat 27-May-06 20:27:40

I really like the jousting bananas one!

Mercy Sat 27-May-06 20:31:15

dd has 2 Spanish friends and at their parties they play a tradtional game (don't know what it called).

It seems to be a balloon or something covered with papier mache and then painted. it's filled with sweets or little toys and then hung off an line and the children take turns to bash it with a stick to release the toys/sweets.

Sounds ok but might it encourage boys to get a bit erm, aggressive?

controlfreaky2 Sat 27-May-06 20:31:30

there you go love... sorted!
think of me when they are all fouling each other and crying about which team they're on....
am determined to RISE ABOVE IT.....
PS. 15 way too many to control. i am always really mean about how many can come.

Whizzz Sat 27-May-06 20:32:49

Mercy - a Pinata here

Mercy Sat 27-May-06 20:37:55

Whizzz, thanks that's really interesting!

controlfreaky2 Sat 27-May-06 20:43:35

do get one with strings to pull not stick to bash... is lethal weapon requiring real force. dangerous in small excited hands and v wearing on the adult hostesses nerves....

Caligula Sat 27-May-06 20:44:10

Ah the pinata - excellent, I was just about to ask if anyone knew about that game where you whack something with a stick. I saw a good version last week with a pirate's chest - was thinking of just making one with a cardboard box, but then I thought, maybe I'd want a football shaped one, but can't think how to fashion a cardboard box into a football shaped object....

Caligula Sat 27-May-06 20:45:06

Ah but I have an apple tree on which I can hang the thing, and make them line up to whack it. And as it's outside, it doesn't matter about damage. I like the blindfold innovation as well.

Whizzz Sat 27-May-06 20:45:34

drum rol...da daaaaaa scroll down !

Caligula Sat 27-May-06 20:46:50

OMG a football one!

It was that treasure chest one I saw last week!

Now I have a dilemma about whether it's worth £11....

controlfreaky2 Sat 27-May-06 20:48:22

those are FAB!. still not convinced re bashing with stick.. but obviously your dc's and guests are much better behaved than mine....

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