10 Easy (& Free) Birthday Party Games For Kids

Birthdays are exciting at any age. But when you're younger, birthdays are something that you count down for and you just can’t wait for the big day to arrive. Being the parent of a birthday boy or girl can be difficult. Parents have to be able to throw a party that their child will enjoy, as well as the other kids and parents, too.

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With all of that pressure, it can be hard to host an amazing party. If you're on a budget, party planning can become stressful. Getting the food, decorations, treat bags, and games can really start to add up. Luckily for you, we've come up with 10 easy (and also free) birthday party games that every kid will love.

10 Simon Says

Everyone has played Simon Says at one point in their lives. This is a classic game that has been around for years and is still a game that kids pla today. It's also the perfect game for a kid's birthday party since it will keep kids entertained and happy.

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It doesn't matter if you have little kids or if they are a little older because Simon Says will bring out their competitive side as they have to do everything that Simon says to do. The next birthday party that you host, get the kids lined up and ready to play this fun and classic game.

9 Musical Chairs

Musical chairs is another classic game that has been played for generations. This is also the perfect free game for kids to play at a birthday party since it's so easy to put together. Gather up enough chairs for the kids to play and you can even just play music through your phone.

This game is great to get kids up and active as they walk and run around the set of chairs. And if you are really adventurous, you can even have the parents play along too and see which partygoer is the best at musical chairs!

8 Board Games

If you have kids, then we know that you have an array of board games that you have bought your little ones throughout the years. So go through their rooms and pull out all of the board games you can find and just leave them out on a table for kids to play.

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This will give kids the chance to play whatever game they want, so you know that they're having a good time. Although not every board game is designed for a large group of children so not everyone can play at once, you can encourage the kids to share. When the kids are playing different board games, they will be entertained for hours on end.

7 Arts & Crafts

Arts & crafts may not technically be a game, but this is definitely an activity that kids love no matter how old they get. Since you're throwing your kids a great birthday party, we know you have art and crafts supplies. These supplies can be crayons, colored pencils, markets, different color papers, or really anything.

Not only is this an activity that the kids will love, it's also the perfect thing for them to take home so they can remember the party. Go through your house and see what fun arts and craft items you have so you can leave them out at the party!

6 Tic Tac Toe Toss

Tic Tac Toe Toss is a fun way to take an old classic game and move it off paper and onto grass, which will get kids excited. Tic Tac Toe Toss is an easy game for parents to have at their kid's next birthday party. All parents need to do is spray paint a giant Tic Tac Toe board on the grass or draw it on a poster board and find something that kids can toss at it from a distance.

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The thing kids toss can be certain colors balloons filled with rice or even some little beanbags. Either way, the kids are sure to have a blast!

5 Obstacle Course

Kids love to partake in obstacle courses. Renting an inflatable obstalce course for a birthday party can be expensive. That's why it's best to get creative and make your own obstacle course for the kids. You can make the course with anything that you have at home.

Maybe the kids need to jump rope ten times before continuing to the next obstacle, or they need to run around the tree in your backyard to finish. No matter how you create it, a homemade obstacle course is going to make the kids' day and they'll have a great time at this party.

4 Donuts On A String

A trend that has been making its way around the internet is trying to get people to eat donuts off of a string. You might have to bake, but this is sure to be an activity that the kids are going to love and talk about for days.

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Although eating a donut sounds easy (and delicious), it becomes a challenge when they're on a string, and this will make everyone laugh. Be ahead of this trend and play donut on a string at your kid's party. You can create a lot of fun memories.

3 Create A Pinata

Pinatas are a staple at birthday parties. There is just something about kids hitting a paper mache object that is filled with goodies that they love. But the problem is if you go to the store to buy a pinata, you will find out that they are expensive. It's a waste of money for you to buy a pinata just to have your kids destory it!

Instead, make your own. All you need is a balloon, newspapers, and a flour mixture.. The pinata you make might not be as good as the ones in the store, but just remember they are going to break it anyway!

2 Backyard Bowling

Bowling is a fun game that many people enjoy, which is why you need to have backyard bowling at your next party. Backyard bowling takes the classic game and brings it to your own house.

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Instead of the heavy bowling ball that kids can’t even pick up, the backyard game allows you to use any bouncing ball you have to knock down the “pins.” You can easily make the “pins” but using empty soda bottles instead. So create your own bowling alley in your backyard for the next birthday party you have!

1 Treasure Hunt Game

One of the most exciting things kids can do is go on a treasure hunt. At your kid's next birthday party, you can create your very own treasure hunt game for them in your very own backyard. You can either draw a map or leave clues for the kids to have to go out on an adventure for treasure.

The treasure that they find can be anyting from homemade treats or even their party favor bags. The possibilities are endless. Just remember that “X” marks the spot and see the joy on the kids' faces when they find their own treasure!

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