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Party planning: Top 8 indoor and outdoor birthday party games for kids of all ages

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What's a fun birthday bash without some entertaining games that will keep the children on their toes? Try these for your little one's special day and we guarantee you everyone will have a riot

Party planning: Top 8 indoor and outdoor birthday party games for kids of all ages

Your child's birthday is around the corner! While you are busy with preparations for the celebration, don't forget to answer the most important ask for that day - how to engage the child brigade? While popular birthday party games for kids like passing the parcel, musical chairs, and ring the donkey's tail are great options, it is time we explored further. Check out some of our top picks of innovative indoor and outdoor birthday party games for children in the age group of 4 to 10 years. The idea is to pack some learning along with entertainment.

Things to keep in mind

Focus on the age of kids attending the party and choose age-appropriate party games
Keep the duration of games short. Otherwise, kids might become bored after a while
Make sure the games are not too complicated so that kids don't lose interest
Try to put a limit on intellectual games and make sure the games are fun and light-hearted

Indoor party games for kids

Spin the bottle

Age group: Suitable for all age groups

This is just a different style of playing passing the parcel. Here, you write quirky tasks written on folded chits and put them into a bottle. Then spin the bottle to the sound of music and when the bottle stops spinning, the child to which the mouth of the bottle points has to pick a chit and complete the task. This is a great way to get the kids to perform hilarious antics while having loads of fun.

Improv games 

Age group: 8-10 years

This will be a hit with not just budding theatre enthusiasts but anyone who likes a little drama. A popular one for theatre artists, this is a group game and there are no winners really, or rather everyone is a winner! Make the little ones sit around in a circle and give them a starting sentence that the next child has to build upon to make a story. In the end, the kids need to enact the almost illogical story they created. While creativity is at a high, you will get to watch a hilarious skit unfold. Add props to make it more fun.

Dumb charades 

Age group: 8-10 years

This is for slightly older children. You can set a genre and play this based on movies or personalities. Divide the gathering into two groups. One group gives the other a movie they have to enact without speaking so that their group can guess it in the given time frame. This is a great communication-building game for all age groups.

Word games 

Age group: 8-10 years

The fastest brains are the winners here. You need to ask the participants to jot down as many countries they know starting with a particular letter and so on. You can play around with different themes or groups of words, or use any other variables. This will not only build vocabulary but also enhance knowledge of current affairs.

Fun quiz games

Age group: 6-10 years

Prepare a set of general knowledge questions that kids could be clued in to. You can add brain ticklers to this as well. This game ends up being educative, allowing kids to open up and shine.

Outdoor party games for kids

Treasure hunt

Age group: 6-10 years

This is the perfect game to play if you are celebrating the birthday party outdoors or if you have organized a picnic at the park as part of the celebrations. Divide the children into smaller groups of 3 - 4 and set them out on a treasure hunt, letting them solve a series of riddles or visual clues, hidden in different places. This adventure will surely get them thinking as they try to solve the puzzles along the way.

Obstacle courses

Age group: 6-10 years

If you have a park in your society and a few props too, this is a great way to get all the kids happily tired. You would have to build some of your own obstacles such as a cardboard tunnel, some mock stones, plants, and the like. Have the group split into pairs or triads to participate in this action-packed activity. If you don't want to get into the hassle of using props and real obstacles, you can simply have frog jumps, duck walks, sack races, and slow cycling as some of the relay activities.

Count me out

Age group: 4 - 8 years

This is a simple game where the group does counting in a circle while alternating the language. So one kid starts counting one in English, moving to the second kid who needs to say do in Hindi and the third says three, and so on. Set a limit to say twenty and see the bloopers along the way. Anyone who goes wrong is out of the game. The last one counting wins.

Include these birthday party games in your child's birthday bash and there will never be a dull moment at the party.

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