Birthday Party Activities

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These kid-tested activities are easy to prepare and sure to be a hit at the party. We're sharing fun ideas for DIY party games and hands-on activities. These birthday party ideas are perfect for kids of all ages!

Balancing Act

This quick and easy party game for kids puts their balancing skills to the test! Wrap light boxes in fun paper and give each child their own. Have them walk slowly in a circle while balancing the boxes on their heads. Gradually speed up the pace and see who can balance them the longest! 

Outdoor Can Toss

Don't throw out those used tin cans! A quick coat of acrylic craft paint transforms them into a fun yard game. Simply stack them in a pyramid and let each birthday guess take a toss. They won't take much to knock down, a beanbag should do the trick.

Fun Photobooth

Capture fun party memories with a DIY photo booth. Pool noodles and oversize balls are all you need to strike a pose! Set up the props against a plain wall and let the kiddos choose their own! Fun ideas include sunglasses, pom-poms, and these rainbow shirts. Simply cut colored pool noodles into strips and glue them to poster board in a rainbow shape. Add a ribbon to hang.

Party Limbo

How low can you go? A broom or stick is all you need to set up this fun party activity. Limbo, the classic party game, is perfect for kids. Simply lower the broom with each turn and see which child can go the lowest! 

Party Painting

This fun party activity for kids puts their artistic skills on display. Cover a long table with plain paper and set out colorful art supplies like paint, markers, crayons, and more! Give each child a small canvas and let them create their own masterpiece. 

Editor's Tip: Choose washable paint for easy cleanup! 

Sweet Swimmers

Create a party activity that doubles as a sweet party favor. Set up a bowl of gummy fish candy and give each child a net for "catching." Have them fish for sweets and package them up in a clear bag to take home. 

Fun Frog Masks

Set up a crafting station at your next indoor birthday party. Let each kid create their own take-home animal mask. It's assembled from inexpensive supplies like muffin tin liners and is perfect for that party-time photo booth. 

DIY Party Crowns

Construction paper and confetti are all you need to create colorful birthday party crowns. Get our free template and set out all of the supplies each child will need to create their own party hats. Fun embellishments include sequins, tissue paper, beads, and pom-poms. 

Handmade Flower Crowns

Perfect for a girls birthday party, these DIY flower crowns are the prettiest party favor we've ever seen. Set up a do-it-yourself station during the party and let each girl create her own. 

Hop to It

Squares of colorful paper and some tape are all it takes to create this fun DIY birthday party game. Set up a winding path of cut paper and let the kiddos jump from square to square. If anyone steps on the floor, they're out! 

Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe

A shower curtain, tape, and colorful flying disks are all it takes to create this fun birthday party game. Use tape to mark the squares of a tic-tac-toe board. Have players take turns throwing their flying disks onto the board. 

Bottle Toss

Hold on to those used bleach bottles—they're the start of a fun kids party game. Cut the bottom off a cleaned bottle and remove the label. Decorate with paint or washi tape and use them to play catch! 

Birthday Present Stack

Who can stack the highest? This easy game for kids is a total balancing act. Have kids stack alternating boxes wrapped in colorful paper. The player who topples the tower loses. Use boxes in a variety of sizes to make the game challenging. 

Cone Relay Race

This indoor relay race is all about speed and teamwork! Give each child an empty ice cream cone and have them pass a small ball. The first team to get the ball to every player without dropping it wins. 

Classic Games

Create DIY game boards, and you've got a fun indoor party activity. Made with simple materials and decorated to fit your theme, these handmade games are fun for kids of all ages. Set them up on a long table for an afternoon of competitive play! 

Inspector Party Game

Let the little ones play detective with a fun party game. Give each child a magnifying glass and set out clues to solve a party mystery or complete a scavenger hunt. Have each clue lead to another until the mystery is solved or the item is found! 

DIY Slime

A slime-making station will be the hit of your next birthday party. Perfect for inside or out, set up a long table with all the supplies it takes to make homemade slime. Give each kid a glass jar and our free printable tags, and you've got a fun party activity that doubles as a take-home gift. 

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