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Party game ideas

Our party game ideas are super fun!

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Pool noodle balloon tennis

Pool noodles aren't just fun in the pool, they are also great for party games. You’ll need:

  • 4 pool noodles
  • 2 empty toilet rolls
  • Duct tape
  • 2 Å~ 1m high garden stakes
  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • 1 balloon

How to play:

  • First make the loop. Cut one side of a toilet roll along its length, and roll it into a thinner piece that will fit inside the hollow of the pool noodle. Put the rolled- up toilet roll in one end of the noodle with half sticking out. Put another pool noodle onto the part sticking out and curve the ends to form a circle, sticking the other toilet roll in between. Secure both ends with duct tape to make your hoop.
  • To make the posts, put the garden stakes into the ground and slide a pool noodle over each one. Put the hoop in-between the two posts, facing up. Poke a bamboo skewer through each side, like a bolt, to attach the hoop to the post on either side.
  • Then play pool noodle tennis by hitting the balloon through the hoop to each other. The aim is to keep the balloon off the ground and send it back through the hoop to the person on the other side every time.

Explore nature: bug hunting is a cool party activity

Do you love bugs and creepy crawlies? If you do, then why not make it part of your birthday party? You can learn so much about the world around you by getting out to explore it!

What you’ll need:

  • Tweezers
  • Jars or containers
  • Magnifying glass
  • Notebook

How to play:

  • Give each guest the above bug-hunting kit, or divide your guests into groups so you can share a kit between two or three.
  • Start exploring in the flowerbeds or bushes near the house. Turn over medium-sized rocks and check if there’s anything underneath. An adult should be able to help you do this without killing the plants in the flowerbeds.
  • When you’ve found an interesting-looking bug, put some soil in the bottom of the container and gently pick it up with the tweezers and drop it into the container or jar without killing it. Ask an adult to help you or show you how.
  • Once you have found some cool ones, you can examine them using the magnifying glass. But don’t poke or hurt them. Once the party is over, everyone can put their bugs back where they were found.

Build a fairy garden

If you are having a fairy party, it’s a wonderful idea to get all your friends to make their own fairy garden. There are lots of different ways you can do this… Here’s an idea:

You’ll need (per party guest):

  • 1x shallow wooden box or tin tray
  • Soil from the garden
  • Small pot plants
  • 1x small round mirror
  • Shells and pebbles
  • Decorative pebbles
  • 1x small terracota plant pot

How to play:

  • Fill the wooden box or tray with soil.
  • Now mark in the soil where everything will go – pot plants, mirror, shells, pebbles.
  • Use the mirror as a pond and place pebbles around the border.
  • Plant your little plants.
  • Place the terracota pot on its side to make a fairy cave. Put some of the soil on the inside of the pot so it stays in place.
  • Decorate with pebbles and anything else that would look good in a fairy garden.

Plant herbs to take home

Give your friends something worthwhile to take home and keep. Herbs are easy to look after and grow so fast.

First, let each guest decorate a terracotta pot using craft paint. Once the paint is dry, fill with potting soil, make a hole with your thumb and place a few seeds of your choice into it. Cover the seeds with more soil, then water it. On an ice-lolly stick, write down the name of the plant and put it in the soil – this will help you remember what’s growing.


Compare different leaves as they grow. Smell them and ask your parents to show you how they are used in cooking.

Play-dough Pictionary!

Grab some play-dough, divide your guests into teams, sit down and have some fun!

You’ll need:

  • List of words (we have included some below to help you, but you can add your own)
  • Play-dough (it’s fun to use lots of colours, but one colour works just as well)

How to play:

  • Split up into teams.
  • Ask someone who isn’t playing to cut the words into strips, fold them up and place in a bowl.
  • Give each team some play-dough.
  • When you say “go!” one person from each team grabs a word and has to make that word out of play-dough. No talking, making noises or actions!
  • Whoever guesses first, wins that round.

List of words:

Rain | Banana | Octopus | Truck | Balloon | Music | Apple | Cat | Boot | Phone | Camel | Bee | Rectangle | Submarine | Lion | Teepee | King | Flower | Dog | Guitar | Soccer | Light bulb | Door | Train | Fairy

Make a rocket

You will need adult supervision for this activity.

You’ll need:

  • Vinegar
  • Small plastic bottle
  • Teaspoon
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Small square of tissue paper
  • Cork

How to do it:

Pour about 2.5cm of white vinegar into the bottle. Put a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda onto the tissue and twist it tightly. When you’re ready, gently drop the tissue into the bottle. Put the cork in the bottle and place it (cork down) on the floor. Watch it blast off!


You can make a launch pad with 3 pencils stuck around the bottle at the top for extra lift!

Magnet fishing fun

This game is fun and easy to put together. Just fill a tub with water and throw in some coins, bolts, paper clips and other small metal objects. Create a fishing pole with a stick, string and magnet. Your friends can take turns trying to fish items from the pond. You can also give each player a specific amount of time (30 seconds) to pull out as many magnetic items as they can.

Tip: Throw in some non-magnetic items too and guests can guess which ones are magnetic and which ones aren’t.


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