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My Top Five Fun Children’s Party Games

laurajane021 March 21st, 2017 No Comments

My Top Five Fun Children’s Party Games

Sick of musical statues and musical bumps? Need more inclusive party games that can be tailored to any children’s party theme? Simple but effective my top five fun children’s party games will keep both parents and children happy. They are easy to lead and inclusive for all. So if you are struggling to think up what to play in your party read on…

1 . Grandma’s footsteps

I love this game it allows all of the children to play with no one having to sit out if they loose. Simply have all of the children line up at one end of the room, you or the birthday child go to the other end of the room and they have to tip toe over to try and get the prize behind you. They will love it!

2. Pass the parcel – the sing along addition

This one I think is pretty self-explanatory. Choose a song that the children all know the words to and whilst they play pass the parcel hand out sweets for the loudest singers. All of the children can be involved with doing it this way and each have a chance to win some sweets.

3.Dance competition – again pretty self -explanatory

Children love to dance and if there is a prize involved brace yourselves to see some exceptional moves. I try to do at least three dance competitions in a party and award a pack of sweets to four children each time. Children will happily run around to music in a party however if you throw the word competition in there well things just got serious.

4.Picture Hunt

Pick something key from your theme and make lots of little pictures of it (I usually aim for around 25 – 28) and hide them around the room. Children love to hunt and find things and again this is another inclusive for all game that means no one is left out.

5. Relay Races

This game is for the more brave among you. Children love team games and relay races so anything along these lines you can combine with your theme for an awesome party game. I particularly love this for Superhero parties where they competitive side of the children really comes out! You can use anything for a relay (a wand for Harry Potter, a tiara for a princess or a sword for a pirate). You can even make it a dress up relay or a jumping relay, the possibilities are endless! But this game is not for the faint hearted as, for it to work well, you need to be just as competitive as the children. If you can maybe have yourself and another competitive parent as team captains, I mean what could go wrong?

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What do you do when your child hates to lose?

laurajane021 March 14th, 2017 No Comments

What do you do when you child hates to lose? Winning and losing is an enevitable part of the party life and party games can be really hard for a child who hates to lose. They can be hard for adults who hate to lose – although drinking games, of course, can have much worse consequences.

From what I can remember I wasn’t great at losing. I wasn’t an outward crier much more of an internal “I must beat them next time no matter what” kind of child. My earliest memories are in fact of when I did not win in sport. I have always been extremely competetive and for this reason winning and losing have been paramount in my life (I played every sport I could). I may seem quite hard during parties when a child comes up to me crying because they haven’t won. Usually I open with “You will be okay” because this is the most important thing children have to learn. That they will be okay if they lose. So why are winning and losing such important skills to teach children? And how can you combat the upset if your child does lose?

The Importance of Winning

Everyone loves to win. Winning is a huge self-esteem boost for children and can develop a lot of their key attitudes, most prominantly a “I can do this” attitude. It gives them determination and motivation, they want to win and they want to suceed and this can carry through to life.

It also can build their strategic thinking and their ability to problem solve in order to win. (Just ask any strategic pass the parcel passer!). This means their thinking may become more lateral and creative. Winning gives a child pride in their actions and they want to repeat that feeling again this can begin to filter into other areas of their life too.

The Importance of losing

Children have to learn to lose. In life they will experience being unsuccessfull and teaching them from a young age to deal with these situations is extremely important. Losing, although hard, develops children’s empathy skills and emotional skills.

It can also build determination, they want to win next time and how can they achieve it? How can they work hard to meet that goal or win that game? If they want to win in a game but don’t, that is okay as they can try really hard next time, this is an important skill. It teaches children to deal with negative experience, that losing isn’t something to be feared but that it is part of life. Processing negative experiences can be difficult for adults so instilling these first emotional experiences into children can be of great benefit as they grow up.

What can I do if my child hates to lose?

Teach them how to! Play games at home and don’t let them win. Help them to process losing and have them look at what they could do next time in order to succeed. If they lose in a party and begin to cry, take them aside and speak to them about the importance of losing and how if they win everytime it will mean other children won’t get to be happy because they have won.

Show them how peers are dealing with losing in a game, that they are okay and “you can’t win everytime” attitude. Children will be okay when they lose, maybe not immidiately but I like to hope in the parties we encourage positivity out of losing, that there will always be a second, third, fourth chance to win. Something I think we all need to remember in life, never give up one day you will win that bag of Haribo!

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So, you are hosting your first kid’s party….

laurajane021 November 21st, 2016 No Comments
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So, you are hosting your first kid’s party….the first piece of advice I have – buy a nice bottle of wine to look forward to that evening. Preparation is key!

Hosting your first party for your child can be a nerve-wracking experience.  I feel the only people who don’t dread it as much potentially are teachers – entertaining thirty children in a room does come naturally to them (speaking, as a daughter, of two teachers). However, for those to whom this is a new experience I have put together a few tips below to help you get through the hours before, during and after the party.

Top tip one:

Preparation is key however so is simplicity. If you are hosting for the first time maybe look to choose a leisure centre or a venue that supplies toddler toys, soft play and/or a bouncy castle – children will be happy to play independently on these for a good amount of time. Then adding a surprise element of entertainment such as a character visit. Check out our themed fun packages;

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They can work perfectly to add something extra special to the party! Some simple things that children also love:

  • Balloons
  • Balls
  • Party Blowers
  • Music

Children are really happy to entertain themselves in parties and something as simple as lots of balloons can be the perfect answer!

Top tip two:

Keep the time frame down. Children and parents will thank you for opting for a 1 hour & 30-minute party, as opposed to two hours.  1 hour of games and entertainment and then 30 minutes for food and party bags. When children hit school age, weekends can be filled with parties (we have party hopped before now and have bumped into the same children in multiple parties in a weekend!). This also takes the pressure off filling the time as you can jam pack an hour and then they can eat and be off!

Top tip three:

Activities! Crafts, crafts and more crafts! I will always advocate for crafts, as children really do love them, and then pass the parcel, musical statues, and musical bumps. Also, if you are feeling more creative a little treasure hunt always goes down well.  For some fantastic craft packs, check out:

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Keeping activities and games simple and effective means the children won’t get bored and you will hopefully avoid too much stress!

Top tip four:

To host or to mingle? This comes down to what you would prefer your role to be and either way is perfectly acceptable! Some parents (my mother, and I can only imagine the parent I will one day be) love to host and lead the games and activities but you do have to prepare to be ruthless when telling children, they are out – brace yourself in advance for the tears!! Or alternatively, you can opt for someone to come in and host. We offer entertainer packages for £130.00 where we will host everything for you for the two hours with an entertainer (not a character) but someone who will ensure that the party runs smoothly and you can relax and enjoy it!

Finally, top tip five:

Don’t panic. Parents really should be able to purchase a “Keep Calm I’m hosting a kid’s party” t-shirt! Children will always have a great time if there are music, food, and sweets! Be confident in controlling the room and have faith that your little one will look back and love the parties that you hosted! And always remember it could never be worse than me deciding to break my arm and spending the night in hospital, the day before my brothers 5th Birthday, when 20 pirates were descending on our house and my mother had a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old to entertain with the rest of the children…and STILL we all had a great time!


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“So, you are hosting your first kid’s party….”

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The Politics of Pass the Parcel

laurajane021 November 3rd, 2016 No Comments
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Possibly the most famous of all of the party games. Read on as I attempt to break down “The Politics of Pass the Parcel” – loved by children and loathed by many parents. Why, you ask?  It’s merely passing a wrapped present around a circle? Simple! Oh no, it is so much more– in truth, pass the parcel is a game of quick wit, negotiation, tactics, cunning, tears and of course tantrums. How can we avoid this I hear you cry? Let me tell you….

The perfect parcel

No one loves an anti-climax – no one, thus selecting the perfect gift for the centre of a pass the parcel can be a challenge. I tend to select two small gifts (from Poundland or any pound shop) that are easy to wrap and look good! Combine this with three packets of sweets (the optimum number in my experience as the children usually care the most about the sweets) and you have the beginnings of a perfect parcel. Then, inclusive of the prize layer, wrap eight layers of paper – this ensures the game doesn’t go on for too long and children don’t loose interest. Each layer = one pack of sweets.

The music

Now this is key – this is how we combat any sweet problems. Select a song that all of the children know the words to and can sing along to. Then during the game you are able to award sweets for the best, sitting dancer and the loudest singers – thus ensuring every child feels like a winner.

These are the two basics and it now sounds so simple – but now we look deeper and begin to explore the playing of pass the parcel…it’s about to get dark..prepare yourselves.


During a game of pass the parcel, a child approached me – she uttered the immortal words “I ONLY (emphasis on the only) play pass the parcel when I get to win.” She looked at me – (similar to Regina George for all of the Mean Girls fans out there) and I turned to her and said “Well, in that case, I wouldn’t play” she looked at me again and before I knew it she was sat passing in the circle. She wanted to challenge me and win but I was prepared for this. For me, the playing and learning how to lose is just as important for children. The key to avoiding this are the singing games above and ensuring that the energy of the game is high – children will enjoy it even if they don’t win and don’t worry about letting that child win because they may get upset – they will be fine!

The Birthday Child

This is the most simple for me although it can prove problematic for parents – the birthday child gets to win a packet of sweets and unwraps, one layer. They never win the main prize as parents we all know how many toys you are already going to have to take home when the party is over – you don’t need/ want anymore.

The Slow Passer

My favourite child – and I can only imagine the child I once was. They can make a pass last for a whole chorus of a song. Even if you tell them once they will do it each time and stare at you as they do. My advice – read this and laugh to yourself as you label the various players as the game goes on. I also add the “Not slowly, pass fast” shout out for the children to do if someone is passing slowly – use at your own discretion.

The Steamroller

This child will stop at nothing to open that present – we lost three good layers once (and no the music hadn’t stopped they were just sick of waiting). This child just really wants to open that parcel and they will. You have two options here – wrestle the parcel from them (not the most graceful – been there done that) or stop around layer four on them. This way their sweets should last to the end and they won’t have got too wound up by the fourth layer – I never encourage this form of music stopping tactics however on this occasion, it really does call for it.

The Clever Passer

Another of my favourite children – they select a space next to a child who gets distracted easily, then when they are passing the distracted child doesn’t take the parcel thus the child next to them has to (or chooses to) hold it for longer the music then stops and they win – genius! I have been caught out many times by these children – they are clever. I avoid combating this, as such a well thought out strategy does deserve a reward!

The Distracted Child

My advice – don’t make them play.

And finally…

The – You Can’t Help It – But You Just Want Them To WIN Child!

There is always at least one child in every game of pass the parcel EVER that plays fairly helps their friends and sings along throughout. A moment that will forever stay with me was a little girl (aged 4) turning to her friend that was sad (I want to win child) and saying “Don’t worry it’s okay, remember we can’t always win – it’s the taking part that counts”. A wonderful moment and when the parcel coincidently stopped on her on the final layer (not fixed I promise) she opened it and with tears in her eyes said “I can’t believe I won” she then turned to her friend and said “Would you like to share my sweets” – needless to say she showed the true kindness and the real “Positivity of pass the parcel”.


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