Coolest Kid Birthday Parties

Ping Pong Bouncer Game

by Russell Johnson
(Magnolia, Arkansas)

Get a large box about 3’ x 3’ square (width). Cut down three sides to about two feet high and the fourth side all the way off, which will be the opening, facing the player. Get a 3’ x 3’ square of egg crate foam rubber (the “spiky” kind), which will be placed in the box with the spikes facing up. Using spray paint or tape (it's best w/spray paint, tape will be difficult to stay on) mark out a target or bull’s-eye with each radius being a different color and having different points. Let the player throw 3 – 5 ping-pong balls from a predetermined distance and add up the points for a total score. Decorate the inside and outside of the box, maybe displaying the rules on the inside back “wall” of the box. You may be surprised at how much the ping-pong balls bounce around, so that even “skilled” players are at the same playing level as everyone else.

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Rubber Duck Race

Place some pieces of rain gutter (like the kind on your house) side by side on tables. Cap both ends of each piece, fill with water and put rubber ducks at one end.

The players all stand on the same end with squirt guns or spray bottles full of water and shoot at their ducks. The first one to get their duck to the other end wins the prize.

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Pony and Horse Ride

by Samantha
(Ohio, USA)

You need a Miniature Horse or just a small horse for toddlers. For bigger children, you will need a normal sized horse. Have someone guide the horse or pony around your yard as the children sit on the horse or pony. The children have a blast!

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Washer Toss Carnival Game

by Russell Johnson
(Magnolia, Arkansas)

Use large washers or poker chips (washers seem to be best) to toss onto a 2’ x 2’ carpet square that has been marked off with paint or tape in the shape of a Tic-Tac-Toe grid. Five tries to get three in a row, or five on any square without touching the lines. Use different distances for throwing for the different age groups.

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Fetch The Marble Game

by Vivien

You will need a flat transparent bucket or rectangle shaped plastic tray and marbles.

Put the marbles in the bucket or tray, then fill it halfway with water. You can also put foaming soap in to make it harder to fetch.

The aim is to get as many marbles as you can in 30 seconds using chopsticks, a teaspoon, etc. Each marble is worth a point; add the points together and give them a prize.

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Toy Toss Carnival Game

by Kristy L.
(Billerica, MA)

1. Go out to a store or even look around your house and buy cheap toys for kids to toss.
2. Give each child 3 toys to throw.
3. These children will try to throw these toys into a bucket of water.
4. If they make all three into the bucket, give them a better prize, if they make 1 or 2, give them the cheap toys they just threw.

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Grocery Knock Down

Set empty food boxes on a shelf and try to knock them down with a tennis ball. You can put shelves for each player and whoever knocks theirs down first wins (or assign a number of boxes they need to knock down and whoever knocks down that number first wins).

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