Chil­dren’s birth­day

Contests and games for children on their birthday

Arrang­ing an unfor­get­table birth­day or fam­i­ly hol­i­day for your child is not dif­fi­cult at all. The most impor­tant thing is to pre­pare a lot of fun games and com­pe­ti­tions. Con­sid­er the most orig­i­nal ideas for enter­tain­ing chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages.

Interesting competitions at the table

Dur­ing the hol­i­day, it is bet­ter to alter­nate mobile enter­tain­ment with calm ones. There are many games that can be played at the table.

  • Joint post­card. The par­tic­i­pants of the game are offered to draw one big post­card for the hero of the occa­sion. To do this, each play­er is giv­en a few min­utes to draw an object.
  • Nes­meyana. Usu­al­ly such a com­pe­ti­tion is held with girls, but cheer­ful boys will sure­ly like it. You need to choose one princess Nes­meyana. All the oth­er chil­dren should take turns try­ing to make her laugh. The one who suc­ceeds will become the next Nes­meyana.

  • Draw a face. Give the chil­dren pre­pared por­traits pre­pared in advance with­out traced faces. Have the chil­dren draw their own eyes, mouth, and nose. Old­er chil­dren can be offered fun­ny exper­i­ments, let them por­tray dif­fer­ent emo­tions — sur­prise, laugh­ter, sad­ness, falling in love and oth­ers.
  • Remem­ber appear­ance. This game can be played in a com­pa­ny where chil­dren do not know each oth­er ll. Par­tic­i­pants are divid­ed into pairs and allo­cate some time to study the appear­ance of a part­ner, and then turn back to back. The rest of the guests should ask ques­tions about the exter­nal char­ac­ter­is­tics of the play­ers, for exam­ple: what col­or of eyes does he have, how many but­tons does his part­ner have on his jack­et, what col­or are his sneak­ers? The pair that gives the max­i­mum num­ber of cor­rect ansrs will be declared the win­ner.

  • Non­sense. Each play­er is giv­en a piece of paper. The host of the game asks sev­er­al ques­tions — who, where, when, what he saw, what he did, what he said. Play­ers must write their ansr, then wrap the top edge of the sheet and pass it to the neigh­bor on the left so that he does not see what was writ­ten. When the sheet goes around all the par­tic­i­pants in a cir­cle, the host of the fun col­lects them and reads the result­ing text out loud. Some­times it turns out non­sense, but in some cas­es — a real scream.

  • Board games. A good option to end the par­ty when you need to calm the mer­ry and rag­ing kids a lit­tle. It can be any games — “guess­ing”, “rpg”, cards, strate­gies or log­i­cal tasks. Most impor­tant­ly, they should be select­ed tak­ing into account the inter­ests of the child and his age.

  • We write a fairy tale. To orga­nize this fun, you will need a piece of paper and a pen. Play­ers are divid­ed into two teams, the host calls any fairy tale known to all the guys. Par­tic­i­pants choose a hero who com­mit­ted a par­tic­u­lar act, and on the basis of this fairy tale they try to com­pose a new one, but arranged in a mod­ern man­ner. You can play in teams or indi­vid­u­al­ly, in any case it will be fun and excit­ing.

Movable children’s entertainment

Out­door activ­i­ties are espe­cial­ly pop­u­lar with chil­dren. There are also many options for orga­niz­ing such leisure.


Chil­dren will­ing­ly take part in team com­pe­ti­tions, and there are many such.

  • The most accu­rate. Place the basin at a dis­tance of 2–5 m from the play­ers. The task of the par­tic­i­pants is to throw as many balls into this con­tain­er as pos­si­ble. To make the idea more fun, you can dec­o­rate the pelvis, for exam­ple, in the form of a drag­on’s head and announce to the guys that you are throw­ing food into his mouth, and if the drag­on remains hun­gry, he will get angry.
  • Cats and mice. Tra­di­tion­al catch-ups nev­er go out of style. Depend­ing on the hob­bies of the child, you can slight­ly upgrade them. For exam­ple, instead of a cat, announce a mon­ster, a drag­on, or an evil wiz­ard as the leader.

  • Over­com­ing an obsta­cle. Place dis­pos­able cups in a row so that the dis­tance beten them is 20–30 cm. Invite the play­ers to take turns jump­ing over this obsta­cle. As you progress through the game, grad­u­al­ly com­pli­cate the task — for this you need to put the cups high­er and high­er.
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  • Bowl­ing. A fun game for kids of all ages to enjoy. All you need is just to buy skit­tles and a reg­u­lar ball, they are sold in any sport­ing goods and toy store. Play­ers must try to knock down all the pins in one run.

  • Water car­ri­ers. To play the game, the par­tic­i­pants are divid­ed into two or three teams, each is giv­en a small plas­tic buck­et. It is impor­tant that the capac­i­ty of all teams is the same, oth­er­wise it will not be pos­si­ble to deter­mine the win­ner. The attrac­tion is held on sites 15–20 m long. Par­tic­i­pants line up at the start. At the ref­er­ee’s sig­nal, the first play­er must run to the end of the track and return, after which they pass the buck­et to their friend. The goal is to run the dis­tance as fast as pos­si­ble while splash­ing as lit­tle water as pos­si­ble.


Dance events nev­er lose their rel­e­vance. You can come up with dif­fer­ent types of games.

  • Dis­co. It is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a hol­i­day with­out cheer­ful dances. Gath­er all par­tic­i­pants of the event in one big cir­cle. Turn on a cut of pop­u­lar music and invite the par­tic­i­pants to repeat the dance moves after the leader. The mean­ing of the game is to ensure that each child can offer his dance, and the rest repeat after him.
  • Steps. This game is sim­i­lar to the first one. But the dif­fer­ence is that dur­ing the dance, the leader should try to qui­et­ly step on the foot of one of the par­tic­i­pants. Play­ers, in turn, must try to dodge. Any­one who fails to do so becomes the new leader.
  • Ball dance. All par­tic­i­pants are divid­ed into pairs and music is turned on. Each cou­ple should hold a bal­loon with their fore­heads and dance while doing it. Who­ev­er lasts the longest with­out drop­ping the ball is the win­ner.

Fun games for different ages

In order for the hol­i­day to be a suc­cess, the age of the par­tic­i­pants should be tak­en into account when select­ing games.

For preschoolers

  • Riv­er. To orga­nize this game, you will need a large piece of blue mat­ter — it will be a riv­er. Two adults are invit­ed to raise and lor the can­vas. Kids at this time should run under the “riv­er” back and forth. At a musi­cal sig­nal, the can­vas lors, the task of the chil­dren is not to be caught.
  • Lost col­or. The rules of the game are sim­ple. After the host says: “One-two-three, you need to find the green col­or,” those present should try to find the indi­cat­ed shade in the set­ting of the fes­tive room or on the clothes of the guests as soon as pos­si­ble and put their hand on it. The play­er who could not find the right shade is out. Every­one else con­tin­ues to act until only one par­tic­i­pant remains.

  • Reel it up. To par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion, you will need two peo­ple, twine and a cou­ple of spools. A knot in a con­trast­ing col­or is tied to the thread in the mid­dle. The goal of the play­ers is to wind the rope onto the reel as soon as pos­si­ble. The one who can reach the node first will be the win­ner.
  • Archi­tect. Divide those present into sep­a­rate teams. Give them cubes — the guys must alter­nate­ly put them on top of each oth­er so that they do not fall. The play­ers with the tallest tor win.

  • Cats and pup­pies. For this fun, you will again have to divide the par­tic­i­pants into teams, two of each are cho­sen, they are declared a dog and a cat. All oth­er chil­dren are their chil­dren. Pup­pies and kit­tens should mix with each oth­er and begin to meow and bark loud­ly. The task of “moms” is to gath­er all the pets around them as quick­ly as pos­si­ble.

  • Race. This com­pe­ti­tion will sure­ly appeal to the boys. They are giv­en the same cars and plant­ed near the start line. Play­ers must run their cars for the max­i­mum dis­tance. Whose car trav­els the longest dis­tance wins.

  • Choose a prize. Small prizes are hung on a stretched string — key rings, mag­nets, small toys or pen­cils. Par­tic­i­pants are blind­fold­ed and slight­ly untwist­ed. After that, the guys should try to choose a prize for them­selves and cut it off with their eyes closed.
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For 7–10 years old

  • Extra chair. Quite old fun, but it remains a favorite of chil­dren of all ages. For the game, you need to pre­pare chairs, their num­ber should be 1 less than the num­ber of play­ers. To the music, the guys run around the chairs. As soon as the melody stops, they must take an emp­ty seat. Any­one who does not have enough space is out of the com­pe­ti­tion. The game con­tin­ues until one per­son remains on the field.
  • Mum­my. For this enter­tain­ment, you will need one par­tic­i­pant from each team and toi­let paper rolls. The task of the play­ers is to wrap their par­tic­i­pant in paper in the man­ner of a mum­my. Those who com­plete their task the fastest win.
  • Chick­en paw. For this fun, par­tic­i­pants will have to hold a pen­cil or brush beten two fin­gers on their feet. Their task is to try to write on paper the phrase: “Hap­py birth­day” or some oth­er text suit­able for the occa­sion. The win­ner is the one who does it more accu­rate­ly and faster.

  • Scare­crow. Chil­dren are divid­ed into sev­er­al pairs. Jumpers, blous­es, sun­dress­es, trousers, skirts, scarves, glass­es and oth­er clothes are laid out in front of each. The task of the par­tic­i­pants is to dress up a fun­ny scare­crow as soon as pos­si­ble. The one with the most orig­i­nal one wins.

For teenagers

Pick­ing up enter­tain­ment for teenagers is not so easy. The ideas must be very fun­ny so that the play­ers put their gad­gets aside.

  • Pan­tomime. This game is known to many as “croc­o­dile”. One of the con­tes­tants receives a secret word. The task is to try to explain it to the oth­er play­ers using ges­tures and facial expres­sions. You can’t use speech or point at any objects here. Par­tic­i­pants try to express their assump­tions. And the leader shows with signs whether they are close to the truth. If things come to a stand­still, then you can try to show the word in parts. The guess­er takes the place of the leader.
  • Twister. A fun game that not only teenagers, but also their adults will play with plea­sure. The most impor­tant thing is to pre­pare the field and select a leader, he will tell the moves for the main play­ers.
  • Mafia. The game is very pop­u­lar among adults. All play­ers are secret­ly divid­ed into civil­ians and mafiosi. Res­i­dents are tired of the mafia and want to get rid of it. The mafia, in turn, declares war on the towns­peo­ple. The task is com­pli­cat­ed by the fact that no one knows what role the neigh­bors play. The task of the play­ers is to cal­cu­late the trai­tors.

  • What? Where? When? For intel­lec­tu­al teenagers, games based on the pro­gram “What? Where? When?”. The guys will have to demon­strate inge­nu­ity, inge­nu­ity and deep knowl­edge in dif­fer­ent areas.

Ball options

Very often, the room at chil­dren’s par­ties is dec­o­rat­ed with bal­loons. They are also used in dif­fer­ent games.

  • Air foot­ball. A pair of play­ers are placed at oppo­site ends of the table. Draw a line in the mid­dle with chalk. The par­tic­i­pan­t’s task is to blow a bal­loon or a small ball onto the oppo­nen­t’s side.
  • Fight against the virus. Imag­ine that bal­loons are virus­es. To do this, they are paint­ed with evil and scary muz­zles with the help of felt-tip pens. Team play­ers are placed at dif­fer­ent points in the room, each par­tic­i­pant is giv­en a fork in his hands. On com­mand, the chil­dren begin to pop the balls with these forks. The par­tic­i­pants who over­come all the virus­es first are con­sid­ered the win­ners.
  • Air bat­tle. Break those present into sep­a­rate teams and divide the room into two halves using mark­ings. Every­one is giv­en balls. Play­ers need to try to throw as many inflat­ed balls as pos­si­ble to the side of the ene­my to the music. As soon as the music stops, the cal­cu­la­tions are summed up. The team with the fest balls is declared the win­ner.

  • Bar­rel. This is a very fun­ny game. It will require sev­er­al incom­plete­ly inflat­ed bal­loons and a large garbage bag. From each team, an adult par­tic­i­pant is select­ed, who stands in a bag with slots for legs, and holds it with his hands, cre­at­ing a sem­blance of a bar­rel. The task of the oth­er play­ers is to throw as many bal­loons into the “bar­rel” as pos­si­ble.
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  • Wish ball. This is more like­ly not a game, but a good idea to end the fes­tive evening. There are no win­ners here. The com­pe­ti­tion is aimed at achiev­ing uni­ver­sal fun and at the same time the oppor­tu­ni­ty to believe in real mag­ic. To play, you will need a large heli­um bal­loon. The guys draw their wish­es on it in the form of pic­tures — a smile, a car, a new house, a deli­cious cake, love, in a word, who­ev­er is in what much. When the whole bal­loon is paint­ed, it is released into the sky. It is believed that in this case, the wish will come true.

Quest Overview

In recent years, quests have become very pop­u­lar. This is a mul­ti-way search game, which, depend­ing on the age of the par­tic­i­pants, can con­sist of 5–10 stages. Its essence lies in the fact that at each stage a task is giv­en. After com­plet­ing it, the par­tic­i­pants receive a hint on where to look for the next one. At the final stage, play­ers find a cake, gifts, or some oth­er prize.

Tasks can be very dif­fer­ent. Very pop­u­lar are:

  • log­i­cal tasks;
  • dis­ap­pear­ing ink;
  • mir­ror image;
  • puz­zles and ciphers.

When cre­at­ing a quest, it is nec­es­sary to take into account the inter­ests of the child. It can be the theme of Har­ry Pot­ter, pirates, min­ions, Among us and many oth­ers. Such a game is often arranged on the eve of the New Year, then chil­dren are invit­ed to find stolen gifts from San­ta Claus.

Other entertainment

In addi­tion to danc­ing, sports, intel­lec­tu­al games, there are oth­er enter­tain­ments. Here it is nec­es­sary to focus on the inter­ests of the par­tic­i­pants of the hol­i­day.


  • Young artists. Have the chil­dren draw. Have them cre­ate a fic­tion­al char­ac­ter and draw it all togeth­er. To do this, each par­tic­i­pant in turn clos­es their eyes, is giv­en a pen­cil, and he must blind­ly draw on paper an arm, leg, eye hair, or some oth­er part of the body. Usu­al­ly such a pic­ture turns out to be quite fun­ny.
  • Karaoke. A lot of peo­ple love to sing. You can arrange a small solo com­pe­ti­tion. Who­ev­er scores the most points while per­form­ing pop­u­lar songs will be the win­ner. Songs are cho­sen accord­ing to the age of the chil­dren.

with projector

The game “Wow-wow” is very pop­u­lar. Despite the unusu­al name, guests here will not have to por­tray dogs and bark loud­ly. To imple­ment the idea, you only need a pro­jec­tor and a large screen.

Guests are divid­ed into two teams, and it does not mat­ter the total num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in each of them. A frame from the film is shown on the screens, while the faces of the actors are cov­ered with masks in the form of dogs — hence the name. The team that guess­es the movie first wins.

The trick is that after the cor­rect ansr, a splash screen appears on the screen, which indi­cates who will per­form the incen­di­ary dance: the team of losers or the team of win­ners. At the same time, the dance is per­formed not arbi­trary, but the one that is shown on the screen. Play­ers need to exact­ly repeat all the move­ments that they see in the clip.

In con­clu­sion, will give some gen­er­al rec­om­men­da­tions for orga­niz­ing enter­tain­ing games for chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages.

  • If you are plan­ning an out­door hol­i­day, then include as many active out­door games as pos­si­ble in it.
  • In a home event, on the con­trary, it is bet­ter to give pref­er­ence to table games.
  • If not only chil­dren, but also their par­ents are present at the hol­i­day, be sure to come up with sev­er­al joint games.
  • If dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion you felt that the guys did not like this fun, replace it with anoth­er, more fun one. There­fore, when prepar­ing a hol­i­day, be sure to have an arse­nal of sev­er­al games in stock.
  • Well, of course, be sure to encour­age the guys with small sou­venirs and prizes for each game. This will make them even more inter­est­ed.