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Old 06-26-2004, 07:53 PM
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Old Fashioned Birthday Party Games

The Old Fashioned Birthday Party
By Brenda Hyde


Birthday parties are always a challenge for the frugal Mom each year. It gets harder and harder to compete with the latest kid's restaurant of choice. I believe that despite what children may think they want, a party at home with good food, games and door prizes will be the one that is remembered throughout their lives. I have several old fashioned games that have been updated for the contemporary kid. These games are great for any age group. After all, let's not allow our kids to grow up too fast!



Brownie Eating Contest
You will need:
One homemade frosted brownie for each kid
Paper plates
The kids kneel on the floor in a circle, with their hand behind their backs. A paper plate with a brownie is placed on the floor in front of them. On signal, they lean forward and eat the pie as quickly as possible. The first one to finish their brownie and pick the plate up with their teeth is the winner. You can also have a special prize for the kid with the messiest face. Be sure to take pictures!


Gummy Bear Hide and Seek
You will need:
Paper plates
One Gummy Bear for each kid
Corn flakes
Hide one gummy bear in a mound of corn flakes. Have the kids stand in front of table with their arms tied behind them and the plate in front of them with the cereal. On the signal each player tries to dig the gummy bear out with their teeth. The first player to lift their head with the candy between their teeth is the winner.


Gather the Candy
You will need:
wrapped small candy such as sour balls, Tootsie Rolls, Jolly Rancher type candies or butterscotch pieces.
toothpicks
Spread the candy around in a large circle marked out on the floor, or a clean plastic tablecloth. Each player is given two toothpicks and a small paper bag. On signal, the players try to lift, chopstick style, as many pieces of candy into their bag as they can. When all the candy is gathered, the one with the most wins. The kids keep their candy, but the winner receives a small prize.


Biggest Smile Contest
The kids line up, and each one smiles as wide as they can. The birthday person measures the width of each smile with a ruler or tape measure! The kid with the biggest smile is the winner. An extra touch would be to take a picture of each child with an instant camera and post it on a bulletin board for the day, then send it home with them later.
The following two games didn't need updating! They are from 1940's, and still bring fun and giggles.


Battle of the Oranges
Divide the kids into pairs. They will battle one pair at a time. Each warrior is armed with a tablespoon on which an orange is placed. At the "go" signal, they will try to knock the opponent's orange off the spoon, using only the one hand which hold the spoon and orange. The winner is the one left with their orange on the spoon!


Clothes Pins in the Bottle
Place a milk bottle (or other jar with a small opening) on the ground or floor. Let each kid try dropping ten clothespins into the bottle. See who can make the best score. Note: Yes, you can still buy clothespins in the supply section of most grocery stores!
Door Prizes
Finding wonderful door prizes is easy! All kids love bean bag animals (even if they aren't the collectible ones), which can be found everywhere. Bags of plastic bugs and animals are a good choice, as well as inexpensive story books. Bandannas are a fun choice too. Red ones for boys so they can pretend to be cowboys or pirates. Pastel ones are great for girls because they become a fashion accessory. In the housewares department you will find many fun smaller boxes and containers that could be used as treasure boxes for nature finds or other collectibles. Visiting an educational or nature store will give you even more ideas, such as a bag of gemstones. They are beautiful and boys or girls would love them!


Birthday parties are special events which create memories that will last forever, both for the birthday child and the guests. I can assure you that a creative unique party with old fashioned games and door prizes will be remembered longer than an annual trek to the pizza restaurant. Plus, it will possibly elevate you to the status of The Coolest Mom in the World.


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Thanks, Tami! These games look fun.

Luke is having a party next week and we'll probably be trying a couple of these.

I want to add:

EGG RELAY RACE

(instead of real eggs I will use plastic Easter eggs).
Needed: 1 egg and 1 tablespoon for each team, plus a marker for the race.
Racers hold the spoon with one hand with the egg in the spoon. They must walk or run to the marker, go around it and return to their team. Then pass the spoon and egg to the next racer. If they drop the egg they must pick it up and put it back in the spoon. First team to finish is the winner.
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Brenda has a lot of great articles on her site www.oldfashionedliving.com.
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Thanks! I am making a list of games that would be fun for a bunch of little boys to play. So far there have been 5 who said yes, and 8 still have not responded.
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I like the relay race ones. Barbszy mentioned about the egg on a spoon. And then there is the one with a baseball bat and your nose on it, run out to the bat, put your two hands on the bat, your nose on your hands, spin around three times, and run back to the line to tag the next person.

And balloon toss with a water balloon is fun.

And cooperative games like lap sit circle. You need a lot of people for that one. Make a circle. Put your hands on the shoulder of the person in front of you. Slowly sit back so your butt now rests on the knees of the person behind you.

And I like the knotted people one. I don't know though how to get the group into the knot, only that it is fun undoing the knot.
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