Don’t Cha Love It Kids Stress Free Parties

Just because you have a kids party it doesn’t have to be filled with stress or a lot of physical games. A lot of kids prefer the more mind challenging games and the parents love it. No loud screaming and running and usually limited messes. Some of the stress free party ideas are as follows:

Sit Down or Passive Games:

These are child party games that are played while the children are sitting in a circle or at a table. These games are a parents dream because they don't require a lot of energy from the kids. Weave one or two of these games into the party after a very active game or use an activity to calm the kids down. Kids party games don't have to be loud and crazy with lots of running in the house to be fun!

What am I:

Supplies: 10-12 socks without holes, a variety of common household items including a roll of tape, a spoon, a tape measure and a ball etc.
Fill each sock with one item and tie the tops shut with ribbons, yarn or string. The children sit in a circle and pass the socks around so that everyone has a chance to feel them and try to figure out what’s in the sock. They then write down what they believe each item is. The one with the most items guessed correctly wins a prize. You can make the items tougher for older children by putting things like dried macaroni or baby carrots into the socks. This is a tried and true kids party game that everyone loves!


Supplies: 10 to 12 household items, a tray to put them on, paper and pencils.
Arrange the items on a tray and give the children 3 minutes only to go over the items. Take the tray away and then have them try to remember what was on the tray. Person with the most correct guesses wins a prize.

Play Dough:

Supplies: Play dough and cookie cutters.
Give each child a supply of play dough and have them create items related to the theme of the party. If the party has a horse theme, each one makes a horse. The younger kids will enjoy just playing with it and making their own creations.

Face Painting:

Supplies: face paint and towels.
Give everyone a tattoo from face paint that relates to the party theme or just a design that they desire. Hire someone to do the painting or practice some designs before the party.

Balloon Twisting:

Supplies: Balloons made for twisting.
Hire someone to perform balloon twisting or make a go of it yourself. You can teach older children how to twist and make simple knots, animals etc.

Ice Cream:

Supplies: Several flavors of ice cream!
Give everyone a scoop of ice cream on a plate and supply them with sprinkles, syrup and small candies. Give them 3-4 minutes to decorate the scoop. If the party is for older children have them decorate the scoop so that it relates to the party theme.

Copyright 2007 Nikki Wilson.

Nikki Wilson is a party planner and event organizer who specializes in treasure hunts and scavenger hunts. After planning successful events for the past 15 years, she now provides a web based service for party and event planners with her detailed treasure hunt party game plans available online. She also has a book of scavenger hunt plans to suit all ages, locations and occasions. Planning your own party, and want a party game that will be memorable and fun? Take a look at Nikki’s treasure hunt planners at

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We had a great Treasure Hunt for my daughter’s 11 year old party. We had five teams and I had two other grown-ups helping me. I did the pea challenge, the balancing on a rope, a general knowledge quiz, the backward clues quiz, a memory game and a beat the buzzer game, some they found more challenging than others. The treasure map I hid inside a balloon and mixed it in with lots of other balloons so they had to pop them all to find the map, I had also hidden the bag of balloons.

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