Preschool Party Games
If you are
throwing a preschool party then you are in luck. Here is
a great resource for preschool party games.
Planning a birthday party for your preschooler? Party games are a great way to
keep young children entertained and engaged in the
party. Make sure every child gets a prize of some kind so child every goes home
Bean in Your Shoe
One player goes out of the room. A dried bean is given to one of the players to
put in his or her shoe. Play some music and have
all the players dance, each child pretending to have a bean in their shoe.
The player that left the room comes back and tries to guess who has the bean in
their shoe. If they guess right, the person with the bean in their shoe gets to
If they guess wrong, they get to leave the room
again and try again. If they guess wrong a second time,
they get to choose who gets to leave the room next.
Hot and Cold
Have the players hide an object while one player leaves
the room. When the object has been hidden, the
player that left returns to
the room and guesses where the object has been hidden.
This player must move around one step at a time while
players call out “Warm!” or “Cold!” or “Colder!” or
“Warmer!” or “Boiling!” until the player finds the
object. The closer they
get, the “warmer” they are. The further away they get,
the “colder” they are.
Give each child five buttons. The players go from player
to player, exchanging buttons with each other. They can
give away as many or few as they want, but they cannot
refuse buttons from other players. After approximately 2
minutes the leader calls “Stop!” The leader then calls
out a “lucky number” between one and twenty. Whoever has
that number of buttons wins.
Cat and Rat
This game is best for 10 or more players. The players
hold hands in a circle. One player is the rat on the
inside of the circle, and one player is the cat on the
outside of the circle. The cat tries to break through
the circle to get to the rat. The players
in the circle try to prevent the cat from getting to the
rat. When the cat succeeds in breaking through the
circle, the players
the cat broke between are the next cat and rat.
Give each child a self-addressed postcard. Have the
children dictate to an adult notes to write on their
postcard that state they are having a contest to see
whose balloon travels the farthest. Also ask that the
location, date, and time that the balloon is found be
written on the postcard by the person who finds the
balloon and that the person drop the postcard in the
mail. Place the postcards in ziploc bags and attach them
to the balloons. Set a date for when the contest ends,
and launch the balloons!
Secretly give the name of a farm animal to each player.
The leader yells “Go!” and each player acts out their
animal at the same time. At the end of 2 minutes, each
player calls out as many of the animal names as they can
remember. The player
that remembers the most animal names correctly wins the
All players are seated in a group. One player is
selected to be the dog. The dog sits with his back to
the rest of the players. A bone (eraser, ball, or some
other object) is placed on the floor behind the dog’s
back. One at a time, each player tries to sneak up
behind the dog and steal his bone. If the dog hears a
sound from the player trying to sneak up behind him, he
“barks” and the other player returns to their seat. If
someone is successful in stealing the bone, that player
returns to their seat and hides the bone. All of the
players then say, “Dog, Dog, where’s your bone?” The dog
has three chances to guess who stole his bone. The
person who stole the bone gets to be dog next.
Break the Balloon
Each child receives a balloon. The first child to blow
up their balloon and pop it wins (show the children how
to tie the balloons before the game begins).
Blind Man’s Bluff
Choose one child to be blindfolded. Let the child wander
around the room until they touch another child. The
blindfolded child tries to guess who they have touched.
If they are correct, the other child gets to blindfolded
next. If they are wrong, they get to be blindfolded one
more time. If they are wrong a second time, they get to
choose who gets to be blindfolded next.
Give each player 5 pennies. Place a jar on the floor
behind a chair. Have the players take turns kneeling on
the chair and trying to drop their pennies into the jar.
Their hand should not go lower than the top of the back
of the chair. Whoever gets the most pennies in the jar
wins the game.
Article by: Rachel Paxton is a freelance
writer and mom. For preschool party ideas, crafts,
activities, science projects, and more, visit
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