Alternative Pass the Parcel Ideas
Pass the Parcel, as you may know, is an all time favourite party game and one of ours too. Which is why we include it in all our wonderful Children’s Birthday Parties, take a look. It’s a simple way to host a party at home.
For all our kids party productions we create the music and we’ve added our own little twist – Reverse Pass the Parcel. Two very different styles of music – one to go clockwise, the other anticlockwise. It’s an easy way for anyone to put their own little twist to Pass the Parcel. So if you want to try something a little bit different, or want to incorporate it into your own party theme, it needn’t always be passing a parcel round one way – you can spice it up a little. There are many other alternative pass the parcel ideas too.
Here are a few ideas to get your imaginations going:
The first are for the 5 to 12ish age range.
Dressing up. One idea we love, and works well with small groups.
Fill a draw-string bag full of fun dressing up clothes, these could contain things like red noses, deely boppers, animal noses, wigs, hats, shoes, scarves, long socks, the louder in colour and sillier the better. At many charity shops you can pick up all sorts of fun dressing up clothes for very small outlay. An oversized jacket can look very funny on a small child, as can high heeled shoes.
Place all the items into the draw-string bag, it has to be non see-through to be passed round. Or maybe something like a box with flap with a small opening can be set in the centre and pass round a different object like a wooden spoon. As the music stops one item gets drawn and worn. You could suggest to the children that with each item they have to wear the item stand up and do a little action to go with the clothing or perhaps get them to parade round the outside of the circle like a catwalk.
Tasks. A different take on the above is to write out actions on a slips of paper, fold them up and place in a small drawstring bag. For younger children make the actions very simple like ‘Jump! Hop! or Pat your Head!’
To make life very simple you could write them on the reverse side at the back of a note or sticky pad. Each time the music stops the child has to remove one note and do the task written on the paper.
It could be fun things like eat a chocolate, or not so nice things such as eat a tomato, or read a paragraph from a ridiculously difficult text book, or moderate things such as brush someone’s hair, anything that you can think of that may create a giggle.
Pass the Parcel charades can also be played this way too. Use films or books you know all the children will have seen – or a fun one would be that they had to impersonate someone they all know such as a film star, singer or teacher!
Picture Treasure Hunt/Pass the Parcel/Tombola Combo. Here’s another, similar to the above and a neat little idea. It can be made easier, or more difficult according to the age of the children.
Take pictures of objects from around the room, house, or even garden and print onto a piece of paper, cut them out, fold them and place them into the bag (see above). If you haven’t a printer, are good with tech and trust children not to damage your phone, you could pass your phone around telling them to look at the next picture when the music stops. Make it clear that your phone is not the prize… eek!
Depending on the age make the pictures very obvious or take a close up shot of part of an object, or make it blurry to make it more difficult. Each object could have a number hidden on, or next to it. Once they have matched up the object to their picture they then have to find their number matched with a ‘goodie’ pre-prepared table.