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1st Birthday Party Games
1st Birthday Party Games
First Birthday Parties
Birthday Party Games for 1 year olds that are
fun and age appropriate for
first birthday parties.
In addition to these first birthday party games for 1 year olds see our page on
first birthday ideas
for more ideas on how to make a 1st birthday special.
First birthday ideas
that include activities, keeping memories, tips and advice.
* Keep the party safe for your one year old -
to avoid choking hazards make sure party favors and
toys are large enough that they
can not fit
inside a toilet or paper towel tube.
1st birthday party games for all ages of children,
adults and parents to play during a first birthday party.
One Year Olds on Parade
Kids make their own parade! Give them musical
instruments like tambourines, shakers, horns and
drums. Line them up and let them follow a leader
around the party area. For younger children or
those not yet walking decorate strollers and wheel
them around in the parade.
The kids can also hold
ribbon streamers and dance in the parade ... or have a parade
that includes their favorite stuffed animals.
Ring around the Rosy Game
Children hold hands while standing up in a
They walk in the same direction in a circle
"Ring around the rosy, a pocket
full of posies, ashes, ashes we all ... fall ... down!"
After singing "all fall down",
children let go of the hands they are holding and fall to the ground.
Keep the one year olds busy with bubbles!
Have an adult blow bubbles. Tell the children to
try and pop them before they reach the ground. Help them catch a bubble
on the bubble wand. Extra .... print big labels with the
birthday child's picture and "Thanks for making my 1st birthday
special!" on them. Stick them on bubble containers and give out as
a party favor. See our complete list of
games to play for all ages.
Treasure Hunt Games
For the 1st birthday hide plastic eggs (so they are easy to find) or hide any item that
is as large as an egg that matches your first birthday theme around the
party area. Help them search for the items and collect them in a basket
or paper sack. Older children and adults can help the younger guests.
Young children like to mimic adults so play a fun version of Simon Says.
Have an adult stand up in front of the kids and start patting their head
- then ask the 1 year olds to pat their heads. Then switch to other
easy gestures like putting their arms in the air, smiling, sticking out
their tongues or making a funny face.
For this 1st birthday party game have adults stand with their
child so that everyone is in a big circle.
The Leader takes their arm
and places it forward and then sings the Hokey Pokey
song. "Put your left arm in (everyone puts their
left arm toward the middle of the circle. ) ...
Take your left arm out (everyone takes their left arm out of
the circle) ... Put your left arm in then shake it all about (everyone
put their left arm back inside the circle & then shakes their hand) ..
do the hokey pokey, then turn yourself about (everyone puts up their two
pointer fingers and points to the ceiling as they turn around) and that
is what it is all about!". Say the last saying after each round while
clapping. Then you start again but this time it's your right hand,
then your left foot, right foot, head and whole self.
Color Poster Boards
Write the child's name on a large poster board. Let
them draw with colors and markers on the big poster boards.
It is easier if you tape the large poster to a table top, if
it's a nice day tape the posters to a fence to make a simple
One year olds like to dance to music. Put on a fast song and
let them dance freestyle with the party guests.
Freeze Dance Game
Have everyone at the party dance to music - one year olds
can be held by an adult. When the
leader calls out "Freeze!" everyone
has to freeze in the position that they were in at that
time. After a 10 - 15 seconds call out "Unfreeze" and
everyone starts dancing again.
Pass bean bags
around to music
Make or buy bean bags in bright colors. Have
children sit in a circle on adults laps and pass the bean
bags around while the music plays. If there are older
children at the party you can play fox
and hen with the bean bags.
Hen and Fox Game
Party guests sit down. Give
a bean bag to two of the children
opposite from each other. Name one of the bean bags "Hen".
The others name is "Fox". Bean bags are passed around fast
to keep the hen away from the fox.
Duck Pond Game
Place rubber ducks into a small tub or pool. Birthday
guests take a duck from the pool and win a small prize
matching the ducks number. With permanent marker underneath
the duck place a number or symbol before the party. Set out
prizes that you will give out that match the ducks numbers.
Rice or sand can be used instead of water if
playing the game inside.
Make a ball pit with a blowup swimming pool and
plastic balls that you can buy at the toy or discount store
(the plastic balls like at McDonalds). Let kids climb
in and out and play inside of it.
Set out lots of sidewalk chalk. Help the kids draw pictures
on the porch or driveway and then take a picture of every
child with their artwork and send it to them with a thank you card.
Sidewalk chalk ideas for more fun ideas for 1st birthday
See our huge list of fun birthday party
themes for more ideas!
1st Birthday Party Ideas to make it extra
First Birthday Ideas
We've listed our favorite kids birthday
party ideas, tips, cool party themes,
bday party celebration ideas
and advice for kids birthday parties sent in by parents with years
of experience - we refer to them as the experts!
Fun birthday party, party planning and ideas
that are affordable and really work for boys and girls, kids, tweens and teenage
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