1st Birthday Party Games
1st Birthday Party Games
First Birthday Parties
The first birthday party is something very special and these are our
favorite games for a first birthday. All of these 1st
birthday games are designed for guests of all ages.
Simon Says 1st Party Game
Young children like to mimic adults so play a fun version of
the Simon Says game with these instructions.
Have an adult stand up in front of the kids and other party guests and start patting their head
- then ask the 1 year olds (along with the adults) to pat their heads. Then switch to other
easy gestures like putting their arms in the air, smiling, dancing, sticking out
their tongues or making a funny face.
Hokey Pokey Game
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 the game continues as 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 and the
first birthday party is the perfect place to show off their skills!
Before the party make a playlist of fun and fast songs. Play the
songs and let the one year olds dance to the music. Ask all the
party guests to join in and dance freestyle! This is a fun
activity when guests are waiting in line to have a piece of first
birthday cake or before the 1st party starts and guests are arriving.
Freeze Dance Game
Make up a playlist before the 1st party and include lots of fun fast and
silly songs. 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 10 seconds call out "Unfreeze" and
everyone starts dancing again. Very
fun game for one year olds when they catch on to how to play the game!
Bean Bag Pass Game
Make or buy bean bags in bright colors for this fun first game. Have
children sit in a circle on adults laps and pass the bean
bags around while the music plays.
Make the music stop and have everyone hold on to their bean bag.
Then start the music and begin passing the bags around the
circle again. If there are older
children at the party you can play fox
and hen with the bean bags.
All the party guests draw a portrait of the one year old!
Gather party guests in a circle
around the birthday child. This can be done at a table
for a small group or in a large circle for a larger group.
Give each person a pad of paper and a pencil. Give the
guests a time limit of 5 to 10 minutes to draw a portrait of the
one year old.
After the time limit go around the circle and one at a time have
each artist hold up their portrait. Have the guests
sign the pictures and keep as a memento of the party.
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. This game is fun
for all ages. For one year olds have them sit on an adults
lap and they can play as a team.
Duck Pond Game
Place rubber ducks into a small tub or pool.
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. Let the older kids and the
adults help the one year olds and young kids draw pictures
on the porch or driveway. Before the party you
can put together some flash cards to give the artists some creative
inspiration such as a birthday cake, balloon, party hat etc. After
the kids have drawn a picture take a photo of every
child with their 1st birthday artwork and send it to them with a thank you card.
The guests can also try to draw themselves with the birthday child and
then photo the drawings and save in a scrapbook.
Sidewalk chalk ideas for more fun ideas for 1st birthday
See our huge list of fun
first birthday party
themes for more first ideas!
There are over 200 fun birthday party themes for kids of
all ages! Every page is filled with fun ideas for 1st birthday
party games, activities, party food, invitations, decorations and 1st
party favor ideas.
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