8th Birthday Party Ideas
Birthday Party Ideas and party planning
help for an 8 year old
Eight is great! We've listed our favorite ideas and
links on our site where you can find the best party games, themes,
activities and more for an 8th birthday party. Fun ideas that let
you choose the best party ideas for your child, guests and budget.
* Party Games
* Birthday Activities
* Party Timeline
If you need help with filling out the invitation, getting guests to
respond to the RSVP or handling sticky situations (wanting parents to
stay, wanting parents to not stay, food allergies, siblings etc. )
see our page on
Invitations and RSVP help
Party Games for 8 year olds
Hula Hoopla Game
After splitting into two teams have children line up in two
lines. Have each member of a team hold hands and tell
to let go. Teams then try and get the hula hoop from one end of
the line to the other and then back again without letting go of
their hands. This birthday party game
is silly and fun!
Treasure Hunt Games
Treasure hunts can be played in many different ways.
The main idea of the treasure hunt game is to
have the kids hunt hidden treasure by using clues. Several variations of this
birthday party game are
listed under our
treasure hunt page.
Egg and Spoon Games
Kids race while holding an egg (or use a cotton ball, ping pong ball or other
small ball) on a wooden spoon.
The team that has all their players
complete the course first wins.
For a fun variation use a prop from the birthday party theme such as a
sword and coins.
A fun birthday party game that really gets the kids involved ... as the playing pieces!
Use sidewalk chalk to draw a very large (HUGE!) oversized game board. The game board can be
drawn in an oval, circle or figure eight. Make squares on the board that
are 18". In the squares, beginning with the start square, write
directions that the players have to follow when they land in that square.
Some fun ideas are .... Move back 3 spaces, Twirl, Squawk like a
chicken, etc. that have to be continually done until their next turn.
The players themselves are the playing pieces! You can make two super big
dice from square boxes for them to roll during the game.
Silly Racing Games for 8 year olds
Divide party guests into teams of two or more for these games.
style races by:
Holding a blown up balloon in between
the heads of team members
Holding blown up balloons between knees
Skipping forwards and then backwards
Balancing a book or other item on their head
Jumping rope and singing a nursery rhyme or happy birthday
while they jump
Balancing a little ball on the top of their feet
While bouncing a play ball
Water Relay Games for 8 year olds
Teams have to move water from one side of the playing field to the the other
using spoons, sponges or cups with holes in the bottom. Great for summer
parties because everyone gets wet! Set out a large tub filled with water
at the far end of the field and two smaller containers that are equal in size
next to the teams starting point. Kids run to the tub, get water and carry
it to fill their container.
Mystery Fishing Game
Before the party you will need to buy small toys or candy for the "fish" to attach to the fishing
pole. Make sure to have enough for the kids to play over and over.
You'll need a fishing pole made from a bamboo stick, yarn and a
clothespin attached at the end of the pole. You will
also need a place for the "fish" to hide while they attach the prizes
onto the fishing poles. Use a large decorated appliance box,
a blue sheet thrown over a card table or a blue table cloth or sheet
hung between walls of a hallway.
Kids will throw their line over into the water and the "fish"
attach a prize to their line.
This is a fun tag game for when you are outside or have plenty of space
to run. Guests will line up and hold hands. They can not let
go of each other's hands for any reason. The first person in line
is the Rattlesnakes head and they try to tag the last person in line or
the rattle. When the first person has tagged the "rattle" then the
"rattle" comes to the front of the line and becomes the "head".
Continue until everyone has had a chance to catch the rattlesnake's
Scavenger Hunt Games
Scavenger hunts can be played many different ways and are always fun
to play at a party. The main idea of the scavenger hunt
is to divide into teams / teams race to find (or do) the items on
a list. 7
fun varieties of
scavenger hunt games.
For more party games see our party games page
filled with games for 7, 8 and 9 year olds.
Fun 8 year old party games
Beach Ball Games
Squirt Gun Games
Birthday Activities for 8 year olds
Set out several buckets of sidewalk
chalk and let the party guests draw whatever they want. Or give
them some direction using our
Sidewalk chalk guide
with over 30 things to do with sidewalk chalk.
Hire a small petting zoo to come to your backyard and set up
all sorts of animals for the birthday party. There are fun
activities for all the birthday party guests! Some even
have miniature pony rides that can set up in your backyard!
Fun for all types of birthday themes - cowboy, western,
barnyard, animal lovers, etc.
Birthday Party Themes for 8 year olds
Birthday Party Theme
And over 200 more
choose from on our birthday party themes
The perfect way to get the party started!!
Each theme is filled with free and fun diy ideas for
theme party games,
activities, decorations, invitations, party favors, goody bags, party
food and much more!
Party Food ideas for the 8th
Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter from bread, cheese, sandwich meats or hamburger patties
to make a fun sandwich that fits in with your theme. For example
use a Mickey Mouse ears cookie cutter for a Mickey Mouse birthday party.
You can also cut shapes out of bar cookies and brownies - and even make
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
See all of the Party Food Ideas
we've collected that are perfect for 8 year olds.
More Fun Ideas:
Sleepover and Slumber Party Guide
planning the perfect sleepover easy! Fun games, activities, crafts
Would You Rather Game
- Over 200
fun Would You Rather Questions. Rated G and fun for 8 year olds!
Print them out for free.
Minute to Win It Games
Party Planning Tips for
8 Year OldsTip!
Planning the party
When you are planning the party keep a
notebook close by that you can write down what you might need help with during
the party . When friends and / family ask how they can help
show them the "help" list and then they can choose
a spot to help with the party.
Having these area covered by friends and family will allow you to enjoy
1 or 2 adults that
pictures of the boys and girls while they are playing games, opening
Cake and Ice Cream
Responsible for cutting and serving the cake and ice
cream. Party Games
Adults or older children
that can take over and explain the games to the kids
and supervise during game time. Arts and Crafts
Watch over the birthday activity or art tables and
make sure the kids have the supplies they need and offer advice
or help when needed.
Write down who gifts are from - great help when writing
thank you notes!
Melt Down Zone
An adult who can gently remove a child who is cranky or
being mean until they can return to the party.
8th Birthday Timeline
Here is a basic timeline for a eighth birthday party.
Change this party time line based on the your schedule. Add
30 minutes if you will be serving a meal.
This is based on a party from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
2:00 - Guests Begin to Arrive
During this time when the boys and girls are arriving set up a simple
but fun Icebreaker style game or have an activity table set up with a
These are our favorite Icebreaker games:Icebreaker Games for 8 year old parties
2:10- Birthday Games
Decide on several party games that will fit in with the birthday party
theme. Have all the items for each game set up and ready to
go during game time.
Have 3 to 5 games
below) prepared in case you need to fill time.
An adult or older sibling can
explain the rules of the game to the boys and girls so everyone knows
how to play. 2:55 - Party Activity
8 years olds will love an activity or craft such as painting, creating
something that matches the birthday party theme or maybe a Scavenger
Also decorating cookies or cupcakes is always a fun activity. This is also a good time for
entertainment such as a clown, entertainer, or petting zoo.
See our full list of
for more ideas.
3:25 - Open the Presents
The birthday child opens their presents during this time or they can
do this during activity time.
3:40 - Cake and Ice Cream! And Happy Birthday!
4:00 - Party end
If you are handing out goody bags filled with party favors set them by
the front door so they are ready to go when guests are leaving.
Add 30 minutes to the party if you will be serving brunch, lunch or
dinner. With an afternoon party you don't have to serve a
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