## Left, right, left, right

A fun twist on pass the parcel. Best for kids that know their left from right, or you’ll get in a right tangle!

What you’ll need:

• A big, squishy present in colourful wrapping paper. Put sweets between the layers for the kids as they open it.
• A story that says “left” and “right” lots of times. You could write one about the birthday child and their friends. Here’s an example: “Once upon a time, Vinnie the panda was in a right mess. He’d left his favourite biscuits at home. He knew he hadn’t left them in the kitchen, because he’d checked right before he left.”

What to do:

• Read the story to the children as they pass the parcel round
• Every time you say left or right, the parcel changes direction – so tell the little ones to listen carefully!
• Whenever the parcel changes direction, the kid holding it gets to open one layer. If there’s a sweet, it’s theirs.
• The child holding the parcel at the end of the story gets to open it and keep the present.

## Greetings, oh Big Vinnie

Vinnie’s got a lotta associates. Can he work out who they are without looking?

What you’ll need:

• A blindfold

What to do:

• Blindfold one party guest. This is Big Vinnie.
• Get the kids to line up to shake the blindfolded person’s hand, and say in a funny voice, “greetings, oh Big Vinnie”.
• Vinnie has to guess who’s talking to him.
• If he gets it right, the child who said “greetings” becomes Vinnie until everyone’s had a turn.

## Posing pandas

Find out who’s the best poser in your posse of pandas.

What you’ll need:

• Something to play party music on, with a pause button
• Party Rings for a prize

What to do:

• Put the music on and get the children to dance.
• Every so often, pause the music and call out a number between 0 and 4.
• The kids have to put that number of body parts on the floor, so 1 might mean hopping on one leg, 2 could be a handstand or two feet, and so on. 0 is on their backs with limbs in the air!
• The wobbliest panda in each round is out, and the last panda standing gets a pack of Party Rings.

## The great Party Ring hunt

You don’t have to wait for Easter to hide tasty treats around the house.

What you’ll need:

• Lots of Party Rings
• Little baskets or bowls to collect Party Rings in
• A star prize

What to do:

• Hide the Party Rings all around the house – some easy to find, and some harder.
• Give each child a basket or bowl and send them off to find as many Party Rings as they can.
• When they’re sure they’ve found them all, count up the bowls and declare the winner.
• That child gets the star prize – and everyone else gets to eat all their yummy Party Rings!

## Cut the biscuit

Cutting up a biscuit with a knife and fork is harder – and funnier – than it looks.

What you’ll need:

• A selection of biscuits – Party Rings work well.
• A knife and fork
• A pair of gloves
• Dice

What to do:

• Sit the children in a circle with the biscuits, knife and fork, gloves and dice in the middle.
• The children take it in turns to roll the dice.
• If they get a 6, they sit in the middle, put on the gloves, and cut up a biscuit with the knife and fork. When they’ve got four pieces, they can eat it.
• The other children roll the dice to try and roll a 6.
• Keep going until all the children have had a go (you might need to rig it a bit!).

## Vinnie’s toy swap

When Vinnie sees something he wants, he goes for it – especially when it’s a biscwit. This game’s all about nicking the best pressies – best played with kids who can share!

What you’ll need:

• A selection of small presents on a tray. For example, a packet of Party Rings, a toy car, a Rocky bar, and so on. You’ll need one for each child, plus a few more.
• A pack of cards
• A list of the cards in the pack, eg. ace of clubs, ace of hearts, ace of spades, ace of diamonds... and so on. You’ll also need a pen to cross them off.

What to do:

• Get the kids to sit in a circle.
• Deal a pack of cards so each child has a pile.
• From your list, read out a card at a time. The kid with the matching card gets to choose a present from the pile! Remember to cross off the card on your list.
• The next child with a matching card can either choose a new present, or ask for one that’s already been chosen. So if Ben has a toy car, Jane might say “Can I have the car please, Ben?”
• Continue until all the cards have been played. If anyone hasn’t got a present (unlikely), give them one of the spares.

## Pick Up Biscwits

It’s pretty tricky to pick up a biscwit with chopsticks – but it’s surprising how fast kids learn when they get to eat them at the end!

What you’ll need:

• Lots of assorted Fox’s biscwits
• Two bowls for each child
• A pair of chopsticks for each child
• A star prize

What to do:

• Give each child a bowl with 5 different biscuits inside.
• Put an empty bowl a few feet away from each child.
• Show them how to use their chopsticks to pick up each biscuit and transfer it to the empty bowl. No cheating!
• First to move all their biscwits gets the prize – and everyone else gets to tuck in when they’ve finished.

## What’s in Vinnie’s socks?

Don’t worry, it’s not his feet.

What you’ll need:

• Lots of clean socks
• Interesting objects like pegs, keys, pinecones, toys, biscuits...
• Lots of Mini Party Rings and some big ones

What to do:

• Put three objects in each sock and give each one to a child.
• Sit in a circle, and take it in turns to try and guess what’s in your sock.
• The child gets one Mini Party Ring for each correct guess – and if they get all three right, they get a big Party Ring too.

## Swim, Panda, Swim

You’ll need lots of space to run for this one – gardens work well.

What to do:

• Get all the kids to stand at one end of the room.
• Choose an animal (lion, fish, cat, dog, panda...) and say “Swim, panda (or whichever you chose), swim!”
• If the kids think that animal can swim, they run to the other end of the room. If not, they stay put.
• Tell them whether they got it right. Vinnie says: pandas can swim, capisce?

## Flapping fish

Vinnie wants you to swim with the fishes. But not in the way you might think.

What you’ll need:

• Lots of newspaper – a whole one for each child, and some to cut the fish from.
• Scissors
• Party Rings for the winners

What to do:

• Cut out a big fish for each child from newspaper.
• Give each child a full newspaper.
• The kids use their newspapers to flap their fish and make them move from one end of the room to the other.
• The winning fish-flapper gets the Party Rings!

## The Biscwit Police

Vinnie needs to hide his biscwits from the Biscwit Police. Can you help?

What you’ll need:

• A blindfold.
• Names of lots of places on a list, plus on sticky labels.
• Seats for all the kids.

What to do:

• Put all the seats in a circle and sit the kids down.
• One person is chosen to be Vinnie. He puts a blindfold on.
• Another child is the Biscwit Police.
• Give all the other kids a place name label to stick on their tops.
• The Biscwit Police chooses two places and says “The biscwits are going from London to York”
• London and York swap seats – and blindfolded Vinnie tries to catch them to get his biscwits back!
• Every so often, shout “Hide the biscwits!” – all the kids swap seats.
• If Vinnie catches you, you become Vinnie for the next round.