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.