Keeping young boys occupied at an indoor birthday party may seem like a daunting task, but there are several great games you can play to keep their attention span and enjoyment at a high level. Keep the age and ability of the boys in mind when selecting a game. Also consider the theme of the party and incorporate games that fit the theme whenever possible.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a classic game that can be enjoyed by most age groups. It is fun and competitive, but not too rowdy for a small indoor space. Blow up a picture of a donkey and affix it to a wall. Cut out enough donkey tails to have one for each child. Give each child a donkey tail with his name written on it, so you can tell whose tail is whose. Blindfold the kids one at a time and challenge them to find the poster and stick the tail to the right spot. Audience members can help them get to the right place by shouting out directions. Give kids a few spins around to make it a little more challenging to find the poster. The child who pins the tail closest to the mark is the winner.
This game can be tailored to fit in nicely with a party of just about any theme. For instance, you could have Pin the Nose on the Clown, Pin the Mask on the Superhero or Pin the Patch on the Pirate.
Musical Chairs is another classic party game that allows kids to be active without getting too out of control, perfect for an indoor party. Begin by placing several chairs back to back, enough for each participant minus one. Play music and instruct the children to walk around the chairs in a circle. Once the music stops, each child must grab a chair. Whoever is left without a chair is out. Remove one chair and continue play, repeating until you have a winner. Select music that is enjoyable for your crowd to help them get into the game.
Freeze Dance is a very active game for a group of boys. It can be a fun way for them to burn off some energy in a controlled way. Clear a room of anything breakable and be sure you have enough space that each child can move around freely without bumping into each other or objects in the room. Play some high-energy music at a loud volume and encourage kids to show off their best dance moves. Once the music stops, the kids are to immediately freeze in position. Anyone who moves while the music is stopped is out of the game. The kids who are "out" can help be spotters to catch others who don't freeze as the game continues. The winner is the last one standing.
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