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Scavenger Hunt

You will need

  • A number of small prizes (Chocolate, money, small toys, etc.)
  • A pen
  • Pieces of paper

No of players -

any

What to do

  1. Before the party begins, hide the scavenger hunt prizes. Be sure to vary how difficult the prizes will be to find.
  2. Create lists of the items to find and give on to every person participating.
  3. On the day of the hunt, give participants a map each and a time limit on when to come back with their found items. The time limit should be generous enough to allow the hunters to find most items. If there are a lot of people participating, hunters can also be split up into hunting groups.
  4. The person/group who come back with the most are declared winners and receive a larger prize.
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PiƱata

You will need

  • A Piñata filled with treats
  • A rope
  • A tree branch or  beam on which to fasten the Piñata
  • A blindfold
  • A bat/stick

No of players -

any

What to do

  1. Tie the candy-filled piñata to the clothesline rope, and tie the other end to the tree branch. The piñata should hang low enough for kids to reach it, but not low enough to hit anyone whilst swinging around.
  2. Line up the players. If you are playing with a mixed-age group it is fair to allow the smallest and weakest players to go first. Blindfold the first player, and spin them around several times to disorient their sense of direction.
  3. Place the stick or bat in the blindfolded player's hand and point them in the direction of the piñata. Let them strike the piñata with the stick 3 times. If the treats do not spill out, the turn passes to the next player in line.
  4. Play until someone strikes the piñata forcefully enough to break it and the candy spills out. The player who hits the final blow "wins" the game and may receive a prize. Every player gets to compete to gather the spilled out treats.
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Red Light Green Light

You will need

  • A large, empty space

No of players -

any

What to do

  1. Choose one person to be the "Stoplight." All the other players are "Cars.”
  2. Mark a starting line. Have the Stoplight stand opposite the starting line a distance away.
  3. Begin the game when the Stoplight turns around, facing away from the starting line, and calls, "Green light!" This means all cars can go, moving at a walk toward the Stoplight in order to tag it.
  4. Run when the Stoplight, still facing away from the starting line, calls "Yellow light!”
  5. Stop fast when the Stoplight calls "Red light!" and whirls around, trying to catch Cars in the act of moving.
  6. Lose your turn and sit out if the Stoplight says, "I saw you move!" This aspect of the game requires honesty by both players, which is reinforced by the other Cars watching.
  7. Win if you tag the Stoplight first. Then you get to be Stoplight for the next game. The Stoplight wins if it gets all the Cars out before they can tag it.
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Pass the Parcel

You will need

  • A prize
  • Wrapping paper
  • Music

No of players -

any

What to do

  1. All the players should be seated comfortably and close enough to the person each side of them that they can pass the parcel quickly.
  2. Select the music-keeper. This person will be responsible for turning the music on and off. It should be someone who is able to keep an eye on the players and stop the music in a fair way that allows everyone a turn at unwrapping. Players should not be able to see the movements of the music-keeper getting ready to stop the music.
  3. The music-keeper plays the music and stops it when least expected. The player holding the parcel unwraps a layer. If the parcel was midway in the air between exchanges, the parcel goes to the player it was being passed to.
  4. The music-keeper starts the music again. This continues until all the layers have been removed. Continue playing until the last layer is unwrapped. The player who unwraps the last layer keeps the item.
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