Here I'll explain two quick and easy games we played that were appropriate for our guests aged 18 months through 5 years.
Angry Birds 3-D!
- An assortment of empty boxes in various sizes
- Candy or favor filled eggs (or baggies), several per child. You could use green tissue paper to wrap "piggy packets;" we just used Easter eggs.
- Tape, for marking the throwing line on the floor.
- Missiles! We used the angry birds I crocheted, but you could use either purchased Angry plushies, bean bags, or light weight yellow, red, and blue balls.
- Optional: a light weight, toy sling-shot, such as is sold by the Dollar Tree in summer time for firing water balloons.
- An adult sets up the "scene" by stacking the boxes on top of one another, then placing 3-4 candy filled eggs (the "pigs") in strategic locations throughout.
- Each child stands behind the throwing line and is given the same number of "birds" to toss.
- Any "pigs" that fall down and hit the floor are collected by the child after he's thrown all of his "birds."
- The adult then resets the scene for the next child.
- Consider making two "throw" lines for different ages of kids, and definitely be ready to adjust on the fly. It is surprising how difficult it is for a three year old to throw a ball with any accuracy even 3-4 feet.
- If you have older kids, definitely considering creating a sling-shot of some sort for firing.
- Let the adults play too! It's quite entertaining!
And now, a bonus game
Pin the Face on the Bird
- Big piece of white poster board
- Big piece of red poster board
- Construction paper in white, black, and yellow
- Double-sided tape (or loops of ordinary cellophane tape)
Construct the Game
- Use a compass to draw a circle on the red poster board about 70% of its width for the bird's body.
- I jury-rigged a compass from a string and two pencils, one of which serves as the pivot and other of which draws. This is harder than it sounds... be patient! :)
- I think I used a second piece of white poster board for the tummy, but I don't remember. You could patch something together out of two pieces of white paper. Again, making the curve takes a little effort: I recommend tracing the bottom arc of the bird body, and then reversing that line for the top arc of the tummy.
- Eye-ball the rest of the features and cut them out of construction paper.
- I made two white eyes, two black eyeballs, two black eyebrows, two red head feathers, a beak, and a set of black tail feathers.
- Mount the red bird body (and, if you like, the tummy) on the white poster board. Add a title, if you'd like. Hang the whole game on a convenient wall or door at kid's eye level.
- Prepare each piece with a piece of double-sided tape on the back.
- Have each child take one piece and apply it to the appropriate place on the board.
- (Make sure you hand out pieces in rough order - i.e. eyes before eyeballs, and eyebrows last of all!)
- Depending on kid age, you could blindfold the players before they place their piece on the board. We didn't, because they were mostly 2 and 3 years old.
- If you have older kids you could brainstorm ways of making the game competitive, a-la "pin the tail on the donkey." Again, we didn't - it was plenty of fun just to build the face, and all 5 or 6 kids were into it.
- Or, just enjoy the funny face when they're done - I thought ours ended up looking more concerned than angry! :)