Elementary school parties can be so much fun to host if you have the right indoor party games for kids. You get to see your child in the classroom & put a face to all the names you hear at home.
What I am not such a big fan of is coming up with easy party games that all the kids will enjoy and are quick to make.
So, I have created a list of easy kids’ party games that any room parent can put together quickly. These fun indoor party games can be used for events any time of year from Halloween, to Christmas (Winter), Valentine’s Day, and End of the Year Parties.
I’ll also show you how to adjust each of the games for different seasons too. Take a look at this list and find the perfect party games for kids at your next school party.
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Easy Elementary School Indoor Party Games for Kids
Indoor Party Games for Kids
The following are fun games to play in person at school parties or at your home. If you need to social distance this year many of the games you can space the kids out or visit the post below for virtual ideas.
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All you need is your phone with music and maybe a speaker. The kids have tons of energy at the school parties and are always ready to dance around.
What You Need – a long stick and some music
Super easy and fun game. Download some kid’s music on your phone to play. Have two people hold a long stick and the kids line up behind it. The kids then try to go under the stick without falling or touching it.
Each time the kids come around lower the stick a little until there is one child left. They are the winner. Here’s a blow-up limbo stick that would be easy to bring to the school.
Would You Rather
What You Need – Would You Rather Printable Questions
Kids love playing the Funny Would You Rather Game. Ask the kids silly questions like Would You Rather have bad breath or stinky feet or Would You Rather eat worms or beetles?
Find funny Valentine’s Day Would You Rather questions too.
Kids can raise their hands to vote or yell out their answers. Then find out why they’d eat a worm instead of a beetle. The answers are the funniest part!
Get a free printable list of Would You Rather Questions for Kids
What You Need – 4-5 buckets and items to throw
This is another game easily customizable to the time of year your party is held. If you have a Halloween party get some plastic pumpkin buckets the kids trick or treat with and some fake eyeball ping pong balls. (I get these at the dollar store)
For a Winter or Holiday party use red or blue buckets and white fake snowballs. Line up 4 or 5 buckets and have the kids try to toss the balls into each bucket.
For Valentine’s Day use heart-shaped buckets and bean bags. And for End of year parties just use colorful buckets and bean bags.
Related Article – 5 Halloween Mystery Boxes for School Parties
Hallway Obstacle Course
This game may need to be played in the hallway at school. First, create cutouts with a poster board for the kids to jump to.
For Halloween parties cut out pumpkins, for winter parties do snowballs, valentine’s day parties do hearts.
There will be two obstacle courses next to each other so the kids can make two lines one for each team. Both sides will be identical.
First kids jump from cut-out taped to the floor to cut out, next they weave between cones, and last, they need to toss a bean bag into two hula hoops.
After the bean bags are in they need to go back through the course and let the next kid in line go. Whichever team gets all their players through first wins.
You can easily adjust the obstacles in this game to whatever you have in your home or classroom. This is just an example of a course.
Winter Party Games
Fun games to play at winter parties in the classroom.
Ice Cube Relay Race
What You Need – Square Foam blocks as your ice cubes – (look at the dollar store by fake flowers)
Divide up kids into two teams, then line them up for a relay race. Kids need to put the “ice cube” between their knees and race around a cone or chair then come back and pass the block to the next kid in line.
See which team can finish first. We did this at a family holiday party and it was tons of fun too!
Snow Ball Toss
What You Need – clear plastic cups, white ping pong balls
The Players need to toss the snowball (ping pong ball) into the plastic cup. If you’re playing this on a table save room by line cups up in triangle form like bowling pins.
To make it harder space the cups further away. See which child can get the most ping pong balls into the cups.
Minute to Win it Kids Party Games
Minute to Win it Games are really fun party games because you can rotate through the groups of kids quickly so that all can play in a limited amount of time. Perfect for quick classroom parties.
Here are a few favorites but if you want more ideas check out my 20 Easy Minute to Win It Games for Kids.
What You Need – Bag of Marshmallows, Chopsticks
This is another great Winter party game. Players must stack 3 marshmallows in under 1 minute. They use chopsticks to build up their snowman.
Make it easier or harder based on the player’s age. Younger kids can use oversized marshmallows and older players can use mini-marshmallows. If you have a mixed age group use the regular size marshmallows.
Tip: For players that have a hard time using chopsticks, we got cheater chopsticks for our kids to use. It’s a simple reusable plastic piece you put on the end of your chopstick so it’s easier to use.
What You Need – 42 red solo cups.
First, split cups into two groups (21 each) and have two children compete against each other.
Kids have one minute to unstack the cups and create a pyramid then restack the cups back into each other.
Use the timer on your phone for this and write down the time they finish. At the end look at the times to find a winner. Just add more cups if you want to have more than two kids compete at a time.
Tip: when stacking cups up don’t press them tightly together or they can be hard to get apart.
What You Need – box of plastic spoons, 24 ping pong balls, 8 small paper bowls –
This game is for four kids at a time. Give each a spoon and two bowls. In one bowl add six ping pong balls. Kids have one minute to try to transfer the ping pong balls to the other bowl using only the spoon in their mouth. They may not use their hands.
For Winter Parties pretend the ping pong balls are snowballs.
What You Need – box of straws, and items to race, blue painters tape
This game can be customized by the time of year the party happens. For Halloween get some spider rings cut off the ring part and you have a spider to race. For, Winter parties use cotton balls for snow and Valentine’s Day candy hearts.
At a long table in the classroom put down blue painter’s tape (it shows up well & doesn’t stick to the table) at one end for the finish line. On the other side of the table have two kids line up with a straw and they have one minute to race their spider to the finish line by blowing on the straw.
TIP: If you want to stay socially distanced have each child at a different table with two people watching to see when they cross the line with their spider.
Don’t forget to check out – 20 Easy Minute to Win It Games for Kids
What You Need – Bingo cards and chips to cover the cards
Buy bingo cards or print them off of Pinterest. You will find tons of cards for each holiday.
I hope that you have found a few easy indoor party games for kids that will be perfect for your next school party. All these classroom party games are simple to put together and have been a hit at my kid’s school parties. I hope your kids will love them too.
Family Game Night
Plan a fun family game night at home or play these games once a month in the classroom. Our Family Game Night Planner includes 12 family game night ideas for each month of the year plus tips, food ideas & prizes.
Just print out the Family Game Night Planner and you’re ready for an awesome night at home with the kids.
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If you have some great indoor party games for kids and want to share them please leave it in the comments for us all to see. I love to learn from my readers.
Did you try these games? Let us know how it went in the classroom. Have a fun school party!!
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