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. This is a great way to get their wiggles out!
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 for Kids. Ask the kids silly questions like Would You Rather have bad breath or stinky feet or Would You Rather eat worms or beetles?
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!
Grab your 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)
Then just have the kids see if they can get the ping pong balls in the pumpkins.
Get More Halloween ideas in our Spooktacular Halloween Activities for Kids it has a few more fun Halloween party ideas too.
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.
Halloween Mystery Boxes
Another fun Halloween game is to create DIY Halloween Mystery Boxes. It’s a spooky sensory game with kids reaching into the box to see if they feel witches’ eyes or grapes, Warlocks’ brains, or spaghetti.
I’ve used this game a couple of times at school parties and just leave it out on a table for kids to try while they are waiting their turn at a game. A great idea when you have a transition time too.
Tip: Make sure to check with the teacher before if the kids in the class have any allergies. They will not be able to see what is inside and you don’t want an allergic reaction.
Halloween Witches Hat Toss
This is a fun and easy game to make with paper plates and poster board. Create a witch’s hat from a black poster board by cutting out a circle for the bottom of the hat and shaping a larger piece into a cone. Then tape the bottom and cone together to create a hat.
Now take a paper plate and cut out the middle portion. This is what kids will toss to go over the witch’s hat.
That’s all you need to do to make a Witches Hat Toss perfect for a Halloween game at home or school party.
Escape Room Games
Challenge the kids with a fun escape room party. They are hugely popular right now and a really fun activity to play in the classroom.
Two of our favorite printable games to use are the Escape Room Geeks or Lock Paper Scissors. Each kit has a suggested age range and comes with a printable storyline, puzzles, and clues for the kids to follow.
You can visit our full review of the best printable escape room games for kids to pick out the perfect game for your kid’s age group.
The best part is you just need to download the game, print it out, and play. It’s that easy! Plus the kids will have a blast playing together in teams.
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.
Charades for Kids
Kids will love this fun game of Charades for Kids plus it’s super easy to run for school parties.
First, print out our Free Printable Charades Ideas for Kids with 144 Words & 8 Categories to choose from. There is a Halloween & Christmas category included.
Then break the kids up into teams. You can do two larger teams or if you have a lot of kids maybe make 4 teams.
Have a bowl with the printed-out Charades words for the kids to pick from when it’s their turn.
The first player on a team has 1 minute to act out the word on their paper. If their team guesses the word before the 1 minute is up their team gets 1 point. If they don’t guess the word the other team has one chance to guess the correct answer and win the point.
Trade-off between teams taking turns until all the students have had a chance to act out a word.
The winning team has the most points at the end of the game.
Make it a Christmas Game or Winter Party Game with our Funny Christmas Charades Ideas for Kids. There are a lot of generic winter words that you can use for school holiday parties too.
What You Need – Bingo cards and chips to cover the cards
This is a fun and quick game to calm down the kids after the more active games. It’s also a really easy game to social distance in classrooms.
For Halloween grab our FREE Printable Halloween Bingo Cards.
For Christmas grab our Free Printable Christmas Bingo Cards.
For Valentine’s Day grab our Free Printable Valentine’s Day Bingo Cards
For Easter grab our Free Printable Easter Bingo Cards
Plan a fun Mystery party with exciting Detective Games for kids. Tell the kids a detective riddle and have them write their answers in invisible ink to create secret messages. While it dries play escape room games, or have a teddy bear scavenger hunt with clues.
You’ll find tons of ideas in our Mystery & Detective Games for Kids.
Holiday Coloring Pages
When you need the kids to calm down a little bit have them sit down and color. It’s an easy activity while you get the holiday snack or transition between games.
Tic Tac Toe
Keep the kids busy in between activities with a fun Tic Tac Toe Game. Get a large black poster board and draw a tic tac toe board with a white crayon for Halloween or a Red poster board for Christmas & Valentine’s Day.
For Halloween – Use white and orange pumpkins as your game pieces or paint one set of the pumpkins to distinguish the player’s pumpkins.
For Christmas – Use two Different Color Plastic Ornaments.
For Winter Parties – Use foam blocks as ice for winter. Then use a marker to add an X or O to the blocks.
For Valentine’s Day – Cut out paper hearts in two different colors ie. pink & purple.
Balloon Keep it Up
What You Need – A balloon for each child in the classroom
This is a fun and simple balloon game for kids. Each child is given a balloon and then the kids space out around the room. When you say go they need to try and keep the balloon up in the air without touching the ground.
The last student to keep the balloon up in the air wins the game.
Winter Party Games
Fun games to play at winter parties in the classroom.
If you are throwing a Christmas or Winter Holiday party use our Free Printable Christmas Games. You’ll find tons of Christmas-themed printable games perfect for school parties.
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.
If you have Tweens in the class for 4th or 5th grade also try Best Minute to Win It Games for Teens & Tweens too.
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 use cheater chopsticks for our kids. It’s a simple reusable plastic piece you put on the end of your chopstick so it’s easier to use.
For more Winter party games visit our Favorite Winter & Christmas Minute to Win It Games.
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.
Drop in the Cup
This is a Minute to Win it Game for Tweens so try this with older 4th or 5th graders.
Each player or a team of two players together is given 10 ping pong balls. When the timer starts players need to roll their ping pong balls and try to get all their balls to land in a cup in 1 minute.
If you roll all your ping pong balls and still have time on the clock players can pick up balls that fell on the ground and keep going.
The winner is whoever gets the most ping pong balls in the cups in 1 minute.
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.
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.
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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 them 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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