The Fourth of July is just around the corner! Have you planned your party yet? If not, don’t worry! I have some practical party ideas for you that you can throw together quickly! I actually have so many ideas for you that this is a two-part blog! Today I will be talking about the party games and come back on Tuesday, June 16th for the Food and decorations!
So… we need something to do at our party, but we don’t want to spend a lot of money or haul a lot of things. In come my three simple party games!
Game number one, the Balloon Pop!
Do I really need to say more? You do exactly what it says, pop balloons! But there are a couple fun ways to do this.
We used to do this at my Grandma’s when I was little and it was really fun. Basically give each kid 3-5 balloons each and they race to see who can pop all their balloons the fastest. No prizes, just pride.
Two teams of two stand next to each other, with 6 balloons about 40 feet away. On “Go” one team member runs to get a balloon. They then run back to their partner and they must pop the balloon by squishing it between their standing bodies. When they do so, the runner runs back and gets balloon number two. When the runner runs back to their partner their partner is sitting down and they must pop the balloon by placing the balloon on the sitting person’s lap and the runner sitting down on them. After the second balloon is popped, the runner must run back and grab the third and final balloon. When the runner runs back to their partner, the teammate is laying down and they must pop the balloon by having one teammate lay on top of the other teammate and placing the balloon between the two. The team to do this the fastest wins.
Add some fun to this game by filling the balloons with water on a hot day or filling them with candy (no sticks) and/or stickers for the kids to have once they have popped the balloons.
Game number two, Bean Bag Toss!
You may have Bean Bag boards, but sometimes there is just not enough room to pack all that stuff in your car. So with this game you will simply need 6 bean bags, 3 container lids and some flour.
Choose three round, they don’t have to be round but that is what I used, container lids of different sizes. Lay them out on the grass creating almost a snowman shape, with some space in between the lids. Sprinkle white flour around the lids. When you pick up the lids you will have three nice round shapes to toss bean bags into.
Now, if you do not have bean bags, you can make your own with some beans, and some scrap material. Now, these are in no way “Official” Bean Bags, but they will work for just having fun in the yard. Follow the steps below to make yours.
What you will need
- 3 Cups Navy Beans
- 12 – 5” square pieces of material (6 of each of two colors)
- Sewing machine
- Pinking Shears
- Using pinking shears, cut the edges of your fabric squares to create a pinked edge.
- Pin together two pieces of 5” square fabric with outsides out.
- Completely sew three edges of square.
- Sew 2/3 of the last edge leaving a couple inches open to fill your bag
- Using a funnel, pour in ½ Cup Navy Beans
- Hold the bag shut and finish sewing the last edge.
- For good measure, sew around all four edges one last time.
There you have it. You have a fun game for the family without having to drag along big boards and you used up some of your left over scrap material.
Game number three, Gatorade Ring Toss
This game is fun and practical because it uses items that you can consume and recycle after and items that you probably already have around your house!
You simply purchase 10 bottles of your favorite Gatorade or Powerade (I chose red, white and blue varieties for obvious reasons) and set them up like bowling pins. In a nice 1, 2, 3, 4 pyramid sequence, leaving room for rings. Then using diving rings, try to ring the bottles. Make up your own rules and have fun!
Here are some pictures of my cute kids and the fun they had!
Well there you have it, three simple party games! Check out my blog on Tuesday for great food ideas for your Fourth of July Party!
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