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Kid's Party Ideas -- Kid's Barnyard/Farm Party Games

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A farm or barnyard theme party provides children with bushels of fun. If you can, provide some bales of hay; your small hayseeds will enjoy climbing and balancing on them. Dress the little farm hands up with Child Size Cowboy Hats  and Bandanas.  Add a piece of hay to each little mouth, and take lots of pictures. Take the time to have each child pose alone, and with the birthday child for pictures on a tractor or peeking out of the barn.  The priceless photos can then be mailed to each guest with a thank you note at a later date.  Make sure that each child gets a turn at driving the tractor to the back forty, and plan to give the children plenty of free time to play down on the farm.  Encourage lots of imaginative play.


 Have children stand in front of the group and make their best barnyard animal noises. For older kids use a panel of judges to later award prizes for the best, longest, shortest, loudest, quietest, most obnoxious, silliest, least like an animal.....until everyone wins and has a good laugh in the process!


Bring your party to a close with a Animal Pinata (Cow, Horse, Pig & etc.). We’ve yet to find a child who doesn’t want to grab some goodies from one at a party!   Use a child-sized pitch fork or hoe as the "bat", and a Bandanas  as the blindfold. 


Hide inexpensive, plastic barnyard animals or small stuffed ones around a room in the house or in the yard. Give each child a bag to place their animals in or make Cowhide buckets from margarine containers. Paint containers white, add black spots to look like cowhide. Add a rope handle. These make fun treat buckets too.


This racing-chasing game is guaranteed fun for ducks and geese alike. It also adapts readily to any party theme. All of the children except one sit in a circle facing each other. The remaining person goes around the circle, tapping each child gently on the head and saying "duck." When the tapper says "goose," the child whose head was just touched jumps up and chases the tapper around the circle. The tapper in turn tries to get all the way back to the goose's spot without getting tagged by the goose. If the tapper succeeds, the goose becomes the new tapper and the game continues. But if the goose catches the tapper, the tapper continues his or her walk around the circle.


Divide your party guests into two equal teams in two single file lines. Have the leader of each line get on their hands and knees. At the start of go the player behind them will grab his/her ankles and hold up their legs so they can only walk on their hands. Race to a designated area and have them reverse on the way back. Continue until one team finishes first.


Divide your guest into two equal teams. Give each team a burlap bag that they step into and have them race to a specified distance and back. Continue until one team has completely finished. The one team who finishes first wins.


This game must be played outdoors for it gets a little messy. Divide your guests into two equal teams. Have them line up in two horizontal lines facing each other about 2 feet apart. The person facing the other will be partners. Give one line an unboiled egg. At the sound of "go" the partner with the egg will toss it to the other. They must catch it without it breaking. If someone breaks the egg or does not catch it, they are out. Before they toss it again they both must take one step backwards. Repeat this until only one team is left. You may substitute water balloons instead of real eggs.


Have the kid's stand in a circle facing inward. Everyone extends his or her right-hand into the middle of the circle and takes hold of someone else's hand. Then, they do the same with their left-hands. The object of the game is to see if they can untangle the "knot" by ducking under people, stepping over them or turning around. No matter what happens, they can't let go of hands!


Have the children sit in a circle. Start the music, as the music plays a Hat is passed around the circle. When the music stops the person holding the Hat is Out. Continue until only one child remains.

TOMMY MINDS THE FARM (use birthday child's name)

Pretend is a favorite activity for children, so you are going to pretend that Old McDonald has to go away for the day and that Tommy (birthday child's name) is going to mind the farm. Start by pretending to drive to the farm. Then when you get to the farm, Tommy is going to take a walk around the farm to see that all the animals are happy. When you met the horse. Say, Hi, Horsey. When the Horse answers he says " Quack, Quack! Pretend to be puzzled and say " I thought a horse went "Neigh, Neigh"! , Then visit the Cow. and say, "How Now, Cow". The cow says "Oink, Oink. Continue by mixing up the animals sounds. (Pig says "Honk", Goose says "Meow", Goat say "Rrruff", Cat say "Baa Baa", Dog says "Cluck Cluck", Sheep say "Buzz, Buzz", Duck says "Ribbit", Frog says " Cock-a-doodle-doo", Turkey says "Neigh", & etc.) Pretend to be very confused and say "Something is really wrong here on the farm". Then pretend that you get a letter from Old McDonald that says that the animals like to play tricks on people. Just in case they try something funny, here is a song to help keep track of things. Then sing "Old McDonald Had a Farm".


Play the same as "hot potato" using a barnyard animal bean bag. Start the music and have the kid's pass the Animal around the circle. When the music stops the child holding the Animal is out. Continue until only one child remains. Give a prize to the winner. 


Make a list of barnyard animal facts with true/false answers. See who can get the most correct answers.


Let the kids make Pretzel Farm Animals with the following recipe:
1 package yeast, 4 cups flour, 1½ cups warm water, 1 egg, 1 tbsp. Sugar, 1 tbsp. Salt.  In a large bowl mix yeast, water, sugar and salt.  Stir in flour.  Knead on table until dough is smooth.  After the kids have washed their hands, give each child a ball of dough to work with.  Let them be creative as they shape the dough into animal shapes.  Brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with salt.  Let the kids move on to the next adventure while the pretzels bake in a 425* oven for 15 minutes or until browned.


Set up a chair on one side of the yard with an empty wash tub or other large container. On the chair tape a picture of a barn. Divide your guests into 2 -4 equal teams. On the opposite side of the yard Line each team up. Give the first child in the line a colored plastic pail filled with water (have extra pails of water ready), cowboy hat, cowboy vest, & Bandanas  ( or you could also use a pair of overall & bandana). The relay starts and the first child in each group must put on the vest, bandana, & hat then grab the pail of water and race to the barn chair. Dump the water in the wash tub and run back to the start line. Take off the vest, bandana, & hat. Give the empty pail to the adult to be refilled with water. The next child then does the same until all members of the team have completed the coarse. The first team to finish or the team with the most water in the wash tub can be declared the winners! Give small prize to each member of the winning team.

Variation 1: To play indoors use blue tissue paper to represent water in the pail & the kid's will have to throw the tissue paper into the wash tub.

Variation 2: Will need to play this one outside. Place an empty bucket on the chair, give each team a bucket filled with water. Give each child an empty paper cup. Place the bucket of water next to the last person in line. When you say "Ready, Set, Fight the Fire", the last person in line must fill their cup from the bucket then fill the cup of the next person in line, who in turn fills the cup of the next person in line from their cup, when the person at the beginning of the line has their cup filled they must then, run, jump, hop to the bucket on the other side of the room and pour the water into the empty bucket. (The amount of water they get into the bucket, counts more than speed). They then return to their team and go to the end of the line. They now fill their cup and start the process over again. Play continues until all members of the team have placed water into the bucket and returned to the end of the line. Each team must finish before a winner is announced. The winner is the team who has filled the empty bucket the fullest. Use a measuring pitcher to determine the winner.


Play this game using the same concept as the classic game of musical chairs…one less hat than there are children for each round.  Place a pile of Cowboy Hats on a table that the kids must walk around while the music is playing.  When the music is turned off, the kids must scramble to put on a hat. The child without a hat must leave the game, and the game continues with one less hat until there is one child remaining – the winner.


Wrap a box of animal fruit snacks with newspaper or butcher paper.  Continue wrapping layer upon layer around the package, so that the kids can unwrap it one sheet at a time.  After you have added approximately 12-15 layers, wrap the final layer with real birthday paper and a fancy bow.  Play some music, and tell the kids that when the music stops, whoever is holding the package gets to unwrap the package (be specific that they may only open one layer.)  Continue playing the game until the final layer is removed.  The winner gets to give each person a package of the fruit snacks…so everyone wins!


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