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    Monday, March 2, 2009

    Traditional Party Games - Pass the Parcel

    OK, so this is one that everybody knows but there are variations that might prove useful for you!

    You will need: A small prize that has been wrapped with many layers of paper. It doesn't have to be expensive wrapping paper. Pages from magazines and newspapers are great!

    If you are in a situation where you're likey to play this game regularly or you really hate the waste, you can make draw string bags of slightly smaller sizes - like Russian dolls - for the wrapping.

    You can put a sweet inbetween each layer for the children, but I prefer to put a forfeit inbetween each layer.

    If you are trying to be fair and make sure that everyone gets a turn at unwrapping a layer you will need to make sure you know how many layers there are! A simple way of gauging when you are close to the prize is to change the type of wrapping. Use silver foil for a layer, for example. Alternatively if you are using forfeits, you can write the number of layers on the back so that the person in charge of the game knows!!

    Example Forfeits:
    These were used for a 7 year olds High School Musical Party - but you get the idea and you can adapt for your theme!

    Say the days of the week backwards
    What character does Zac Efron play?
    Shake hands with everyone in the circle
    Act like a chicken
    Sing Baa baa black sheep
    Skip around the outside of the circle
    Act like a monkey
    Name seven things that you would find in a bathroom
    Wear a pair of gloves for the rest of the game
    Pat your head and rub your tummy
    Hop around the outside of the circle
    Sing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, once I caught a fish alive…
    Count from 10 backwards to 0
    What is the name of the actress that plays Sharpay?
    In which High School Musical film is the song “Bet on it”?
    Sing and do the actions for Heads, Shoulders Knees and Toes.
    Say the tongue twister, “Peter Piper picked a pec of pickled peppers, a pec of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked” four times really quickly or pick an adult to do it for you!
    Dance like Sharpay
    Stretch up high and then touch your toes
    Name seven things that you can find at school
    Wear a woolly hat for the rest of the game
    Have two sweets!
    Shout “Wildcats!” really loudly
    Say all the months of the year
    Act like a basket ball player
    Act like someone playing golf
    Touch all four walls of the room
    Act like a cheerleader
    Say the nursery rhyme, Mary had a little lamb
    Sing “Twinkle twinkle little star”

    How to play:

    Sit the children in a circle and have someone operate the CD player to stop and start the music. Keep up a reasonable pace with stopping the music so you maintain the interest of the children. Have someone else armed with a bin bag to clear up the wrapping as you go.

    When the music stops the child holding the parcel takes of a layer and does the forfeit - if you've included them. If they are shy, let them nominate a friend to do their forfeit with them. If they do it successfully depending upon your view on rewards they can just get a round of applause from the circle, be offered a sweet or offered a small non-sugar related gift.

    Depending upon the number of children and the number of wrappings, this game can take up quite a bit of time - particularly if you've added forfeits! :)

    Have fun.


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