Here is a list of games that are just as much fun to look at as participate in. Maybe elderly relatives don’t want to play but rather sit and watch or maybe the group is too big for everyone to participate and play at the same time. With these games, everyone will have a good time.
You will need: Pancakes and frying pans.
This game is really fun to play in teams. You play the game as a relay where one team member at a time must run to and round a stick or tree and then run back. During this time the participant carries a frying pan and has to flip the pancake three times without dropping it. If the pancake is dropped the flip does not count. Make sure to have some spare pancakes ready if a participant completely breaks theirs. Once a team member has finished they keep their pancake but pass on the frying pan to the next person in line who must now run with and flip their own pancake. The first team to finish wins.
You will need: A cookie and chair for each participant.
Face the Cookie Challenge is a classic, popular and fun game that is much harder than it looks. It’s also easy to prepare and fun for other party guests to watch.
The participants are seated in chairs with their faces turned toward the ceiling/sky. Their hands should be at their backs. Place a cookie on each of the participants' foreheads.
When the start signal sounds, the participants must as fast as they can move the cookie from their forehead to their mouth and take a bite out of it without using their hands or leaving their chair.
The first one to take a bite is the winner.
If someone drops their cookie, they can use their hands to pick it up and place it back on their forehead again to start over.
You will need: An open space and some strings.
This game can be played both in teams and individually.
The first step is for everyone to tie their own feet together by the ankles using a string. When the competition starts, the participants must make it through a course as fast as possible. They’re only allowed to two-foot jump (or try to wiggle forward). No hands or crawling is allowed.
The course can, for example, be to round a tree in the garden. You pick if you want everybody to compete simultaneously or if you use a stopwatch and let one participant finish the course at a time.
The fastest contestant wins!
Team Relay Game
If you want a team contest, you can play this game as a relay. The team members go one at a time, still with their feet tied together, of course.
When the first participant crosses the finish line, the next member of the team starts.
The first team to finish wins the relay!
All Together Team Relay (Fun Cooperation Competition)
A hilarious version of this outdoor game is to tie the whole team together. First, everyone ties their feet at the ankles, just as described above. Then the team binds themselves to each other. The whole team must be connected, and each member tied to at least one other team member.
Now let the teams try to finish the course as fast as they can. The team that first crosses the finish line wins.
You will need: Chairs, cotton balls, bowls, and vaseline.
This party game is fun to play for both kids and adults. It’s also a game where all ages can compete simultaneously. Those not participating will have a great time watching the game, and it is easy to prepare.
I’ve mostly played this outdoors, but it’s a game that works fine indoors, too. If you have the space, that is.
Prepare the game by positioning a couple of chairs with at least seven feet between the chairs. Put an empty bowl on one chair and a bowl filled with cotton balls on the other. Before the competition starts, give each contestant some vaseline on the tip of their nose.
The participants must move as many cotton balls as possible from the cotton bowl to the empty bowl. No hands allowed, only use the nose! It is okay to shake and swing the head to drop the cotton balls in the empty bowl during the game, though.
The player who moves the most cotton balls in 2 minutes wins the game.
This game can be played both in teams or individually. However, it is the most fun if several people are playing simultaneously. Here you’ll need two chairs per player or team.
If you are playing in teams, you simply make it a relay and compete for about 5 minutes total.
You will need: Balloons.
This is an entertaining balloon race game for both children and adults. The participants will feel a bit goofy, and the spectators sure will be entertained.
The game works well both as an individual and a team competition.
Each player receives a blown-up balloon to place between their knees. (Give kids smaller balloons than grown-ups.)
When you start the game, the contestants must waddle or jump to try and move forward and round a predetermined point and then hurry back without dropping or popping the balloon.
When someone drops their balloon, they have to pick it up again and run back to restart from the starting point. The rounding point works as a checkpoint. If a player drops their balloon after passing this checkpoint, they only have to run back there, not start all over from the start.
If the balloon pops, the person must run back to the start and blow up a new one. Then return to the place where it popped and continue.
Balloon Race Relay Version
The game can easily be turned into a team relay. The team member that just finished then passes on the balloon to the next member in the team. Each team has its own course and object they must round.
You will need: Something that can function as a bar.
Two people will hold the bar (unless you happen to have a suitable frame to hang it on).
The challenge is for all participants to walk under the bar while only bending backward, and no hand must touch the ground. The bar is lowered after each round. The person that manages to walk under the bar at the lowest height wins the game.
Be sure to have some pleasant music playing in the background during this party game.
You will need: A knife, fork, tray, and a rugged plate and glass that both can take a beating. And a stopwatch for timing it all.
This is a very challenging balancing competition. It’s a perfect outdoor game for adults, older kids, or teenagers. Play it in the garden or in a park.
Place the knife and fork, glass, and plate on the tray. The players must balance the tray using only one flat hand placed under the tray. Curling fingers around the edge of the tray to hold it steady is not allowed while moving.
The goal of the game is to traverse a course as fast as possible.
The course can be as simple as just rounding a tree in the backyard and running back. You can also put up obstacles along the way as a table to crawl under or something to step over.
If the contestants drop anything off of the tray, they must stop and pick it up. They are allowed to continue only once everything is placed back on the tray. Still with just the one flat hand under the tray while moving. They can put the tray down and use both hands to pick things up and reset the tray, though.
The fastest to reach the goal wins!
The game can easily be made into a relay race!
Divide the players up into teams. When a player finishes the course, they hand the tray over to the next team member.
The fastest team wins!
You will need: A stick, bat or other similar long object per player. Longer for adults and shorter for kids.
Holding this activity on the soft grass in the backyard is not a bad idea. Some people get very dizzy from the spinning and might fall.
Play this lawn game individually or in teams as a relay.
Individual Dizzy Bat
All players start at a starting line. When the start signal sounds they must run to their stick and pick it up. The sticks are all placed on a line some distance from the start. Say 15 feet away.
The players must now hold one end of the stick against their forehead and the other end against the ground. Then they have to run 7 laps around the spot where the stick meets the ground. The stick should be kept in place in the same spot on the ground while running.
When a player has spun around 7 times they have to run back to the starting line. The first one to get back wins!
Team Relay Dizzy Bat Competition
In a team competition this can turn into a relay where the whole team competes.
One player of the team starts and runs to the stick, spins around and runs back. Then the next player of the team does the same thing and so on.
The first team to have all members finish and back at the starting line wins the game.
You will need: One sack per participant.
This game works well both as an individual and a relay team competition.
Each participant gets a sack and stand in it with both legs. When the start signal sounds the goal is to hop from the start to the finish. From the starting point the participants might have to round something and hop back to the start again or just hop forward to a finish line. The first one to reach the finish wins.