15 Best 1 Year Old Birthday Party Games & Activities

Exciting 1st Birthday Party Games And Activities

Your baby’s first birthday party will be the best one ever as this is your chance to introduce him to friends and family and have a great time. Since this is also the only birthday that will most likely be attended by all the guests you’d invite, you need to have 1st birthday party games for all ages set up, so no one feels left out. Here are some ideas for one-year-old birthday party games.

Best First Birthday Party Game/Activity Ideas

Depending on the venue and the number of guests, you could set up games for different age groups at a different place or sequence them so nobody would miss out. Here are some great choices for first birthday games.

For Babies and Toddlers

Babies are too spontaneous to participate in games; they would, however, love these 1st birthday party activities.

1. Bubble Chase

Kids, no matter what their age is, they are captivated by bubbles. A fun game would try and catch them!

How to Play

  • You will need a bubble machine for the game or have a few of the older kids to blow the bubbles.
  • Show your toddler how to catch a bubble with a plastic drinking cup.
  • Give them a cup and let them go after the bubbles.

2. Game of tunnels

One of the most fun-filled indoor games you can have on a birthday party is building tunnels.

How to Play

  • For this game, you can buy a pop-up tunnel for kids until four years of age.
  • Alternatively, you can make your tunnels by taping cardboard boxes together. You can find plenty of carton boxes from your local supermarket.
  • Arrange the tunnel in the playroom for a game of peek-a-boo.

3. Wagon Ride

If you have a big backyard, this is one of the most fun outdoor activities for all the kids.

  • Buy a big children’s wagon and decorate it with stickers, balloons, streamers and colour papers.
  • Mark a path using balloons in your yard and take one baby at a time for a ride along the path.
  • Each baby gets five minutes of ride time and is greeted with cheers and claps with every ride.

4. Quiet Play

While the big kids are away playing other games, you can gather up the toddlers to have their quiet party for a while to calm them down.

How to Play

  • Get a big enough playpen for more than three toddlers and have them spend some time in a quiet corner.
  • Use pads and soft mattresses to create a baby zone with plenty of soft toys.

5. Toddler Obstacle Course

This one is an interesting game for which your baby needs a lot of motivation.

How to Play

  • You will need ropes, soft toys, bouncy balls, blocks.
  • Make an obstacle course using ropes and place the toys, balls and blocks in the path.
  • With the baby on one end and you on the other, cheer for your toddler to make his way to you

For Big Kids

For bigger kids, you could make the games a little more challenging and fun.


1. Make a small Ball Pit

Children love playing in ball pits and so do some grown-ups!

How to Play

  • You would need an inflatable swimming pool, your baby’s kiddie pool will do too.
  • Order BPA-free balls online in bulk packets, preferably a few hundred balls depending on pool size.
  • Fill up the pool with balls and set it up on the lawn or someplace indoors where it is safer.
  • Use different coloured balls and let them jump in.

2. Fashion Show

For this game, you will have to inform your guests in advance so they can come prepared.

How to Play

  • To make it realistic, you can set up a walkway with some lights and balloons.
  • Have a good music system and someone to play and pause on cue.
  • Dress up the children in costumes based on a theme and let the walk begin.
  • At the end of the game, offer a gift or memento to all the participants.

3. Balloon Scrabble

This is an excellent game for kids of all ages.

How to Play

  • You will need a balloon of different colours and permanent markers.
  • Inflate 26 balloons for all the letters and write down each on one balloon in capitals.
  • Pick a word or name and scatter the balloons.
  • Divide the kids into teams, and their task is to find the correct balloons and stand in the right order of the spelling. Fastest team wins.

4. Smash a Balloon for a Gift

It doesn’t matter how old you are; it’s always exciting to get a surprise gift.

How to Play

  • Gather several gift items such as stickers, small gift articles or collectables.
  • Place a gift item inside each balloon before inflating it.
  • Scatter the balloons in a room and ask all the kids to enter and stomp the balloons.
  • They get to keep anything they find in the balloon they popped.

5. Cops and Thieves

This fun game is best played outdoors, such as a park.

How to Play

  • One kid at random is chosen to become the sheriff, and the rest of them are thieves.
  • The thieves run free while the sheriff tries to tag one of them.
  • Whoever gets tagged will be jailed in one end of the park where they can be set free by the other thieves.
  • If the sheriff tags one of the other thieves while they are helping the tagged one, they become a sheriff too.
  • The game ends when all the thieves have become sheriffs.

6. Pin the Tail on the Donkey

This game is played with a blindfold and is immensely entertaining. You will need some Velcro strips and streamers for this game.

How to Play

  • Draw a picture of a donkey on a large sheet of cardboard without a tail.
  • Cut strips of the velvet and stick it to different parts on the donkey’s body along with one strip in the right place where the tail should be.
  • A streamer or a tiny rope with the fastener attached to it is used as the tail.
  • The kids are blindfolded and have to walk up to the donkey and stick the tail in the right place.
  • Whoever gets it right wins a prize.


For Adults and Older Kids

Your toddler’s first birthday is more of a fun time for the guests than it is for him, therefore have a couple of fun activities such as games for parents along with the children.

1. Time Capsule

Older kids and adults can only grasp the fun part of a time capsule. This should be included in your baby’s 1st birthday party games so they can open it at the age of 20.

How to Play

  • Pass along a note pad to all the guests so they can write something in it.
  • Collect pieces of confetti, balloons, gift cards or anything that can be sealed off for a long time.
  • Get a plastic container or a decorated storage box with a sealable top and add everything in it.

2. Musical Chairs

This game never gets old! It’s a must-have on your list of 1st birthday party games for adults.

How to Play

  • To play the game, you will need teams of people, 6-8 chairs and a music system.
  • The game starts with the same number of players and chairs with everyone going around the chairs in circles.
  • When the music is paused, everybody scrambles for a chair.
  • In the second round, one chair is removed, so somebody gets out.
  • The last person still in the game is the winner.

3. Building Blocks

Construction and demolition!

How to Play

  • You will need plenty of building blocks for this game, a Nerf gun and plastic balls.
  • Divide the participants into teams of builders and demolishers.
  • The building team has to build a structure out of the blocks in under 5 minutes.
  • The demolition team tries to take down the structure by shooting at it or tossing plastic balls from a distance.
  • The teams then switch roles.

4. Parent-Child Craft Game

Parents and their children team up to build something creative.

How to Play

  • You will need plenty of cardboard and art supplies such as scissors, tape, glue and colours.
  • The task is to build a house, a car or anything that can be done under an hour.
  • The kids come up with the ideas while their parents help them with cutting, glueing and decorating.
  • Have a team of judges evaluate the craft, and the winning team gets a small prize.

The first one will always be the most memorable and these games should add plenty of fun to your baby’s first birthday. Throw in some twist of your own to make the games more exciting and take plenty of pictures for memories!

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