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The Best Party Games for Kids from Around the World: Fishhh!

Nothing beats the smile on a child’s face when they head off to school with those all-important party invitations carefully tucked away in their bag. Except maybe the excitement that fills the whole house when the morning of the party finally arrives! Playing kids’ birthday party games is all part of the fun of parties. These fun games will not only get the kids moving and laughing, but also teach them important traditions, skills (like determination and concentration), and values. Why not add to the games you know and love by playing a new one next time it’s your turn to host? We are sharing the best party games for kids from around the world – so you can simply print off the instructions, gather together everything you need from around the house for these simple games for kids, and get started. 

Birthday Party Games for Kids: Fishhh!

‘Fishhh!’ is a variation on the British game ‘flap the fish’, which has been played for generations as a kids’ birthday party game. Sometimes the teams would decorate their fish in bright colours before the race, so ask the children to finger-paint their fish first if you want to get creative. Providing aprons or old shirts to protect their clothes is a good idea, but getting messy is all part of the fun with party games for kids. Tip from the Stain Gang: With paint involved, things could get messy. If paint finds its way onto clothes, wash it off immediately with cold water while the paint is still wet.  As long as you rinse while the paint is wet, it should come off easily. Then, wash the garment with Surf Excel Matic. You will need:

  • Old newspapers
  • Scissors
  • Paints (optional)

How to play:

  • The best simple games for kids ­– like ‘Fishhh!’ hardly require any preparation.
  • Cut out two 20cm fish shapes from the newspaper. If you’re not painting or decorating your fish, make sure that there is an easy way to tell the two fish apart!
  • Roll three or four newspapers into baton shapes, roughly around 60cms long. You’ll only need two (one per team) to start with, but keep the other two handy because they probably won’t last long!
  • Clear an area on the floor and divide the children into two teams. Place the fish on the floor and tell them that they’ll need to work together as a team to win the game by using the newspaper baton as a ‘fan’ to waft the fish over the finishing line before the other team.
  • As with all simple games for kids, the kids will need to follow the rules, too – with no pushing, dragging or touching of the fish.

Party Games for Kids and Cooperation

Party games for kids like this will teach children to cooperate and work together as a team. They’ll need to be open to each other’s suggestions, think quickly on their feet, and decide together who should be in charge of waving the newspaper in order to get to the line first. They’ll also need to keep their competitiveness under control – just one player breaking the rules will mean the whole team is out. No excuses! What other birthday party games for kids that encourage co-operation do you know? Let us know in the comments below! And for a game that teaches perseverance and patience, try this fun flour cake game!