10 Fun Musical Party Games

fun music party games

Our kids love music and they love to shake their bottoms.  Our boys think they are rock stars!  They probably get that from their Latin American booty shaking roots. Heritage aside, most children really enjoy music, movement and creating their own music, however, awful it may sound to our ears.

Here are some our kids favorites music games that we regular use at our parties and just for fun in our home. Most of the following activities can be adjusted for different ages but there are a few that may not work for all ages.

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10 Fun Musical Party Games

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  1. Musical Balloons- What you need to do is play your music and have each child grab a balloon when the music starts have kids bounce their balloons in the air and  move to the music. When the music stops they have to freeze and whoever is holding a balloon “wins.”  This is especially great for children who are a bit shy or reserved, the balloon gives them something to do and before they know it they are moving to the music. You can also use this fun toy as an alternative. You can use your own radio but here’s a Kid’s Portable Boom box that will be perfect for those little hands.

  2. Statues- Have children move to the music and when it stops they have to be still like a statue. You can add a twist to this game by telling them to freeze like: a rock star, a monkey, a ballerina….  I love this Sing Along CD Player for Kids it’s an updated version of our old school sing along cassette player from back in the day!
  3. I’m a Rock Star– Have your child put on their own show and video tape them or record them so they can watch themselves later and send it to friends and family. You can even have a station for this where they can use props and dress up. Just have them grab some of their favorite toy instruments– Woodstock Music Collection, Kid’s Accordion, Band in a Box, Percussion Toys, or this fun 6 in 1 Instrument Set for kids of all ages.

  4. We All Fall Down – Play music and have kids move around when the music stops they all fall down.
  5. The Word Dance– Have kids write a word on a slip of paper and then make up a dance to go with that. Great dance moves have been made up from this activity: the sprinkler, shopping cart, karate chop….
  6. Limbo- You can play the classic song “Limbo Rock” by Chubby Checker or any other song and have two children holding each end of a stick. While the music is playing children will try to go under it limbo style.
  7. Battle of the Bands– Have the teams split into groups and tell them you have 5 songs that they can choose from to “play” along with. Each group comes up with a name for their band and the song they are going to share. If kids need a bit more help this Karaoke machine for kids is great.They can use their imagination to come up with instruments and hit play and watch them have their very own jam session. You can give them points based on creativity or you can just have a show without points. If you want this to be the main activity start the kids out by making their own instruments.
  8. Ring around the Rosie– Form a circle and hold hands while you sing: Ring around the rosie, A pocket full of posies, Ashes, Ashes, We all fall down.
  9. If you’re happy and you know it– Play “If You’re Happy and You Know it” and change around the words to end with shake your bottom, do the twist, dance like a ballerina, hop on one foot….
  10. Song Charades- Make a list ahead of time of popular songs that are relevant to their age. There’s a also a fun Dance Charades Game that you can use with mid-older kids. So if it’s younger ones you probably should go with nursery rhymes or other classic songs like Pop Goes the Weasel, The Wheels on the Bus, You’re a Rock Star… and whisper the names in their ear if they don’t read yet.

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