Musical chairs variation and game for childrens parties

Chairs: musical variations and games for childrens parties


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Musical chairs

Age range:
Young kids, Kids, (Pool version for Teens and Adults)

Birthday party, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Summer fun (pool version)

Indoor, Outdoor, Pool (see variation)

You will need:
Some children, one chair less than the number of children. One adult (minimum) and a music player of some sort with lots of volume and a pause facility – a portable CD player is ideal.

How to play:
The chairs are arranged in a circle, or a line with chairs facing out on each side, with the children standing around them.
The music is started, the children must start walking round the chairs.
When the music stops they have to sit on a chair (one to a chair)
The child without a chair is out
The music is restarted, the children stand up and start going round again
One chair is removed
Any children who get angry or pushy will need to be removed and calmed down. The child in the last chair wins

1. In a pool, use floating balloons attached to the side of the pool by a short string, the children must grab a balloon to stay in. The kids must hold hands and move in a circle while the music plays. Have several adults available in case a kid gets into difficulty. Teens and adults can play this version and still be cool. Burst balloons count as "no balloon" so more than one might be out.

Last updated December 1, 2014 16:24