This candy ball bubble wrap party game is a crowd pleaser. I’ve played it many times with groups of kids of various ages and it’s always a big it. It’s also a great alternative to using a piñata.
The ball is typically filled with candy however, if you don’t want the kids on a sugar rush you can use any small items. For my niece’s spa party we used candy, nail polish, lip gloss and nail stickers. For a boys party you can use hot wheels, bouncy balls and other small figures.
You can also make this an active game and fill it with little notes saying do 10 jumping jacks or run around the circle.
If you have an adult party, you can fill the ball with items adults may like.
Set up: Materials: candy or small items, bubble wrap, cellophane, packing tape
- Take a couple pieces of candy and wrap it in a layer of bubble wrap.
- Use the packing tape to secure.
- Place some more candy on the bubble wrap, wrap the new candy in a layer of cellophane.
- repeat steps 1-3 until you have made a large ball
How to play
I play two ways depending on the age of the kids.
1. Traditional Way- Materials: 2 dice: Have the children sit in a circle. Have one child hold the ball and give another child the dice. The children with the dice has three chances to roll doubles while the other child tries to rip apart the ball. If the child rolling the dice rolls doubles, the child ripping the ball must stop and pass it. If by the third roll of the dice no doubles are thrown then the child must pass the ball. Any candy or item that falls out on their turn, they get to keep.
2. Variation for younger children– Instead of using dice, have the children count to 15 while one is tearing open the ball. Once the children get to 15, the child must pass the ball.
You can also make up your own rules and play.
It’s summer and that means trips to the beach! Here are a list of ideas to keep kids entertained while spending the day at the beach.
- Beach Relay- This is a fun activity to do with 2 or more children. Materials: 2 large beach buckets and 2 cups.
Place the beach buckets a distance away from the water. Split children up into even teams and have them stand a couple feet away from the beach buckets. Give the first two children on line a cup. The children run to the water and fill up their cup then run back to the bucket and pour the water in. Have them give the next child on line the cup and repeat. The first team with their bucket filled is the winner.
2. Plaster of Paris Beach Casting Project. This is a fun activity to do with children of all ages.
3. Fly a kite.
4. Play catch.
5. Search for shells and rocks. Take your shells and rocks home to paint. They make great outdoor decorations. You can also add a magnet to small shells and rocks and put them on your refrigerator. You can also glue shells together to make sculptures.
6. Take a walk and explore the beach.
7. Take turns burying each other. This is a fun activity if you don’t mind getting a little sandy. Just make sure you keep sand away from the face.
8. Make sand angels. Everyone’s heard of snow angels but what about sand angels. Just lay in the sand and move your arms and legs back and forth. Sand up and you will see a wonderful sand angel. Add shells and rocks to make a face on your angel and to decorate.
9. Build sandcastles. This is a classic and great beach activity and will keep kids busy for a while. Just don’t forget to bring the beach buckets and shovels.
10. Dig a deep hole. This is a fun activity that will take a while. Give each child a shovel and tell them to dig as deep and they can. If your hole is not too far from the water you may be able to dig until you reach water!
11. Have a dance party- Bring an ipod or battery operated radio to the beach and have the kids dance to their favorite songs. You can also play freeze dance.
12. Search for sticks and have kids write their names or phrases in the sand.
13. Go on a scavenger hunt. Make a list of items kids must find on the beach (i.e different types of shells and rocks, sticks, beach glass, seaweed, etc…). Give each child a bag or bucket and send them to look for the items.
Things to bring with you to have a great day at the beach
- Sunscreen – we don’t want anyone to get a sunburn!
- Beach Blanket– I always bring one for me and one for the kids. I try to keep mine sand free!
- Radio– Music always makes the day better.
- Snacks, drinks and lunch– The worst thing is to hear kids complain that their hungry and thirsty. Food at the beach can be very expensive. Try brining lunch.
- Cooler with ice– Need to keep those snacks, drinks and lunch cool.
- Towels and a couple of extra towels– Kids get sandy and so do their towels. I always bring 1-2 extra towels that I keep in the beach bag until we leave. It’s best to have a nice clean towel to clean the kids off when we are ready to leave.
- Beach buckets and toys- You want to keep those kids busy.
Enjoy your day at the beach!
This is a fun game for kids as they love making people laugh. The rules are simple so it is great for children ages 5 and up.
Object: To get a player to laugh by making funny faces or by doing funny movements
Have all the players sit in a circle. Choose 1 player to be it. The player who is it must walk around the circle trying to make another player laugh by making funny faces or by doing funny movements.
The person who is it is not allowed to talk or touch the other players. They have 20 seconds to make the player smile or laugh. If they fail they move on to the next player in the circle. If they make the player smile or laugh they can to sit down and that player who smiled or laughed is now it.