If you’ve hired a bouncy castle for your child’s birthday party, or are thinking of hiring one, a bouncy castle is guaranteed to bring excitement and fun to the party. Even if you know that your child and their friends will enjoy the bouncy castle, it’s always a good idea to have a few games up your sleeve in case you spot signs of their attentions wandering. Here are 5 ideas that will guarantee to keep children occupied:
Musical Statues – Musical statues is a game that’s often fun for children. Playing this game on a bouncy castle adds another level of excitement and competition to the game as the surface of the bouncy castle makes it a little bit more difficult to stand still when the music stops!
Tag – Tag can be a popular game for children, and playing it on a bouncy castle adds even more fun to the game. If there’s not too many children at the party, holding the game entirely on the bouncy castle can add to the excitement.
Port and Starboard – A game involving memory and action, Port and Starboard is a game that children are guaranteed to enjoy. All of the children will be gathered on the bouncy castle, while the team leader will call out commands such as ‘Port’ (the children run to one side of the bouncy castle), ‘Starboard’ (children run to the other side), ‘Sharks Ahoy’ (children jump and try to keep their feet off the floor as long as possible), ‘Captain’s Coming’ (children stand to attention and salute), ‘Submarines’ (children lay on the floor) and ‘Climb the rigging’ (children pretend to climb a rope). Players who do the wrong actions are out of the game, and the winner is the last child left in the game. Not only will the children have to remember what action they need to perform after each command, but it is an exciting, fast-paced and active game for the whole party.
Capture the Flag – This is a common outdoor game and can be fun for children to play on a bouncy castle. The children are split into two teams, with each member having a flag (this could be a coloured piece of paper or a strip of material). The object of the game is to capture the other team’s flag, as well as those found at the team’s base (this could be a pillar, wall or feature of the bouncy castle such as a slide). The winning team is the one which captures the flags of the other team first.
Let them use their imaginations – A bouncy castle is a great chance for children to develop their imaginations, with the bouncy castle providing a blank canvas for many imagined games and ideas – one minute the bouncy castle may be a princess’ castle; the next the children are sailors onboard a boat; the next they are astronauts in outer space. The possibilities really are endless and the bouncy castle is bound to capture their imaginations.
There are many possibilities when it comes to the games your child and their friends can play on a bouncy castle. If you’re thinking of hiring a bouncy castle, our Essex bouncy castle hire service provides a range of bouncy castles which are guaranteed to add some excitement to the party.