Musical Chairs

By February 27, 2014 Party Games No Comments

A popular traditional party game that can be played with any theme.

three folding chairs

This traditional party game continues to be fun for kids and even some playful adults. Musical chairs can be adapted to match a party theme and may be played either competitively or non-competitively depending on the age of the children.

Game Materials:

  • One chair per guest
  • Stereo or any audio system
  • Kid-friendly music or music to match your party theme such as classical for a princess party, or western music for a cowboy party
  • Stickers, candies or other small prizes

Before the Party:

  1. Decorating the playing chairs is optional for competitive play (see non-competitive play rules). Tie one helium balloon to the back of each chair or decorate with theme related decorations such as a paper tiara for a Princess Party, a Jolly Roger for a pirate party or fire hydrant for a firefighter theme.
  2. If you have enough chairs, set them up before the party. Lining them up back-to-back to make two rows.
  3. Prepare your music before the party and be sure the equipment is working properly.

Party Time:

To play competitively…

  1. Line up the chairs, back-to-back, so that there are enough for all but one player.
  2. Enlist an adult helper to start and stop the music randomly so that you are available to remove chairs and help the kids.
  3. Explain the rules to the players.
  4. When the music begins playing, the players walk around the chairs.
  5. When the music stops, the players attempt to sit on an empty chair. Only one person can sit on each chair.
  6. The player who doesn’t find a seat is out, but you can still give this player a candy or sticker.
  7. After each round, remove one chair one chair until only one person remains and that player is the winner and may receive an appropriate prize.

How to play non-competitively…

  1. Before the party, decorate only one chair with a helium balloon or theme-related decorations, such as construction-paper tiara for a princess party or rocket for a space party.
  2. Line up all of the chairs (one for each player), back-to-back.
  3. Enlist an adult helper to start and stop the music randomly so that you are available to help and pass out prizes.
  4. Explain the rules to the players.
  5. When the music begins playing, the players walk around the chairs.
  6. When the music stops,players sit on an empty chair.
  7. The player  sitting on the decorated chair, wins a sticker or other small prize.
  8. To ensure every child receives a prize by landing on the decorated chair the adult helper can start and stop the music at appropriate intervals.

 

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