- Decorations and Birthday Order:
- Hang balloons upside down from their string. Print out a banner to
read backwards, Streamers on the floor. You can turn your chairs around etc. Have the kids
come dressed backwards. Open presents first, have cake then do games.
Tablecloth under the table on the floor and kids sit
under table for cake, etc. Hang balloons upside down from under table as well. Also,
when setting table, set everything backwards with cup in front of you turned upside down,
then plate in front of it turned upside down and silverware backwards - vase with flowers
put in upside down for centerpiece.
greeting guests at door can mark with sign "enter at back door" and guests have
to go around house to come in your back door. Greet with "good-bye, glad you
- Serve the cake first, then everything else.
- We did upside down cupcakes. Used a dab of frosting on the bottoms to
hold the candles. All the cupcakes were together on one platter.
- Goodie Bags:
- Tape the goodies to the outside. Or have items in the bags and
let the kids wrap their presents to take home.
- Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of items, but write the words backwards
so the kids have to figure them out.
- Clothes pin Into the Bucket: Kids must stand with their back to the
bucket and try to drop the clothes pin into it.
- Musical Chairs: Sit when the music comes on. All kids try to sit in
the same chairs. At end all the kids pile onto the last chair.
- Backwards Relay: Need one doll and two pieces of clothing for each
team. Child must run backwards to doll dress it (backwards of course), then run back,
backwards of course. Next child does the same but undresses the doll.
- You could have a jar of jelly beans or
something else and have everyone guess. The person who is the farthest away would
win the prize.
- Reverse of "Hide and Seek,"
called "Sardines." One person hides and everyone else seeks them, only as
the players find the person hiding, they hide with them and the last person to find them
is it for the next round.
- INSIDE OUT PIÑATAS: Have enough balloons blown up for each
person to have one (have extras to replace popped ones). Dump a huge bag of wrapped
candy on the floor, give each child access to scotch tape, and let them cover their
balloons with candy. Voila--an inside out piñata!
- Call the kids by their backwards names
- OBSTACLE COURSE: Set up an obstacle
course and number each. Have the children run backwards and in
backwards numerical order. Time each child and after all are
finished, reward the one who took the longest time to finish.
Do not announce that this is how you are going to reward or they won't
try to finish first!