6 Easy Planning Tips for Pass the Parcel

When you only need one game at a party, then Pass the Parcel is one of the best. It’s such a classic party game that’s stood the test of time, as children love both the familiarity and surprise of the parcel! I think it’s one of the 4 classic birthday party games for children. The best thing about pass the parcel is that the rules of the game are easy to learn and understand for both grown ups and 3-6 year olds.

Choose to create your own pass the parcel game, with similar concepts to the She’s a Gem Pass the Parcel and Jade’s 9 Year Old Unicorn Party, or choose one of our custom wrapped parcels. 

Here are our 6 easy planning tips to help you run an enjoyable pass the parcel game.  

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Six Easy Planning Tips for Pass the Parcel

  1. It’s okay for children to leave the circle  

    …if they have a prize, especially if it’s a 3 year old party. Think of three year olds as older two year olds with a shorter attention span. Keep the game going!

  2. Leftover layers are part of the parcel!

    Our parcels are wrapped so that all children will receive a gift, not just the last person. If there are extra unwrapped layers, reuse them as additional prizes.

  3. The birthday child doesn’t have to wait until the end

    Let them share the excitement along with everyone else! 

  4. No music doesn’t mean no pass the parcel

    If you don’t have access to any music, ask children to help count as you pass the parcel. Or sing a well known nursery rhyme and when the song has finished, that’s where the parcel stops. If you can play your favourite music on a portable music speaker, then you are really ready to go! Celebrate your party day with the all Australian Kinderling’s range of super fun party tunes on Saturdays 10am-12pm. Or download their extensive range of MixTapes which include a range of songs for everyone to enjoy.  

  5. Two parcels are better than one!

    If you have 20 children or more having two parcels makes it a whole lot easier. Children will stay with the game a lot longer and you can have two rounds of the game instead of one super-duper-when’s-it-my-turn parcel. When you’re getting close to the end of the parcel layers, this blogpost about who should win the pass the parcel will help you out.

  6. Plan for an 80% RSVP response 

    …when trying to decide how many parcel layers you need for your parcel. For example, if you invited 25 children, plan for 20 children to come to the party.

Wondering where to buy pass the parcel party game? To make your party game planning a breeze, your online DIY entertainment shop Party Ideas in a Box has a selection of pass the parcels with preselected prizes. If you prefer to wrap your own pass the parcel, be inspired by our range of party game prizes, read more with the She’s a Gem Pass the Parcel blogpost or get in touch to organise your custom pass the parcel.

Pass the Parcel Alternatives

Is there an unspoken rule about who wins the main prize of pass the parcel? to find out 3 easy prize tip winners in this post Does the Birthday Boy or Girl win the Main Prize of Pass the Parcel?

Some links in this post click through to various merchants. When you make a purchase, I may earn a commission. Affiliate programs include, but are not limited to the eBay Partner Network (Australia and International), Amazon Associates and a variety of Australian online shops.

Quick Finds for your Complete Pass the Parcel

Choose to buy your pass the parcel supplies from your favourite online shops – Australian shop Party Ideas in a Box, amazon.com.au, the Book Depository and Ebay Australia.

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