Musical Chairs

 
Musical Chairs


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What You'll Need:

  • 1 Chair Per Guest
  • A Stereo
  • A CD of Children's Songs (like "Old MacDonald")
  • Stickers or Other Small Prizes

How to Play Competitively:
  1. Line up the chairs, back-to-back, so that there are enough for all but one player.
  2. Station an adult by the stereo to start and stop the music randomly.
  3. When the music starts playing, the children start walking around the cluster of chairs.
  4. Then, when the music stops, everyone tries to sit on an empty chair.
  5. Only one person can sit on each chair. The person who doesn't find a seat is out.
  6. One chair is taken away after each round until only one person is left and is named the winner.


How to Play Non-Competitively:
  1. Line up all of the chairs, back-to-back.
  2. Decorate one chair with balloons or theme-related decorations, such as construction-paper stars for a space party or crowns for a princess party.
  3. Station an adult by the stereo to start and stop the music randomly.
  4. When the music starts playing, the children start walking around the cluster of chairs.
  5. Then, when the music stops, everyone sits on an empty chair.
  6. Whoever lands on the decorated chair wins a sticker or other small prize.
  7. Ensure that every child lands on the decorated chair at some point so that everyone wins. This will require the adult playing the music to pay attention to who's landed on it already so he or she can stop the music at appropriate intervals.