The final (and N’s favorite) part of the party – GAMES!!!!
I had a pretty hard time coming up with games for the party. N didn’t want an investigation party or crime solving party. To him being a police man is all about the police car. Ugh!
Thankfully, N had lots of ideas for the games. In fact pretty much all I came up with was the treasure hunt, reveal the robber, and the craft. The other games were all N’s ideas! Sniff, sniff – proud Mom moment!
Craft: Make your own Police ID and Badge
As with all my parties we do the craft first. This works well because it gives the kids time to warm up to each other. And it gives them something to do while waiting for all the party guests to arrive.
The police ID was printed out before the party. The kids colored the police person and put it in the ID holder.
The police badge was cut out of pieces of glitter foam sheet. They picked out which colors they wanted and helped punch the hold for the brad that held all the pieces together. The brad was put through the badge, then one side ID holder. Then inside the holder it was opened up to hold everything together.
Game 1: Reveal the Robber
“As police officers you often have to look at evidence and try to solve the crime. (yea, yea, I know N didn’t want crime solving.) There are four criminals who stole some of the food from the party! We need to figure out what was stolen and who stole each item.”
There were four bowls that had crumbs of food, four evidence bags with the stolen food, and pictures for 4 criminals. The food included: peanuts, cookies, sausage, and cheese. The criminals were of course a mouse, dinosaur, cookie monster, and a bunny.
Each child got to match one piece of evidence. Until all the crumbs, evidence, and criminals were matched up.
Game 2: Case of the Cash Crook
I love scavenger hunts, and we almost always have some form of scavenger hunt.
“Police officers! I just got a call from dispatch, a crook just stole some cash from the bank! Quick get your evidence bags and lets see what’s going on!”
(Everyone under the age of 12 runs at full speed to the
castle bank, everyone over that age meanders slowly in that direction.)
“Look the bank has been robbed. But it looks like the crook left evidence. We have to track the evidence to find him.”
(Yea, yea, I know no solving crimes. But seriously what was I supposed to do?)
“Which direction do you think the crook went?”
“Hey, look the foot prints stop. I bet the crook dumped the stolen gold so that he could get away.” Hidden inside the rhubarb patch was a basket of small money bags with Hershey nuggets which they put in their evidence bags.
“Dispatch called again. There has been a car theft. I bet the crook stole a car so that he could try and get away. Do you see where they car might have gone?”
(This time the slew of kids went following the “tire” tracks.)
Game 3: Hot in Pursuit
This game was a joint concept between N and I. He wanted kids to chase each other on bikes and pull over people going to fast. I thought it would be safer to have them ride one at a time through an obstacle course.
We made a jail out of a card board box, and made a criminal mask for one of Ms M’s dolls. Then Mr. Steam scrounged up some traffic cones. The jail was at the beginning of the obstacle course and the criminal doll was left at the other end. The kids had to ride in and out of the cones, pick up the criminal and ride back to put her in jail.
My favorite part of this game was the various method the kids employed to put the criminal in jail.
Game 4: Red Light Green Light
This was totally N’s idea. Wahooo! Good thing, because I was plum out of ideas. I made the signs from some card stock and dowel rods. Each party goer got a turn to be the officer.
Game 5: Cops and Robbers
Simply put: TAG! Only caveat, was once the robber was caught they were brought to JAIL!!!
PHEW! And there you have it! The whole Police Birthday Party! Now on to planning the pumpkin carving extravaganza!!!
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