Whether you’re hosting an Oogieloves theme party for a group of children or looking to keep your own little ones entertained outdoors for the day, consider playing one or all of these games with them.
Classic party games are given an Oogieloves twist that will keep the kiddies happy and engaged for hours.
Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie find a friend in Ruffy who might not be as cheerful as the Oogieloves, but proves he’s a loyal friend as he follows them on adventure after adventure - even if he happens to be allergic to large bodies of water.
In honor of the likeable grump of a fish, have the kids play this fun fishing game out back to find their own fish friends.
Before the party, attach cotton string, with a magnet tied to one end, to a wooden dowel – one per child or team playing.
Do the same to toy fish – attach a 3-inch string with another magnet on the end to the fish.
Before the party, fill a kiddie pool with water and drop in your fish.
How to Play
Depending on the size of your party, you may want to divide the children up into teams and conduct this as more of a relay race – 4 children go at a time, trying to fish out as many of the fish as they can. Once all the fish are caught, count up the total per child, toss them back in and let the next group go.
The team with the most total fish caught, wins!
This game is a classic, but we’re giving it an Oogieloves twist by using the pretty butterfly from the movie that alerts the children to get up and sing as the “go” sign and the cute little turtle as the “stop” sign.
Before the party, print out our butterfly and turtle signs. Fold them together and cut them out according to the directions. Then, simply attach the two to a popsicle or a cake stick you have on hand with glue.
Be sure to have the butterfly facing out one way and the turtle facing out the other like in the picture.
How to Play
Have the kids line up in a single line so they’re all at the proper starting mark. Take twenty paces from that point and stop.
Let the children know the turtle means stop while the butterfly means go – if you hold up the turtle they must freeze in place. If anyone keeps moving they must return to the starting line. However, if you hold up the butterfly, encourage them to race towards you.
The first child to reach you without breaking the stop-go rules, wins!
Big Balloon Hunt
You might be familiar with classic scavenger hunts and this game is just like those you played as a child, but instead of hunting for buried treasure, have the kids go on their own Big Balloon Adventure just like the Oogieloves.
Before the party, get 5 gold balloons and hide them. If you can hide blown up balloons in your space do so, otherwise, leave the balloons without any air and hide those.
Then, determine a starting point for the hunt. Once you have that, create a path you’d like the children to follow and place clues along the way for them to decipher.
The clues you offer the children should incorporate hints to the spaces you’re hiding balloons in – and if you can, try to make some with the Oogieloves in mind. For example, you might tell the children:
“Balloon number one is easy to find! Just head to the place out back where Dottie Rounder might stay if she came for a visit.” (Tree)