This party game works well for children around 4 to 6 years of age. First, remove all breakables from your house (always a good idea at kids parties), then layout several pieces of string around the house and gather the ends in a central place. The central place will become the starting point for the children to follow. Each string can either end somewhere else in the house or garden or can loop back to the starting point. There should be at least one end point at the start for each guest to follow. If the sting loops back, then the two kids, who selected each end, will meet somewhere in the house but they should continue on anyway (back to the start).
It is up to you whether or not the string loops back or all of the starting points have a separate end point somewhere else.
The idea is simple and you can attach small prizes with ribbon on the string along the route.
Tell the kids it is not a race and all the small prizes need to be collected. You can also place cards with numbers on the string, with the idea being to collect all the numbers. The route could go under coffee tables or through home made tunnels (using chairs and sheets) the idea is to build a small obstacle course that is safe for the kids and your house!
There is a variation of this game, that used to be sold as a board game. The game was based on jungle hunting and the rules called for various footprints of animals (made of card) to be placed around a house or garden and each guest had to track a certain animal. At the end of the animal tracks was a small prize. For girls party ideas I have also researched other classic “hunt the thimble” style games where clue cards are placed around the house (or garden) that ‘lead’ the guests to the hidden thimble. I will write that one up in due course.