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Fun Kids’ Party Games: The Oven’s Mouth (Boca-de-Forno)

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We know how important parties are to children, which is why we’ve explored the globe to find the world’s best kids’ party games. We can’t guarantee they’ll be mess-free but we can be sure there’ll be plenty of fun and learning along the way.

The morning of their birthday party is something children look forward to all year. Waking up to gifts, helping mum decorate the house, putting on your party clothes then waiting as patiently as possible for that knock on the door from your best friends – just for one day, it feels like you’re the most important person in the world.

 

Fun Party Games for Children: The Oven’s Mouth (Boca-de-Forno)

Playing party games can make their special day even more memorable. The Oven’s Mouth or Boca-de-Forno is a Brazilian game. It’s played in many cultures under different names and is based on a traditional treasure hunt but it’s much more fun!  

 

You Will Need:

  • Flowers, feathers and sweets make great treasure to hide for the kids.
  • At least three children

 

How to Play This Fun Party Game:

  • Hide the sweets, flowers or feathers around the house.
  • Choose a child as the master.
  • Make sure the children know that the master is in charge, and will be sending them off on a mission.
  • As soon as the master shouts ‘Boca-de-forno’ (the oven’s mouth), everyone must be ready to reply ‘Forno’ (oven). The master then shouts: ‘O Senhor Rei mandou dizer que…’ or ‘the King orders…’ followed by whatever it is the children need to find.
  • The winner is the person who presents the master with the most treasure.

In Brazil, parents use this game to teach children about confidence and determination. Picking someone who’s timid or shy as the master is a great idea because this fun party game will really help them to voice their ideas. The winner is not necessarily the child who returns the fastest, but the one who knows what they’re looking for and uses their initiative and determination to find it.

Stain removal tip: Don’t worry too much about getting pollen stains on their clothes as a normal wash should usually remove these; otherwise, rub the marks with methylated spirit (not on acetate or triacetate fabrics) then sponge with lukewarm water and wash as normal with Persil detergent!

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