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This Amazing Fruit Basket Game is Perfect for All Ages

Fruit Basket

This Amazing Fruit Basket Game is Perfect for All Ages

If your kids like zany, crazy games with lots of movement and imagination, this is a birthday party game for you! If you need to liven up any party, bookmark this page and come back to it as needed — the Fruit Basket party game is the best party game for all ages! It's simple and cheap to set up, so you don't have to bring out a whole bucket of supplies to play! Here's how to play.

Key Points

  • This game can be played by anyone, assuming that they can move around at a decent pace and can understand the instructions for the game.
  • Fruit Basket requires very little setup and very few supplies.
  • This game can be easily changed to fit a given party theme, such as dinosaurs or superheroes.

Fruit Basket Party Game

Fruit Basket is a universal game for all seasons. This is an especially fun game for large gatherings — whether it's birthday parties, Thanksgiving celebrations, or anything else! You just can’t play some games with groups larger than 15. No fear here! With Fruit Basket, the more the merrier. Plus, this game never gets old. Once you get your creative juices flowing, there is no end to the variations you can create with this one simple format!

Preparing to Play Fruit Basket

This may well be the best part. All you need is a theme with four parts and a piece of paper for each player. That is the easiest party prep ever! If you really wanted to go the extra mile, tape or a chair for each player could also be used. Make sure you have the process of how to play this game down pat, so that you can accurately explain it to all the players! Fortunately, this game doesn't have a lot of rules or procedures, so it should be easy to remember.

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Fruit Basket Ages

Spunky 5-year-olds on up to an active 72-year-old will all love to play. The only requirement is that every player is able to move quickly enough to secure a new place as needed. Those with movement trouble can watch for rulebreakers or troublemakers! You'll also want to be sure that anyone participating is able to comprehend the rules. Extremely young children may have a hard time understanding the concept, but most young kids should be able to grasp it with a little help from their parents.

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How to Play Fruit Basket

So you want to know more about how to play this fun and simple mixer? Well read on! First divide the group into four roughly equal groups. Each group needs a name.

This is where your party prep comes into play. If your party is a dinosaur theme, you can have each group be a different dinosaur, or movie star, or color, or you can rely on the old stand by and give each group a fruit name like: apple, banana, pear and grape. If your creativity fails you completely, you can even just name the groups one, two, three and four! And if you do want a theme, but haven't picked it yet, be sure to check out our birthday party themes page before you go any further!

Once everyone knows their group name, mix them back together and have them sit or stand in a circle on their piece of paper. The paper is just a place marker and can be taped to the floor.

One player is selected to stand in the middle of the circle. The first player in the middle should place their place marker in the center, so the outer circle is minus one space.

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The player in the middle calls out one of the group names. Each member of that group must now move to a different place marker, while the person in the middle seeks to steal a place. The player left without a place in the outer circle stands in the middle and play resumes.

The ace in the hole is if the person in the middle calls out ‘fruit basket’. This means that all players must change places. Let the mayhem begin! If you're using a specific theme at your party, then consider selecting a different word. For example, if you're hosting a dinosaur-themed party, consider having the person in the middle yell out the name of a dinosaur, or just simply “dinosaur”!

Children will love being dinosaurs or princesses. The older crowd will like the fast-paced nature of the game. Bottom line is that no matter if you are a fruit basket or a hoard of African animals, your party goers will love this game. This is a highly adaptable party game that can be changed up as needed to fit different groups of people or different themes.

This is an easy game to play as many rounds as you want! It's a great way to pass the time while you wait for cake or dinner. It can also help break the ice between new people, making it great for a corporate event or school game. It's easier to bond with people while everyone is having fun and trying to complete an objective!

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If you enjoyed this party game, be sure to check out the other party games we have available on our site! We have dozens of options for you to look through, for people of all ages! A party you throw will never be boring again with help from our site. Make sure to bookmark MomsWhoThink so that you can come back any time you need a new game for your gathering.

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