Birthday fun and games
Kids in Germany play some fantastic birthday games. Some are like birthday games in the UK, but some are a bit different. Here are a few examples:
- Würstchenschnappen (‘sausage snapping’) – Just like bobbing for apples, but with sausages tied to a string!
- Topfschlagen (‘hit the saucepan’) – An upside-down saucepan with a surprise underneath is hidden somewhere in the room. A child wearing a blindfold tries to find and hit the saucepan with a wooden spoon.
- Schnitzeljagd (treasure hunt)
- Sackhüpfen (sack races)
- Faules Ei (‘rotten egg’) – a fun game involving coloured handkerchiefs and running in a circle.
- Blindes Dickmannessen – blindfolded children feed each other chocolate-covered marshmallows!
How many people? Of course, each birthday party is different, but it is traditional to invite as many people as you have years. For example, if it’s your fifth birthday, you invite five people and if it’s your sixth birthday, you invite six people.
Food: Kalter Hund means ‘cold dog’, but it’s also a fantastic German birthday recipe. Click here to find out how to make it.
NEW! – Why not add a whole new element to your pupils’ learning experience by doing a simple ‘birthday’ project with a partner school?
We have come up with a special ideas sheet with project suggestions to help you.
Click here to download the project ideas sheet (PDF)
Don’t have a partner school?
Click here to find out how we can help you set up a partnership for short-term or longer-term projects
Words Ahoy! · Wörter Ahoi!
|die Geburtstagstorte||birthday cake|
|die Geburtstagsfeier||birthday party|
|Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!||Happy birthday!|