Planning a Nerf Birthday Party

In this blog you will learn how to host the ultimate Nerf party with these 3 Nerf game ideas that are all simple and easy to do.

Most of the supplies you will already have at home. All of these Nerf games can be played solo or with an opponent. Depending on the number of kids, you can also set up teams. One team can play a game, followed by members of the opposing team. Whichever team has the shortest time at the end of the party, or each game, wins.

Nerf Game 1: Balloon Knock Down:

Test your aim and see who can knock down the most balloons the quickest. When the timer starts, the game starts. Kids could also go head to head and battle to see who can knock down all of the colored balloons on their side the quickest.

Here is what you need:

  • Empty cardboard box
  • Cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • Balloons
  • Scissors



Step one is to use the toilet paper tubes as your template and cut circles out of the cardboard box

Squeeze the toilet paper tubes into the holes you just cut out on the cardboard, inserting about 1/2 way down. Insert the paper towel tubes to make the targets higher.

Step two is to blow up the balloons and place on top of the toilet paper tubes.

Its a nice touch to paint the cardboard box, or covering it with wrapping paper to go with your Nerf party theme

Nerf Game 2: Target Practice:

What is needed to make this target game:

  • Empty cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Nerf targets – These can be printed
  • Ribbon and or string



  • Print out your targets.
  • Cut out the targets, attach a small piece of string or ribbon on the back.
  • Cut 6-10 circles or triangles out of a cardboard box.
  • Hang the targets using tape.

Nerf Game 3: Toy Army Men Knockdown:

Supplies needed:

  • Empty cardboard box
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Small Plastic Army men or LEGO Mini People Figures



Into two rows of your box cut out three squares with only three sides of a square cut. leaving the bottom intact. Fold over the square and tape to make a platform for the toy figures to stand on.

To play:

All players can put their shooting talent to the test to see who can knock down all of the figures in the shortest amount of time with their Nerf Blasters.

Tips For Hosting a Nerf Gun Party:


Setting your playing area:

Its a good idea to set up the location of your play area in a room of the house that is going to keep the Nerf darts from flying everywhere.

Multiple ways to play:

  • Set up battle stations and have a time limit at each game
  • Set up battle stations to see who knocks down all the targets first
  • Play solo or team based.


Use any type of Nerf blaster: These games designed for using any type of Nerf blaster, just make sure each team uses the same types, whether it’s a nerf rival, single shot blaster, or double shot blaster.

Two good rules when it comes to Nerf wars, is not to target the head, and the second is to always wear eye protection.

Set up rules:

  • Avoid aiming the head
  • Wear eye protection
  • Nerf guns are only allowed in certain rooms
  • Play nice

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