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!

Party time!

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.

For Teachers

Why not organise a German-style birthday party? Here are some useful resources for games, activities and recipes:

For Teachers

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)

Click here to read the pages for your German partner school

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!

Deutsch English
der Geburtstag birthday
das Geschenk present
das Spiel game
die Überraschung surprise
die Geburtstagstorte birthday cake
die Kerze candle
die Geburtstagsfeier birthday party
die Freunde friends
der Luftballon balloon
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Happy birthday!