Exciting Backwards Day Ideas for Kids

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Of course you’re celebrating Backwards Day on January 31st. It’s a blast! Here are some fast & easy ideas for educational, entertaining and exciting backwards day ideas for kids.

A Backwards Party is also perfect for:

  • a Backwards Birthday Party for any age
  • autumn Daylight Saving Change when we ‘fall back’
  • Halloween party theme without the fears
  • April Fools Day party without the tears from pranks

or mini party to put more play in your day to create happy memories and great relationships.

Backward Party Icebreaker Ideas

Icebreakers at the beginning of your party are the perfect way to:

  • keep kids busy while host mom greets the parents
  • give your guests something fun to do while waiting for everyone to arrive
  • ease a group of people into the party spirit when they don’t know each other
  • pump up the fun factor for the excitement to come – like an opening act

Here are our suggestions for icebreakers:

1. TPing the Party Room

What could be more backwards than TPing (toilet papering) the party room instead of pretty crepe paper garland?

When each child arrives give them a roll of bathroom tissue and let them go at it.

It’s a great way to get them to say goodbye to their parents & go inside!

TPing is an unforgettable experience – and usually ends up being the favorite part of the party.

We removed all the chairs. We ran a cord across the room along each side of the table to give the kids something extra to catch the paper on and create a little cave under the table with all the falling strips.

tping party room for backwards day party

2. Catching Bubbles – Backwards

catch bubbles

A bubble machine can entertain kids for as long as you need to!

Place the machine up high so the bubbles fall down to make it look backwards to the usual fun of blowing bubbles up into the sky.

Here’s how to kick it up a notch! Set up a video camera and TV or monitor so the kids can watch themselves dressed backwards trying to catch bubbles. Challenge them to use their TV image to try and catch bubbles behind their backs, which will look forwards wnen they are wearing their clothes backwards. It blows their mind!

3. Photo Booth

Since they’re dressed backwards, a photo booth is a great idea for an icebreaker.

Hang a sheet with colorful stripes or a cheerful solid as a backdrop and have them pose for a photo.

Add a box of interesting props to encourage their creativity such as necklaces, feather boa, glasses, pipe, and hats.

Get a volunteer who knows how to use a camera to take their picture for you while you greet guests. You can send the photo to them later in a thank you card, or get the kids to decorate picture frames and print the photo off now to send home as a party favor.

wearing clothes backwards with prop pipe

4. Have the Party Backwards & Start with the Favor Bags

backwards day take home bag

Give them their goodie bags when they arrive.

Nibbles are a great way to keep kids busy, and giving them party favor bags when they arrive is in keeping with the party theme.

Part of our Backwards Day Party Printables package.

Backwards Party Games for Kids

Walk and Talk Backwards

Greet everyone with a hearty “Goodbye” instead of hello and even talk backwards if you can.

Give your guests each a “Hello My Name Is” name tag with their names spelled backwards.

backwards name tag

Set a time period at the beginning of the party and put a gold star on guest every time they remember to:

  • call other guests their new name on the name tag
  • walk backwards everywhere they go
  • write with their opposite hand
  • anything else backwards that they come up with – because they will!

Have a prize for the person with the most stickers at the end of allotted time.

opposite charades backwards game

{Chaotic Fun} Opposite Charades

Tape a word or phrase on a person’s back for them to guess within a specified time limit.

(Have an egg timer that buzzes or set the alarm on your watch or cell phone.)

Everyone else – yes everyone, at the same time – acts out the clues charades-style to help them guess the answer.

It’s utter chaos – and so much fun!

{Crazy Fun} Limbo

For a backwards party you have to limbo!

You can use a broomstick or an Inflatable Limbo Stick*, or get a full-fledged Limbo Kit*.

And if you’re limbo-ing (is that a word?), you just have to have Chubby Checker’s Limbo Rock playing in the background – which you’ll find on YouTube.

{Memory-books Fun} Backwards Fashion Show

Since everyone is dressed in their best backwards chic, why not take it to the next level and have a Backwards Fashion Show! We show you how here.

Backwards Treasure Hunt

  • write all the clues backwards (its easy – use the backwards writer at Spell Backwards.)
  • give children access to a mirror so they can read easily read the clue
  • surprise them by leading back to the starting point to find the hidden treasure
  • make sure they walk backwards when going from clue to clue!

More game ideas

Play Simon Says but do the opposite of what the leader is saying, such as lift your left leg when they want you to lift your right leg. It’s difficult!

Play Opposite Hide and Seek (also known as sardines) where the leader hides and the group tries to find the leader. When someone finds the leader they hide with them. As each person finds the leader, they join the group in hiding from everyone else. The last person to find the group hiding together is the next leader who hides.

Play Replace the Flag which is the opposite to Capture the Flag. Divide group into two teams and divide your playing area into halves, one for each team. The best kind of game area includes places to hide and a large area to run – so its best outdoors but doesn’t have to be. Tie a colored ribbon on player’s arm to represent their team with a different color for each team. Their goal is to put the team’s flag (same color as their armband) on the flag pole hidden by the opposing team in their own territory within a time limit. Tagged people must go to jail in the opposing team’s area but can be rescued when teammates tag them.

Hold Backwards Races. Do all the usual party races, only perform them running backwards: egg and spoon race*, crab race, sack race* – a relay race is absolutely hilarious backwards.

Pen & Paper Games

Its a good idea to have a “cooling off” game before eating, and pen & paper games are perfect for that.

Backwards Story

Backwards Bill is a fun poem by Shel Silverstein made even “funner” when read by him.

Shel Silverstein: 'Backward Bill' from A Light in the Attic

Get kids to write a story about a day in a backwards town:

  • which is the name of their town or city spelled backwards
  • the main character is their name spelled backwards
  • details everything they did yesterday but in backwards order or is about someone as silly as Backwards Bill


A palindrome is a word, phrase or verse that is the same when read forwards or backwards.

Here are a few examples, but you can see a whole list here.
– kayak
– level
– mom
– noon
– racecar
– now I won
– nurses run
– my gym
– a santa at NASA

Have a competition to see who can think up the most palindromes in a specific period of time, or just blow their minds by showing them this song by Weird Al Yankovic using all palindromes.

Weird al - bob lyrics.

Want more? See all of our Backward Day ideas.

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