Young minds deserve to have as much fun as the big kids but sometimes ideas for what to do escape us! And as the planner of the festivities, you don’t need more to figure out! So we’re going to make it simple for you.
- Keep it short. One thing adults forget is that young kids get overstimulated really easily. So make the party fun, but then end it while they can still handle it. We’d say keep it to no more than two or three hours.
- Keep it delicious. Have a few different snacks; some healthy, some sweet and some protein. Options can include cheese sticks, crackers, carrot sticks, watermelon, apple slices, chicken fingers, chips and bean dip and then of course, the cake. This keeps allergens to a minimum and lets picky kids graze without having to bad of a dip in blood sugar.
- Keep it fun (but simple). Below are a list of games and activities. Our suggestion? Choose one or two - tops - because more than that requires unnecessary organization and cleanup for kids that will be hard to organize and keep focused anyway.
Body painting fun: Put out a tarp on the grass and let each child have a poster board laid out to get creative with. Have a plate with paints and encourage them to dip their feet, toes, hands and fingers in the paint and create that way. It’s multi-sensory path to self expression that they’ll love!
Water play: Have a couple mini wading pools with buckets and sponges to squeeze and pour from. This is also a great follow up activity for those who’ve just painted and are ready to rinse off!
Pin the tail on donkey: Who doesn't remember and love this classic party game; fun indoors and out and can be adapted for any party theme (age 4+). You can buy prepared kits for this game or make your own. All you need is a picture of a tailless animal along with enough tails (ribbons, strings, etc...) for each child, a blindfold and some push-pins to attach the tails. Each child takes it in turns to pin the tail as close to the point where the tail should be, whilst blindfolded.
Doughnut Game: Here's a messy idea! This game will challenge the children as they try to eat a suspended doughnut without using their hands or licking their lips! You can hang a doughnut for each child by creating washing line out of string. The child who uses their hands or licks their lips is out of the game. This game also works well with apples.
Tray Memory Game: This game provides a quieter game for wild crowds and will also get the party guests to think! All you need is a tray filled with weird and wonderful objects you find around your house along with some pen and paper for each child. Once the children are sitting around a table ready with pen and paper, place the tray with objects in the centre of the table and give them 1 minute to try and memorize what’s on the tray. Once the time is up, remove the tray and each child has to write down as many objects as they can remember from the tray. The child who remembers the most number of correct objects is the winner.
Sleeping Lions: After lots of activity and deep thinking this game is great to bring things back down; and will make parents happy to pick up their kids! Choose a large open room like a living room or even a backyard, and get all the children to lie down and pretend to be sleepy lions. If you are doing a particular theme you can get them to pretend to be fairies, pirates, dinosaurs or whatever fits your theme instead. Explain that whoever moves after the game begins will be out. During this time you can walk around the room, talking to them and trying to make them laugh. Each child who is out can help you try and make the others laugh. The last person left sleeping is the winner.
Planning a fabulous birthday party for little ones doesn't have to be so stressful! Use these tips and your birthday party is sure to be a hit! As an added bonus, our family bakers at Ontario Bakery are ready and excited to provide you with a custom cake specially made for your exciting day! Call us today and let us know what you'd like!