I must admit, it’s birthday season in my household. Three Spring birthdays and one Summer birthday add up to one busy SAHM this time of year. I am just beginning my search for ideas and inspiration. I compiled a list of my favorite party activities to share with you.
Here is a list of 14 of my favorite fun and easy party activities that are sure to keep your party-goers entertained!
1. BIRTHDAY INTERVIEW~
How fun would it be to look back on these when your little one is all grown up! This is a cute memory keeper activity to do with your child, or you can make copies and encourage the kids at your party fill them out. This activity is a great way to learn more about your child and their friends.
2. PHOTO BOOTH~
Yes, they’re fun at weddings, but photo booths can also be great fun at a kid’s party, too!
1st – make a backdrop….hang a curtain, streamers, or decorations.
2nd – find or print out some fun props.
3rd – let the kids have fun coming up with silly poses.
4th – snap away.
Don’t forget to mail the pictures out with your thank you cards.
*You don’t need a fancy camera, there are even quality photo booth apps out there for the iPhone.
3. PLAY DOUGH~
I like this play dough recipe because it uses Jello. The recipe is easy and the resulting play doh has a pretty color and fruity scent. My favorite Jello flavors to use were cherry and berry blue because of their yummy scents and vibrant colors, but it would be fun to do a whole rainbow of colors. Not only is this a great party activity, but it doubles as a fun party favor, too!
4. MAKE A PINATA!~
Remember making a pinata when you were in school? I remember making one for my High School Spanish class. I made one similar to this for my daughter’s birthday and all the kids enjoyed trying to break it open. It took several tries and a couple broken bats (that baby was pretty solid and packed tightly with treats), but eventually it rained candy from the sky and the kids scattered on the floor to collect it up!
5. GUESS HOW MANY _____ ARE IN THE JAR?, GAME~
I did this for my daughter’s La La Loopsy-themed birthday party. I filled up a small glass jar with buttons and taped the answer to the bottom. Near the jar was a sheet of paper for everyone to write down their name and their guess. At the end of the party the two who came closest to the correct number won prizes.
*Make sure the answer is a number age appropriate for the children attending. Example, nothing past 100 for a 5 year old.
6. CANDY JEWELRY~
Those chalky pastel candy necklaces from the store are nice, but why not make your own? Here is a fun candy jewelry tutorial that uses marshmallow rope. Have kids pick out their favorite candy and make a pattern, then you can string them into a necklace or bracelet. Enlisting the help of another parent is a good idea!
7. DECORATE MASKS~
I’ve attended many parties where my children were given masks to paint or decorate and embellish. They enjoyed wearing their creations while they ran around and played. You could make this activity even more fun by having the children line up and parade around the room with their finished pieces.
8. FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS~
Here are a boys and girls version of friendship bracelets. I remember making these as a kid and layering them up and down my arm. This is an affordable and fun project – especially for older, middle school aged kids.
9. CANDY BAR~
Indulge every child’s inner sweet tooth with a candy bar. Set up jars with an assortment of candies and lollipops – there is no need to go crazy, a few colorful confections will do. Supply glassine baggies, paper cones, or paper favor bags, and let the children go crazy!
10. FACE PAINTING~
What kid doesn’t want their face painted? Don’t sweat this one…. no one’s expecting a masterpiece. Hearts, stars, lightning bolts, ice cream cones, smiley faces – so many simple kid-friendly shapes to choose from that can be done with just a few brush strokes. If you’re not up to the challenge, maybe a friend could help out? Face paints are easy to find and are affordable! Look for paints at the craft store or online, here’s a link I found – http://www.karaspartyideas.com/shop/party-fun/face-paint-crayons.html
11. COLORING PAGES~
A quick search on the internet will bring up an assortment of coloring pages – there are plenty of themes and characters to choose from! Print your favorite pages out and be sure to bring a large supply of crayons or markers for the kids to use at the party. Coloring pages could also be used as each child’s placemat to color and personalize before the food or cake is served.
11. CEREAL NECKLACES~
These cereal necklaces are as fun to make as they are to eat! You can help the kids think up neat color patterns or just let them go crazy. Boys and girls enjoy this activity, and the finished product is a cute and tasty treat!
12. BIRTHDAY BINGO~
My daughter’s 4th birthday party was rainbow themed and for a fun activity I made an “all about Madeline” bingo board. It had her favorite color, ice cream flavor, book, etc. I used fruity, rainbow colored Starburst candies as the markers. If you’re not up for making your own bingo boards – I have to admit, it took me a lot of time – there are plenty free versions out there.
13. SCAVENGER HUNT~
This is an especially good activity if you’re planning on hosting an outdoor party. I can remember attending a birthday party/sleepover when I was a young girl and having so much fun with the scavenger hunt – the best and most memorable part was winning the game and getting a whole bag of gummy worms as my prize!
14 PHOTO BOOK SIGNING~
For my daughter’s 5th birthday I cashed in one of shutterfly’s many coupon codes and made her a photo book. At the party, I set the photo book out on a table by the door with a pretty pen and a note card asking guests to write the birthday girl a special message. It is a wonderful keepsake, and best of all, was how heartwarming it was to see all the kids write their names in their adorable penmanship.
I hope you try some of these at your next party!
Have any activities I should know about? I’m always looking for more ideas….leave me a comment! 🙂