OK, since the majority of the kids are getting a bit older, I’d like to have some activities for them to do at this year’s birthday party instead of just letting them run rampant trashing the house. With guests ranging in age from 2-6.5, I realize this will be a little bit difficult, but I’d still like to try and do something, even if the really little ones don’t end up participating. Factoring out the youngest two, the kids are between 4-6, which isn’t as bad. I have 8 kids invited – Reese, 6.5; Damien, 6; Alex, 5; Sergey, 4.5; Dominic, 4; Cindy, 4; Xavier, 2.5; Beth, 2. All their parents will be around to help supervise. I’ll probably put Mom or Dad in charge of getting the hot sandwiches into the oven so that I can coordinate the activities.
So far this is what I have for ideas (and after the first one, I’m only going to need 1 or 2 other things):
- Birthday coloring pages to keep kids occupied while everyone arrives
- Decorating T-shirts (if I get out to buy T-shirts, fabric paints and/or fabric markers
- Pin the Tail on the Donkey (found one online that I can print)
- Wrap up 8 gifts filled with small toys and/or candy in various sizes. Deal out cards to each child. Go through another stack of card with the same numbers and let each child pick a gift. They can either pick one from the middle or “steal” someone else’s. If a gift gets stolen, that child can pick a new gift from the middle or “steal” some else’s, but they can’t steal the one they just lost. Once everyone has a turn, they kids can open their gifts. Slightly different take on party favors, which I don’t normally do, but this might be fun.
Not sure if the kids are old enough for the last item. Also not sure a game with only one winner (like Pin the Tail on the Donkey) is a good idea.
So, any other suggestions on something I can do with the kids that won’t be too messy (like finger-painting!) or cause too many hurt feelings when most of the kids don’t win? And something that won’t drag on too long because their attention spans are pretty small and I only need to fill about an hour or so. The party starts at 4pm. I plan to serve dinner between 5 and 6, depending on how long I can keep them occupied. Then we’ll do gifts and cake and be done by 7pm or slightly thereafter.