5-Fun Activities for Kids' Parties!
May 09, 2011
Hello Everyone! Party Planner and Social Media Guru Ryan here to give you some helpful ideas to keep kids busy and having fun at parties.
Nothing can be worse than having a party of little ones going out of control, so keep their attention focused on these nifty activities.
1. Graffiti Shirts
Kids are liable to color just about anywhere with crayons and markers, so give them a new medium to work on. If you've got boxes of old clothes that are just sitting in storage, waiting for you to maybe one day sift through them, put them to good use now. Grab only as many shirts as you have children at your party. Lighter colored garments work best.
Next, be sure to give very clear instructions to your little artists. Depending on the age, this may not be the activity for everyone. You want to give each child a shirt to wear (since the shirts are likely to be oversized, this can be an added element of fun). Then set out a box of markers or two and tell the children that they can draw or write on each other's shirts. Be sure to emphasize that they should only draw/write on the special big shirts they've been given and not their normal clothes.
Then do some monitoring and watch the kids have fun! *Depending on how long your clothes have been in storage, you may want to give them a wash before giving them to the kids.
2. Make Your Own Pizza!
You would be hard pressed to find a child who doesn't want to eat pizza. BUT, finding multiple kids who all want the same toppings could be pretty tricky. A popular activity in recent years is to let kids make their own pizzas. This activity will not only keep the children happy and busy, but it will also give you a hand when it comes to feeding your hungry little guests!
Just make a sort of assembly line by giving everyone their own plate and pre-rolled dough to work with. Then portion out appropriate amounts of toppings alongside each little plate. With little kids, you are likely to only need large amounts of cheese and pepperoni. But if you can have some sausage or other toppings on hand too that would be ideal.
If possible, have the kids make their little pies in waves of 5 or so at a time. Depending on how big each pie is, you'll only be able to fit so many in your oven. But they should each bake up in less than 10 minutes and viola! You'll have given everyone what they want and kept them busy for a while too!
3. Parachute Play
This is one thing I remember absolutely LOVING as a kid. Partly because it was something we only got to do a handful of times in gym class. Kids love playing with a parachute and there are many different games to play. Best of all, this can be an activity which has no winners or losers.
There is no need to buy an actual parachute, either. You can purchase ones made specifically for children's games in a variety of sizes and at affordable prices. A 10' diameter parachute typically sells for just over $20.
This activity will be a special treat for the kids and will not only put their energy to good use but will make them all feel positive about the experience.
4. Pillow and Sheet Forts
If you don't mind giving over your cushions, pillows, and sheets to the good cause of imagination for an afternoon, then you can give kids a lot of fun 'tools' to work with.
Start by taking your biggest bed sheet/blanket or two and draping them over a lamp or coat rack you can place in the middle of your living room. Position couches, love seats, and chairs around this high point and let the sheet flow over them to make a sort of 'big top' tent.
Then just toss everything else on the inside and let the kids go at it. Whether it becomes a fort, a maze, a secret hiding place or otherwise, you've built a special place that only exists there and for that day, the kids should be able to do the rest.
*A dark room and some flashlights make this a possible spooky place too!
5. Scavenger Hunt!
If the recent Easter holiday has taught us anything, it's that kids enjoy looking for things. And it doesn't have to be candy!
Make simple lists of items to hide throughout your space. Depending on the age of the children involved (and how long you'll want to keep them busy), you'll want to vary the length of your list. Usually, hiding a single item in each room of your living space is enough (along with one or two outside).
Be sure to vary the difficulty for finding each item. Too easy and the kids will be done immediately, too hard and it's no fun!
Try to be creative and hide some things in plain sight. You can also use clues instead of just listing items. For example, instead of just listing "Pink Hair Brush", you could write, "Hair Brush Barbie would love!" You can try out some basic clues on your own child when planning for your party. That way you will know what works.
There you go, 5-Fun Activities for Kids' Parties which won't break the bank and will keep your little guests entertained!