What’s a kid’s party without games? A nightmare!
At my daughter’s first birthday party, we had a nice ratio of adults to children-4 to 1. There were enough adults to keep the children corralled and relatively tame, so keeping the children entertained so they wouldn’t destroy the house wasn’t a top priority, as I’m sure it’ll be when my daughter’s older and inviting her school friends to her party. I did, however, have to plan games for children of varying ages.
Here’s what I did:
In keeping with the global theme, I had children decorate their own passports and then tour the world as they moved from game to game. Oriental Trading Company has some awesome passport stickers that I used to “stamp” their passports as they played. The package came with two dozen sheets with twenty stamps on each sheet. They would be great for an educational geography lesson, a global cooking fest, a “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago” party, or a world dress up game. We’ll see what I do with the leftover sheets.
I made super simple fake sushi and had the kids use chopsticks to place goldfish and Swedish fish on the sushi. I put some kiddie helpers on the chopsticks and let them go at it.
The sushi can be made in three easy steps:
- Make sushi-size circles with green construction paper.
- Put cotton balls in the circles to represent the rice.
- Tape little squares of red, green or orange construction paper onto the “rice” (a.k.a. the tuna, avocado, or salmon).
Then the kids moved to the playroom (the African safari) and drew animals and birthday messages on the chalk paint walls. The kids loved the temporary animal tattoos we put on them.
What’s a party without a piñata?! But who wants to spend twenty dollars plus candy on something that will shortly be smashed to smithereens? Not me! So I decided to make my own.
It’s a burro/yorkie mix. I had fun making it and the kids had even more fun destroying it.