If you are planning to host a birthday party for your child, you know that one of the biggest challenges is to keep the children engaged and happy. Kids have a short attention span and want to exercise their independence by doing their own thing.
Most parties have kids of different age groups and parents are worried about planning activities involving such mixed age groups. Another important concern for parents is health and safety. Therefore it is best to plan indoor games for young kids especially if it is hot and sunny outside.
Here are some ideas to inspire you for your child’s next big day.
Pin the tail on the donkey
The classic game can be played by mixed age group with just a little planning. You will need a donkey cardboard cut out with missing tail, a tail made out of wool or paper and some push pins. Take turns to blindfold each child and ask him/her to pin the tail on the donkey where he/she thinks is right. Mark each child’s pin position. The child whose pin position is closest to the target wins the game.
An all time party favourite, this game can be played by kids of any age, together in a large group. All you need to do is, turn up the music and let the kids groove. When the music stops the music, each kid should freeze immediately. The last one to freeze or the one still moving needs to stay out for the next rounds. Continue playing till you have only one kid standing and you have a winner.
Make the kids sit down to form a circle. Put on some music. Have the birthday child toss out a “hot potato” which could be a pillow or balloon into a group of children. The child who catches it will then pass it to the kid sitting next to him/ her. The hot potato continues to be tossed around until the music plays. The kid who is found holding the hot potato when the music stops, is asked to step out. Continue playing the same way till we have a winner standing.
Bring a big pile of large, over sized t-shirts and make the kids sit in a circle around it. Now give each kid 2 minutes to wear as many t-shirts as he/she can one over another. Stop the time and count the number of t-shirts worn. Continue the game with the next kid. The kid with the maximum number of t-shirts worn wins.
Arrange a tray containing 10 miscellaneous items like cotton, grapes or pencil. Now bring the tray over and allow the kids to memorize the items they see, but in a minute. Give each kid a pen and paper to list the items they had seen earlier. But the catch is that they need to do this in two minutes. The player with the maximum number of corrects wins.