Birthday party ideas for about ten 3 and 4-year olds?
August 15, 2014 12:17 PM Subscribe
We're having our daughter's first kids-only birthday party and we don't know how to do this. I'm looking for advice, especially for games and activities.
posted by kitcat to Grab Bag (23 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like this to be well organized, not just a free-for-all of little kids playing (both because they're really hard to supervise that way, and possibly some could be left out of the play). We are considering renting a bouncy castle - we have a reasonably-sized (but not huge) backyard where other activities could take place also - but who knows if it will rain that day? What other games and activities can we lead the kids in? They're little and still have small-child squabbles; how do we avoid tears and hurt feelings?
I know these kids reasonably well from seeing them daily at my daughter's daycare and they wont be capable of anything as complicated as a treasure hunt or as physical as the balloon popping game (which sounds SO fun but we'll save it for years to come). I'm worried that a pinata will be too hard and lead to tears. Games that may provoke jealousy over the winner aren't the greatest either. I can't do facepainting and don't want to purchase one of those fancy stencil kits. And crafts - that's a lot of work for me, I am not particularly good with drawing and painting myself, and I am afraid that with the attention span of small kids the craft will be left undone anyhow. I guess you can probably tell that I'm pretty stressed about this...
So far, I like the idea of playing Heads Up, 7-Up and Pass the Parcel. What else can we do? If I can come up with the right things to do, maybe I can avoid the bouncy castle expense. Any other bits of advice regarding the party would be greatly appreciated - because if I can't sort this out or if it gets too stressful I know we'll end up booking something expensive at the community centre or what have you. Which isn't the end of the world, but I'd rather succeed at an old-fashioned, low-cost birthday party.