Birthday Party Activity Ideas for Preschoolers
Birthday parties for preschool age children can be challenging. Trying to plan activities and keep these small children entertained is not an easy feat. Preschool age children are limited in what activities they can do. Harder games can be too much for them to understand. They also have shorter attention spans than older children, which is an important thing to keep in mind.
The key to planning birthday party activities for preschoolers is to keep the activities simple and to keep the children busy. It can help to always have some back up activities in case an activity does not work out. A good back up is a coloring table or a movie. These things are usually always a hit with preschoolers and can serve to occupy them if needed.
You should be sure to have all activities set up and ready to go before the party even starts. Make sure you have all the supplies ready to go so you do not have to leave the party to go get something.
Good activities for preschoolers are activities that do not require a lot of explanation. Preschoolers tend to be very independent so choosing activities that require little parental involvement will be the best choice.
Some good examples of activities for a preschooler's birthday party include blowing bubbles, face painting, bean bag toss and water balloons. You can also use other party games, but you may want to alter the rules or simply make up your own, less complicated rules.
You want to keep the activities flowing. You never want a time when everyone is just standing around. Preschoolers are not very patient, and they like to stay busy. So if you are not keeping them busy, they will definitely find something to keep themselves busy and that could spell trouble.
Depending on the number of children at the party, you may want to break them up into groups. This will help to keep everyone busy and minimize waiting time. You may also want to use your back-up activity for children to do as they wait for their turn at an activity.
For activities like blowing bubbles, you should be sure to buy enough so that everyone can blow bubbles at the same time. This will help to reduce arguments and allow everyone to participate.
Also keep in mind that messy activities, like blowing bubbles or playing with water balloons, should be saved for the end of the party. You should also inform parents if you think a child may get wet or messy so they can bring an extra set of clothing should their child need to change.
Preschoolers are at an awkward age. They want to act grown up, but their bodies and minds limit them. Birthday party activities for preschoolers should allow them to express their desire to be independent and grown up, but also take into consideration their limitations.
by Joseph Then
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