By age 9 or 10, children can do anything. They are curious, funny and feel very cool. It is a pleasure to do activities with them! Here are some ideas for entertaining them at a party.
The mere fact of having an ANIMATOR playing music for them turns a children's party into a party for grown-ups. If you do not have a developed musical fiber, ask a relative who knows music well to turn into a DJ for the day or hire a professional. Remember to ask the children to list their favorite songs when they confirm their attendance. These choices will help the host please all guests.
Prepare questions related to what your children learned at school this year and last year, and organize a session of Budding Geniuses. Use a few hotel bells so they can signal they know the answer and let them soak up the competition. It might take them a few minutes to get started, but once they get started, they won't want to stop!
For children,dancing the limbo is new and very funny! Each in turn, the children must pass under a horizontal stick held by two people. You must not touch the ground with your hands or touch the stick, otherwise you will be eliminated. Each round, the stick is lowered a little until only one child wins.
Work of art
Combine their desire to freely express their creativity with their desire to do something together and prepare a community work. Depending on how much space you have, hang a sheet outside, in the garage or on a well-protected floor and ask them to paint with brushes or with their fingers. They can add ribbons, small balls of paper or magazine cutouts… Let their creativity run wild! You will get a very beautiful work that really looks like them and that will remind your child of this wonderful birthday. Don't forget to have the artists sign the back of the artwork for posterity!
Make cute cookies in many shapes before the party starts. Also get icing in tubes and gel, as well as small decorative candies in a specialized store such as Ares or in a DIY store. When the children arrive, ask them to wash their hands well and start the workshop with them. They will be delighted with their personalized cookies and can bring them back to their parents! If you prefer parties allready and you live in Montreal, Sweet Isabelle offers workshops like this that are very popular with children.
Your kids are old enough to destroy their piñata on their own. Finally! How long have you been trying to get kids to hit and have an adult finish the job because the piñatas are too strong!
Protect your table with a plastic tablecloth and prepare a science workshop worthy of the Little Resourceful! We have several ideas to suggest in our articles en titled 10 easy experiments to do with children and 10 recipes to have fun with.
What am I?
Prepare cards where you will write names of animals and objects and shuffle them. Each player places a card on their forehead without looking at it and uses an elastic band or bandana to hold it in place. You can also draw directly on party hats.
Each child must ask questions to others in order to guess their card. Players take turns asking questions until one player guesses their card and wins. This game is very funny because the children have to read the expression of the other players in their face when they ask the questions. You can also buy the game Headbanz if you plan to play often and don't like to draw.
If you know how to weave friendship bracelets, share your knowledge! Your guests will be delighted to learn how to make them too. Just choose threads of several colors to give them the chance to make one that they really like and that they will wear in memory of your party! You can find patterns and instructions in a book, there are several on the market, including Elegant Friendship Bracelets from Scholastic. Plus, it's a great gift!
If you're hosting a girl's party, set up a nail bar by buying colored polishes and sets that are sold in drugstores and department stores. It will be a very friendly little moment if the girls do each other's nails while chatting. Don't forget to put on some happy music to add to the mood!