What activities should I do at a children's birthday party?
Once you have the theme chosen, figuring out the activities will be easy. At Sharky & George, the most important thing to keep in mind when planning games and activities is inclusivity. Make sure that nobody gets “out” or is singled out for losing - this ensures that you don’t lose anyone's attention, keep everyone together and the excitement and energy of the party keep going.
We love classic party games like Grandmother's Footsteps or musical statues (any perfect statues get a sweetie balanced on their head - anyone that moves, does not!). You can change the names of the game to suit your theme e.g. Olaf’s Footsteps or Superhero Statues.
There are lots of fun crafty activities to do - have a look on Pinterest for some ideas. If you are doing a craft, remember to keep it simple - use stickers over glue and crayons or felt tips over paint. This makes things less messy and quicker to clean the children before they move on to the next activity.
Edible activities are always a hit too - try biscuit decorating with mini icing tubes, or cupcake decorating with bowls of buttercream, sprinkles and spoons.
Running around and competitive games are always a hit, split the children into teams and get them competing with fun races like leapfrog, leg tunnels, and obstacle courses (include: items to jump over, crawl under, hop on one leg, throw something at a target etc), tug of war and dance-offs.
Treasure hunts are great fun too, and easy to adapt for any age and theme - from hiding sweeties all over the place to writing actual clues to find - keep it age appropriate and include a prize for everyone.
If it’s a new class or lots of children that don’t know each other, it’s quite nice to start off with name tags. Get everyone sitting down to write their name on a white sticker label to wear for the party, this is a nice way for children to get to know each other and great for involving shy children.
If the thought of running the games yourself fills you with dread, why not hire some entertainment to do the hard work for you? Check out some of our party types for inspiration.