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Food, Games And Activities For Kids Birthday Parties
Generally, birthday parties for kids aged below 6 involve catering for adults as well as little ones. Before you go overboard working out what to cook or cater for your friends, remember that most adults have a secret fondness for cocktail sausages, crisps and child-sized sandwiches. You could save yourself a lot of time and effort by treating the adults as kids and catering accordingly.
If you are organizing a picnic, provide chicken drumsticks and burgers as well as salad. For toddlers, simple finger food such as mini sandwiches, nuggets and sausages is ideal.
Fairy cakes and biscuits always go down well, and so much the better if they are home-baked.
For the adults, a brunch of smoked salmon bagels and Buck's fizz or coffee and muffins, is easy to throw together.
Games And Activities For Kids Birthday Parties
With 1-2 years old kids and their parents in attendance you do not need anything other than a selection of toys in hand to keep the kids entertained. It is a good idea to put as many soft toys as possible to ensure each has one to play with.
For a birthday party with a group of preschoolers, it is a good idea to create a small play area, stocked with toys too.
You can also plan or set up activity on a table or on the floor. Most kids enjoy play-doh, and rolling it out and pressing it into molds provides them with hours of fun. To make play-doh, combine 1 cup plain flour, 1 cup water, ½ cup salt, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar and 1 tablespoon food coloring in a heavy-based pan over a medium heat. Stir as the mixture thickens and, when it comes together as a dough, remove from the heat. When cool enough to handle, knead the mixture for a minuter or two and it is ready for use.
In the same room, you can set up a duck pond made from sheets of blue paper taped together and cut to create wavy edges, not only looks wonderful but is also part of a magnetic fishing game for toddlers. The ducks have nails hammered into their bases and can be caught using the fishing rods, which have small magnets at the ends of their lines.
This sort of party is ideal for large groups with mixed ages, as it caters both for kids who still want a lot of interaction from their parents as well as those who will simply want to crash about with their friends. It will be noisy – but with great fun.
For a summer birthday party, make giant ice blocks with plastic toys embedded in them. Take these blocks and set them on a tray in the garden. Kids are usually intrigued by these slippery ice blocks and will enjoy trying to extract the toys as the ice melts.
If the weather is good, a paddling pool with a few centimeters of water in it is fun for kids. Prepare for some towels on hand to dry kids off at the end.