I am extremely excited that Elise’s birthday is just a few days away. Since last week, I’ve been busy trying to think of what I can do to help leave an impression with the kids – yes I know they’re only 3 years old, but this is THE first birthday that I’m planning for my daughter and I really have no clue what to do with the children…for 3 hours! The thing is, we don’t have many toys at home (because we don’t believe in buying too many toys for the children), and a lot of our activities involve going to the great outdoors, like biking, running, fishing (it’s usually the father who fishes and not the kids), swimming, etc. So you see my anxiety.
Nonetheless, with my “Great book of activities” and some imagination, I’ve come up with a great plan for her birthday!
1) Baker’s Clay (This is equivalent to play dough) – mould & paint
Most kids love to play with play-dough, so why not let them play with dough that could be baked and thereafter, they can paint it and bring home?
2) Puzzle hunt
I love treasure hunt, although the kids are only 3 years old, I’m sure they’ll be happy to see the puzzle pieces scattered around the house (which they could pick) and then put the puzzle together. I mean, Elise loves puzzle, so I can’t imagine that her classmates don’t! And of course, they’ll have a picture of the puzzle already in hand (the doorgifts) so putting the puzzles together won’t be any trouble at all.
All the puzzles are colour-coded, with the pictures and colour of puzzles on the face of the door-gift (goodie packs). Unlike most parties, where the children get the goodie-bag at the end, I’ve decided that I’ll give it to them when they arrive. In fact, the kids get to select which pictures they’ll like…so there should be no reason why they would not like to do the puzzle!
3) Customized clothes peg
Initially, I decided on having ball play at the party, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I’ve decided to scrap that thought and have the children customize their own clothes peg. They can colour it, and then I’ll help put the letters of their names on the pegs using the alphabet marcaroni. Hopefully this will be fun. I know I’m looking forward to helping the kids out. Not sure about the kids though.
4) Water Play
Nothing beats water play. I just hope the weather holds up for the kids to play water. Otherwise, it would be a dampener. Oh that reminds me…I do need to have alternative plans should the water play not work out. It’ll be the last game since all the kids would end up being wet and cold? Oh…I really hope for good weather on Saturday!
Maybe a better name for this is really party-pack, because personally, I’m not a big fan of sweets…so there are no sweets in the bag (that’s why it can’t be a goodie-bag). Instead, I’ve put in the bags useful things that the children can play with:
They get a wooden puzzle (they can learn about shapes and colours), a ball, a colourful pencil, an ink chop (that can only praise) and a bottle of bubbles! When they head home, they’ll have alot more things: baked dough (that hopefully they’ll colour), a puzzle (which they can also colour) and a customised clothes peg. Hopefully the kids will enjoy themselves.
Hopefully, you’ll have as much fun planning your kid’s birthday party as I did. I do hope that I did not overly plan this. But I certainly had tons of fun! If only my job was as interesting as this ;p