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Games and Activities


Age-Appropriate Games and Activities:


Keep your theme in mind when planning your party.  Any game can be modified to fit your theme. Think about the age of your guests and plan things that are age-appropriate.  You would not want to have a two and three year old try to play an organized sport. (Blue denotes link to specific activity directions)


Two and Three Year Olds:


At this age keeping the activities simple and based on interest of the individual child is best.  This is not the age to try group activities unless you have willing kids and a few helpers.  Best rule of thumb is to invite only the number of kids to your child’s party that coincides with their age plus one. So a two year old would have two to three guests.  A three year old would have three  or four guests.


Best activities for this age include: (Blue indicates link)



Four and Five Year Olds:


With this age you can get a bit more into organized games.  Some will have more interest than others.  Offer choices for those who do not wish to participate.  Try to fashion games to find ways to keep a person in.  Some of the same activities listed for twos and threes can also be used with this age group.  They still like to do a lot of the easier activities also. Any of the following can also have variations to the game to fit your theme or variations to the game rules to fit your age group.  (For example: With Simon Says, I don’t make people that make a mistake on Simon Says be out, they have to jump once, then on the second mistake they have to jump twice, mistake three jump three times.  It keeps everyone in, entertained, and some kids like to jump even if they didn’t mess up!)


Good activities for this age group include: (Blue indicates Link)





Six to Ten Year Olds:


In this age group you can begin to play more complex games and activities.  They can do more physically and mentally are ready for more complex organized games.  Consider your guests when planning.  If they error toward the younger of the age group, you can always modify and simplify more complicated games to keep everyone happy.  Likewise, you can also take simpler games and make them more complicated for the older portion of the age group.  Have fun!  All games can be modified to fit your theme.  In stead of Duck, Duck, Goose for a dog party play “woof, woof, howl” or Cat, Cat, Dog (because dogs LOVE to chase cats!)


Best game activities for this age group:




Crafts at this age group can really have some fun.  By this time, kids are finishing up the developing of fine motor skills and can really put their skills to use.  Keep directions clear and precise and have a model made and make one with them to help them.  Most will begin to follow much more complex directions if they are clear.



Tweens: Nine to Twelve Year Olds


You can really have a lot of fun with this age group.  They are definitely ready for some complex, organized activities.  On the flip-side, some tend to be pickier for the activities that they wish to participate in.


Group dynamics also comes into play with this age group. Though most would probably play some of the younger kid games, some may find those games “un cool or baby-ish” and thus, sway the rest of the group. However, oddly, once the games start, many of those same people  that thought it “un cool” will join in and be the most active participant.  


Getting a group  of tweens to play some games are all in the presentation.  If you leave things open in this age group by asking, “Do you want to do ___________?” vs. “Next is _______” or just by starting to give the next direction, “I’d like everyone to stand in a circle...” leaves no question of the plans of what is going to happen next.  The latter options are less likely to be shot down at just the mere idea of it.


Even in the planning stages ideas can be shot down by your own kid because they aren’t sure how their friends might think about the activities.  I have found though that when I involve the kids in the planning process, I only do it for portions of it to get a gist of the kinds of things they want to include at this age.  Too many options boggle the mind for them (and us), so I usually do all my final plans close to the hip (and do not share until the events are happening!)  Though I do have them at this age help prep for the games or activities.


Best activities for this age group:


Teens: Thirteen to Eighteen


You might think your party days are done by this time, but actually teens love a good party.  It gives them a chance to hang out with their friends and provides them with constructive activities.  Given all the things they could be doing, what is wrong with a little safe fun?  Oddly, older teens like to relive some of those childhood games and have the best time doing it.  It depends on your group.  This tends to be the age also for boy/girl parties. So plan accordingly. This age group your child knows their friends pretty well. They can have a list of activities to ask their friends what would be fun and also have some set activities.  


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