This past Sunday was my son’s birthday party. He turned a whole big number 4! We had a really fun party with lots of snacks, treats and of course balloons; a birthday just isn’t the same without balloons!
One of the challenges in setting up the birthday party was finding Birthday Party games for toddlers and also ones that we could play with various ages and developmental stages. I had to come up with games that my son would understand how to play, but that were also fun for his older cousins. The other challenge I had was making sure that they were games that my autistic niece could join in as well, we didn’t want to leave anyone out! The theme of ‘Cars’ was a little bit tricky, so I thought of another element of birthday parties… BALLOONS.
I had gotten a few ideas off the Hasbro games we purchased for our #DipDipHooray Party last month, mainly Hungry Hungry Hippo. When the Mohawk Rug I’m currently reviewing arrived I realized the possibility of making it happen. I was going to create a sort of live-action Hungry Hungry Hippo, but for name sake, we’ll call it Hungry Hungry Tots!
- Props: All you need is a lot of balloons, a big rug and 4-6 children to play!
- Setup: Each child takes a side of the rug. This is a 5’8′ rug, so it could have two kids on each long end and one on each short end. Each child must have a parent partner (or helper). All the balloons are placed in the middle.
- Game: Just like with Hungry Hungry Hippo, the idea is to get as many of the balloons as you can. Each child grabs a balloon and then tosses or passes it to their parent partner. They can only grab one balloon at a time. This ensures that no child will just sweep the whole section of balloons over. The parent/child with the most balloons (when all the balloons are gone) wins!
- Challenge: A few ideas to make this more challenging is to have the parents hold a bag and the balloons have to go into the bag. This makes it hard because you can only pass so fast to make sure it gets into the bag. For older children, you can have them only be allowed to have their arms on the rug (knees set on the floor) just like the Hippos!
The best part of this game is that it gets the parents involved as well and everyone gets to have fun at the party! It doesn’t matter how little the kids are, they just love grabbing the balloons and that’s what games are all about – Fun!
- Props: A lot of balloons, a marker, a notepad and children.
- Setup: The night before take out (at least) ten balloons and draw pictures, numbers, shapes or letters on them with a magic marker. Pictures are generally easier for children who don’t know their letters, numbers or shapes yet. Write down each of the pictures you drew onto a notepad. To setup the game, put all the balloons facing down in the center of the room, rug or play area. Have all the children on the outside of the balloon pile.
- Game: Call off one of the pictures for the children to find. When a child finds that balloon, write their name next to the word. This keeps track of who found what so you can tally up the winner. At the end of the game, whoever found the most wins!
- Challenge: You can challenge little learners by putting letters of the alphabet, numbers, shapes or even adding in colors. Another neat trick you could do is to get clear balloons and put the objects INSIDE the balloons!