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I wish I could afford to hire a jumping castle or a face painter, or whatever. But I cant.
How do I entertain a group of 20 odd 3-5 year olds for 2 hours for DD's birthday?
Bubble maker? You could enclose a room and set of a bubble maker.
I've not ever known a kid who doesn't like them!
wiggles songs? party games? pass the parcel... pin the tail on the donkey??
got any outgoing friends?? a fairy or clown?
20! :eek: I'm thinking of limiting DD to only 5 kids.
Cake will keep them quiet for 10 minutes.
Pass the parcel - 10 minutes.
I can only fill 30 minutes :(
Wow, my DS doesn't have any friends. :o
He will have a fun day though. :yes:
Here are some ideas I have done when working in Child Care, Preschool & Prep... Hope it helps!
* Musical Chairs. OMG, you will get sick of this before they do!
* Necklace making (prepare before!). Die some pasta tunnels with different coloured food dyed water. Just rinse the pasta in for like 2 minutes (or until it gets the desired colour) and then take it out, spread it out on a cloth and let dry in the sun. Have 20 threads of yarn prepared with a pasta shell at the end, and a little name tag, so that they can start straight away without any fuss.
* Footprint Mural. Buy some acrylic paint from Crazy Clarks and get some butchers paper (Newspaper companies give rolls away). Put the paint on some sponges at the end of a long run of paper and let them have a blast!
* Pass the Parcel (with little gifts of course). This is sooo fun!
* Bubbles. Need I say more?!?!?! :laughing:
If you need any other ideas, please let me know!
Jax Tellers Old Lady
Wow 2 kids good luck with that Becky.
My ideas were
Pillow case races
Egg and spoon races
chalk on the pavement
arts and crafts
Hope it all goes well.
Do you have a friend that could dress up as a fairy or clown that could entetain the kid with a story or face painting??
I'm happy to do some dodgy face painting for you, if you want? I don't think I'll wear a fairy costume for the occasion though, can you imagine that sight! :laughing:
The bubble maker is a great idea, there's constant entertainment there!
Great ideas so far! THanks
Keep them coming...
playdough and cookie cutters
let them "paint" something with buckets of water and paint brushes.
At playgroup recently we had "messy day" and there was this big table with this blue gluey stuff and the kids all put there hands in it and painted the table-it cameoff with water pretty easy
They also had a huge tub of cooked spaghetti to play with:laughing:
you could make a slippery slide out of an old tarp and bubble stuff-slippery slidey fun
big tub of water,blue food die.... get them all to make their own boats and they can float them. There are some really easy "boat" instructions on the web just out of household junk.They could paint them and stuff.
Treasure hunt in the sand/sandpit/dirt. Spraypaint rocks "gold" then give them little shovels etc to dig them up.
They could mke their own sanwhich faces. You butter the bread and supply a heap of toppings to make open face sandwhiches eg carrot makes good hair, cut cherry tomatoes good eyes, sultanas for freckles etc etc
Two hours is pretty easy.
15mins for arrivals and opening presents and letting play with them till the next present arrives!
Games: Kids just love the really old games, pass the parcel, musical chairs, treasure hunt outdoors can kill a lot of time if you have lots of hiding spots. There are lots of food games you can play too. Girls can make stuff, like butchers paper, draw around each other and decorate with sparkly, glittery stuff, we did one where we decorated stuff, bags or something? I can't remember now. 45 mins of games, then food, sitting down, or picnic style, that should kill 30 mins if you drag it out then send them outside to run around type play for the last 30 mins.
While ours were doing the last bit hubby would get out the vacuum cleaner and tidy up and have the kettle on for the parents when they arrived!
Do they still have those plaster fun house places where they can paint things - those always worked really well, or make or buy your own and the kids can paint those.
The ages range between 18 months & 8 years! HA thats a big difference!
I am going to buy a bubble machine.... and a friend is pretty arty & has said she will do some face painting for me.....
I am sure I can fill in the time :D Thanks for all the great ideas...
Has anyone got some suggestions for games to play that 2-3 year olds will understand?
my 2 almost 3 year old loves p the tail on the donkey and loves a piņata and likes to play Treasure/lolly hunt and Musical statues and if you ask her to play hind and go seek she will play that as well.
but did not get pass the parcel at all she wanted to open it all.
I was thinking of a lolly man instead of a lolly hunt, what do you think?
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