Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The Best 1st Birthday Party Game Ideas

Many parents get stuck for ideas of what to do for their baby’s 1st birthday, especially if it’s their first child and the first ever birthday party they will be throwing. That’s why many parents want it to be a special occasion, one they can remember for many years to come.
A first birthday party usually ends up being a celebration for adults, mainly family and friends and their children, however if you’ve been a very sociable parent and made lots of friends through various mother & baby clubs and play groups, you could end up with a house full of parents and one year olds!
However many people you decide to have, here are 10 great ideas on how to keep  everyone entertained at your baby’s first birthday party and have lots of fun:

1. Guess the Baby Photo Game:
This game involves asking your guests to bring two photos of themselves, one as a baby and a current photo. They can do the same for any older children they bring to the party too.
Make a note of which photos belongs to who then arrange all the baby photos in a line and number them. Then arrange all the current photos and letter them A to Z.
Give each adult/older child a piece of paper and a pen and they have to write down which number and letter corresponds.
The person who gets the most correct wins!

2. Baby Bottle Bowling:
More often than not most parents will have lots of spare baby bottles around the house. Fill as many bottles you have with either water or rice to make them more sturdy and use them as skittles!

3. Baby Messages:
Decorate a small box or buy a special keepsake box and get your guests to write a note to your baby. This is will get everyone thinking!
You can then keep this for your child to open and read when they are older.

4. Baby Obstacle Course:
Set up a mini soft obstacle course using tunnels, pillow, cushions, soft baby blocks etc. The little one’s will have lots of fun crawling through and entertaining themselves.

5. Ball Pool:
Children of this age love colourful plastic balls, which are in expensive to buy by the bucket load. Fill a small paddling pool with them and let them have lots of fun.

6. Sing Song:
Buy a CD with lots of nursery rhymes and get parents to sit around in a circle with their children.  Lay out some musical instruments and have fun making your own little sing song session.

7. Puppet Show:
If you’re brave enough, turn yourself into an entertainer or get one of your family or friends to do it!
Finger or hand puppets and great to entertain small children however be careful with the one’s you choose as some small children can be afraid of them.
8. Toss a Bean Bag:
Line up some plastic buckets and assist your child in throwing a bean bag into a bucket. Great fun and good for their hand co-ordination development.

9. Treasure Hunt Crawl:
Hide some baby friendly wrapped gifts or treats around the house and allow babies to hunt them out!

10. Pass the Parcel:A traditional game that works well no matter what age you are! Perhaps try a lucky dip style box to pass around to music, instead of gifts wrapped in a paper parcel, as it will make it easier for small children to handle.

It can be tricky to play games with a house full of babies and young children, but whatever you decide to play the key is to have lots of fun so that you can capture memories of that special day!
For lots of 1st birthday party inspiration, check out Best Kids Party for a wide range of 1st birthday party supplies, 1st birthday decorations and special 1st birthday gifts.

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