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Birthday Party Games for Your Child

Every kid loves attending birthday parties. While you celebrate the birthday of your child, you need to make sure that it is a well-arranged party. Entertainment and fun factor is quite importance while you celebrate your kid’s birthday. Each of his/her friend enjoys the party, is what you must make sure. The fun factor can be added with some interesting games during the celebration. So, birthday party games for 4 year olds need to be arranged considering their age. Kids of this age won’t be interested in games involving puzzles and quizzes. So, you need to be ready with some lively games that will add merriment and entertainment to the birthday party. Some of the games are mentioned below.

Party Game Ideas for 4 Year Olds

Balloon Stomp
Balloons will be available in your home as they are commonly used for birthday party decorations. Start the game by tying blown balloons to hands of each kid using ribbons. When this task is finished, the fun starts. Ask kids to pop each others’ balloons. Kids are sure to enjoy this game. You can also tie balloons to their ankles instead, and ask them to stomp over each others balloons. Just make sure that they are not wearing footwear as the same can lead to injury. The kid left with balloon on his/ her ankle or hand is the winner!

Simon Says
You can be the leader of this game. Ask all kids to stand in a line. Now you are ‘Simon’ in the game who calls for an action. For e.g., here’s a command, “Simon says, hold your ears and jump in air for 5 times.” Another command can be “Simon says, clap clap and tap your feet.” As you give an instruction, all players will act accordingly. The one who doesn’t follow the instructions will be out. You can give commands like hop, turn about, sit down, etc. The child who is standing till the end, wins the game. Now he/ she can be “Simon”.

Treasure Hunt
This is an all time favorite game arranged during kids’ birthday parties. This game has a number of variations. You can plan it keeping in mind kids age. An idea is to have items like balls, children books, color pencils and other items that are useful for kids. Hide these things in the party room. Give each child a list of items that are hidden. You can also add a small picture in front of the name of each item. Ask all of them to search room for finding these items. You must also hold a copy of this list. As kids go on finding items, you go on ticking the item names in list. When all items are found, check who has the highest number of items. He/ she is winner of this game. You can divide these items equally within all the kids and give them as birthday party favors.

Mystery Guess Game
You need a table and various items as used in treasure hunt game. Items must be amongst those used day-to-day by children. Place all the items on a table, kids must not see them before the game starts. Now close the eyes of all kids using handkerchiefs and make them stand in a line. Ask each one to come and touch each item on the table and guess what it is. The one who will guess maximum number of items right is the winner. Place the table in a corner or another room.

All the aforementioned kids’ party games are good for adding fun element to the party. Kids will love playing these games and the birthday celebration will be more fun-filled. Don’t forget to play music while these games go on. After the games are over you can play loud music and believe me, little ones would just love dancing and relish the party.

Awesome Gift Ideas

They are neither little kids, nor are they teenagers; hence, pleasing tweens with the right gift can be quite a difficult task. In fact, shopping for a ten-year-old or a twelve-year-old can bring a fair amount of panic. Unlike toddlers who are delighted with just about everything (even the packaging), tweens are quite choosy about what they like and what they vehemently dislike. Moreover, you are always faced with changing moods and changing trends. So, even if you have decided to buy a gaming console, you would be flummoxed at the store when faced with a host of new versions in the market.

If you are worried about what to shop for kids aged 10 to 12, we have put forth a list of some great ideas that will help you choose the perfect gift for your tween. From the cool remote-controlled cars to the best adventure and fantasy novel, this gift list is sure to enthrall your kids. Brace yourself!

Portable Music Players

In connection with the above idea, if not for music lessons, tweens would love to own a portable music player that can help them relax while they do their homework or keep them occupied when they are bored. The MP3 players for tweens should be easy to use, lightweight, and ultra-portable models. Look for low-end models that may not provide access to a lot of entertainment apps and games, but are sturdy and have a good battery life.

Some good options are the Apple iPod Shuffle, SanDisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 Player, and Cowon X9.

Tablets

If you are looking for a tech gift for your tween, then tablets are just perfect. The screens are bigger, there is no need for an extra keyboard, and your tween will take to a touchscreen faster than a duck to water. The tablets with features, such as Wi-Fi, are great for surfing the web, playing games, checking e-mail, watching movies, and listening to music. Moreover, for your young learners, there are a host of educational apps and textbooks.

Some amazing tablet options for tweens would be the ultra-portable Apple iPad mini, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and the Google Nexus 7.

Magazine Subscriptions

Is your tween girl passionate about celebrity gossip, news, and interviews, or does your 12-year-old son love things related to science, nature, and history? A perfect gift for tweens who are avid readers would be a magazine subscription. Obviously, the magazine you choose should interest your child. Avoid subscribing to fashion/lifestyle magazines that are marked for tweens/teens, but do not provide age-appropriate content.

Some excellent magazines packed with quality content that your child is bound to love include New Moon Girls, American Girl Magazine, and Discovery Girls. For boys, checkout the Boys’ Life magazine.

Music Lessons

If your child loves music, then enrolling him/her in music classes would be a great gift. Music helps in the development of the child’s self-esteem and social skills while also increasing his/her patience and discipline. Before choosing the instrument that the child has to learn, consider his/her opinion. Ensure that the child is excited about learning the instrument and is interested in a particular music style. The child’s temperament should also match the instrument. Additionally, you should be able to afford the instrument and the maintenance that comes with it.

Most music teachers would agree that it’s hard for kids to go wrong with the piano, drums, guitar, or violin.

RC Toys

If you are planning to buy toys for your kid, then remote-controlled (RC) vehicles are your best bet. There is an impressive selection of RC cars, helicopters, and other toys in the market that are sure to delight your kid. From dirt-spewing monster trucks to beautiful robots, there are RC toys that appeal to every taste. Before buying an RC car or other toys, do check the specified age limits and warning labels that indicate whether the car has small parts that cause choking, cutting, and other hazards for young children.

Check out the iPhone or iPod controlled robot, WowWee RoboMe or get an awesome remote-controlled car such as the Tyco RC Stunt Psycho Vehicle.

Tween Books

Unlike a kiddie book with simple stories, tweens need books with stories that are challenging and fun to read. Dragons, vampires, mighty tween heroes, these are some of the popular characters that your voracious reader will love. Book selection at this age is important as you want your child to progress beyond kiddie books, yet not venture into teenage novels.

Apart from the Harry Porter series which I am sure your kid has read (if not, please do get it for him/her!), you can gift your child books such as the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, and Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

Bean Bags

Choose a comfortable bean bag for your child to lounge and relax in while they watch movies, play games, or read a book. Bean bags are functional and extremely comfortable chairs filled with foam or polyurethane. They are available in a range of colors and designs. They are a great addition to the entertainment areas and play spaces of your child’s room. Ensure that the bag is made from a durable material and is safe and comfortable for your kid.

Some great bean bags for kids are Newco International Football Bean Bag and Elite Furniture Spider Web Kids Bean Bag.

Bike

Adventure lovers will love a mountain bike. Choose geared kids’ bikes with 20″ and 24″ wheels that are best for 10- to 12-year-old kids. Look for features such as an adjustable seat height along with a durable, corrosion-resistant aluminum frame and front suspension.

Bikes such as the Jamis X.24 and GT 2013 Aggressor 24 are some great mountain bikes for kids.

Camera

Want to introduce your child to the world of photography but cannot really trust them with a heavy-duty DSLR? Gift your tween a simple point-and-shoot camera that is not too bulky and big to hold and can help the child take pictures with ease. Whether he/she is taking pictures of friends or selfies, the camera should allow the child to do these with ease. Look for ones that are waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, and shockproof.

Some excellent cameras for pre-teens would be Fujifilm FinePix XP60 and the Nikon COOLPIX S01.

Portable Video Game

A portable video game or a hand-held game console is something that every tween enjoys. It is cheaper, easier to carry around whether it is at a supermarket or on long car trips, and the best part is that you do not need to hook it to a TV, like you do for large game systems. Most portable video games do more than just play games. You can browse the Internet, make Skype calls, and tether with Bluetooth. If your tween does not own one already, he/she is probably yearning for one.

Choose a Nintendo 3DS XL or a Sony PS Vita for your tween.

You can also choose something specific for girls or boys such as a nail polish set for a trendy tween girl or a chemistry set for a nerdy tween boy. If you are confused about getting something cool for your impossible-to-please kid, then this list of gifts is sure to make an impression.

Find Perfect Gifts For Your Child

The well-chosen gift brightens up the face of any kid. When you choose a gift, there are two ways to go about it: you can just go out and buy whatever you come across, checking that item off of your “to do” list. Or, you can take a little extra time, put a little extra thought into it, and find him or her just the right gift.

Whether it is a birthday, holiday, or another special occasion, when it comes time to buy a gift for a kid you know, wouldn’t you rather just spend the extra time to get it right?

The Right Gift Can Open Up a New World

When you have the opportunity to give a gift to a kid, why not use it to broaden their horizons about the world? After all, the best kind of play is educational. And, getting an education is always more fun when play is involved.

If you choose the right gift, they will never feel you are giving them something “educational” anyway. To the kid, it should be all about the fun.

Kids Love Creative and Unusual Gifts

But, what kind of gift should you buy? On the one hand, any kid who watches TV is going to get caught up in whatever board games, video games, or toys are being advertised while watching their favorite shows. In other words, they’ll want what is popular.

However, once the wrapping is off and the item is out of the box, the story changes. At this point, the gifts that are the most interesting and unusual are the ones that kids love to use and play with. These are the ones they can show off to their friends. When all is said and done, it is these unusual gifts that really make an impression.

How to Find Unusual Gifts for Kids – 3 Tips

Here are 3 tips to help you choose just the right unusual gift for a kid:

1. Look for something with a sense of adventure and learning: There are many educational toys available in the market today. How about a puzzle, a map, or a book of trivia?

2. Find something to help them pass the time: The gift you choose should be designed to help them pass the time. After all, while kids are busier than ever today, there are still a lot of times when they need a break from their studies or other serious activities. Sometimes, they need a distraction.

3. Get them something their friends don’t already have: The first hint in shopping for a kid is to ignore the TV commercials. Remember, that is exactly what everyone ELSE is going to buy for this kid. Instead, get them something their friends do not already have.

Follow these 3 tips to find unusual gifts for kids that they will love.

Making Birthday Cards for Your Child

Do you want to present a unique card to your child on this coming birthday, one that he/she remembers throughout his life? Then why don’t you make something on your own! How about homemade birthday cards for kids? We assure you, our ideas are going to help for sure. For this, you don’t even need to think much because we have listed down some selective birthday card ideas for your loved ones.

Birthday Cards

Popping Card
If you want to see an expression of surprise and happiness on the face of your child, then these cards would be perfect. Want to know how to make pop-up cards for your kid? Sketch a funny face on a cardboard sheet and color it. Attach a spring behind it, and stick it inside the card at the center. The moment your child opens the card, the face will pop-up leaving a smile on his face.

Collage Card
Collect the pictures of all the favorite comic characters and things that are liked the most by your kid. Cut all the pictures in different patterns and stick them all in front of the card with some overlapping the others. You can also highlight the different pictures with the glittery highlighters of different colors. Paint all the borders of the card with different colors to make it more attractive. These cards can be made in any shape, like oval, round, square, or rectangular. Isn’t it easy to make one without much effort?

Events Record Card
These cards are full of all the major old memories and events till date. Take a huge chart paper and reduce it to the size of a birthday card by folding. Stick a cute photograph of the receiver in front of the card. Stick all funny photographs with funny and emotional captions on each fold of the card. Put the photographs in the chronological order, right from the birth till present. The receiver is going to love this card for sure!

Photo Frame Card
You can personalize your card by giving it a look of a photo frame and sticking a funny photograph of the birthday boy or girl on it. Take a thick drawing sheet, and fold it into two halves. Paste a photograph on the front side of the card. Now, take another drawing sheet (not very thick), and cut it to the size of front of the card. Further, mark the size of the photograph with a pencil on that sheet. Next, cut a rectangle in the middle of that sheet. See to it that it is smaller than the photograph image marked. Stick the frame that you have just made on the front of the photograph. Decorate the border of the frame with glitters and colors and write a cute birthday card message inside.

Spray-painted Card
Make a desired shape on a piece of paper, and place it on the front side of the card. Dip a toothbrush in color and spray it on the card (around the shape) with the help of your fingers. Once you have finished doing this, remove the shape after the colors have dried. Write a birthday quote in the center of the shape, and decorate the border of the card with ribbons.

Star Card
Collect the photographs of all the favorite celebrities and stars born on the same day. This birthday card would make the recipient feel special and equally important. Stick the kid’s photograph at the center of the card and glue rest of the pictures around that photograph. Write an expressive caption saying that he or she is equally important to you as the celebrities or stars are for rest of the world.

Homemade birthday cards can be a treasure if they are made by children themselves using their imagination and creativity. They are a great way to encourage your children to brainstorm and come up with their own beautiful imaginations. Allow them to say anything they want to say in their own words. You can even assist them in making these cute little cards. Photo frame and spray paint ideas are super easy and kids can make them too. These ideas will be great even for homemade birthday cards for moms and dads.

Apart from these card ideas, you can also generate you own innovative and creative birthday card greeting ideas to make your child happy.