If you’re planning your child’s birthday party, you may wonder how you’re going to keep all of those kids under control. Don’t stress too much. A little preparation can make the day run smoothly for everyone.
Plan Your Activities
Know what you plan to do with the kids ahead of time. Having a few different types of activities or different play areas set up can give the kids options so no one is bored. If you plan to do only one activity at a time, decide on the order and the approximate length of each activity. Don’t set the schedule too firmly. You may find that some activities are a flop while the kids want to do others for longer than you planned. Have a general schedule with flexibility to keep everyone happy.
Do Prep Work
Doing as much of the party prep several days ahead of time keeps your stress levels low and helps you get organized. When you are less stressed and more relaxed, you can have more fun with the party. You also minimize wait time for the kids when you have things ready. They won’t have to wait for you to find all of the materials to do the craft project, for example.
Have an Attention Grabber
Teachers use attention grabbers all the time, so why not use one at a kids’ party? You might have a hand clap pattern you do to get all the kids to stop and listen. Or tap a tambourine as a signal to see what’s next. If things start to get out of control or you are ready to switch activities, use the attention grabber to get everyone to stop and listen.
Monitor the Crowd
Keep an eye on how the kids are doing throughout the party. If you notice them getting bored or getting riled up, it may be a sign that you need to switch gears. It’s always better to catch the kids before they get out of control than it is to reign them back in once they’re already out of control.
Young kids often come to parties with their parents, but as kids get older, the parents start dropping them off and leaving them with you for the entire party. Don’t get caught without enough help. If you don’t want the parents to leave, make that clear on the invitation. If you don’t mind the parents leaving, have a few other adults on hand to help keep the kids under control. You’ll appreciate the extra hands when the birthday party gets going.