Simple and enjoyable games in the party are what make kids to have a great fun. The following are some of the most interesting games that kids of 4-5 years can easily follow and enjoy.
Blowing bubbles is always tops in fun. This wise hostess placed a low flat pan in the center of one of the low tables. In it she had put a mixture of soapy water and a few drops of glycerin. She gave each child a straw. Soon the air was filled with squeals of delight from the youngsters as the bubbles floated upward. The straws were excellent blowers, made no mess, and were easily replaced when broken by chubby fingers.
After the activity of these games the youngsters were ready to settle down at the tables to try finger painting. Each child was fitted with a large paper apron to protect his party clothes. The bib-style aprons were made of heavy butcher’s paper on which ties and halters of tape had been stitched. Finger painting of course is that familiar childhood art of smearing finger paint onto large sheets of paper with the fingers. Our hostess made a generous supply of three colors of finger paint. Here is her recipe.
Dissolve one-eighth cup of laundry starch in a half cup of cold water. Slowly add to a pint of boiling water and cook about five minutes stirring constantly to keep the mixture smooth. Add vegetable coloring and let cool. For this party the hostess had divided the mixture into three parts coloring one red, the second green, and the third blue. These were then put into little cold-cream jars so that each child could choose a color and work individually. It saved much scrapping over jars.
Our hostess, knowing that nothing upsets young children’s schedules more than party refreshments in late afternoon, solved the difficulty by serving a simple supper shortly before five o’clock. A gaily decorated paper tablecloth transformed the play-table into a festive board.
A big bunch of brightly colored balloons was fastened to the chandelier which hung directly over the center of the table, just out of reach of small groping hands. Each child was given a crown of stiff paper to wear. The crowns were all alike except the birthday child’s which was decorated with three paper candles.
The menu was simple and in keeping with tiny-tot diets. Each plate held baked potato in half shell, a helping of buttered peas and a mold of fruit Jello. The dessert consisted of ice cream and the birthday cake. The cake held three candles. When the young host tried to blow them out he received a great deal of help from his guests.
To the youngsters, many of whom at home were in the habit of eating in a high chair and wearing a bib, it was a delight to be sitting at a table with a group of their own age. Plates were cleaned in surprisingly short order.
At Good-bye time the balloons were untied from the chandelier and given one to each child. This was one Tiny-tot party that was enjoyed not only by the wee ones but the mothers as well. We blessed our thoughtful hostess when we tumbled our tired, happy, well-fed youngsters into bed and served the family dinner without interruption.
All the games must be as simple as possible so that all the children can easily understand and enjoy the party. Blowing bubbles, finger painting and balloon games are always top in fun that makes the children to have a great fun.