How can you involve your child in planning the birthday party?

If you think planning your child’s party yourself would be easier or more efficient, you’re missing half the fun!

Planning a birthday party with your child can also give them a sense of belonging, open up opportunities for learning moments, and allow you to manage the expectations for the day.

So without further ado, get ready to discover 10 easy ways to involve your child in planning the birthday party.

  1. Choose a theme: What kind of party would your child like to have? A basketball party? A Mickey Mouse party? Think of some possibilities on your own, but then ask your child for suggestions, too.
  2. Purchases: To avoid overspending, go to the store with a list of the supplies you’ll need for the birthday party. Then give your child a special task, such as “You are in charge of making sure we get balloons.” You can make them laugh by pretending to forget why you came to the store. When they say, “We need balloons,” pretend to mishear them and say, “Do we need baboons?” Ad lib as required. This snippet is great fun for kids ages 4-6.
  3. Make a guest list: A fun way to reinforce letters and spelling is to ask your child to say or write the names of the people they would like to invite.
  4. Choose games and activities: Popular party games include Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Pass the Parcel, and Musical Chairs. Your child may also have a favorite game that he plays in the gym or during recess. Time flies when you’re having fun, so be sure to plan more activities than you think you’ll need.
  5. Write invitations: Add a personal touch to your invitations by having your child write their name and draw a picture.
  6. Sending invitations: Putting stamps on envelopes can be tedious, but you can make it fun by turning homework into a game. Divide the invitations into two stacks (one for you and one for your child) and see who can finish sealing your stack first. Then go out and put them in the mailbox together.
  7. Choosing a birthday party entertainer: Sit down and watch demo videos together. Which one catches your attention? Which one does your child ask to see over and over again?
  8. Decorate: Make your child’s day more special by creating a ritual of decorating their room together. You can also put them in charge of writing and / or decorating a guest sign that says “Welcome!” or “Please take off your shoes.”
  9. Make party favors: Tie-dye shirts are a fun and easy activity to do together, and they’re perfect for goody bags, too!
  10. Baking the cake: Depending on your child’s age, you can reinforce sizes, fractions, textures, vocabulary, and more while cooking. Literacy has never been so delicious!

Do you see how much fun planning a birthday party with your child can be?

After absorbing these ideas, you are sure to discover your own fun ways to involve your child in planning the birthday party.

Here is to make your child’s party the most FUN and SPECIAL yet!

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