At some point in time, we have all been at a birthday party when some of the guests felt left out. As children grow and develop interpersonal skills, they ultimately will experience occasions where they have difficulty navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of a social setting like a birthday party.
As parents and caregivers, we strive to plan our children’s birthday parties to be fun-filled for everyone involved; however, sometimes, this task seems easier said than done. While your child should be the center of the celebration at their birthday party, the guests must be included in your planning for the event to go off without a hitch.
To inspire your planning ideas, let’s look at some fun ways to plan an inclusive birthday party for your child.
Choose Games That Don’t Require Teams
While team games are great for building character, they may not always work well in a birthday party environment. Often, younger children don’t gravitate to team games as tweens do, so depending on your child’s age, this may be a non-issue. There are plenty of games that involve all of the guests at your child’s party while keeping your child the center of attention.
Consider games that bring all the guests together to solve a problem or reach a goal. These games can break the ice and get everyone involved in the fun.
The More Activities, The Better
It may be easier to host a birthday party centered around free time for kids to play as they wish, but if you are concerned about children feeling excluded, the less free time, the better. Keeping kids engaged together through games, food, movies, and other activities may be more work for you, but it will produce a successful experience for everyone involved.
If you cannot lead activities throughout the party, designate some people to help you keep the momentum going by leading games or directing children to the following action.
Capture Everyone’s Attention With Interactive Entertainment
The right entertainment can energize every guest at a birthday party. Not only will planned entertainment engage your child and guests, but it will also give you a break from leading activities. When booking entertainment for your child’s birthday party, age appropriateness, space requirements, and quality are the key elements to consider.
Magic shows are one of the most popular entertainment choices for birthday parties of children of all ages. Professional magicians can work within your space and schedule and cater their show to the age range of your audience. Through magical entertainment, your child and guests will be delighted and inspired.
Inclusion Means Success
Your child’s birthday party is a time of celebration. With these tips for creating a more inclusive birthday party, your child and guests will have a memorable and fun-filled experience.