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Looking for some activities to keep kids busy this Thanksgiving? While this is obviously a holiday for family, sometimes kids can be impatient, especially as parents are busy cooking in the kitchen or enjoying time catching up on family news with other adults. While this is a lot of fun for adults, children, especially if they are sitting with other adults and not at a children's table, can easily get bored and distracted. Luckily, we know the perfect activities to keep them busy this Thanksgiving. Not only are these activities fun, but are a great way for children to interact with other children at your family get together!
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: Craft Activities
Want to keep kids busy and nearby while adults are finishing up preparing (or eating) Thanksgiving dinner? One of the best ways to keep kids happy and having fun is by helping them make cute Thanksgiving theme crafts. This can be as simple as helping them make construction paper turkeys or making Thanksgiving theme bracelets. These crafts can be as complicated as you like. Just make sure the craft projects you choose are appropriate for the age of children who will be attending your Thanksgiving dinner. Also, don't forget that you can also turn this into a time for kids to make other holiday items, such as making Christmas ornaments or homemade gifts for their parents for Christmas!
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: Outdoor Games
Depending on where you live and the weather, outdoor games can also be a great way to keep kids busy and happy while adults enjoy Thanksgiving. While you can order inflatable ball pits or bounce houses, they usually aren't necessary to keep kids happy. To make set up and clean up as easy as possible, however, we do recommend having inflatable games. You can find easy games for kids of all ages such as inflatable obstacle courses and even ring tosses. If you have the room, you can even have a miniature soccer or football game to keep kids busy and active after a large meal!
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: Board Games
Looking for something the entire family can do together or some of the adults can do with children at the party? Don't forget about classic board games! You can find board games that are perfect for the entire family to play, ranging from card games to classic family games like Monopoly. Just make sure you find things that kids can play on their own or with the assistance of older kids if you want this to be fun kids' time! To make things even more fun, consider having unique toy prizes that kids can win for winning the most games!
Lilly Deane has been a kids party planner for several years now. She shares her personal experiences as an events coordinator at Madfun and in blogs like this one to help parents throw the best party ever for their own kids. In this article, she will be giving tips on how to control temper tantrums in kiddie parties.
Kiddie Meltdown Alert: Ways To Keep It Down During A Party
A kiddie party is supposed to be anything but sad, grumpy, unhappy, angry, and out of control. Instead, this is supposed to be happy, light, enjoyable, and worry-free. How many guests are coming to your child’s kiddie party? How well do you know the guests? You see, although their parents are very classy, this is not an assurance that their little tots are the perfect princes and princesses who behave well in public. What will you do if someone ruins your supposed to be perfect kiddie party with a temper tantrum?
Ways to Control Temper Tantrum During a Party
Have a back-up plan as early as now. Don’t wait for it to happen when you can control temper tantrum before it starts. You may need to control this though differently during a kiddie party than you normally would with your own child on ordinary days. Here are some suggestions:
- Create a distraction. Get an entertainer. Clowns or magicians should keep the kids busy for an hour or two. It’s different seeing magic tricks personally than on TV. Other ideas would include photo booths, games, face painting, or games. Temper tantrums or crying could be contagious, but so is being happy. Keep most of your little guests happy and the others will be joining in the fun.
- Keep the music playing. Music is a very powerful tool that you can use to manipulate how people feel for a particular moment. You can use these two ways to control emotional outburst in kids. If you just want to keep them happy the moment they enter the venue, then play pop songs that convey happiness. Play these types of songs throughout the party and you may be able to send them home happy too. You can also opt to combine this with calming music. This should keep the kids’ energy at a low when their energies are too pumped up, one of the reasons why kids sometimes experience sudden bouts of outbursts.
- Don’t lose it too. Adding fuel to fire could make it worse. With one uncontrollable kid near you, it is very easy for you to lose your own cool, but don’t even think of taking that road. You could end up being your own party pooper and you definitely would not want your kid to remember you as the person who ruined his or her party. If the kid’s parent can’t control his or her child’s temper tantrum, you may need to take over and you won’t be able to do that with a hot head.
- Use rewards. Now, rewarding a bad attitude on normal days is definitely not recommended in controlling temper tantrums. But during a party, you need all the tricks you need up your sleeve especially when the problem is a yelling or crying kid. A small toy or sweet treats should stop the temper tantrum before the other kids start acting the same.
- Keep the party short.Long parties put a stress on the kids and parents alike. Keep the party short to about an hour or two. Although parties are fun for kids, there is still no place like home where they could get to do the things that they want such as sleep. Set it at a time where it’s not their nap time so that they won’t end up being crabby during the party.
Aside from kiddie meltdown control, make the party happier too by choosing a great theme. This should include your kid’s party costume, themed menu, and party décor. Plan ahead of time so that you don’t forget important details.
About Lilly Deane:
I am one of the content curators at Madfun and other kids websites. Aside from writing, I also spend most of my time with my young family. I also love to paint, cook and organize kiddy parties.
You can also get in contact with me on Google+ or Twitter: @LillyDeane01
Is this your child's first or second Halloween? For many families, Halloween is the perfect time to dress up and have fun. The problem with many of the costumes out there for toddlers, however, is that with how quickly they grow, the costume you bought earlier in the month may no longer fit your child, or it's too cold on Halloween for them to actually wear said costume. Rather than pay for an expensive costume that your child may not even be able to wear, many parents have decided to go with homemade or semi-homemade costumes that are simple and allow their child to still wear fairly normal clothes as they go trick or treating with older siblings. You may even be surprised how easy many of these costumes are to make for toddlers!
Easy Halloween Costume for Toddlers: Clown
For many parents, nothing is easier and cuter than having their child look like a rainbow clown for Halloween. Not only are these costumes really cute on a little one, they are very easy for parents to put together without spending a great deal of money. For this costume, all you will need is some face paint and a rainbow clown wig. It is easy to find clown wigs this time of year, and sometimes even big red clown noses. To make your child look like a true carnival clown, use a fine brush and safe face paint to paint decorations like circles, stars and triangles on your child's cheeks. For an even sillier look add a clip on bow tie for fun!
If you would like a Halloween costume that is a bit more girly, don't forget that this is the perfect time of year to help your child look like a cute little princess or fairy. Many parents love going with a fairy theme, since it can be as simple or complex as they like. For those who would like a simpler costume, all you have to do is give your daughter a beautiful set of fairy or butterfly-style wings in her size, and a magic wand. By going this route, your child can wear whatever clothes you like, allowing them to be as warm or cool as they would like, weather permitting. You can also add a tutu, flowered skirt, or other cute accessories to give this outfit the finishing touches to help your daughter look like a real fairy!
Another cute Halloween costume that is perfect for boys and girls alike are superhero costumes. With these movies so popular for the last several years, it is very easy to find superhero sweatshirts, t-shirts, and other clothing made for children and adults of all ages. To add the finishing touches to a superhero costume for toddlers, make sure to get a superhero costume kit, which usually includes a cape and mask. If this doesn't work, you can find masks in the form of sunglasses for toddlers. For children who are uncomfortable wearing anything over their face, you can also use washable paint to paint a little mask around their eyes, allowing your toddler to look like a miniature of their favorite superhero!
With fall right around the corner, it's time for us to put away those summer decorations and welcome autumn with some fun fall decor. Of course, some of the most cost effective and fun decorations for the season are pumpkins. Slowly, stores are getting their stocks of pumpkins, but many orchards are already selling pumpkins of different varieties and sizes, making it the perfect time to get some pumpkins and make decorating the front of your house with pumpkins a fun weekend project!
Decorating with Pumpkins: Display
One of the easiest ways to give your house an autumn touch is with an autumn display. For most people, this includes having pumpkins of various sizes displayed in front of your home, possibly along with hay stacks or a simple scarecrow. The trick with this is making sure you have a display appropriately sized for your home. If you live in an apartment, one large pumpkin accompanied by smaller, hand size pumpkins is perfect. You can even mix some other gourds in to add color and give the front of your house a cute look. Depending on how early you start you might even reuse the pumpkins later for Halloween pumpkin carving or for making pumpkin pie!
Decorating with Pumpkins: Carving
With Halloween being next month, many kids are already looking forward to pumpkin carving. While you can use a normal kitchen knife for carving, we highly recommend getting a pumpkin carving kit if the kids are helping. These kits are usually a bit safer and give you everything you need for creating the perfect pumpkin. Before starting to carve your pumpkin, however, make sure you draw guide lines, since once the pumpkin is cut, that is how your pumpkin is going to look. We personally also like to highlight our carved pumpkins with paint to give a creepy or cute look to our own fall pumpkins.
Decorating with Pumpkins: Painting
If you have small children and want them to be more hands-on with your outdoor display, you may want to consider painting rather carving your pumpkins. While it can take a bit more work at times, it can not only be fun, but a chance for each of your children to show their creativity. It isn't uncommon to see pumpkins painted to look like cartoon characters, or with silly faces during Halloween. For small children, allow them to show their creativity with safe and fun paints. One of the cutest ideas we saw last year was a family that decorated a pumpkin in finger paint, with each of the kids having a hand print on the larger pumpkins, giving it a cute family vibe. When looking for paints, make sure to find things that won't easily wash off the pumpkin, or get a special paint to help set the paint on the pumpkin. We highly recommend permanent makers as well, and most traditional art paints. Just make sure to get them in a tube since you are likely to use a lot more paint than you think! With the right amount of preparation, though, it is easy to create adorable pumpkins that you will be happy to display outdoors!
Looking for ways to entertain kids at your outdoor wedding? While many of us love children, they sometimes need distractions at long social events, especially weddings. We have almost all been to a wedding where children were out of hand or just not cared for, which can leave adults feeling especially uncomfortable at an outdoor wedding since they feel someone should be responsible for the children. Rather than leaving kids to run crazy during your outdoor wedding you may want to consider having fun activities for children at the reception area, allowing them to have fun while adults enjoy the main event. You may even just be surprised at how easy it is create the perfect entertainment for kids at an outdoor wedding!
Have a Craft Area
It is quite common for children to have their own table at the reception, but sometimes it can be difficult to encourage them to stay at the kids' table. Rather than just trying to keep kids busy with bubbles and little activities, consider having a craft table with special activities going throughout the wedding and party after. Having children make jewelry, little wooden craft kits, or even cute photo holders for the bride and groom to display their wedding pictures after the big event can keep their imagination engaged and their attention focused. Kids will love having the opportunity to make unique gifts that they can give the bride and groom to open later! Not only will it keep kids busy, but they will look forward to showing off all their unique creations!
Hire an Entertainer
Over the past few years, more couples have been hiring entertainers for children at their wedding. These entertainers can include clowns, puppeteers, or even costumed characters. While this option can get pricy if you aren't careful, it is something many kids will love, especially if you have children of your own involved in the wedding. Just make sure you are clear about the ages of the children who will be attending, what you are expecting the entertainers to do, and how long they will be at your reception. You may even be able to get a quick picture of you with your child's favorite character while in your wedding dress, creating an adorable wedding picture of you and the child(ren) at your wedding.
Sometimes one of the best ways to keep kids busy is by making sure they are physically active. If your outdoor wedding is a bit more casual, consider renting activities for the kids, such as bouncers and inflatable slides. These activities are relatively inexpensive if they are rented for only the time of the reception and allow kids to have fun while adults enjoy the wedding reception and socializing themselves. Just make sure to tell parents to bring an extra set of clothes if kids will also be attending the actual wedding ceremony as well. This will make sure children look perfect for pictures but are also able to have a good time later when they are playing outdoors with new little friends!
Are you planning on bringing your kids to the beach this summer? While the beach can be a lot of fun, it can also be very overwhelming for children. Not only is there a huge ocean to play in, but lots of people coming and going. To make sure that your trip is as stress free as possible, it is important that you plan out the day, making sure that kids are having as much fun as possible and not getting bored or overwhelmed. Luckily, with the right plans, you can keep kids busy with a variety of fun beach activities!
Build A Sand Castle
If it is your child's first time to the beach, building a sand castle is a must! Children love being able to work with friends or even their parents to create a fun sand castle that they can show off to all their friends. Before going to the beach, remember to bring at least a bucket, shovel, and any sculpting tools you think you will need for building your special castle. Just make sure to bring a waterproof camera too since the water and other people can accidentally damage a sand castle before you have the time to get your cellphone or a proper camera from the car. Kids will love to look at their special creation once they are home from the beach, preserving the memory with a fun picture!
While swimming is one thing that many kids love, many of them don't want to stay in the water all day. For younger kids, playing fun beach ball games is almost a must. You can do anything ranging from simple volleyball to playing kick ball on the beach. Since beach balls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, you can find the perfect one for your children. You can even find colorful, animated character beach balls, making kids even more excited to get up and play! For older kids, don't forget about other traditional games, depending on what is available at that beach, possibly including volleyball, basketball, frisbee golf or more! Just make sure to check online to see what your intended beach offers before arriving.
Exploring The Beach
Do you have a child that is curious about nature and everything around them? You can use this curiosity to your advantage by having children learn about the beach itself by collecting sea shells, looking at fish, and even various plants that live in the ocean. While it isn't recommended to take fish and animals from the beach itself, you can bring home empty seashells and other little items collected from the beach itself. Kids will love being able to go home and show their friends all the neat things they collected during their trip to the beach!
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Not only is this the time of the year where you can find killer ice cream sales, but an excuse to enjoy ice cream with your children. I mean, how many times can you say you have an excuse to finish an entire quart of ice cream in one sitting? While it may not be worth it calorie wise, the smiles all around make it worth the extra exercise later. So, what could be more fun than enjoying ice cream outside with your kids? Well, an ice cream party, of course!
Really Its National Ice Cream Month?
So what is National Ice Cream Month? it is a fun day where everyone can enjoy one of their favorite treats guilt free. This fun little celebration started on July 14, 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared the month of July to be devoted to ice cream with a presidential proclamation. Since then it has been celebrated all throughout the US with fun ice cream events and amazing sales from the various ice cream makers. In other words, it gives us an excuse to enjoy this delicious dessert with our friends and family!
Food Ideas At Your Ice Cream Party
Of course, you can't have an ice cream party without ice cream. For a great party, we recommend a variety of different types of ice cream, definitely including ice cream sandwiches. Since all of us like to eat things other than ice cream, at least every once in a while, traditional grilling and BBQ foods are great as well - who doesn't enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers before digging into the ice cream? To cut down on the mess, however, we do recommend getting some ice cream themed tableware for the party. Putting an ice cream table cloth on a picnic bench with cute cups and plates turns a boring picnic into a fun ice cream party for your entire family!
Games & Prizes
What is a party without games and prizes? Just like any party, you can find fun ice cream themed games, ranging from bean bag tosses to piñatas - no need to make the ice cream eating contest official! If weather allows, have some of your other favorite games there as well, including board games. To go along with the theme, however, make sure to have ice cream-themed prizes for the kids, like jewelry, toys, or even yummy looking school supplies that kids can use once they go back to school in August or September. Just make sure your prizes are age appropriate, and remember the fun ice cream bags so kids can carry their cool prizes home after the party. Kids will have so much fun at your ice cream party, don't be surprised if they want to have them throughout the month of July!
Do you have a little girl who loves ladybugs? While most girls aren't too crazy about most bugs, this beautiful red and black insect is one of the few that girls most girls can agree is cute. Over the past few years ladybugs have actually gotten so popular that many little girls even want to have a cute ladybug birthday party. Luckily, these parties are not only are these parties cute but very easy to set up, allowing you to make the perfect party for your daughter and her friends!
What is a birthday party without decorations? Like many other party themes, it is easy to find ladybug party decorations as long as you know where to look. One of our favorite decorations is actually something you might never consider - a ladybug piñata. This adorable piñata looks like an oversized cartoon bug, perfect to be filled with small ladybug toys and candies. If you are having a hard time finding the right decorations, just go with black and red decorations in streamers and other decorations you want for your party. With the right preparations it will be easy to make your room look perfect for any little ladybug!
Like any party, cute tableware is the key to bringing your party table together! While a cute ladybug cake is obviously a key element of the birthday table, you should also have other decorations. With kids going about at the party, we recommend not trying to use good dishes or things you will have to wash later. This can lead to not only mess, but all too often broken dishes as well. Avoid the stress and consider getting ladybug themed paper tableware. This will not only reduce after-party stress, but leave your table looking even cuter, especially when kids are eating birthday cake from cute ladybug dessert plates. If you do decide to forgo the cake and do cupcakes, don't forget that you can also buy cute ladybug cupcake picks and decorations as well for cupcakes!
Of course, most little girls love to play dress up, especially at their own birthday party. One of the easiest ways to make your little girl feel special on her big day is letting her dress up with her own ladybug wing and headband set. These sets look similar to fairy wings, but look like your daughter's favorite black and red insect. Mix this with ladybug themed jewelry and your daughter can be a special ladybug princess at her birthday party. Since these sets are fairly inexpensive you can even buy one for each girl at the party without spending a fortune! Just make sure when you send out invitations that people RSVP so you know exactly how many of these cute sets to buy!
Planning a special Paris themed birthday party? For many parents, nothing is more frustrating than planning a party for their tween or teenager. Many girls want a girly birthday party, but they don't want a childish party. This can seem to limit options for some parents. Yet, most girls dream on going to a romantic trip to Paris and being able to see sights like the Eiffel tower for themselves. With how much girls love Paris, why not have a Paris themed birthday party? You may even be surprised at just how easy it is to make one of these parties!
Dress Up In Parisian Style
When many girls think of Paris, they first and foremost think of the Eiffel tower, and fashion. Any good Paris party will be sure to incorporate both. Getting the fashion side of things, however, can be tricky. For tweens, the best way to do this can be having girls come pretending to be runway models, or playing dress up with their favorite costumes. You can even add some flare to the party with sparkly hats that are perfect for any little diva. It may even be fun to let girls have their own Paris style fashion show for both their parents and friends. The trick is letting older girls feel special and dress up for the event.
Paris Themed Decorations
What is the most important display you can have at a Paris birthday party? The Eiffel tower, of course! This can be as simple as cardboard centerpieces that look like the Eiffel tower, or getting replicas of the tower that you can find at some stores. It doesn't matter if its paper, metal, or even plastic - it is important for bringing together any Paris party. Once you have that, you can add other decorations to bring the party together, such as pennant banners or even making sure all the gifts are hidden away in special Paris gift bags. If you are having smaller children at the party, don't forget to also have decorations that they can enjoy as well - more traditional party elements like balloons.
Food For Your Paris Party
While many people think of Paris for the Eiffel tower and fashion, it is also known for its wonderful cuisine. For any person who dreams of a trip to Paris, it is important that you bring a taste of Paris to their birthday party. Have Paris themed dishes or even pastries for them to enjoy with their guests. Your tween or teenager will truly feel special and like an adult with a fancy, grown-up style meal at their party. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't also have traditional birthday party food, like cake or cupcakes. Just make sure to dress up any cupcakes for the occasion, with Eiffel tower cupcake picks and special cupcake cups for your special Paris birthday party!
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