If your little one is turning one year old and wonder, what games and activities are suitable for a group of one year old babies. Well friends, you are at the right place my friend! We’ve got you covered with 15 fun first birthday games and activities. No matter what first birthday party games for kids you choose, remember that the focus should always be on celebrating your child. Remember you don’t need to play games in order to have a wonderful time playing with baby at their first birthday party.
1. Building Blocks: Not all the one year olds can build a large tower but they all enjoy to knock them done. Build several towers at once that every babies can have a turn.
2. First Birthday Time Capsule: Ask guests to write notes for baby. Some ideas for notes may be a memory of the first time guests met your baby, their hopes for his/her future. Before the party, ask guest to bring mementos from baby first year, such as pictures, journal…Parents can add footprints and a lock of baby’s hair. Place them in a box that will become your child’s first birthday time capsule. Set a date for the opening of the time capsule, such as on her 18th birthday.
3. First Birthday Photo Board: Paste a photo of the birthday baby in the center of a piece of poster board. Have guests write messages on the poster board that borders the photo. After the party, frame the message board and hang it in the nursery or playroom.
4. Story Time: Bring some favourite baby books to the party. Set up a reading corner by placing a chair on which a grown-up can sit in a corner of the room, along with a mat or rug on which kids can sit and listen to a story. At different times throughout the party, gather the kids in the reading corner and ask for an adult volunteer to read one of the storybooks to them
5. Soft Play: Create a special corner for babies to gather when parents need to eat or go to toilets. Place a soft mat in a corner of the room, or use click-together style baby gates to create a baby zone. Fill the space with foam balls and soft blocks that babies can enjoy.
6. Bubble Station: Everyone loves bubbles, especially babies. Stock up on a selection of bubble blowers ranging from the ones that blow millions of tiny bubbles, through to ones that blow huge shapes and a few of the larger wands and let the older kids wander around making bubbles.
7. Simon Says: Young children like to mimic adults so play a fun version of the Simon Says game with these instructions. Have an adult stand up in front of the kids and other party guests and start patting their head – then ask the 1 year olds (along with the adults) to pat their heads. Then switch to other easy gestures like putting their arms in the air, smiling, dancing, sticking out their tongues or making a funny face.
8. Duck Pond Game: Place rubber ducks into a small tub or pool. Rice or sand can be used instead of water if playing the game inside. sans instead of water if you want a safer options or play it indoor.
9. Ball Pit: Create a fun and easy ball pit by setting up a large swimming pool with plastic balls. Let kids climb in and out and play inside of it.
1o. Finger Paints: It’s a messy activity so get the wipes out but it’s a great memory to send home with kids. Print out some fun birthday themed pictures and set up a station with smocks and finger paints.
11. Sprinklers: If the party is in the warmer months setup sprinklers in your backyard and tell the parents to bring swim gear. Safer than a swim party for younger kids, but tons of fun.
12. Photo Booth: Grab fun silly hats, scarves and of course wigs or various props to create silly and fun photos with the birthday child. Dressing up the kids is always fun and this creates great memories for everyone attending. Use your home photo printer or grab a Polaroid camera for this project.
13. Boxes: How many times, have you though that baby is playing more with the packaging than the toy itself! It’s a joke many parents make. In the weeks leading up to the birthday party put out the call for boxes from family and friends. You’re looking for shoe boxes, packing boxes…Set out a simple box corner at the party with few cardboard boxes and let kids have their own fun. Little ones may also enjoy some wrapping paper to crumple into balls.
14. Tunnels & Slides: If your little one enjoys a good game of peek-a-boo, he will have a blast crawling through a simple pop-up tunnel. You could go all out and create an obstacle course where baby can go through and retrieve a few stuffed animals and sensory balls for an even more fun party idea! If you have space for it, bring in a small child’s slide! Your active baby will love climbing up a step or two and you can help them slide down.
15. Discovery treasure basket: A treasure basket encourages your baby to use his or her senses to explore and make new discoveries independently. It’s a lovely way to get the parents and their little ones down on the ground together checking out a variety of objects together. Simply get together some boxes, collect a variety of objects, usually no more than 5-10 and place them in the treasure boxes. Then sit down with your little one and present them with their box. Start with taking out an object from the discovery box. It is up to baby whether they play with it or not. They lead the play and you are there to support them.
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