Do your kids talk about their upcoming birthday for 364 days of the year?
If so, they will love this pretend birthday party invitation to play where they can celebrate any day of the year.
Things like sensory bins and invitations to play are things that probably never heard of until you had a child.
And then you realized you were supposed to be doing these activities in order to encourage learning and development. Great, one more thing to worry about.
The good news is that there are tons of ideas for playtime on Pinterest to make things easy.
I actually really like dreaming up sensory bins for the kids & we have done things like Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal pies, Cookie Cereal Baking Bin, Vegetable Soup Water Table Play and Taste Safe Infant finger painting.
But as much as I love coming up with ideas, my kids actually made up the pretend birthday party invitation to play.
They came up with this all on their own after a real birthday party last year. I got out some stuff today for them to do it again & they had just as much fun as the first time.
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Pretend Birthday Party – Invitation To Play
The pretend birthday party invitation to play is so easy and requires very little prompts from the parent. After I provided the supplies, my kids played “birthday party” for 45 minutes straight!
I will give you the materials that we used & then give you some play prompts if you need them.
Pretend Birthday Party Materials:
- Recycled Gift Bags (I use the ones that are on their last leg and not something I would reuse again at a Birthday Party)
- A few sheets of tissue paper
- A roll of gift wrap (we used old Christmas paper but you could grab a roll at the Dollar Tree too)
- Scissors (if Age Appropriate)
- Balloons (again if age appropriate)
I put those items out and tell my kids to play birthday party.
How to Host a Pretend Birthday Party for Kids
To play birthday party, you first need to “shop” your toys for something to give.
Next, you wrap that gift. My kids love to wrap with wrapping paper or arrange it in a gift bag. It is something that I usually do if we are going to a real party and apparently it seems super cool to the kids.
Now it is party time!
Play Prompts for Party Time
If your kids are struggling to come up with something on their own or if you like to give more structured instructions, here are some play prompts that you can use during this activity.
My kids did the following:
- Welcomed their pretend friends to their pretend party.
- Dressed up in themed clothing (My son chose a hero party so my daughter wore a cape & he wore a fire fighter outfit)
- Made a Birthday lunch, cake and ice cream in their play kitchen.
- Sang Happy Birthday before eating their cake.
- The Birthday Boy/Girl opened their presents
- Pretended to play birthday games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey
- Played toss the Balloon
Some more ideas:
- Have the children make birthday cards with paper and crayons
- Decorate the room with homemade decorations
- Make a real cake together, complete with candles & celebrate with a yummy dessert.
My kids played for almost an hour with this pretend birthday party invitation to play. I did interact some but for the most part they were able to entertain themselves with the activity which allowed me a little bit of time to get other things done.
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