Once upon a time there were birthdays without an animator, without a party planner, without cake design, without cupcakes and hypster bottles to drink organic fruit juices.
Once upon a time there were birthday parties in which parents left their children and returned to pick them up at the agreed time, without standing in front of the buffet for the duration of the birthday. Parties in which the blackmail ‘if I bring Tizio, I also bring his brother because I don’t know where to leave him’ was not even contemplated.
Parties in which ample space was left for free play, during which the children turned the house upside down and then left happy to have spent an afternoon playing.
One-time children’s birthday parties (us). Without too many frills, demands and expense.
Here are some tips for animating a birthday party of the past at home. With lots of games to offer to the little ones during the afternoon.
THE GAME OF THE CHAIRS
An unmissable classic in all birthday parties, from 3 to 13 years old: the chair game. The mechanism is known, but we repeat it. Along the walls there are as many chairs as there are children minus one. The music is played and the children have to run around the chairs without stopping. When the music is turned off, everyone has to find their chair. The child who remains standing is eliminated. Of course, every time a child is eliminated, a chair is eliminated at the same time.
THE Broom Game
The mechanism is similar to the one above: the children are put in a circle and the music is played while the children quickly pass a broom. When the music is turned off, the child holding the broom is eliminated.
DISCARD THE PAPER. AS IT WAS ONCE
You take a very small object (a perfumed eraser, a pencil, a toy car …) and wrap it with dozens of sheets of newspaper to obtain a rather large package. Sitting in a circle, the children will have to pass the package by removing one sheet at a time. The one who, after numerous passes, remains with the object in hand has won.
THE CANDY IN THE FLOUR
They take two bowls full of flour in which candies are hidden. Divided into two teams and with their hands tied, the children will have to put their faces in the flour and retrieve the candies with their mouths. The team with the most sweets is the winner.
THE TAIL OF THE DONKEY
A huge outline of a donkey is drawn on a billboard. Divided into teams and blindfolded, the children will have to attach its tail as close to the correct spot as possible. The team that comes closest to the right position wins.