Why not invite your child’s friends over to your home? No, it’s not crazy. As long as you invest a little time in preparing the home environment to welcome the little guests and free your imagination. Here are many game ideas for a snack at home for every age group
It takes imagination, organizational spirit, patience and good will to create a different and fun afternoon for your child and his friends. In addition to snack and musical entertainment, we must think about games for children to play at home.
Here we have collected quite a few, divided by age groups, to create a splendid (small) party. Because, after all, there is no need to resort to magicians, animators, clowns, to create special moments.
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Prepare the house and activities
The rule is always to clear out the area, the room, or the parts of the house where the children can play and have a snack without your heart sinking every two seconds: no precious relics in circulation or furnishings that could represent a great danger to everyone. For the rest, do not reduce yourself to the last minute with the preparations, plan a sort of schedule with the activities of the day and remember that the music is always an excellent ally, together with a radiant smile and the desire to have fun together.
Games for children 0-3 years
In the event that you are organizing a party for children under 3, it is better not to overdo the invitations, as the little ones do not particularly like chaos. If the children have already learned to walk, you can offer them a classic round dance to the sound of music.
If you have large boxes, decorate them with soft cushions, cut out the doors and put them at the disposal of the children who will have fun entering them as in a cottage, or with a sheet and string build a beautiful tent that will undoubtedly become a place loved by children.
It is better to always think about setting up a small “relaxation” area where children who are more tired or stressed by the surrounding confusion can be left alone or with their mother: a soft carpet and some pillows will suffice.
Games for 2-3 years old children
You can offer children in this age group many excellent games also for psycho-motor development such as the “kite roll”: provide children with many colored rolls of paper and let them unroll them to the rhythm of music, inventing the figures that they prefer.
A little coordination and teamwork is needed for the “all-eating towel”: get yourself a sheet with a hole in the center. At the corners place some light plastic animals: at this point, invite the children to hold the towel with their hands and shake it to make the puppets fall into the hole.
Or again: fill a suitcase with objects that can make sounds or noises and let the children guess what it is. If, on the other hand, they are too rowdy, have them sit in a circle and blindfold them: give each one a teaspoon and let the little guests taste the contents of some bowls already prepared previously. Who will be able to guess without peeking?
Games for children of 3-5 years
If the guests are not many, sheets and colored pencils will be enough to entertain them: all together they will create a surprise “monster”, small works by several hands! All the rules of the game can be found here.
How can we not prepare some ball games? But in order not to shatter the whole house, organize a quiet challenge with mini light paper balls, or get yourself the ping pong balls: then give the participants a wide straw and establish a start and finish line. Each player will have to blow his ball to the finish.
You can also include some prize games to conclude the party, such as “The treasure in the balloon”: choose small gifts to put inside the balloons that the children will have to retrieve around the house and pierce to get the prize.
Games for children of 8-10 years
For the older ones, the ideal is to involve them in some team challenge, from treasure hunts at home to quizzes on general topics.
The game of mimes can also be very fun, ranging from the simplest animal to the most complex proverb to guess. Or improvise baskets inside the house with small boxes and balls or pebbles.
Questions and answers
What games to play at home with 2-year-olds?
If the children have already learned to walk, you can propose a classic round dance to the sound of music. If you have large boxes, put soft pillows, cut out doors and make them available to the children.
What games at home to propose to children aged 3 to 5?
You can propose games for psycho-motor development to children in this age group. Roll out many rolls of colored paper to the rhythm of the music, inventing the figures you prefer.