Children in this age group are comfortable with rules, taking turns, and playing games, so Physical Activity parties such as a Bowling Party, Martial Arts Party, Gymnastics Party are perfect for this age. They are also developing coordination skills and will be excited to put them to use in games geared towards these skills.
Invite schoolmates and friends. Just remember that some children at this age prefer to only have children of their own sex at their parties so don’t be alarmed if this is the case.
Length of party
1 1/2 - 2 hours
Entertainment for age
At this age, entertainment that involves hands-on activities such as baking/decorating cakes, sand art, or painting are great. Kids feel a sense of accomplishment, especially when they are at a phase in life where they begin to develop and perfect specific individual skills.
Safety for age
Make sure to have all the phone numbers of the guests’ parents.
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
There are many ways your child can stand out on his or her special day. Put a gold medal around their neck and name them the All Around Champion. Or help them put together a coach’s or judge’s costume.
If you know of a gymnastics studio that is available, hold your party there. Otherwise, convert your garage or a room in your home into a wonderful gymnasium, but don’t forget all the extra safety mattresses.
Start the party theme off with your invitation.
Party Fun & Games
Introduce each guest as a famous Olympic star of their choice and watch them shine as they perform their routine. Depending on the gym or space you have, your activities may vary. Be sure everyone is included by keeping the physical activities simple, even if you have to set up an obstacle course with random household items. If your gymnasts are skilled enough, hand them each their very own “Gymnastics Baton 18″” (8)” and have them perform or dance along to some music.
Hire a gymnastics instructor to take the partygoers through simple fun routines. A neighborhood teenager on a gymnastics team will work well too.
If you’ve kept track of the songs popular gymnasts use in their routines, use those. If not, play inspirational songs like Chariots of Fire and We are the Champions.
Hold an authentic awards ceremony complete with flowers and medals. Don’t hesitate to make your birthday child the gold medalist, as long as everyone else is awarded a ribbon too.
Birthday Presents & Favors
Take a Polaroid of each child as they receive their award. Then hand out the photos as party favors when the gathering is winding down. And if your guests are all in a gymnastics team, give them this great favor bag to take with them. They will certainly use it and it will bring back great birthday party memories.
Or this personalized towel.
Remember to enlist a few people to help chaperone this party. Everyone should have a “spotter” with any tumbling they try.