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  • 9 top tips on giving prizes

    by jaime
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    Prizes are a great motivator, but  if you’re not careful the kids can get a little grabby and greedy around them. Here’s my method for keeping prizes motivating but peaceful! Keep prizes for the last 15/20 minutes of the party. Hand them out in a game where each of them gets [...]

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    On taking turns and playing nicely

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    By age five most kids are familiar with taking turns. At four they’re starting to understand. At three and under they don’t really get it. Their sense of self is busy developing, so they tend to look at the world from their own point of view. This can be challenging [...]

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    Designing a cracking treasure hunt / scavenger hunt

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    A treasure hunt (‘scavenger hunt’ in the US) is a brilliant way to kick off a kids party – it gets everyone involved and having fun. A treasure hunt is particularly helpful because you can prepare it beforehand easily, and take the pressure off yourself early in the party. You [...]

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    What to do with other parents at your child’s party?

    by jaime
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    Getting the other parents sorted won’t take much effort. They are capable of pouring themselves a drink and helping themselves to nibbles, so take the pressure off yourself and leave them to it. If you can, have them in a separate area from which they can see the fun but [...]

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    Enlisting help for a happy party

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    Your party will be a whole lot easier if you can enlist some enthusiastic assistants. It is reassuring knowing someone else will handle any issues or loo visits while you keep the momentum and fun flowing. Any games you play or stories you tell will be all the more believable [...]

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    4 brilliant ways to make kids laugh

    by jaime
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    It’s great fun making kids laugh, and you’ll feel like a proper comedy hero! Here are my top comedy tips to keep the giggles rolling. 1. The Banana Game The most fun you can have with a group of 5 year olds. Prepare the children by saying ‘What if the [...]

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    8 ways to save money at your kids party

    by jaime
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    A kids party is a potentially bottomless pit into which you can pour your money. Here are my top tips for keeping the costs down. 1. It sounds obvious but, before you pile down the shops or get online with your credit card at the ready, have a think about [...]

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    How to make a Ninjago Pinata

    by jaime
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    Here are the instructions for a brilliant Ninjago pinata! There are some amazing pinatas out there, but they can be a mighty pricey add-on to your party. If you have a bit of the arts and crafts about you and can spare half an hour a day for a few [...]

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    4 great Lego Ninjago party games

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    Here are 4 great Ninjago themed party ideas and games. I’ve done the homework for you (you have to get your research right otherwise the fans will let you know!). With this load of games, you’ll impress a room full of Ninjago fans with your golden nunchucks of lightning (maybe [...]

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    Smelly Parachute Game

    by jaime
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    This is pretty much my silliest game ever, but kids absolutely love it! It is a great starter game for use with a play parachute as it gets everyone engaged with the parachute (or sheet), as well as being silly and doing something. It works brilliantly for 3 to 6 year [...]

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    How to remember children’s names

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    You may already know all your child’s friends’ names. For the rest of us, here’s my tried and tested method to lock them in your memory! What about labels with names on? A good suggestion in theory, but in my experience they are hard to see at a distance, and [...]

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    How to arrange the party space

    by jaime
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    To make your space work best, here’s what you need: A place for the fun and games, clear of obstacles and distractions, with a plug socket so you can play music. A separate area where the children can sit while they eat and celebrate with the cake. This can work [...]

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    6 clever ways to get kids to listen…

    by jaime
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    An essential skill during a kids party, or any group situation involving kids for that matter! Here are my top 6 tips for getting kids to tune in to what you’re trying to say: When things get noisy, instead of shushing and trying to go louder than the kids, try [...]

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    How to run a Deadly 60 kids party

    by jaime
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    Here is a great range of games and tips for an amazing Deadly 60 kids party. I got the inspiration from Ella who’s in one of my Cosmic Kids yoga classes – she’s having a Deadly 60 party this week, so I thought I would write a post full of games, tips and [...]

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