Old Time Fun
Looking for an inexpensive but fun way to celebrate your child's birthday? Check out these great birthday party activities: Brownie eating contests, Gummy Bear Hide and Seek, Gather the Candy game and more!
Challenge for the frugal mom
I have several old fashioned games that have been updated for the contemporary kid. These games are great for any age group. After all, let's not allow our kids to grow up too fast!
Brownie Eating Contest
You will need:
The kids kneel on the floor in a circle, with their hand behind their backs. A paper plate with a brownie is placed on the floor in front of them. On signal, they lean forward and eat the pie as quickly as possible. The first one to finish their brownie and pick the plate up with their teeth is the winner.
You can also have a special prize for the kid with the messiest face. Be sure to take pictures!
Gummy Bear Hide and Seek
Hide one gummy bear in a mound of corn flakes. Have the kids stand in front of table with their arms tied behind them and the plate in front of them with the cereal.
On the signal each player tries to dig the gummy bear out with their teeth. The first player to lift their head with the candy between their teeth is the winner.
Gather the Candy
Spread the candy around in a large circle marked out on the floor, or a clean plastic tablecloth. Each player is given two toothpicks and a small paper bag.
On signal, the players try to lift, chopstick style, as many pieces of candy into their bag as they can. When all the candy is gathered, the one with the most wins. The kids keep their candy, but the winner receives a small prize.
Biggest Smile Contest
An extra touch would be to take a picture of each child with an instant camera and post it on a bulletin board for the day, then send it home with them later.
Birthday parties are special events which create memories that will last forever, both for the birthday child and the guests. I can assure you that a creative unique party with old fashioned games and door prizes will be remembered longer than an annual trek to the pizza restaurant. Plus, it will possibly elevate you to the status of The Coolest Mom in the World.