Who doesn’t love a good outdoor barbecue party?! Whether you’re celebrating a holiday like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, or just having a party to enjoy the weather with family and friends, it’s always a good idea to think of great activities for the kids ahead of the time. Planning a party can involve a lot, but we’ve thrown together some simple (we LOVE simple) ideas for fun for the kids.
1. Set up a coloring station.
Put out a table and small chairs for the kids to have fun drawing and coloring. If you don’t have a small table, you could always throw down a picnic blanket on a hard surface like the driveway or sidewalk. Fill several buckets (old coffee cans work great!) with coloring utensils and set out some paper, coloring pages, or you could even get the long pieces of paper from a craft store. Here are some free coloring pages you can print off, just click “Color Me” under each Fassa Character. This is particularly great activity for the younger kids.
Stuff: Coloring Utensils, Paper, Coloring Pages, Containers for the Coloring Utensils, Table & Chairs (optional), Blanket (optional)
2. Set up a craft activity.
You can add this on to the coloring station above. Find a simple craft the kids can make, this is a great way to have a fun party favor to send them home with. If you’re having a Memorial Day or Fourth of July party, you can have the kids make their own flag. Check out the full (and simple!) instructions for My Own Flag.
Stuff (for My Own Flag): Coloring Utensils, Construction Paper, Plain Paper, Sticks (have the kids find their own in the yard!), Glue Stick, Tape. Child Scissors (optional)
3. Set out chalk, buckets, and sponges.
This is perfect if you have a paved area available to you. Get several sets of chalk (so sharing is easy) and then place a few buckets with some water and sponges so the kids can “erase” and continue to draw! Also, drawing with chalk on wet pavement can be really fun, too.
Stuff: Chalk, Buckets, Sponges
4. Make “F-A-S-S-A” Buckets
This is a fan favorite. We’ve done this one at several of our Planet Fassa events and at our own parties with our kids – they love it! It’s very simple to do. Set up 5 buckets in a row (you can decide how much space between each) and the goal is for each child to land a ball into the each bucket starting at the first going to the last! If you want, you can put little prizes in each bucket.
Stuff: Buckets (small waste baskets work really well), Soft Balls, Prizes (optional)
5. Create a Scavenger Hunt.
Make a simple Scavenger Hunt for the kids. This is a great activity if you have some older kids at the party – and if you have little ones and older ones, pair them up together! You can even hid some things around the yard or house to make it a bit more fun. Here are some ideas for clues (make some time before the party to make sure that each one works and write down answers to the questions):
1. Something red.
2. Something white.
3. Something blue.
4. Write down the name of the tallest person at the party.
5. Something round.
6. Write down how many people are wearing sandals.
7. Something cold.
8. Write down how many windows are on the house/apartment.
9. Something living.
10. Something hot (don’t touch!)
Stuff: Scavenger Hunt Questions, Paper, Writing Utensil, Hard Surface to Write on (like a clipboard)
6. United States Freeze Tag.
Fun for any kind of party (doesn’t have to be a themed party!) Pretty much any kid loves tag. This is the same tag you remember, but with the an added twist! Print out full instructions here.
We have a TON more game ideas from S. Moo’s big Olympic Party last year, great ones like Frozen Polo (freeze a t-shit and teams have to unroll frozen t-shirts and put them on the quickest!) Also, go on PlanetFassa.com and search our activity database for a bunch of other great outdoor activities!
We’d love to hear any great kiddo-focused activities you know of below in the comments. Enjoy your party!
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