19 Sep Games Instruction Manual
An introduction and procedure to follow so that you understand the games, alternating them in such a way that they follow on well from eachother at a birthday party.
– These games are written in first person so that they can be read like they would be during a birthday party. It doesn’t exempt you from reading and understanding them the day before the party!
– The games are ranked by age, aimed at the minimum age that will be able to play this game, meaning that they can be done effectively with children older than the indicated age. For example, What’s The Time Mr Wolf? is advised for children aged 3 years old but can be suggested to children aged 4, 5, 6 or even 7 years old!
– If certain games seem a little tailored to the exact age of your child, don’t hesitate to have a rummage through the games for younger or older aged children: if your child’s birthday is at the end of the year and all his/her friends are 6 months older than him/her, feel free to look at the following age. If, on the other hand they’re younger, look at the previous age.
– During the birthday party, you’ll need to do a series of games one after the other, when you sense that you have lost some of the children or they are a bit fidgety, change the game. The duration of the games is given only as a guide. The timespan for a game depends on the number of children and the interest given for the game!
– It’s necessary to do a (very detailed) cheat sheet with the planning for the games so that you always know what’s coming up next. This way, the children won’t see the look in your eye if you’re lost (even if you are in fact a little bit lost).
– To keep them interested and under control, alternate the games between those that are calm and those that are lively.
– If you are doing a workshop, do it after teatime. This gives children a bit of a breather, so they’re happy to concentrate on one individual task. For all involved, this is a lifesaver. The hardest part is over! Have some courage, there’s only one hour left.
– If you’re doing two workshops, do one after 2 or 3 games, do another game before teatime and then do the second workshop just after you’ve eaten! After that you only have a bit under an hour to play another game. After the workshops, children like to stretch their legs a little bit.
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