Keeping kids entertained at birthday party can be pretty tough, especially if they are under 10 years old and have a lot of energy.
I have been to a lot of children’s birthday parties where the kids were either bored or totally out of control. It’s easy to understand how this can happen because keeping young kids entertained and engaged is not easy. This is one of the reasons why I created a ‘special list’ of suggestions that are designed to keep kids entertained at a birthday party.
My first suggestion is to create a cupcake table that will keep kids busy and entertained making cupcakes. Start by baking two or three trays of plain cupcakes and placing them individually on a small plate on a round table. Make sure the plates are spread out evenly on the table so each kid will have a spacious work area. In terms of frostings, I would keep the flavors simple like chocolate, strawberry, banana, and vanilla. Take the lids off the frosting cans so it will be easier for kids to use.
The toppings for the cupcakes should be put into bowls in the middle of the table. The round table design will make it easy for the kids to access all the toppings. You can use any toppings you want, just as long as it is something that would go well with a cupcake. Some of the toppings I suggest are mini chocolate squares, crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate covered raisins, and candy sprinkles. I know some kids like chewy candy such as gummy bears and gummy worms, but I just don’t think they taste good on a cupcake. But if you feel they are okay go ahead on put them on the cupcake table. The kids will enjoy making their own cupcakes and using their individual imaginations.
To make this activity even more fun, you could award a prize for the best looking and tasting cupcake. Just make sure you have small consolation gifts for all the non-winning participants. This is especially important if the participants are very young, because you don‘t unhappy little boys and girls at the party.
If the kids at the party are a little older, you could set up a table and let them make their own personal pizzas. Substitute the cupcakes with mini pizza dough balls, and substitute the cupcake toppings with pizza type ingredients like tomato sauce, olives, pineapple chunks, chopped green peppers, and mozzarella cheese. I also recommend using a round table for this activity too. The kids will have fun throwing the dough in the air and making their own mini pizza crust. Let the kids put on their select toppings, however let an adult put the pizzas in the oven.