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Kids Birthday Party Planning Based on Kids’ Stage of Development (Pt. 2 of 3)

By Stevezany @stevezany

Kids birthday party planning based on kids’ stage of development (Pt. 2 of 3) - RI Magician Kids Party Ventriloquist Steve Zany

In my last post, we began to talk about the types of things you can expect, as it relates to your child’s age when planning a kids birthday party. Starting with the one-year old child through their preschool years, we discussed how you can leverage such knowledge your child’s stage of development to your advantage to plan a fantastic kids party.

Below, let’s take a look at what you can expect at each step of the way between ages 5 and 8.

Age Your child’s expectations How many kids to invite? Number of adult helpers How long? Things to keep in mind

5 year old birthday Birthday parties are all the rage by age 5. At this age, parties are exciting. Be aware that your son or daughter may become a bit more self-conscious. A good kids entertainer can help your child relax and make them feel special.  6 – 10 kids 2 – 3 helpers Two hours is perfect Kids at this age can become more possessive of their party favors or goody bags. Have plenty of planned activities, such as games or a professional kids party performer.

6 year old birthday By this age your child will likely have their own ideas for how they want to celebrate their birthday. The idea of a party continues to be exciting. Be aware that many parents often feel under pressure to keep up with the Joneses in terms of making sure their party is as good as their child’s friends. Watch out for this trap. It can be costly and unfulfilling.  7 – 12 kids 3 helpers. Ideally a two hour party Have plenty of planned activities, such as games or party entertainment like a kids magician or clown

7 year old birthday You’ll likely find at age 7 your child will want to help with the party planning. This continues to be a great age for a party and kids quickly get into the spirit. 8 – 14 kids 3 – 5 helpers because kids energy levels likely will be high around this age. Adult helpers can aid in channeling kids excitement and keep the energy level manageable.  Two hours is perfect Whatever activities you have planned, you’ll want to make sure the kids stay occupied.

8 year old birthday At age 8, you may discover your child may not want kids of the opposite gender at the party. So tread carefully. Sometimes a co-ed party is something to be skipped. 9 – 16 kids 3 – 4 helpers because kids can get a bit more rambunctious at this age. Two hours is a good length The key at this age is keeping the kids well entertained either with activities and/or a professional kids performer. Kids attention span can be harder to keep, with this age group because many kids have been to all types of parties by now. It can be time to offer guests something different. 

Next time, we’ll conclude with a look at what’s important to be aware of when planning a kids birthday party for a child between 9 and 11 years old. You’ll find it’s a time of change!

RI Magician Kids Party Ventriloquist Steve Zany - Nickelodeon Parents Pick Award Winner!

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