Listed below are a few of the simple children’s party games I have picked up over the years. I supply this free of charge as part of the service we offer at Angel Faces UK, in the knowledge that a successful party is based on parental interaction.
BAG in a BASKET
You will need: 3 bean bags or 3 soft foam balls; Three buckets/baskets; Pencil & Paper
The baskets should be placed at varying heights (Table, stool; coffee table) and points awarded for landing within one. In the garden, you can play this game with hoola hoops (one inside the other) or a drawn Bullseye which lays on the ground and the children throw the bags/balls and score points where they land. (For bean bags, I have used split peas in small plastic food bags!)
You will need: Dried beans; Three bowls; Paper & Pencil
Similar to the above but place the bowls in ‘a nest’ at one end of a table. Players stand at the other end and take turn to toss beans into the bowls. The smallest bowl counts three points, the middle size bowl counts as two and the biggest counts as one point. You are not allowed to touch the table.
FILL THE BUCKET
You will need: Two buckets; One saucer (for each team)
Have five or six people in each team. There will be water spilling everywhere so play this outside!
For each team, one bucket should be filled with water and the other left empty about 20 metres away. The first member of each team fills the saucer with water from the full bucket, runs to the empty one trying not to spill any and pours the water in, runs back to the start and passes the saucer to the next person who does the same. The first team to finish gets a point per person but if the other team has lots more water, make it a draw!
UNDER OVER BALL
You will need: A ball
Make up two teams of about six players in each. Line up behind each other with spaces between you. Stand with legs apart. The first person in each team bends down and tosses the ball backwards between his legs to the next player. She catches it and tosses it over her head to the player behind her. He tosses it over until it reaches the last player. who catches the ball and runs with it to the front of the line. They carry on doing this until the original first player reaches the front again and holds the ball up.
You will need: Some potatoes; Spoons; Handkerchiefs (for blindfolds); A bucket
Divide the players into two teams. Put the potatoes in a line about 15 metres away and place the bucket nearby. Blindfold one team and give them spoons. They have two minutes to spoon potatoes into the bucket while the other team watches. A very funny sight. After two minutes, count the potatoes in the bucket then it is the other team’s turn. The team with the most potatoes collected wins.
You will need: A milk bottle or narrow neck jar; Bag of pennies; Chair (with back)
Place the bottle on the floor at the back of the chair. The object of the game is to kneel backwards on the chair, and each child tries to drop, say, 5 pennies into the bottle. This is harder than it sounds!
This is a tag game with a difference. One child is IT. Everybody runs off and the IT chases them. As soon as she touches one of them, that player has to join hands with the IT. They now both try to catch the other players. Anyone touched by either of them has to join on until you have a long chain of IT’s. The last player becomes the new IT.
Well that is just a selection of games that do not need complicated props, and these can be provided if necessary. I would welcome any of your ideas to add to this list. You never know, it could turn into a book with your name amongst the credits.
For your child’s added enjoyment we can provide juggling balls, diablo’s , etc for a “Circus Workshop” theme plus “Make-a-Badge” colouring for the younger reveller! We supply ready printed pictures, and washable felt tip pens. This makes a novel party bag item in addition to our Balloon Animals.
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Four Reasons Wet Wipes Are Bad For Face Painting
Although convenient, there are some serious disadvantages to using wet wipes as a professional face painter. This is why:
To clean a child’s face before painting doesn’t require the entire cloth. Traces of food by the mouth, or some something by the nose needs a small amount of cloth. Obviously you can’t re-use one on someone else as that would be unacceptable. You have to throw it in the bin. What a waste, wet wipes are not that cheap. And just like money, they do not flush that well, even the ones that say they are ‘flushable’. Please don’t do it.
- They contribute to staining Skin
The oils in the wipes that keep them moist are also a great product for setting your pigments. Basically part of the wipe removes the paint and the other part works to embed the colour in your skin. It actually pushes it deeper into your pores and then seals it nicely. This happens mostly with yellows, reds, greens and purples, but has been known to happen with almost all the colours. On the back of my business cards there are care and removal instructions, and it specifically says. “Avoid wet wipes and creams”.
When a face has been cleaned around the mouth or nose with wet wipes ,paint had trouble bonding and blending on application and it was the OILS in the wet wipes causing this! Face paint is WATER activated! Science tells us Oil and Water DON’T mix, hence, the removal instructions on my cards.
- They Are Bad For the Skin
By their very nature facial wipes have to be soaked in some potent chemicals to avoid being breeding grounds for bacteria. These moist cloths sit in packets on shelves for up to 18 months on a warm factory floor, therefore they require high levels of preservatives, namely alcohol and anti-bacterial agents to keep them usable by the time they distribute them to the retailers.
Particular ingredients to watch out for are:
– Propylene Glycol and Dipropylene Glycol (irritants)
– Parabens (e.g., Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is often used as is Japanese Honeysuckle, a naturally-occurring but equally concerning)
– Phenoxyethanol (irritant)
– 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Dio (potent anti-microbial agent that carries the highest hazard rating, 8-10, on the Skin Deep Ingredients database.)
- Alcohol used topically, will dry out your skin. As well as being irritating to your skin, the high levels of alcohol can also cause extreme dryness and result premature ageing of the skin and works as a preservative when present in concentrations of over 10%.
- Benzoic Acid [A mild skin irritant thought to exacerbate Eczema].
- Benzyl Alcohol [Considered a skin and eye irritant and has been linked to Contact Dermatitis and Urticaria].
- Formaldehyde [Still used in some “natural” skin care products, and a known carcinogen and skin irritant].
- A face cloth, fresh water, wrung out but still damp. Wipe paint away from the eyes delicately and gently remove the majority of the product. Once most of the paint has been removed, you may was as normal.
- Paper towel and pump bottle
In the bottle put water and a small amount of gentle, unperfumed plain hand/face soap in it. Use purest soap to avoid possible allergies in your clients. Detergents are off the list. Try scrapings from Dove or Pears soap [gentle on skin and no oily residue]. Mix with the water and it dissolves- pump on to small cut to size paper towels kept in a sealed container. If you feel the need you can also spray another sheet with just water to remove any soap residue you may have left behind. This solution is:
– Less expensive
– Safer for the skin
– Better for removing face paint
– Easier to paint over after cleaning
– Saves Space
– Better for correcting mistakes
– Creates less waste
– More environmentally friendly
Children under five…….I won’t bore you with how long I have been doing this again but every time we are contacted about a small person’s birthday party, my first job is to find out the age of the child then the average ages of guests.
There is no doubt, kids get excited when they know a special treat is looming but oh… the wait can be endless for them!!! Based on this, we do our best to encourage the parent to consider starting the event earlier in the day! Which is easy [a] if the time has not been booked at a venue and [b] if the guests have not already been informed! The favourite time slot is 11am to 1pm
Just think of the advantages!!!
- No constant questions about when the party you are still organising is starting
- No overtired infants who might have to miss their nap and end up tearful
- More time to open the pressies later
- A different menu option. [see my earlier TOTD blog regarding themed boxes] as you can easily change to a mini burger/fish fingers and chips (providing the venue has facilities)
- Time to wind down before bedtime [most important!]
Drop by again to see more tips!
Well, just starting to crank up for the Halloween season where 100’s if not 1000’s of you will be dressing up in character, Witches, Ghouls, Pumpkins, Bats, Skulls or Vampires [to name but a few] and tripping the light fantastic around your neighbourhood emulating our cousins over the other side of the pond by ‘Trick or Treating’. Not entirely sure how it caught on here in Blighty but hey, whatever!
With this proclivity comes the need for either a plastic mask [yuk], or better still FACE-PAINT! Now, I know a number of people will do this themselves, at home but the increase in demand for Professional Face Artists has never been higher and escalates each year. We can quickly transform individuals or party children [or adults] in a relatively short space of time.
There will be many disappointed individuals who have left it too late to hire one of the many talented face artists all over the UK but check out local shopping centres and queue for your ‘make-over’
Over the years [cough] I have witnessed oodles of kiddies parties and witnessed the shocking left over food, some just untouched!
The idea I had when my kids were small [back in the 90’s] was to have themed party boxes with each guest’s name on, containing a selection of party foods which can be wrapped, some fruit & a toy. Oh and later a piece of cake! You can get these on-line from most party supply sites.
There was always enough space left in the box to collect any small prizes during the party so when Mum or Dad came to collect them, they took their box home with them leaving us we very little clearing up to do!
If you would like to see more tips, let me know! Colleagues have often said I should write a book on the subject!!
Today we had a sumptuous lunch with Raymond & Maureen Levy at The Bells of Ouzeley in Old Windsor. We always have a good time with them both, such brilliant company! After lunch we had a saunter around Windsor Town, passing the tourist attractions and finally stopping at one of the many street cafes for a coffee.
Raymond and Maureen are the main organisers for the entertainment laid on at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, held every January at the #Grosvenor_House_Hotel on behalf of #The_London_Taxidrivers’_Fund_for_Underprivileged_Children. www.ltfuc.org.uk and we are proud to supply up to 16 face painters for the event! They also do a similar job for the Southend Outing.
On the way back to our car, who should we bump into but our son, Richard!! How strange to be somewhere we go once in a blue moon and see him – we nearly walked passed but he tapped OH on the shoulder…. a million to one chance!
Before we went our separate ways, we decided to have a drive to view the Magna Carta site in Runnymede. When the weather is warm next year, we plan to take a picnic and walk around that area and the riverside.
Looking forward to seeing you in January 2016!