We’re going to keep offering up ideas for virtual birthday party games until we are completely dry. And then we’ll try and think up some new ones.
Why? Because the more variety and options of virtual birthday party games you have to offer the more possibilities for tailored fun you have.
Variety being the spice of life and all that.
And hey, kids are dealing with a lot right now and it’s tough for the younger ones, especially to socialize outside of the house. Moms and dads are doing all they can to bring normalcy to their lives and that means finding fun ways to celebrate birthdays.
So here are more ideas for virtual birthday party games.
Snack and Paint Party
This one is pretty straightforward. The key is coordinating with other parents. You provide the kids with the same snacks to enjoy. Up next, you all watch the same YouTube video that walks them through a drawing or painting project. Watch the video in advance to make sure you and the other parents have all the art supplies needed.
So many apps so many possibilities. It’s never been easier to have a movie party with friends while social distancing. There’s Netflix Party, Kast, and TwoSeven, and many more. Don’t forget to bring movie snacks!
This is one that you can DIY or use a company like The Lanyard Ladies who mail out craft kits and set up online meetings for kids to do it together.
Book Reading Party
Yeah, so we’ll talk about this one again because it’s what we do and a book reading is fun and stimulates kids’ creativity. And all of our special birthday kids get a free copy of I Got You A Present!
Pictionary is fun, fun, fun and a simple game that can be played at any virtual birthday party.
You can virtual birthday party theme it up and create a list of birthday party words like: birthday cake, balloon, candles, presents, party, candles, etc.
Why throw a virtual birthday party? Because of safety. The fact is that unless you and your circle are extremely careful about sticking to it, even small gatherings can present a health risk.
And there are benefits: Family and friends who don’t live in the same city or town can show up at a virtual birthday party easily.
Screenshots and screen recordings will ensure that the event is recorded for posterity.
And, frankly, it’s cheaper and less work.
The Virtual Birthday Party is Fun and Easy!
Honestly, with a few simple steps, you can create a fabulous virtual birthday party that your kid, and his/her guests will never forget.
First, you and the birthday girl or boy can pick a theme. Once you’ve got it nailed down, you can choose or make invitations that match. You can send them via email or snail mail them.
Now it’s time to think about decorations. If you have the time this could be a fun project for the whole family. If you’re ordering, be sure to place that order as delivery times have been extended for just about everything. (Same deal with the cake – order it early and follow up.)
If you want to plan a virtual party that is run by an entertainer call us!
Spike & Toody
Award-winning book authors Mike & Susan forget the “I Got You A Present!” birthday book, so they hop into their spaceship and take the birthday child and their guests on a hilarious, fun-filled journey to Planet Birthday Party!
Thanks to some help from the kids, Mike & Susan find the book and read it to their new friends. Plus, every birthday child gets a copy of the book!
And, not to brag, but it’s a pretty fun book. Check out the rave reviews.
There’s a party package for every child, including very little ones and the adventure-adverse.
For many households, giving picture books as a birthday present is a time-honoured tradition. And with good reason: Books encourage reading and storytelling – and they are lots of fun! A great picture book is a gift they may very well remember forever.
We’ll be sharing more picture books in the future but today we are going to look at 5 Picture Books about Birthdays that we love.
Happy Birthday to You!
The Great Birthday Bird will never be remembered in the same breadth as The Grinch or The Cat in the Hat but this book is still packed with Dr. Seuss goodness. That means lots of wacky words and rhyme schemes. This book is flat-out fun!
Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
Scaredy Squirrel’s birthday checklist includes: “Confirm date of birth; pick a safe location; choose party colours; get tuxedo dry-cleaned; prepare cake recipe; practice breathing (to blow up balloons/blow out candles); mail party invitation to myself.”
Yup, there’s only one guest at his party – and that’s Scaredy Squirrel. Fortunately things don’t go according to plans.
Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish
A charmer. ‘Rule no. 1: It must be your birthday. Or close to your birthday. Sometime in the last or next week, your age should have increased by one. Unless you are a beetle, bug, or insect…’
A warm, funny and absolutely delightful set of birthday rules.
when’s my birthday?
This book perfectly captures the anticipation leading up to the big day. The prose is marvellous and the illustrations are wonderful.
I Got You A Present!
Surprise! We’re plugging our book! We think it’s a great birthday book but if you don’t believe us, check out the rave reviews for it.
One Last Thing!
There are so many great birthday books that capture a kid’s attention and imagination. During your virtual birthday party, you can read a hard copy, or share your kindle, or if you’re feeling ambitious, you can scan the book’s pages, put it into PowerPoint and share your screen for an even more visually sumptuous experience. We’ve found that kids really respond well to that.
Today we’re talking gifts for virtual birthday parties. Even at the best of times, gift-giving can be, um, tricky, and gifts for virtual birthday parties can be even trickier.
And a virtual birthday party doesn’t mean there can’t be presents and celebration.
You can, of course, go the traditional route and send gifts, or you can get creative…
For instance, you can always…
Gussy Up the Front Yard
Let the street know it’s your wee one’s big day and decorate your front yard with balloons, streamers, posters, chalk drawings. If you live in a building poster up that window or decorate that balcony.
Ask friends of the birthday kid to come by (when no-one else is around) and add their own messages and pictures outside in chalk.
Your virtual guests could decorate their own door and you can drive your birthday kid around to their friends’ houses to see the decorations. It’d be even more fun if their friends could be outside to cheer or sing or yell happy birthday as you drive by.
So, there have been a slew of rave reviews for it and we couldn’t be happier about that. And the book is about more than just birthdays. It helps kids navigate the difficulties of setbacks and failures while inspiring them to understand what’s really important: friendship.
Looking for ideas for gifts for virtual birthday parties? Good Housekeeping has a truly awesome list of the 75 ultimate gifts for kids in 2020.
Virtual party games for kids are a big part of the virtual birthday party experience. Who doesn’t love a fun game?
And even though we are living in “interesting times” there are still lots of enjoyable virtual birthday party games for kids as well as many ways to celebrate with friends and family. Added bonus? You don’t have to be an experienced party-planner and tech geek to make the good times happen. Here are 5 fun virtual birthday party games for kids to help them celebrate another spin around the sun.
We play this virtual birthday party game for kids a lot because it’s a big winner and it gets them up and moving. Plus it allows us to talk to every one of our little guests and add in some personalized touches so each boy and girls get to feel special. The rules are pretty simple. Let the kids know you are going to play some music and that once it starts that they should start dancing to it. Then let them know that once you stop playing the music and shout out “Freeze” they are to freeze in their fun dance positions.
Once the rules have been set, turn on some music with a great beat for dancing and ask your guests to start grooving and bopping. When you stop the music and shout “freeze” you then tell the kids what kind of dancing statues they look like. For our space show, we use space-themed examples, “You look like an action-packed astronaut!” “You look like a totally Funky alien!” “You look like a super-duper sky dancer!” It’s a really fun game, easy to stretch out, and the kids get some exercise and have a blast.
Pro Tip: Sharing your speakers on Zoom is easy peasy, just have to make sure you do it with each set-up. Just click the green arrow on Screen Share and a pop-up box appears. In the bottom left corner, click on “Share computer sound” and you’re good to go.
It’s an oldie but a classic. We put our contemporary spin on it by changing the name to “Space Captains Mike & Susan Says!”
There are also therapeutic benefits from playing the game. They include: Developing Body Awareness and Motor Development, Developing Sportsmanship, Following and Giving Directions, Developing Sequencing Skills and Learning to Use Past Tense Verbs.
There are, of course, so many books to read. You may want the books to match up for the event. Or not. It’s all good. One thing is for certain, there’s nothing like a good book to capture a kid’s attention and imagination. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can scan the book’s pages, put it into PowerPoint and share your screen for an even more visually sumptuous experience. We’ve found that kids really respond well to that.
A Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Yup, another variation on a classic. Think up a list of household items for kids to hunt for throughout their home. Set a timer to make it a race. Once the game is done award everyone some kind of “Prize Title” for playing.
Pro Tip: Be sure to check with other parents that there are no safety hazards that may get in the way of this activity and ensure all objects are safe and easily accessible for the kids.
A Virtual Field Trip
We take our guests into outer space but thanks to the internet, you can take them almost anywhere. Just send a link to your tour and invite your guests.
There are so many virtual tours available right now. Want to go to Africa to check out some elephants? tour the grounds of Versailles for a princess-themed birthday party? Or what about a safari-themed party, where you can opt for a walking or boating safari that’ll take you to the African bush to spy on elephants and hyenas? You can do it here.