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.
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.
Give your Child an Awesome Virtual Birthday Adventure!
When award-winning book authors Mike & Susan forget the “I Got You A Present!” birthday book, they hop into their spaceship and take the birthday child and their guests on a hilarious, fun-filled journey to Planet Birthday Party! With 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! There’s a party package for every child, including very little ones and the adventure-adverse.
Getting ready to throw a virtual birthday party for kids? You’re in luck because we’re going to help you perfectly plan your virtual birthday party.
One of the biggest surprises of physical distancing has been the discovery that virtual birthday parties for kids are a lot of fun and that there are all kinds of upsides when it comes to throwing virtual birthday celebrations.
To begin with, it’s not like you have to drive anywhere and you won’t be cleaning up after a house full of little guests, who, while always delightful, have been known to be a bit messy.
You can also include others who otherwise couldn’t join, like cousins, grandparents or friends who live far away.
Even better? Throwing a virtual birthday party for kids is a lot easier than you think. Let’s break out the checklist and go through what you’ll need to plan your virtual party and make sure it’s a roaring success.
You can’t have a virtual birthday party for kids without guests and there are lots of fun ways to invite the little (and big) guests to your party. You can write up your own one and go with a traditional email blast, and if you have artistic abilities splash it up with a colorful design.
Or you can download virtual cards from sites like Greeting Island, they have a wide selection of virtual birthday cards for kids and a lot of freebies as well. I put this together in less than a minute. And for under 10 dollars, I can have the watermark removed. That said, the watermark isn’t obtrusive.
If the virtual birthday party you are planning isn’t for a few weeks, you can go old school and snail mail out the invites. Experts say it’s unlikely that the virus is travelling through the mail, and there’s something extra special about receiving a physical invitation. Your call.
Whatever route you choose, there are some details that have to be included: You’ll want to let your guests know when to log on, provide the meeting ID/link for the party, the date and time, and any additional details on activities you want people to participate in.
We also find, that with very young kids it’s a good idea to dedicate a certain amount of time with each of the child’s friends. Video chats with several split screens are difficult for kids. Some direct attention helps them avoid sensory overload.
How To Plan A Virtual Birthday Party – TheTech
We’re big fans of Zoom and do all our shows through it. The free forever current plan allows you to:
Host up to 100 participants
40-minute maximum group meetings
Unlimited 1:1 Meetings
That said, we have a paid account because we never want to rush a party because Zoom’s free call is about to cut out
Quick tip: Add a password to your Zoom party to prevent unwanted guests.
If you’re a little unsure how to use Zoom, check our this video primer on how to work Zoom.
If Zoom isn’t your thing Other options include:
Google Hangouts, Google’s longest-running messaging and video chat service. Heads’ up: As of June 2020 this service will only be offered to consumer accounts, which is basically anyone with a @gmail.com or @googlemail.com email address.
Messenger Kids a kid-friendly video chat platform with a group chat option that includes parental controls and fun face filters.
Skype allows free video calls for up to 50 people on most every mobile device, tablet or computer.
For Apple fans, FaceTime is free for up to 32 people.
One thing all of these applications have in common: you’ll need a good internet connection.
And don’t forget that you’ll need a webcam (some laptops have them built-in). Your video quality will depend on your camera. We use the Logitech Brio (it’s pricey, but we want to have the best video quality available). Then there are the extras for more professional lighting such as a webcam ring light that clips onto your webcam.
One last thing: We highly recommend that your camera has a privacy cover. It is possible that someone could snoop on you when you’re not using your camera without you knowing, and so a cover prevents anyone from seeing what you’re doing.
How To Plan A Virtual Birthday Party – TheTest Run
You can’t go wrong with a test run. A day or two before (preferably two in case you encounter real problems) get some friends to call in, and make sure that your setup is working. Test out any music, video or virtual backgrounds, make sure your lighting is right, and troubleshoot any issues that occur. Once that’s done you can rest assured that you are tech ready for you the party.
In all likelihood your webcam is capturing you from the waist up. So, you can probably get away with the sweatpants but a festive top and/or fun hat will certainly add to the virtual birthday party fun.
Including party decor in the background will also add to the festive feel. And nothing says Birthday Party quite like colourful balloons and banners. Theme parties are tons of fun. If you don’t have the time or creativity to do it all yourself, help can be found online from companies like Party City. You can also source creative printable party supplies at Etsy.
Hiring Online Party Entertainers
Like us! Or, not us and something else. There is a wide variety of entertainers offering up their services from Princess Parties to Science Parties to Magic Parties to Adventure Parties to… well, you get the point.
Games and Activities
Our show includes simple but fun games such as Dance Freeze Tag (to a groovy dance beat) and Simon Says. The kids love playing them – and so do we! As mentioned, we also like to spend a bit of time with each of the guests and our virtual birthday party always ends with reading our book and singing Happy Birthday to the boy or girl.
And it’s always fun to take kids on big adventures, and you can too!
For example. One of our shows is a virtual outer space birthday adventure. We arrive to read our book I Got You A Present! (published by Kids Can Press) but soon discover that Susan has left it on Planet Birthday Party. No problem! We hop into our spaceship and take the birthday child and their guests on a hilarious, fun-filled journey to Planet Birthday Party! With help from the kids, we find the book and read it to their new friends. Plus, every birthday child gets a copy of the book!