Well-Planned Birthday Parties Can Teach Valuable Lessons
By Karen Macgregor Ebert, Founder, Catriona's Castle Hands-On Children's Theatre
In today's busy world for children, outside of the classroom environment there is so much one-on-one time spent on computers, video games, and watching television, that children can really miss out on some important life lessons.
A well-planned birthday party can be a wonderful opportunity to help teach kids creativity, imagination, social interaction with peers, sharing, and manners. Interactive activities at birthday parties can be entertaining and educational.
It is important that party activities are well planned and structured. Unstructured playtime at a party can become unruly and chaotic. Therefore, it is always best to have something for the children to do as they gather. A simple craft project is nice without taking too much time away from the scheduled activity. It is important to begin planned activities within fifteen minutes after the party start time, so that punctual children do not become anxious.
Hands-on party entertainment involving children is a great avenue for peer interaction in a controlled manner. The party refreshment table keeps kids occupied for a maximum of fifteen minutes.
Birthday presents can be overwhelming. Today, more parents are opting to open the presents after the party. It is very nice to send a thank-you not and will help teach your children about manners and gratitude. Party favors are best given out as children leave the party to prevent children from opening and scattering items. Try to relax and enjoy this special celebration with your child. He or she will be this age...once!
Karen Macgregor Ebert is the founder of Catriona's Castle Hands-On Children's Theatre, based in Poolesville, Maryland, serving MD, DC, and VA. Contact them at 301-972-7549. Their Website is www.catrionascastle.com