Published March 13, 2010 by
A great birthday party theme for both boys and girls is pets! You could focus on one particular species like puppies, kittens, horses, etc or use all types of animals in your theme. You can also tie your pets or animals theme into the birthday party favors and decorations.
Below are a few games and activities that would make the day even more memorable!
Pet Adoption Set up a pet adoption center with small plush animals and let each child "adopt" one. Give each child a shoe box to create a home for their new animal. Provide colorful paper, sticky backed craft foam, craft foam flowers, glue sticks, scissors etc. The children can cover and decorate their very own pet house to take home.
Animal Make-Overs Let the kids become the pets! When the children arrive give them an animal ear headband of their choice, or let them make some of their own! You can use felt ears on a plastic headband, or use construction paper to create bunny, kitty or puppy ears. Use fake feathers if they would like a bird headband. You can complete the look by drawing whiskers and noses on the children with face paint.
Hopstacle Course Players will hop like bunnies through an obstacle course you've created with pillows, boxes, chairs etc.
Lilly Pad Hopping Like musical chairs! Make fabric or felt lily pads and place them in a circle. Play music while the kids hop from pad to pad. When the music stops everyone has to find a pad. The frog without a pad is out! Take one pad away and start again.
Pin the Tail on the . . . Monkey, Bunny (use cotton balls), puppy or kitty.
Find the Littlest Pet Shop Napkins shown in the photo at Birthday Express.