There is just something about sleeping at someone else’s house that makes most kids go crazy with excitement. However, if you are the one hosting the sleepover you may be going crazy with fear since you don’t know how to keep them occupied. Whether it’s grandkids sleeping at grandparent’s or your girl’s birthday party, or your son’s soccer team here are some fun things to do at a sleepover to keep them busy and happy.
Go to some party supply store and buy a package of balloons and some of those sticky hands on a string. Fill up some balloons, or really a lot of balloons before hand. If the kids are older then you can do it during the sleepover and let them help. Usually you need at least 2-3 balloons per person with a minimum of 10 for this to really be fun. Once the balloons are full I give a sticky hand to each get and allow them to catch the balloons and catapult them about the room, using the sticky hand.
This is best for the younger crowd, but hide stuffed animals around the room or house and then take your kids on a safari to find the animals. As you go around the room or house talk about where you’re at and what’s going on. Make sure a snake drops from a branch, you go over streams and hazardous rivers, you have to climb a tree to escape some animal and other things to add some fun for the kids.
Pick up a bunch of glow sticks/necklaces/bracelets from your local dollar store, party supply store, or even target often carries them. I would try to buy a package or two for each kid so that there is plenty to go around. Once it gets dark pull out the glow sticks and start activating them. Allow the kids to throw them, play hide and seek with them, create a long snake or we have even jump-roped with them.
Host The Olympics
Before the big night make some medals to hand out and set up 3-5 age-appropriate games for them to compete in. If it’s summer and there is plenty of light then opt for outdoor activities like jumping through hula hoops, kicking a soccer ball around some cones and of course a race. If you must do it inside you can do simple board games, puzzles, jumping over pillows or even running down a long hallway. Once everyone has taken their turns tally up the total and hand out the awards.
What child doesn’t enjoy making and eating smore’s. You can build a fire in a pit out back, if you have one, use a fireplace, wood or gas, use a gas stove or even just opt for the microwave to make this much beloved treat. Depending on the age group of the kids you can let them help you, have your spouse help, or just make them yourself.