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Ideas for Music at Kids Parties
Try playing musical chairs without music and you’ll understand why some cool tunes are essential elements of any successful kids party. Here’s what you need to consider when planning and preparing your kids party music:
- Think about your theme. If your party is themed, then you may consider finding musical tunes that co-ordinate. For example, download the Dora the Explorer theme song for your Dora party, hunt out some old Disney tracks for your Princess party, or play Old MacDonald Had a Farm as your guest arrive for the farm party.
- Plan your music in advance. Check your stereo, organise your CDs and compile a play list. Decide what tracks are best accompaniment to musical chairs or pass the parcel, and note the track numbers alongside your play list so you can find those songs easily when the time comes. There’s nothing worse than a dozen over-enthusiastic children arguing over a parcel while you scramble to find the music!
- Choose age appropriate tunes. The right style of songs will be music to your guests ears – literally! There’s no sense in playing Top 40 hits to a bunch of four year olds who’d much prefer to dance to the Wiggles! Equally, tweens will be mortified when you switch on the Hi 5 CD. If you don’t have the right style of music to suit your audience, a quick search of the Internet will soon help.
- Consider a DJ. If you are hosting a special party for an older child, such as your Sweet Sixteen, consider hiring a DJ. While a DJ's fees may up your budget, the disco vibes will be the highlight of the party and keep your guests entertained for hours.
- Limber up with the limbo. Set up a limbo stick and watch the children challenge themselves and each other. Of course, play the classic Limbo Rock from Chubby Checker.
- Try some musical numbers. If you don’t have enough chairs for musical chairs, try musical numbers instead. Fan a large selection of paper, each with a number written on it, in a circle around the party room. Place slips of paper with each number in a hat and ask the children dance around the circle to music. When the music stops, ask the children to stand next to the closest number and pull a slip of paper from the hat. The child on that number leaves the game. Continue until one child remains.
- Freeze dance! Add a twist to musical statues by asking the children to freeze in a particular shape each time the music stops. You may ask them to become animals, trees, houses, cars – the only limit is your imagination. The results will have you and the kids in stitches!
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