Six-year-old boys are at a time in life when they are learning a lot. Their reasoning and logic skills are coming into play, and they gain major skills, like bike riding. Capitalize on these milestones with a birthday party that highlights this special time. Celebrate the simple pleasures of being a 6-year-old boy with a party made just for your son.
Everyone Is Different
While the books and websites list the major milestones for this age, keep in mind that everyone gains them at different times. Think about your child and his friends before planning the party. Make sure everyone is proficient at whatever skill you plan to highlight. Some boys may have reading down, while others may have perfected bike riding. Celebrate their individual talents during the party.
Six-year-old boys are honing their competitive skills. During the party, enjoy races or other games, but try not to put too much pressure on the winners. Nothing will spoil the party faster than poor sportsmanship, as boys are just learning to be competitive. Be ready to cheer on each participant, and get excited each time someone finishes the finish line. Help the kids see how fun it is to play the game, not just win the game. For an easy distraction from those in last place, ask a silly adult to run the race or other game with the kids and have him come in last. A little show of fainting with exhaustion will get the kids giggling and distract them from the stragglers.
Since bike riding is a critical skill learned at this age, incorporate that into the party. Ask everyone to bring his bike to your house, a local park or trail. Set up cones to make obstacle courses. The competitive nature of the boys will enjoy a challenge on their bikes, but avoid anything too risky. Encourage the boys to race against one another or to challenge themselves to the course.
Keep the kids active with challenges, games and obstacle courses. If your new 6-year-old or his friends have not yet gained the skill to ride bikes, choose an equally fun and exhausting alternative. Have the kids run or climb through the obstacle course on a playground or at a park. If you have enough tricycles or other little vehicles, let the kids run relays with them. Although still rather uncoordinated, a 6-year-old boy’s skills are coming together at this age. Choose a skill you think they have all mastered at this point.
At this age, kids tend to start to have a list of favorite foods and vehemently disliked foods. Work with your kid’s favorite food choices to develop a healthy menu. With the kids doing so many physical activities, it’s important to keep them hydrated and full of nutritious foods. In addition to cake and ice cream, serve a trail mix or cheese and meat platter that will keep the energy up.