Activities were the highlight of our Around the World Birthday Party. We had specific country-themed games and activities for each of the destinations we visited during the party.
Our Around The World Birthday Party Activities
Here are the Destinations and the Activities Planned for Each:
- France – Doll Dress Up
- USA – Red, White and Blue Game
- Hawaii – Hula Dancing Lessons
- Japan – Traditional Japanese Fukuwarai Game
- Africa – Find the Animals Activity for Toddlers
- Egypt – Mummy Wrap Fun Activity
Here are pics and details from each activity!
This was our only girly activity of this party. Since the majority of guests were girls, I thought this would be fun. The only two boys at the party spent time inspecting the decorations throughout this party.
Fashion Doll Dress Up
Paris is the Fashion Capital of the world and I wanted a fashion related activity for France. My daughter has a big selection of dolls and an even bigger collection of doll dresses and accessories. We brought out all her dolls, dresses, shoes, bags etc. and put them on display. We even have a couple of mannequins from her Boutique play set.
The guests were asked to become Fashion Designers for the day and dress up the dolls as creatively as possible. The girls didn’t need a second invitation. They all got busy dressing the dolls. Some were super creative and layered two dresses over each other. They made great use of the accessories as well.
All guests took turns posing with the Eiffel Tower. Some were still busy with dolls. After the activity was done, all guests got their passports stamped with the ‘FRANCE’ stamp! Remember the blank pages in the passport invitations? That’s what they were for!
USA – Red, White and Blue Game
After France, the guests got their passports stamped and we flew to our next destination – the United States of America. Some guests were still dressing up dolls!
In the USA, we played a fun game called Red, White and Blue. Red, White and Blue are the colors of the US Flag. After giving the kids this little piece of information, I made the kids in a circle and we began the game.
The kids were to name any one thing that is RED in color. Then the next one had to say something WHITE in color. And the next one a BLUE colored thing. The game isn’t as easy as it sounds! It is very difficult to think of things in a particular color, especially when the players are many. Here are some things could think of:
RED: Apple, Strawberry, Blood, Pomegranates, Lipstick (I allowed this one), Spider Man, Sebastian the Crab, Rose, Cherry, Litchi, Watermelon Inside
WHITE: Clouds, Milk, Teeth, Moon, Stars, Chalk, Snow, Jasmine, Dove, Mogra, Idli, Rasgulla, Bread, Sugar, Salt
BLUE: Sky, Peacock, Ink, Superman, Cinderella, Elsa’s Dress, Bluebells, Blue Eyes, Swimming Pool
The kids had to rack their brains to come up with new things! When they ran out of names, they were out of the game. Whoever kept thinking of new things and outlasted everyone, was the winner. It is a fun game! Try it!
Hula in Hawaii
Next stop was the nearby Hawaiian Islands.
With YouTube as her instructor, the birthday girl had painstakingly practiced some Hula steps. Our passengers learned Hula dancing from her in Hawaii!
The kids enjoyed Hula dancing very much!
I explained the kids how Hawaii are a part of USA politically speaking but geographically they belong to the Oceania. I also told them a little about how it is famous for it’s beaches, greenery and volcanoes.
They later took turns dressing up in the traditional Hula dress of Grass skirt and floral garlands called ‘leis’.
Once again, we moved to the next destination but the kids still wanted to keep dressing up and doing the ‘Hula’!
Also, by now, the kids were themselves reminding of getting their passports stamped! The older guests themselves took upon stamping all the passports.
After 3 activities (and 3 more to go), our little Flight Attendant brought in snacks for the guests!
It was the idea of Big sis to use the toy truck as a ‘trolley’. Little sis was happy to push it. The flavors of the chips were international of course!
Fukuwarai in Japan
If you follow me on social media or follow my blog, you will already know my daughter is crazy about Japan. I couldn’t imagine this party without Japan as a destination! It turned out to be a favorite for all the guests for being ShinChan’s country!! For Japan, we decided upon a traditional game that Japanese kids play. It is similar to a game we play in India also.
Remember the version of ‘Pin the Tail’ where we used to try to put a ‘Bindi’ on the picture of a woman, while blindfolded? Well, the Japanese play a similar game except for it is much more complicated. Instead or just the ‘tail’ or a ‘Bindi’, you are required to put in place, all the facial features!
My daughter prepared the blank face and made the features separately. I then cut out each of them – eyes, eyebrows, nose, cheeks, ears, mouth etc. We made two faces – one of a person and the other of a cartoon cat. The younger kids played the cartoon cat version. The players have to first take each piece in hand and guess what the shape it and then try to place it accordingly. The outcomes are hilarious!
The kids never forgot to get clicked with each of the monuments! It’s like they were on a real trip and doind the classic touristy stuff!
Finding Animals in Africa
We did a small activity in Africa for the little ones at the party. As you saw in the decorations, I had placed some masks inside the balloon jungle. The toddlers were to find the masks and got to keep whichever they found.
Here’s my little Hippo!
Mummy Wrap in Egypt
Our final stop was Egypt! I asked the kids what Egypt was famous for. Almost all said ‘Pyramids’ or ‘Mummies’. I told them a little about Mummies and announced our final activity – The Mummy Wrap!
I handed out several rolls of toilet paper to the kids and they took turns wrapping each other as an Egyptian Mummy! The kids had SO MUCH FUN doing this they just didn’t want to stop!
After having their fill of mummy wrapping, the kids were still not done! Some creative kids came up with this:
Mummy Wrap creates a GIGANTIC MESS! It is also the most fun activity ever. If you are planning it for a party, make sure to keep it at the end like I did.
Each one of the activities was a hit! The kids simply did not want to move on from the previous activity and it ended in the party duration getting longer. My husband made me promise I wouldn’t keep so many activities in one go, ever! Well, I did not promise but will think about it lol! You can’t have an Around the World party with 1 or 2 things to do. The theme demanded it!