Birthday Party Ideas for 8 year old boys? You're in the RIGHT PLACE.
You're probably wondering how in the world to keep them all fully engaged in your party activities for several hours, and keep your sanity. We've got the ANSWER right here:
The Survivor Party... [perfect for mixed groups of boys and girls as well)
Your invitation will have them all charged up, curious and interested before they even get through your door. Then, you've got 13 quick games to choose from, any or all of which will have them laughing and thinking and being silly and having a blast.
Everything's been designed to keep them FOCUSED and that's the key: activities they find interesting and challenging so they stay with your planned activites and aren't off making trouble.
And it's just not that hard to do all this with your group of 8 year old boys:
They've grown up since they were 6 and 7. They now have a bunch of skills you can use to your advantage in planning your party:
- while most boys this age still need more physical activity than most girls, they have now learned to sit still and stay focused for longer periods of time
- they can now follow more complex instructions, so your activities (both mental and physical) can be more challenging and engaging
- they've learned how to work in groups in school
- they can now read reasonably well
Girls can handle a bit more cerebral challenge (quantity, not quality) than boys at this age, but the boys are catching up and will rise to an age approprite challenge
These 8 year olds still have very active imaginations - just don't beat them over the head with 'pretend play' and they'll readily go along with a fun concept like Survivor, buy into it all and stay involved.
Yes, things can be a bit more complex, but they're still kids...
Instructions for those games and activities still need to be relatively simple and very clear
Attention spans are still relatively short,, so don't let your games or activities go much past 15 to 20 minutes each.
Engaging those ever growing brains is one of the best ways to keep your boys from turning into whirling dervishes of physical activity
When you see that their interest in a particular game or activity had started to wane, move them along right then to your next activity
Really get into your role as 'Master of Ceremonies' instead of 'parent': you're enthusiasm will will help keep them engaged
DON'T assume everybody is at the same developmental level as your child- plan for differences:
As their young egos have developed, so has the potential for problems, so take away any individual pressure by making as many activities as possible a team effort.
Even at 8, it's still a good idea to limit the parties total size and keep teams small. The more kids you have, the less control you have and the group's dynamics can get ahead of you.
Entice and excite your party kids with an interesting theme, one that hints at something new and different from all the other parties they go to seemingly every weekend. Just make sure the new and different isn't perceived as frightening. You do need to know your group of kids
It's all these tips that guarantee a truly successful and memorable birthday party for your 8 year old, and they're all built into our Survivor Party.
That's why it's been such a HUGE HIT with kids and parents alike over the past 17 years we've had it available. So let us do the work for you with this tried and proven (and Guaranteed) Print-n-Go Survivor Party that you can put together in just a few HOURS!
13 games are included, as well as invitations, thank you's, schedule and printable party favor. All the games are fast paced and keep everybody on the same page, and all can be played indoors or out. All kids seem to think the surivor theme is 'cool'. Follow
this link for the full details about this awesome party.
Otherwise, browse through our resource of party ideas collected from around the web. All are suitable for kids age 6 to 8:
Kids between the ages of 6 and 8 share many similarities and are also very different. My daughter can be into and enjoy things your son loves to do, and vice versa. My 8 year old can adore doing the things your 6 year old likes, and vice versa, the older ones will just take it to different level. So I group my party ideas into a 6 to 8 age bracket- gender neutral.
You're being directed below to all the party ideas for kids age 6 to 8, both boys and girls. You know your child and her group of friends and you'll be able to quickly tell which ideas are relevant for you, and which ones aren't.