Our children aren’t able to go to school, play with their friends, or even have normal birthday parties during the quarantine. And you may be worried about them missing out, but here are a few ways you can still help celebrate your child’s birthday without breaking the lockdown regulations.
Get Recorded Messages
Compile videos of friends and family sending birthday wishes to your child. That will be special for them, both on the day and to look back on in years to come. Knowing they are loved by others, even if they can’t see them, can really help a child’s wellbeing while stuck at home.
If your child still wants a party, then get family and friends on video chat to celebrate alongside them. This could include playing games, all eating together, and even singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and cutting the cake.
Decorate your home with banners, streamers, balloons, and anything else you can find. If you don’t have these then you can make paper decorations. Crafting decorations may also be a great activity that your child may enjoy.
You can still give your child gifts in lockdown, as can family and friends if they mail them. You can still get toys and other items off of Amazon and other delivery sites.
You can still buy or make a birthday cake. Some companies also will make bespoke cakes and deliver them too you. A nice, yummy cake won’t take away the problems of the quarantine, but it will make sure that you have the birthday essentials.
If the weather is nice, you could have a picnic in the back or front yard. Have all the usual party buffet foods, and enjoy the beautiful weather. Birthdays don’t have to be within the house or at a hall or other location. You can still give your child a great birthday.
Party games can be great for your child. Make sure you have the space and materials you need, and you could play games such as “pin the tail on the donkey” or even do a treasure hunt.
Go Out Where You Can
If the weather is nice and your child is old enough, they might like to go out for their birthday. A bike ride or a long walk along a river may be a nice and simple break for them. You could also spend this time discussing things they might like to do once the lockdown is lifted, or simply enjoy each other’s company in the fresh air.
The current climate is particularly difficult for children who are missing their friends and schools. So giving them at least some form of birthday can help make things easier, and feel more normal.