Are you in the process of planning a 1960s themed party for your children? Have you figured out how to keep them entertained during the event yet? If not, you may want to consider taking a cursory glance at my list of 1960s themed activity and game suggestions. Here it is:
Hootenannies were popular in the 1960s. So much so that there was an entire television series dedicated to the activity. Thus, you may want to add one to your 1960s themed party’s line-up. All you need to do is put on some folk music, have the kids sit around in a circle and sing along. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Musicians to consider highlighting at your hootenanny are Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four.
The 1960s was also known for its dances. As such, you could have the kids try their hand at mastering the Mashed Potato, the Swim, the Jerk or the Pony. There are instructional videos and articles online that will teach you some of the dance steps needed. Of course you could always let the kids go “Gangnam Style” and make up a few new moves of their own.
Yo-Yo Trick Contest
If the idea of hosting a hootenanny or a Mashed Potato dance off doesn’t appeal to you, you may want to think about having a yo-yo trick contest. After all, yo-yos were all the rage in the 1960s too. You can typically pick up a dozen yo-yos through most party supply shops for anywhere from $3 to $7. There are also several different websites that contain detailed instructions on how to execute yo-yo tricks. Classic tricks to teach the kids include walk the dog, around the world and the elevator.
1960s Board Games
In my opinion, giving the kids a few 1960s board games to play with would pass as a party activity as well. Games that were popular in the 1960s include the Ouija Board, Risk, Rock ’em Sock’ em Robots, Twister and Monopoly. You could give prizes to each child that wins one of the games. Great prizes to consider using are miniature lava lamps, love beads and tie-dye bandanas.
Lastly, you could always let the kids experiment with making their own tie-dye t-shirts, book bags or painter’s caps. There are plenty of companies that sell tie-dye kits and blank materials that could be used in such an activity. One of them is U.S. Art Supply. The company sells a basic tie-dye kit for $9. The only downside is that the kit doesn’t include the t-shirts, bags or hats.
Source: Personal Experience
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