If your child wants to have a pony party, here’s a few ideas to get you started:
1. Pin the Tail on the Pony – Here’s a classic party game that you can make yourself. On a poster board, draw a picture of a pony (a simple outline with eyes, mouth and mane added is fine) and then bundle lengths of brown yarn into “tails.” Give each child a tail and piece of tape. Blindfold them with a bandanna, spin them around and let the game begin.
2. Scavenger Hunt in the Hay – Hide piles of hay in different places around your yard. To keep the mess to a minimum, my friend put the hay in plastic wading pools she had borrowed from friends. Give the kids clues as to where the different piles of hay are located. Hide horse-themed trinkets in each spot so the kids can dig through the hay to find them. You could hide small plastic horses, horse finger puppets or horse stickers in the hay. Makes a great way for kids to find their party favors!
3. Rent a Pony – If it’s in your budget, find out if you can rent a pony to have at the party for pony rides. My friend rented one for her daughter’s fifth birthday and it was a huge hit with the kids. The kids took turns riding the pony – led by a trained professional – around the yard and neighborhood.
4. Hobby Horse Races – Almost everyone has a hobby horse, so before the party borrow them from your friends. At the party, have the kids “saddle up” and race around the yard.
My friend served apple slices and carrots for snacks since that’s what horses like to eat. She also bought horse-shaped cookie cutters to make horse-shaped sandwiches, cheese slices, etc.
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