How to Host a Fun Toddler Party
Parties for toddlers can be fun, but they are different from parties for older kids. Toddlers are still babies in many ways, and large numbers can be challenging to manage. Here are some tips on how you can throw a fun toddler party.
Invite Just a Few Guests
Keeping the number of guests low is not just to save your sanity; it's also a safety issue. Unless you plan to have multiple caregivers at the party, stick with no more than six guests. Toddlers can get into trouble in the blink of an eye, and with a large number of them, it's easy to lose track of their whereabouts.
One idea is to have most of the parents stay. There can be activities for the toddlers, but the parents can get some visiting in, and there will be plenty of eyes and hands to make sure the little guests stay safe. Playmats and soft play areas will help you a lot during the day.
Time of Day
Toddler parties need to be scheduled around naps if possible. Usually, toddlers have only one nap in the afternoon, and some toddlers get tired and cranky in the evening hours, even after naps. Late morning is a good time to have a toddler party, and if you like, you can serve lunch and send the guests home right about nap time.
Some good time slots for toddler parties are 9 am-11 am, 10 am-12 pm (sending everyone home for lunch), or 11 am-1 pm. Two hours is usually plenty of time for a toddler party.
What kind of games do you have at a toddler party? Games with winners and losers are generally best avoided - these can result in hurt feelings, as toddlers don't understand the concept of competition. Consider games with music, which most toddlers love.
Dancing with ribbons - give each toddler a scarf or ribbon on a stick to wave and swirl to music. Turn the music off periodically and have them "freeze," then start dancing again. You can have specific dances, too, that involve everyone in a circle or weaving in and out of the circle with their scarves and ribbons.
Crafts are fun for toddlers - Have a simple craft that everyone can make and take home. There are all kinds of resources for toddler craft ideas on the internet, from glueing googly eyes on various objects to homemade puppets!
Guess the animal - have everyone get in a circle, then the adult draws an animal name from a hat and whispers it to the toddler whose turn it is. Then that toddler acts out the animal in the middle of the circle. The first one to guess the animal gets to go next.
Weather permitting, have some fun in the water. Set out containers of water and a bunch of empty cups, watering cans, and bottles and let them pour and play. A plastic wading pool can be included, but it should not have more than a few inches of water.
You can choose a theme for the party if you like. Some people find this makes the party easier to plan. Some themes that toddlers tend to enjoy include:
- Animal themed
- Water Fun
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do you celebrate your toddler's birthday?
If you want to celebrate your toddler's birthday in a fun and festive way, consider throwing a toddler-themed party! Just make sure to keep the level of excitement and stimulation appropriate for your little one – you don't want them getting overwhelmed.
Some great ideas for a toddler birthday party include:
- A simple picnic in the park with cake and drinks
- A trip to the zoo or a local children's museum
- A themed party with decorations, games, and food tailored to your toddler's interests (e.g. dinosaurs, princesses, pirates)
- A pool party with games, pool toys, and lots of sunscreens!
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What is the best birthday theme for toddlers?
For a fun and festive birthday theme for toodles, why not go with a "party" theme? This could include decorations like balloons, streamers, and party hats. You could also have festive music playing in the background and serve yummy party food like cake and popcorn. And don't forget the birthday cake! A festive birthday party is perfect for celebrating toodles' special day. Browse all Kids Party Ideas.
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