So you have decided to throw a party for your toddler but are struggling to think of ideas to keep little ones amused? Or you’re dreading the thought of it? Fear not! Most toddlers and preschoolers get enjoyment from playing with another child’s toys, but for an easier party or a larger group, here are 6 Hassle-Free Party Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers, to ensure everyone has a fun day. My advice – keep it small and simple!
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#1. Planning is Key
- At toddler age (1 – 4 years) you will still have children who nap so plan your party around nap times.
- Keep it to a maximum of 2 hours.
- Invite up to 5 children, any more can be overwhelming.
- Consider asking Mums and Dads to stay if the children are very young.
- Often just having family is enough.
- Serve simple snacks with child sized plates, cups and cutlery.
- Having an older sibling or cousin to help is a great idea as the kids will be comfortable with them. You will still have to supervise too of course.
- Have some inexpensive, sweet free party bags for when they leave.
#2. Themed Party
It can be a good idea to theme your party as this will help get everyone excited and make it different from a regular play date.
There are literally hundreds of themes to choose from but it is best to be led by what your little one likes, be it a favourite activity or character.
You could also consider hosting a teddy bears picnic and get each child to bring along their favourite toy.
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For toddler parties, helium balloons and streamers that the children can play with are a great idea. If you are going with a theme, pick colours that match that theme.
See if you can buy paper plates, cups and napkins for the theme you have chosen. Make the cake part of the decorations. We have some great cakes ideas in our food and recipes section.
#4. Party Games
Most children attending will be excited about playing with the host’s toys, but, depending on the age group, and how many you have attending, this might not work as well as you hope.
Play some simple games they may already know like Musical Statues, Ring a Rosie and Simon Says. If the weather is good encourage them to play outside.
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#5. Party Activities
- Pass the parcel always works well, especially if you add a gift to each layer and make sure there is one for every child.
- For budding artists you could invest in a white paper table cloth and leave out crayons and stickers so they can create masterpieces while they eat. Or print out some colouring pages for them to decorate and take home.
- A pinata is good fun and if you buy an unfilled version, you can add age appropriate treats.
- You could try face painting. Even if you’re not that artistic, it’s not too difficult to please this age group. Keep it short and simple, maybe a flower or a spider on the a cheek. Google for instructions if needed.
- You could set up a jigsaw puzzle area, but just be prepared for the sorting out afterwards!
- Gather everyone around and have story time. Use a large book with good pictures that is not too long!
- Buy some seeds / plants and soil and get each child to plant their own mini garden in a paper cup. They can take them home afterwards.
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#6. Outside the Home
If you wish to have your toddlers party outside the home it is best to consider going to somewhere that most of the guests will be familiar with.
A local play centre or pet farm are good choices and will offer party packages. Going out can also be a good idea if you have to cater for older children along with the younger ones.
Do you have any great ideas for a toddler party? Share them in the comments box below.