When it comes to toddlers there is an array of activities that they enjoy doing. That’s the best part about throwing a birthday party for them; they enjoy just about anything you plan for them. If this is your first toddler party here are some birthday party games for toddlers that are sure to be a hit.
By now your toddler is old enough to know what all the fuss of a birthday party is about and they really start to enjoy all the celebrations. They love the presents, the cake and having all their friends over to play. Finding games that are toddler appropriate will make the party much more fun. Here are some ideas.
Go Fish. We’re not talking about your typical card game “go fish.” We’re talking about going fishing. Depending on where you live and what the whether is like you can do it outside or inside. Purchase some inexpensive toys or candy to use in your fish bow/ tank. You can use small sticks or poles as fishing poles with some yarn, fishing line, or string attached to it. You can hang a sheet so that the kids don’t see what’s on the other side, or you can just put the “fish” in a large kiddie pool and let them fish out whatever they choose.
Ball games. There are tons of different games you can play with bouncy balls. You can buy small bouncy balls for children to throw into rings, large bouncy balls for them to dodge (soft throwers will be needed obviously), or you can have them play “Crack the Egg” with small soft balls.
Bean bag games. The most popular for toddler age kids when it comes to bean bags is trying to throw the bean bag into a bucket. Have several different spots they can stand from and see how many they can get into the bucket. Another option with bean bags is to have them throw the bean bags through the holes in the board (if you have a board).
Piñata’s. This may not be classified as a typical “game” but it is surprisingly entertaining; especially with toddlers. You can usually buy inexpensive piñatas at party supply stores. Purchase some candy from Wal-Mart or the dollar store and you’re set. Piñatas are also great time fillers, as it usually takes toddlers quite a while to actually break them.
Pool Parties. The words “pool” and “toddler” might sound like a nightmare, but we’re not talking about swimming at the Rec. center. Splash pools can be a lot of fun for toddlers because they love playing in the water. Send out invites for their friends to bring swim wear or something they can get wet in and fill up some splash pools. You can play relay games with the pools or just let them run around and have some fun.
Musical chairs. This is a game that everyone loves, although you have to be careful about eliminating kids. A better way to play rather than eliminating is to give kids prizes if they sit on the right chair. That way nobody’s feelings get hurt and everyone wins something.
When you think about birthday party games for toddlers keep in mind what you liked to play when you were that little, and keep it simple.