Preschool and Toddler Birthday Party Ideas

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When it comes to birthday parties, you'll find that your little ones are  easy to please. As a matter of fact, toddlers will be blissfully happy  with a simple, short (one- to one and a half hour) party.

Choosing a favorite theme to center your child's party around will help  you to coordinate invitations, paper goods, favors, games, a cake, and  so forth. At this age, a theme needn't be elaborate; a simple concept  such as a color or shape, favorite character or storybook can be the  focal point for your decorations and activities.

Use these ideas to get  your own creative juices flowing. With planning, party supplies, and  these tips, your preschool birthday party is sure to be a hit!

Down on the Farm

  • Provide stuffed animals and toys to play with. Have each guest bring their favorite animal. Provide animal ears made with felt and headbands. 
  • Play music and have an animal parade. Then play follow the leader with animal movements and sounds. 
  •  Don't forget to sing Old Macdonald had a farm.
  • Serve sandwiches cut with animal cookie cutters and?give animal crackers as a party favor.

ABC Party

  • Decorate your table with ABC blocks and hang big paper letters on your walls (teacher store)
  • Cover a table with plain white paper, for toddlers to scribble on. Supply plenty of crayons and washable markers so kids can create a colorful work of art.
  • Don't forget to sing the ABC song.
  • Solid color party supplies work well with this theme.

Circle Time

  • Ask the leader of your toddler play group to help.
  • Sing songs play instruments (or pots and pans) play a parachute game.
  • Cut toddler-friendly sandwiches cookie cutters
  • Play with play dough, bubbles and yard toys.
  • Solid color party supplies work well with this theme.

Color Party

  • Bright colors and simplicity is in order here. Have your guest dress in all red or all yellow etc.
  • Have a rainbow cake.
  • Children can decorate your walkway using sidewalk chalk.
  • Give a coloring book and crayons as a party gift.
  • Serve cupcakes made in colored ice cream cones.
  • Solid color party supplies work well with this theme.

Playtime Additions

  • Bubbles and bubble wands (try to get the really big ones, too)
  • Play-doh and all kinds of art projects.
  • Noncompetitive games are best like Follow the Leader.
  • Don't expect toddlers (especially those under three) to want to cooperate in organized games. Mom or Dad will most often need to play along.

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