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Age characteristics

Toddlers like being the center of attention! They enjoy other children but may have difficulty interacting with each other while they play. They also love to feel they have accomplished something such as memorizing words to a song or placing that last block on top of the ABC tower.

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Guest list

Toddlers  enjoy being with other children. If your child is in a play group, invite the children in the group. Or invite the children of your family, friends, and neighbors. Keep in mind that they may get afraid when the adult accompanying is not present so account for a few extra adults.

Length of party

1- 1 ½ Hours

Entertainment for age

Children at this age tire easily so try to keep the party simple and flexible so that you can keep their attention. They are beginning to learn about themselves and the world around them.  They enjoy singing, dancing, finger and copying games.

Toddlers sometimes get confused with what is real and pretend, therefore entertainers such as clowns and make-believe characters are great to amuse them.


Keep games short and simple.

Follow the Leader

Sit in a circle and play finger games such as :

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

This Little Piggy

Pat-a Cake, Pat-a-Cake

Safety for age

Childproof your home, covering sockets and closing off bedroom doors, exit and entry ways so that children don’t wander. Avoid foods and items that are choking hazards, such as broken balloons, small party favors, hard candles, hot dogs and popcorn.

Barnyard Party

Farm Animals Party Birthday Box

Times may be changing and evolving but there are still a lot of barns out there! The Barnyard party is not only entertaining for toddlers, but also allows them to learn about different animals and reinforces what they learn in kindergarten.

Send out a fabulous personalized invitation to start out the fun.


Birthday Child’s Starring Role

As Dr. Dolittle, your child can host the party decked out in a white doctor’s coat complete with a stethoscope.

Party Entertainment

Find someone who knows the facts about animals and ask them to lead your party. Whether it’s an animal trainer, a veterinarian or a farm hand, take advantage of their expertise.

If a petting zoo is too much to bring to your party, how about a balloon version? A balloon artist can replicate barnyard animals for your child’s party .

A singer that can teach the toddlers new songs and get them to sing along with him is great fun and children will feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Party Menu

Have fun with the foods you choose, relate them to the theme of the party. Milk should certainly be on the menu since it comes from cows and is healthy for them. How about scrambled eggs and chicken fingers? And pigs in a blanket for adults.  Buy rice krispie treats, unwrap them and pile them on a plate and call them hay stacks. You can also make sandwiches more festive with the help of animal-shaped cookie cutters.

Party Games and Activities

Play guess the animal game by doing an animal noise and have the toddler’s guess the animal.

Teach them the Old McDonald song and watch them sing it for hours.

Party Tunes

Take your child on an outing to your local library or music store prior to their special day and look for classics like “Old McDonald”, “Dr. Dolittle’s Talk to the Animals”, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and any animal-themes tunes to set the mood for the day

Party Decoration

Create a barn inside your party room. Start with the Barnyard Kit (above)  that has all the basics you need for your table. Use streamers and cowhide balloons to add color at different heights of the room.


Cow Balloon

Use baskets with apples as part of the centerpiece. Use old fashioned shatterproof bottles to serve milk in. And use bandanas as placemats.

Party Favors

Buy favors that are toddler safe and won’t cause any choking hazard. We love this barn full of mini animals. It can serve as a table centerpiece and then as a favor for guests to take home after the party.


Or if you want the full kit here is a favor combo that is sure to score big with your guests.

Farm Animals Ultimate Favor Set

Party Extras: 

Farm Animals Party Game

Farm Animals Deluxe Box

Personalized Doggy Bone Mint Tin