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.
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.
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
On this special day, the birthday child should get to be their favorite race car driver wearing their car number. Then as the guests arrive, the birthday child can give out large numbers printed on sticker paper to the guests to wear on their shirts, and these super cool race helmets.
Check with your local race track, some will actually host birthday parties!! Another option is to have the party at a Go-cart location that offers party packages or have the party right at your own home!!
Party Fun & Games
Ready, Set, Go!! Start off by giving each child their very own Driver’s License. Use Polaroid cameras that take the miniature adhesive pictures and stick each child’s picture onto a pre-made card with their name, age etc.
Have an assortment of treats and candies so that guests can build their own food racecar. Use round cookies as wheels, longer cookies as the body of the car. Have a contest at the end with different categories such as, coolest looking, movable, most original, largest, smallest, etc...
Have a pullback car race. Have an assortment of pullback cars and allow each guest to select their favorite, then create a track on a leveled surface and have the guests race their cars to the finish line.
Finish off with some wheelbarrow racing or another physical activity to get your riders hungry for their well deserved meal!
Enlist an actual race car driver to attend your party dressed in full race gear. If you don’t know anyone who races cars, just go down to your local race track and leave word. Many drivers will be happy to attend your party and share their exciting experiences.
Fun energetic music will help rev things up!
A racecar party definitely calls for ‘Fast Food’…hot dogs, hamburgers, fries! And don’t forget the car themed food item decorations.
This table centerpiece can also be very mesmerizing for little guests as they are gobbling up their ‘fast food’.
Birthday Presents & Favors
Whistles, Toy Cars, Toy Trophies, anything with wheels! (Yes even a box of cheerios or Oreos - they are round aren’t they?) Here are some of our favorites!