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.
Sesame Street Party
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Allow your child to be the head puppeteer for this special day. They can be in charge of selecting the storylines and have first choice on the puppet they would like to bring to life. Many little ones will like puppets and want to touch them as they go around the room. Just be ready for those little hands!
Your home will be a puppet’s paradise with the right props and sound effects. If it is a nice summer day, construct a puppet stage and enjoy an outdoor gathering. Also set the scene with life size wall stick-ons of sesame street characters.
Party Fun & Games
The gist of this party is for the children to have fun animating their puppets while following a storyline. We suggest choosing familiar stories with a Sesame Street twist. For example, “Cookie Monster and the Three Bears.”
If you can find someone with puppet experience, take advantage of their expertise. Otherwise, hire an actor or entertainer who has strong leadership skills.
This is your child’s opportunity to be challenged with the task of selecting music that correlates with each storyline. Take them to the library and rummage through tapes and CDs until you find the perfect selections. Sesame Street shows also have an assortment of great music. Download some clips or get ideas from the show.
As the grand finale, bring each party guest forward and reintroduce their puppet to the audience. Add your own loud cheers and standing ovations to create the most festive environment possible.
Birthday Presents & Favors
Again, make certain that everyone has a puppet that they can love not only on this special occasion, but for a long time to come. Try to have a variety of choices to suit everyone’s tastes. And speaking of tastes, how about a tasty sesame treat? Any cookie decorator can make these simple cookies as treats.
Download party printables for some festive DIY decor.
And these great stuffed animals are a fabulous favor to cuddle home with. You can get them at many toy stores or at the Sesame Place Online Store.
Make your own Sesame Street Favor bags using this template.