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.
Thomas the Tank Engine Party
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Equipped with a conductor’s hat and a pair of pin-striped overalls, consider your child prepared to drive this party train in style.
Convert a room or hallway in your home into an authentic choo-choo train with moving boxes linked together. Use one box per passenger (guest). If you know in advance who will be attending, write their name in big bubble letters on the side of their “cars”. Also use wall stick-ons to create the illusion of trains at a distance.
Party Fun & Games
The partygoers are in for a magical ride on Thomas the Tank Engine. Each child will have their own “car” (cardboard box cut out to look like a car) to travel to the three “lands”, in each land there will be different activities such as games, songs and dancing.
Try doing a memory game where you hand out Thomas the Tank Whistles (12) to each child and they have to repeat the same number of whistle blows you do.
Play a game of freeze jump (instead of dancing, the kids are jumping up and down.)
Teach the kids a song such as “The wheels on the bus.“
Hire an actor or entertainer to bring spice to your party by narrating each of the three stops with stories and songs about Playland, Candyland and Toyland.
We think a great idea is to dig up a sound effects tape or CD that makes good whistling and locomotive noises. Play it between stops.
When the train has come to its final destination, help the children wind down with a relaxing reading of “Thomas the Tank Engine”, or for older children you can go another route and let them dive into this super fun Pinata, it’s all up to you how you finish off this ‘ch00-ch00‘ party.
Birthday Presents & Favors
Present each child with a Thomas the Tank Engine storybook so that they can relive the party over and over.
To make the experience even more authentic, hand each child a train ticket with a car assignment. Ask the “passengers” to present your child with their ticket prior to boarding.