Children at this age relate well to other children and are very enthusiastic. They understand the idea of a birthday party, and can anticipate it months in advance. They tend to latch on to their closest friends so make sure to invite them. Kids at this age also tend to like helping with the planning so give them the opportunity to help throw their favorite birthday party.
Many children at this age are in school or pre-school so your guest list can be made up of your child’s schoolmates. Although many children are in school and used to being away from their parents, some children may need to be accompanied by an adult.
Length of party
1-1 1/2 hours
Entertainment for age
This age group has short attention spans, so the entertainment program for the party should consist of a few different activities- around five. A mixture of hands-on and learning is always a great combo. Children at this age can participate in the Bake-a-Cake party, our best selling party.
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Safety for age
Make sure the party area is childproof and have a couple of adults on hand to help keep children together and the party organized.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Use baskets with apples as part of the centerpiece. Use old fashioned shatterproof bottles to serve milk in. And use bandanas as placemats.
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.