Three Ideas You Will Love For Your Up & Coming THREE-Year-Old
Birthdays are special! Kids love going to birthday parties and by the time your toddler turns three, you will be able to plan plenty of interactive events that the kids can do without assistance. While at two they weren't as coordinated, there are many three-year-olds who can scale fences. The point of the party is to keep things moving and recognize that their attention span is really not that long. Plan a few activities that last no more than 15 minutes each. If one seems particularly exciting to the kids, roll with the tide. Often parents plan too much and expect three-year-olds to sit and watch the guest of honor open gifts. Pass on this, as this is where many three-year-old parties go awry!
At three, many toddlers are definitely into a theme or character! If your child is in love with Blue's Clues, Dora, Barbie, or anything else, this is an easy idea that is also cost effective. In addition to that, it will be something that all the attendees LOVE! Get plates, napkins, cakes, and all the party favors that you can. You should plan a physical activity as well, like renting a moon bounce.
One of the favorite themed ideas for three-year-olds is one that will send them home tired! Hone their cooperation skills and set up a sports or Olympic competition venue in your own backyard. Using beach balls to toss over volleyball nets, playing softball with a tee and wiffle balls or even playing back yard tag football can be fun. There really are no limits. Hula-hoops and all sorts of other things you probably have lying around your yard can be used for a challenging and fun obstacle course that the children will never get tired of running. Set up balance beams or anything else you can think of. As for cake, try baking a medallion cake and providing each of the kids with a first place ribbon or medal of their own. If time permits, you can even allow them to decorate their own medal with some simple craft supplies!
Take advantage of the fact that three-year-olds might be able to stay up later than their younger counterparts and create a starry night of laser tag. You can get all sorts of glow sticks and glow supplies and light up the backyard. A backyard scavenger hunt using flashlights that will double as party favors is both inexpensive and exciting. Decorate a backyard trail with outdoor lights and serve up star shaped cupcakes for a treat. If the birthday is in the summer, provide some nets so the kids can take turns searching for lightning bugs. The nighttime is magical for kids and before the party is over, lay out a blanket and do some star gazing in the night sky. Not only is this unusual, it will provide a party atmosphere that is both fun and magical. The best part is that when it's over your toddler will be ready for bed and you will have the time to clean up!
Kids only have one birthday a year and if you are both creative and smart, you can find very economical ideas that will match your child's personality. Don't feel pressure to offer too many food items or snacks and make sure that each child leaves with something of their own. If your child is in preschool, don't feel pressured to invite the entire class. Too many three-year-olds is a recipe for disaster and sometimes less is more! Don't forget to make sure that your special three-year-old, gets three dollars in a special wallet that will make them feel all grown up and eager to shop for their own stuff. Of course, you'll want to take them to the Dollar Store or else you will spend a fortune to get them what they really want!