Toddlers love parties, especially if the party has to do with them such as a birthday party – or a little friend’s birthday party – school party, etc. At that age, however, the attention spans of toddlers are very unstable, but you can hold their attention for long hours if the social gathering is spiced up with a variety of engaging and fun party games.
You should bear in mind that the purpose of a birthday party is to have a good time with the celebrant. However, several excellent party games will not only be a delight to the children but will also get every party guest involved; playing together, laughing hard, and having fun. Who wouldn’t love to keep hearing those adorable giggles from toddlers having a good time with their peers?
Before listing the top five fun party games for toddlers, you should also bear in mind that toddlers don’t follow rules – most of the times, that is – so, you should expect them to put up an attitude if they don’t get any prices even if they don’t win any of the games. Therefore, you may have to get some gifts ready in anticipation of this occurrence.
Additionally, ensure that you have more than enough fun activities planned, just in case since you may not be able to foresee group/game dynamics accurately. It is crucial to keep the party atmosphere stoked at all times throughout the festivity!
Finally, you should have lots of adults around to assist you, but make sure only one is in charge of the fun games so that the kids don’t get confused during the activities.
Without further ado, here the top five party games for toddlers that you should engage in at any party or festivity:
And Now Our Top-5 Games Selection
Pass the Parcel
You may need to buy small prizes such as a book, bubbles, train whistles, gift wrap, etc. This activity is best set up before the commencement of the party. Since the party will be flooded with guests, small prizes are wrapped severally with lots of gift wraps and as much as the anticipated number of guests to attend the party. Organize the kids to sit in a circle and then play some music. The parcel is passed around with music playing. Then when you stop the music suddenly, the kid holding the parcel unwraps the first layer of the parcel.
Then start the music again and the parcel continues on its journey around the circle of seated children. Repeat the pause-and-play music thingy until the entire wraps of the parcel goes off. The child that unwraps the last layer wins the prize. Ensure you make everyone that participates in this game a winner. Moreover, make sure that the boxes that get unwrapped contain prizes for all participants!
Duck Duck Goose
This is a classic activity, but fun nonetheless. Get the children to sit in a circle, but with one of them standing outside the ring. This kid starts walking around the circle pronouncing. ‘duck, duck, duck’ while tapping the other kids seated on the floor lightly on their heads. At random, the kid says ‘goose’ as they tap another kid’s head. The child whose head was tapped and proclaimed a ‘goose’ gets to their feet and chases the other kid outside the circle. If the first kid gets to the spot where the other kid left a short while ago without getting caught, then the other kid becomes the new goose. If, however, the first child gets caught, they have to go for another round again.
Conceal toys, treats or sweets around the yard and let the kids get in there to find them. Whatever any kid finds, they can keep. You can also make a slight variation of the game by giving each toddler a color that matches the color of the toys they need to find in the yard.
For this game, you will need clothespins, a large-mouth jar, and a chair. Place the jar at the base of the chair. Then get the children to kneel or stand on the chair one after the other, facing backwards. Then they should try to drop clothespins into the large-mouth jar. Every clothespin must be held at chin level before it gets dropped into the jar. Allow each kid to have a minimum of five tries, and for every clothespin that successfully gets into the jar, an extra turn is awarded to the child.
Smell it, Hear it
You will need several jars, spices, and notions. Get hold of the jars and wrap them with newspaper or any type of paper that is not transparent. The goal is to shield the contents of the jars. Then fill the jars with vanilla, cinnamon, paperclips, and pennies. Then the children should sit in a circle and pass the jars around the cycle. They should shake or smell and then guess the contents of the jars. Allow the children to guess the content of the jars and then reveal it afterwards.
Bonus, Extra Two Games
‘Fishing’ for Loot Bags – In this activity, you will need to wrap small gifts – mini cars, sweets, crayons, etc. – and use a sticky tape to fasten a metal washer to each one of the gifts. Then, create a makeshift ‘fishing line’ using a thin stick and a short piece of string at the end of which is a small magnet. Then make the children to stand on a small chair or stool and ‘fish’ a present!
Hula Hoop Race – This exciting game has to do with a team effort. Get the kids into two separate teams and line them up, each one holding the hands of the next person. Each team will be required to get hold of a hula hoop from one side of the line to the other side. But they must not let go of each other’s hands. Everyone in the team will have to duck and step through the hula hoop in an exhilarating race in competition with the other team!
In conclusion, remember to have lots of game ideas than you would need.