Simple Toddler Party Games

Toddler party games are easy to include, you don't need too many and the golden rule is the simpler the better.

I remember my sons 1st birthday party, there were more adults than children. I kept everything simple, this was my first time at organizing birthday party games for toddlers after all.

There were only 5 kids, I think it's a good idea to keep the guest list small, otherwise the children can get overwhelmed.

Most parents will hang around when the party is for toddlers. So if you're having a 1st or 2nd year old birthday party, you will need to offer some grown up food and drinks for the parents. Remember keep it simple, it's a birthday party for toddlers not grown ups. You will find the extra hands a great help though, especially when you're running the birthday party games for toddlers during the day.

Babies and toddlers get tired easily, so I held the party in the morning for about 1 and a half hours. This avoided the afternoon naps and also made catering for the grown ups easier. It was more like a morning tea than lunch.

Some of my friends had small babies, so I prepared my bedroom so that they had a quiet space to feed, and also a space for the inevitable nappy changing.

The decorations were simply balloons and streamers. I tried the party hats but they didn't stay on the kids heads for too long.

It goes without saying that party games for toddlers need to be simple. I pulled some ideas that I had seen done at play group and they worked a treat. I've made a few suggestions below.

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You only need 2-3 party games for toddlers and they need to be simple, short and interactive. There is no need to fill the whole party with games, also allow some time for some free play. Simply lay out some popular baby/toddler toys such as building blocks, shape sorter, plastic tea sets and pull along toys. If you have an outdoor area, set out the outdoor toys in the same way and call on those extra hands to help supervise. Don't forget the hats and sunscreen!

Toddler Party Games 1st Birthday

Toddlers Party Kids Games

Sing Along Party Games

Children love to sing along with their friends. These song games are great ice breakers that you can use to get the party started.

Ring-a-Ring O'Roses
The older children may also enjoy playing this classic old traditional party game.

Teddy Hunt A Fun game for all toddlers

This toddler party game is also a good outdoors party game. Make sure that your garden is safe for the children to run around.

Copy Cat Party Game

Lots of actions for your little guests to follow. This one will help burn off some energy.

Music and Dancing Everybody loves to dance so crank up the music for this fun lively music game.

And Now For Something To Quieten Them Down This a is good toddler party game to calm the children down before they have the birthday tea or just before they go home.

Party Bags

Party bags are probably not necessary for the toddler age group. For my sons 1st birthday party I sent everyone home with a piece of birthday cake. The kids had eaten enough cake as it was and I didn't want to get lumbered with a birthday cake in my fridge for the rest of the week...too tempting!

If you wanted to do party bags, look at a little soft or plastic toy, non toxic thick crayons. Make sure that there is nothing with small parts in it. The parents will no doubt thank you for not putting sticky sweets inside.

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Final Word: Don't be afraid to have some toddler party games, they are simple fun and easy to do for any toddlers party.

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"Thank you Katherine, love your site. I used your suggestions for my 4 year olds birthday party last week. 15 Kindergarden kids! My sister does face painting so we did that. I had a pass the parcel using nursery rhyme music I had a candy between each wrapping of paper which worked well. Finally I did some balloon games. They loved it. I especially liked your idea of having a story time at the end of the party, it worked well, my sister read the stories and I organized the parents as they arrived to pick up their kids. My little girl loved her special day and I think it was the games that made it work so well. Planning my sons 7th Birthday for next month now"

Sandra, Atlanta, USA

Just a quick note to let you know that I followed your instructions for running party games at my sons birthday party and it went really well. I did 3 games and the most popular was the obstacle course. I had 10 boys ages 6-10 and once they had played with the course I had set out they then started to create their own ideas for obstacles and rearranged the course making it harder and harder. This 1 game kept them entertained for over an hour.

Jess, From New Jersey.

Thank you for the Easter games ideas, they went down a treat. We did the Easter egg hunt and I had pin the bunny ears. Really good.I like your web site its well written and got great ideas.

Maggie B, Hamilton, Canada

Thank you for your baby shower games ideas, I'd never done one before so had no idea where to start. They worked well and my friends loved it.

Kim, Sydney.

I had a housewarming last week and we played your game know your suburb. it was very entertaining and we learnt so much just in preparing for the game, great idea thanks.

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