E.J. asks from Antioch, CA on June 30, 2008
3 Year Olds Birthday Party
I'm planning my daughters third birthday party. Does anyone have any game ideas? I'm renting a JUMPY. But, I think I should have some other activities lined up. I know I'm going to do a bean bag toss, other then that....................what is suitable for 3-5 year olds?
S.S. answers from Yuba City on July 02, 2008
Hi E.. My mom in law always has awesome ideas. Last party we had a swimming pole w. plastic fish and fishing poles that were all magnetic. She made some with magnets and some she bought at wal mart. Pin the tale on the donkey is always cute. And you can't forget the pinata, they have pinatas that you can pull strings instead of hitting with a bat. Good luck, have fun.
K.D. answers from Stockton on July 01, 2008
D.J. answers from San Francisco on July 01, 2008
Here are a couple inexpensive ideas:
1. decorate their own cupcake. Couple of different frostings and some different kinds of sprinkles/candies. This is messy but the kids get to eat their creation when they are done.
2. coloring table. I always put out some theme coloring pages downloaded from the internet and leave them on a table for kids to do.
3. shaving cream painting. squirt some good old shaving cream on a big window and let the kids fingerpaint all over the window. It is only a mild soap and it cleans up easy with a hose and the window is clean.
K.D. answers from Stockton on July 01, 2008
You have a gotten some good ideas so far. I would just include relay races, decorate a cookie station, I always try to think of an idea with a holiday that is near. Example carve pumkpins or make scarecrows by Halloween. Water balloon or egg toss in July.
T.S. answers from San Francisco on July 01, 2008
I've had several parties with a bouncy house, and what always works well for us to have some sort of craft table set up as well. The kids go back and forth between the two, and the party basically runs itself. Having either a pinata or scavenger hunt at the end is also an inexpensive and easy idea, and the kids LOVE it!
I would suggest keeping the craft very simple for 3 to 5 year olds, decorating party hats and/or party bags is a fun, cheap and easy idea.
You can also check out familyfun.com and birthdaypartyideas.com for lots of creative advice.
P.L. answers from Sacramento on July 01, 2008
Hello E., I just attended my four year niece's birthday that was very successful. Her mother had various water activities set for the kids including slip n slid, small blow up pool and a bouncy house. The kids all loved it. Hope this helps, good luck with your party!
A.H. answers from San Francisco on July 01, 2008
I just saw a really cute favor/activity. A mom purchased thong sandals for little kids at Old Navy (you could also go to the $ store). She also bought a bunch of stick-on jewels, stars, etc. at Michaels. Each kid could go to the "craft table" at any time to decorate their own flip-flops. It's hard to get all the kids to leave the bouncy house at one time so it's nice to have something that can be done at any time. Also, if they don't get around to it, you can let them take home the supplies.
N.B. answers from Sacramento on July 01, 2008
You've gotten some really wonderful ideas. My advice is just to keep it simple. You probably won't need much more than what you have planned. Kids at that age will just want to play, and they arent't that great at following directions for a game, especially if they are really excited to be at a party. Your ideas sound great. Good luck!
H.L. answers from San Francisco on July 01, 2008
don't plan too much... the jumpy will likely be the star of the show.
L.G. answers from San Francisco on July 01, 2008
Pin the tail on the donkey/nose on the clown?
Go to a craft store and find something safe and simple they could make and take home. I know you can get foam things you hang on the door knobs and they can each decorate their own....
J.C. answers from San Francisco on July 01, 2008
We just had a picnic with potato sack races and an obstacle course. The kids loved it. We divided the kids into 2 teams and had them race through a tunnel, try a hula hoop, ring toss, then spin around 3 times before racing back and tagging the next runner. They were having so much fun that they didn't want to only go once.