10 Great Birthday Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers!
All kids want to have fun at a birthday party and toddlers and preschoolers definitely want to have their share! Just because they're small, doesn't mean they can't live up the experience! Below, we're going to pass on some great birthday games for toddlers and preschoolers that we discovered that we think your birthday kid will have a blast with too!
1. Pass the Ball– A toddler-friendly version of pass the parcel. Littler kids are notorious for either holding on to or ripping open any parcel that is placed in front of them. An alternative for the younger kids is to pass a plastic ball around. Whoever has the ball when the music stops gets to leave the circle and pick a prize out of a bag. As the circle gets smaller the game gets faster and by the end everyone has a prize!
2. Musical Statues – Play some music and get the kids to dance around. When the music stops they need to freeze. The ones who stop the quickest get a prize and then sits down as the game then continues.
3. Follow the Leader – All kids love to follow the leader. Get the kids to line up behind an adult and with music playing go on a little snake trail of the yard. It’s more fun if there are some obstacles to go over, under or around and also if you get them to follow funny actions (arm waving, leg kicking) that you do. Kids can take turns being the leader too.
4. Duck Duck Goose – An old favorite. Kids sit in a circle and one walks around the outside tapping the others on the head one at a time and announcing “duck, duck, duck” as they do so. Then, randomly, they say “goose” as they tap a child’s head and when they do that kid must stand up and try to chase them around the circle. If the original tapper gets back to their spot without being caught then the person that chased them becomes the new goose. If they do get caught then they have another go going around.
5. Whats the Time Mr Wolf – One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf. Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players, facing away from them. A call-and-response then takes place: all players except for Mr Wolf chant in unison “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?”, and Mr Wolf will answer in one of the two ways. Mr Wolf may call a clock time (e.g., “3 o’clock”). The other players will then take that many steps out loud as they go (“One, two, three”). Then they ask the question again. Mr Wolf may call “Dinner Time!” Then Mr Wolf will turn and chase the other players back to their starting point. If Mr Wolf successfully tags a player, that player becomes the new Mr Wolf for the next round.
6. Bottom Shuffle Race – All kids hop onto their bottoms and shuffle their way to the finish line.
7. Dance and Sing – For the really young you really can’t go past sitting them in a circle, pop on a nursery rhyme CD and get them to do the motions with you.
8. Pass the Balloon – Exactly as it sounds except when music stops that child had to find a parcel hidden in the garden with a specific number on it.
9. Bubbles – You cannot go past a bubble machine at a toddler party. Kids can take turns trying to catch as many as they can or just let them run around near a bubble machine. You may not even need another item of entertainment!
10. ‘Fishing’ for Loot Bags – Wrap small presents (multicolored pencils, mini cars etc) and sticky tape a metal washer to each one. Make a ‘fishing line’ with a rod and a short piece of string and attach a small magnet to the end of it. The children stand on a small stool/chair and fish to catch a present.
Of course, we share these ideas, because we believe children deserve to be celebrated! At Ontario Bakery, celebrate is what we do best! Whether traditional or custom made, our cakes and treats always rise to the occasion. Let us know how we can make your next party even sweeter!