Two-year-olds are special, they don’t always enjoy all the fun indoor kid happenings. Competitive games might be too big of a stretch for their confidence and most likely will result in tears. However, 2-year-old children are already very active – they enjoy moving around, playing with other children and participating in fun games. When making a list of birthday party plans for 2 year old you need to take into account their competitiveness and go for calmer, creative pursuits, that don’t result in one of them being a winner. Toddlers also tend to have a very low attention span, so steer clear of games that require long preparation and waiting.
Other factors to really keep in mind with these toddlers are timing and keeping routine activities like feeding and naps. According to Baby Center, “Some children of this age still take afternoon naps, so take that into account. Mornings or lunchtime can be a good time for the party, especially if your toddler’s birthday falls at the weekend. Keep the party short and sweet. An hour is usually plenty for frazzled parents.”
However, while they can seem to be difficult sometimes especially with the terrible two’s coming up earlier for some tots, it’s not impossible for them to have some serious fun. Here is a full list of game suggestions for 2 year old birthday party:
- Face painting
What kid doesn’t love face painting? Turning into an animal or a princess just for one night is going to be the highlight of a party. Face painting can complement any party as a stand-alone activity or you can have a face painting kit set in the corner of the room for the whole duration of a party. Face painting is an amazing bonding tool, it puts a smile on everyone’s face and the children feel special with colorful marks on their faces.
Your primary goal at the party is to introduce your 2-year-old to new friends. It does not have a large group of friends, but one or two new friends will allow your kid to expand social circle and gradually develop social skills. An improvised parade brings the children closer together. Give children musical instruments and have them follow you around the party room.
- Bubble Bash
Blow bubbles and see if the children can catch them into plastic glasses. Or simply have them pop the bubbles before they hit the floor. children get overly excited about bubbles because they usually only get to see them during the celebration – they mark special occasions and evoke sweet memories.
- Stop and Freeze game
Play loud music and have children dancing around the room. At an unexpected moment, when the music stops, everyone stops dancing and freezes. See how they cope with holding their poses, then start the music again.
- Chalk or crayon games
If you are having a party outside, make sure you have boxes of chalks for children to use to draw on the pavement. Whether you do free drawing or organize chalk games, children love everything that involves colors and creativity. An indoor party will benefit from a pack of crayon and multiple paper sheets scattered on the tables.
- Memory boxes
Have a few empty boxes and small toys that fit into those boxes handy. Put toys into the boxes and have children guessing which box has which toy. This game helps children develop visual memory and speaking skills as they have to describe the toy they are guessing.
- Stacking games
Have Lego blocks or simple square blocks and have children stack them. Challenge them to stack the tallest tower without it going bust.
- Paper puzzles
Cut geometric shapes of colored paper, then have children match the shapes with the ones on a whiteboard. Also, try making collages from newspapers and magazines. Not only it is an incredibly engaging activity, but it also stretches their attention spans, getting children ready for serious study.
- Odd man out
Get a bowl or plate and place two kinds of fruits in it: for example place two apples and one orange. Then ask toddlers to pick the odd one. For older children, you can make the game more challenging by placing cards or pictures.
- Hot and cold
A classic game, that is played all around the world and is still relevant today. The hot and cold game reinforces the idea of permanence – it is the idea that even if you can’t see something does not mean it is not there. For that game, you need to hide a treat in a room and ask children to start looking for it. When you see them approaching the treat, say that it is HOT. When you see that they are too far away, say that it’s COLD.
- Treasure hunt
Hide a treasure somewhere in the room, pretend that you are pirates on the hunt for gold and see if anyone can find what you have hidden. Of course, the main fun of the game is not in treasure hunting but in pretending to be pirates.
Cut confetti of colored paper and have children walk around the room while you shower them with bursts of joy and color. Have them catch as many confetti as they can. You can then do a confetti collage to calm the children down.
Have children draw portraits of each other with crayon pens or sidewalk chalk. This is a great activity to teach children to pay attention to social cues such as facial expressions and body language.
Pinata is a large toy or box filled with goodies. You can either buy ready-made Pinata or do it yourself, but make sure you don’t tell anyone it has some sweet presents inside – make it a surprise. Hang the Pinata from a ceiling or have two parents hold the rope with Pinata hanging in the middle. Encourage children to form a line and beat the Pinata with a buster stick. The goodies will start falling on the ground and the children will start getting exhilarated. For safety’s sake have parents hold their children while someone is beating the Pinata so that they don’t run to collect the goodies.
- Finger painting
Have a large canvas attached to the wall, get a few buckets filled with different colors and allow the children to paint the canvas with their own fingers. It is a good sensory experience, but it can get very messy. Make sure all children have aprons on but for better cleanliness put raincoats on them and stop worrying about heaps of laundry.
There are so many 2-year-old party themes and games to choose from. Remember to pick ones that do not require too many props, have easy, understandable rules and do not make children feel competitive. Some other tips to consider include reducing the number of fun children indoor projects to two or three and getting the food out before the activity begins. But most importantly, ensure the safety and comfort of all guests.
If you book a party bundle at the place that specifically caters to children’ needs – the professional staff can take care of safety concerns and create a cheerful, fun atmosphere. They usually have a set of already tried and tested past times included in the promo, so you don’t have to worry about entertainment.
1. CHOOSE YOUR PARTY THEME
Party decorations will be the main attraction point for the little ones. Firstly, it is the fact that she will be in an unfamiliar environment that make the party most exciting for her. And secondly, while events can make her feel sleepy she will never get bored of observing the colorful and weirdly shaped decoration details. Also if you are celebrating at home you need to create an atmosphere of joy and novelty and nothing does the job better than party decorations.
There are numerous guides on 2-year-old birthday party suggestions and party decorations. Remodel Aholic offers a wonderfully extensive list of party themes for boys and girls. You might as well come up with your own theme, use your crafting skills and create a unique decoration set. If you think a full-blown party theme is going to be too much, you can always opt in for no decorations at all.
Here is our list of easy to make decorations:
- Crepe paper wall. Cut the paper into long strings and hang it from the ceiling. The toddlers will be excited to run back and forth through this improvised curtain.
- Colorful placemats. Get a placemat for each toddler and decorate it with chosen party theme colors.
- Party hats and garlands are standard decorations that don’t require too much effort to create.
- Balloons. Get a bunch of balloons and tie them up with a long ribbon onto the furniture. The toddlers won’t be able to reach them but they will surely be intrigued.
2. CHOOSE A PARTY PLACE
Your toddler is a lot more resistant to stress now and is eager to explore. When exploring 2-year-old party, you might want to take her outside or book an event location. By doing so you will mark the occasion special and it will register in her memory for a long time.
Here are some of the options for the birthday places for children.
3. MAKE A LIST OF PROJECTS AND THINGS TO DO
- Games. Simple and easy to follow games are great for toddlers. A good rule of thumb is to stick with noncompetitive games and avoid anyone crying.
- Dancing. It is a simple, creative and incredibly fun to put some music on and give up to the tunes. It is a perfect choice to make the guests mingle and get to know each other a bit more.
- Singing. Karaoke will probably be too advanced of an activity for a 2-year-old, still, you can pick a simple tune, that children could have heard before and started singing. They will be singing along in a matter of minutes.
- Arts & Crafts. Projects for 2-year-old children need to be very basic but still engaging. The little ones have very short attention spans so having them concentrate for hours will most likely lead to tantrums and boredom. Don’t overthink the arts and crafts works too much – a box of crayons and a sheet of paper are all you need. Also, see if sensory games for children can be included in the entertainment plan.
- Story reading. When the active part of the party is over, get the children to together and read them a story to calm them down before getting them ready for the next activity.
4. ADDITIONAL CREATIVE SUGGESTIONS
- Blowers and horns. Party blowers and horns will get the children occupied for the first couple of minutes before the party commences.
- Goody bags. Now that they are a bit older, your little guests will appreciate little goodie bags. You don’t have to splurge on them, but a little present for every kid will ensure they won’t forget the occasion once the party is over.
- Food trays. When you want to add a bit of quirkiness to the party decorations you can use children toys instead of the plates and trays. For example, you can fill up the toy truck with pretzels or chips and amaze the guests with your creativity and sense of style.
No matter which of the 2-year-old birthday party plan you choose, it can get tiring and unexpected accidents will occur. Be prepared to reconcile arguments, keep towels and cleaning supplies handy and have as many toys as possible, as those will be fought over. It does not hurt to ask for other parents’ help so that the flow of the party is more controlled and the safety is sustained at a high level. Always remember that your party will never be perfect and it does not have to be. Do the best you can, make your tot’s happiness a priority and try to enjoy yourself.