Are you feeling indecisive about what kind of games to have at your toddler’s birthday party? Outdoor games allow toddlers to run around and get messy without destroying the contents of your home – and there are certainly fewer things they can bump their heads on.
There are so many outdoor games that are suitable for a toddler’s birthday party. They can range from treasure hunts to decorating cookies, playing dress-up and fishing. Some games may require more preparation, while the others need very little.
It can be challenging to come up with safe party games for kids to play that all of the other parents will approve of, so I am here to help. Below is a list of fun, creative and easy games to set up for your toddler’s birthday party.
Outdoor Games For Toddler Parties At Home
Do you have a garden where you stay? If so, then have a look at these game suggestions. Most games don’t require a large space, so even a small outside area will do the trick.
Dinosaur Digathon Toddler Party Game
I would recommend this game – it is so easy to set up! All you need to do is fill up a sandpit and throw in some plastic dinosaur bones for the toddlers to find.
They can pretend to be paleontologists – or a “digger” if you’re explaining the game to a toddler. You can give them a spade or rake to use to dig up the various toys, or they can just use their hands.
Treasure Hunt For Toddlers
Hide goodies in your garden for kiddies to find – it’s as simple as that. If you have a slightly older toddler, then you could even create clues for them to use.
For example, you can print a picture of a jungle gym, and the toddler can use this to find the treasure hidden underneath the slide. You could use sweets or toys as the treasure.
Pass the Parcel At A Toddler Party
Wrap a relatively small gift in the newspaper, and between each layer of newspaper, place a small sweet of your choice. To begin the game, get the toddlers to sit in a circle. Play some music and get the toddlers to pass the parcel around in a circle.
When the music stops, the child with the parcel may tear off a layer of newspaper. Repeat this process until the main gift is revealed.
Simon Says As A Toddler Game
This game does not need any prior preparation. Get all the toddlers to stand on the grass in front of the leader. Start by saying “Simon says…” and add an action. For example, you could say, “Simon says… touch your toes”, and all the toddlers should touch their toes. If anyone doesn’t do the action or does the wrong action, then they will be disqualified.
L-E-(ts)-G-O For Toddler Birthday
To be honest, you could tailor this game to any theme of your liking, but the main idea is that toddlers can build houses, cars, and cities out of LEGO. It could be a medieval town, fairytale kingdom, or forbidden castle – whatever comes to their imagination!
Face Paint Station Home Toddler Party
It could be challenging to get your toddler to sit down long enough to get their face painted, but the toddlers will love to run around the garden pretending to be a tiger or butterfly. Just make sure that the artist has some easy and simple designs that are quick to paint!
Art Corner At Home For Toddlers
Pin a few large white canvases on your perimeter wall for the toddlers to paint on – they can go crazy! You could place some old sheets or newspapers on the ground to protect your grass from paint splatters. Just make sure that each of the toddlers has an apron so that they don’t get paint all over their clothes.
Another idea is to group a few tables together to create a drawing or coloring-in station. You just need some plain white water, crayons, and a coloring-in book.
Decorate Cookies For A Home Toddler Party
As a child, I used to love icing cookies when my friends came over. My mom would mix icing sugar, water, and food coloring together to create a few colors for us to ice the cookies with. We would also use various sweets and sprinkles to make faces and pictures.
I think this is the perfect idea for toddlers – the cookies may not be beautifully decorated, but I am sure they will find it fun, nevertheless. You could do the same with cupcakes or donuts.
Bubbles For Toddler Birthday Party
Do I even need to elaborate? It may not be considered a game, but it sure keeps toddlers occupied for a while.
You could even make your own giant bubbles with just five ingredients:
- Dish detergent
- Corn starch
- Baking powder
Fishing At A Toddlers Party
You can set up a small inflatable pool and let your toddlers fish out magnetic fish. You can buy the fishing rods and fish from most children’s toy shops, or you could even make and decorate your own. You could possibly hold a contest to see which toddler can accumulate the greatest number of fish?
Tag For Toddlers
One way to tire out toddlers at a birthday party is by playing Tag – you can literally let them chase each other around the garden until they get tired or bored. If you have very young children, this may not be suitable as they would not grasp the concept of “tagging” someone, but for 3- or 4-year-olds, this is perfect.
Puppet Show At Party For Toddlers
Hire a performer to come and do a puppet show in your garden, and maybe if you are ready for a challenge, you could create your own. Little children are fascinated by puppets and can sit still for a relatively long period of time listening and watching the show.
Outdoor Toddler Party Ideas To Rent Out
If you don’t feel like the hassle of cleaning up after having a group of toddlers at your home, then consider one of these ideas. They may not be ideal for a rainy day – but then again, I doubt the toddlers will mind!
Beach Day For Your Toddlers Birthday
If the sun is out, why don’t you consider taking the toddlers to the beach?! The toddlers can spend the day building sandcastles, walking in the water, chasing each other, and having tasty treats (ice cream should definitely be on the menu). Make sure to bring an umbrella and plenty of sun cream with you! If there’s no beach nearby, a lake or dam will do the trick.
Note that you may need a few extra adults to help supervise the children.
Farm Visit As A Toddler Party
An easy way of having animals at your toddler’s birthday party is by visiting a local farm. The children can spend time at the petting zoo, go for pony rides and feed the chickens. I went to numerous parties that were held at a farm, and they were always so much fun!
I hope you now feel more inspired and prepared for your toddler’s birthday party! Get those creative juices flowing and plan the best outdoor games for all of the children to enjoy. Oh, and don’t forget your camera – you need to capture all the fun and games to look back on in a few years.