Birthday party games for 3-year-olds can be tons of fun, even without much planning or thought. Kids this age just want to play and have fun, and may not be much in the mood to follow elaborate rules. You don’t want to see your carefully-planned out games and activities overlooked for the dog’s dinner or hiding under the bed, so appeal to the kids’ developmental levels and attention span rather than elaborate games.
Three-year-old kids are super active on a regular day, so adding a little party to their routine might just push them over the edge. Harness this energy by providing a game that enables them to move around–outside if possible. A few large balls and containers to kick them into, such as a large tote box placed on its side, will keep them occupied.
Nothing is better than a room full of 3-year-olds and balloons. Before the party, spend some time (with help, if possible) blowing up a bag of small balloons. Skip the helium–you don’t need it. Put them all into a room, close the door, and when it’s time, let them loose and watch the fun begin. The kids won’t even need any instructions, but do be sure to keep the family pet out of the room. Stay close by to pick up any popped balloons from the floor, for safety’s sake.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Using stickers or tape instead of real pins (like they did in the old days), try a “pin the tail” game. Children this age have grasped the idea that something is still there even when you can’t see it, so play into their imagination with a simple blindfold and this game. You may have to spend some time herding your giggling party-goers as they wait their turn, but they will delight in the hits–and misses.
Craft Your Goodie Bag
Goodie bags are staples at birthday parties, so load up on art supplies and colorful paper bags and let them go to town. Crayons, markers and stickers are the best choices for this age group, and avoid glitter at all costs unless you don’t ever want to get rid of it from your home. The kids will love taking home their own creations full of treats and small toys, and will be a memorable keepsake for them.
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