party starter ideas
Why are we here today? Let them answer
Everybody stand up! If you like what I say then put your hands in the air and say “yaaay”, if you don’t like what I say, bend your knees and say “booo”:
Who likes.... ice cream? Yaaaay
Who likes.... Worms? Boooo
Who likes.... Peanut butter toasties? Yaaaay
Who is excited for today? Yaaaay
Dream up more fun questions and let the children also think of a question or two.
Play the birthday girl/ boys favourite song (something with a beat) and blow bubbles. All kids love bubbles! Everyone to shake their booties and burst bubbles.
Everyone to sit down again. If it is a bit manic from all the excitement, start rubbing your hands together, let everyone do it, rub rub rub rub, keep on rubbing until its quiet...You will see how quickly it gets quiet.... Now blow into your hands and say “poooooof, it is art time!” Whilst releasing your hands. It works magic.
Who can guess what we are going to make today? “Have a look what is in front of you... What do you see?”
GAMES 2-3 year olds
General tip: Keep toddler games simple and non-competitive. Games with complicated rules are definitely out for toddlers and they also don't cope with too much competition.
Where's my star/ chair?
Stick a one star per child on the floor in random positions. You can draw stars and cut it out and stick it onto the floor with Prestik or tape or use a normal star sticker. Let each child stand on a star and tell them that that is their star and that they must remember where it is. Play music and let them run in a circle. When the music stops they must run and find their star again and go stand on it. Repeat this a few times.
You can now play this game with chairs. Place chairs back to back in a line on the floor. Let each child sit on a chair and tell them that they must remember that that is their chair. Put music on and let them run in a circle around the chairs. When the music stops they must find their chair again and go sit on it.
Now that they are used to finding their chair. Give it a twist. Place the chairs randomly all over the floor, facing different directions. Let each child sit on a chair and tell them to remember that that is their chair. When the music begins, lead the way and tell them follow you, run and make a snake (with the little kiddies following you) through the chairs. Let the oldest child be behind you and let him/ her take over when you step out to go to the music station. Once they have a hang of making the snake, stop the music and then they must run to their chair again and go sit on it. Repeat this a few times. This will keep them entertained and you fit ;).
Assist the children in tracing their hands on paper plates (or A4 pages). One paper plate for the left hand and one for the right. Give each child a different colour Koki/ crayon/ colour pencil. Use primary and secondary colours that is easy to recognise. Let them colour the hands in as best they can. Both paper plates to be the same colour.
For the colour game. Spread the plates out on the floor, mix the colours up. The handprints to face upwards. Let the children take turns to collect 2 plates that match in colour and bring it back to the line. You can place it back in different spots once it's handed back to you. Next child to go, he/ she to go for a different colour this time. You can also call a colour and see if they can collect the matching pair. This is a fun way to get the children active and to practice colours.
2, 3 and 4 year olds love to dance. Play music and let them freestyle dance.
If you want to you can stop the music (or call out "Stop!!") and everyone must stop dancing and "freeze" in that position until you say "Unfreeze". Then start the music again and have them dance again.
Toddlers love bubbles of all kinds! If your studio has an outdoors section or if you have an indoor spot that can get a little wet and messy, bubbles are always a hit with toddlers.
Set out wide, flat containers. Add the recipe below and lots of bubble wands. Blow bubbles and let the children try and pop as many as they before they hit the ground. Then let the children blow bubbles themselves. See who can blow the biggest, smallest, most at once. See whose can go the farthest or remain un-popped the longest. It’s sensory goodness!
Ingredients: Water, Dishwashing Liquid, Glycerin or Corn-syrup (acts as a binder to make bigger, longer lasting bubbles).
Recipe: 3 parts water for every part of liquid soup, 1 tablespoon of Glycerin or Corn-syrup. Stir gently and let the mixture stand over night. The longer it stands, the stronger and bigger the bubbles. If you want to use the bubbles straight away, skip the Glycerin/ Corn-syrup part, just water and soup will work fine.
Tip: Add a drop on non-staining food colourant to make colourful bubbles!
Experiment with different materials to use for bubble wands, such as straws, pipe-cleaners or twist craft wires into shapes (make sure there are no sharp points that could hurt a child).