Toddlers don’t always make for the easiest party planner clients. Sometimes it can be hard to know what will be a hit, and what will leave your guests impatiently waiting for cake time. Here’s a list of 3-year-old boy’s and girl’s birthday party ideas that include fun games and party ideas that are sure to entertain your gaggle of 3-year-old’s all day long!
3 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas: Outdoor Games
Afraid your poor home can’t withstand a birthday party full of 3-year-olds fueled by candy and excitement? Spare the interior and take the fun outside!
1. Obstacle Course
Have a basket of sweets or small toys handy to reward the winner! Get creative in the yard with toys and household items and design a fun obstacle course. Or better yet, make it a competition! Let the kids help you create the obstacles and reward the designer of the toughest course.
2. Duck, Duck, Goose
This is perhaps the most classic of outdoor games, and for good reason! Duck, duck, goose is great for its simplicity and its uncanny ability to wear out the most energetic of kiddos!
For anyone who doesn’t remember the rules, arrange the guests in a seated circle outside and pick a volunteer to start. The “picker” taps each head as they go, calling “duck” with every tap. When they tap ahead and say “goose”, the “goose” jumps up and chases them around the circle. If the picker sits at the goose’s spot before the goose catches them, the goose is the new picker. If the goose catches them first, the picker must remain picker for another round.
3. Blow Some Bubbles
4. Pass The Ball Game
5. Dino Dig
Have some leftover plastic Easter eggs? Put them to good use with the dino dig game! Fill the “dinosaur” eggs with goodies and bury them in a sandbox. Your little archaeologists are guaranteed to love this dig!
6. Race Paper Boats
Paper boats are an endless source of fun! Let the kids go wild with designing and constructing paper boats. There are so many challenges–who can design the biggest paper boat? Whose will float for the longest time? Go the furthest? Hold the most pebbles while staying afloat?
7. Sidewalk Chalk
Decorate your driveway with splashes of color and fun drawings! They could trace one another, draw funny pictures, or make some cool designs. The sky’s the limit with this colorful activity!
8. Werewolf Game
I’ve heard other names for this as well, like “escape the monster.” The rules remain the same. Birthday kiddo gets to be the werewolf. The others get a quick moment to hide. If the werewolf catches you, you’re a werewolf too! The last to be caught becomes the next werewolf.
9. Scavenger Hunt
This is another tried and true game that’s sure to be a smash! Tie up a piñata filled with candy or toys and let each kid take a turn whacking it blindfolded. Safety precautions are critical for this one! Be sure everyone steers clear of the bat or stick, including anyone who is in the vicinity and not participating.
The last thing anyone wants is an inattentive guest meeting the wrong end of a swing. I’ve seen some unpleasant wounds from metal bats, so a plastic bat or lightweight stick is definitely preferred! Or better yet, opt for a piñata with a pull string!
3 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas: Indoor Games
Bad weather? Need a break from the outdoors? Not to worry! There’s so much fun to be had inside, too!
11. Finger Painting
12. Balloon Burst Game
Ask the kids to think up some fun challenges, like doing a cartwheel or singing a song. Write each suggestion down on a piece of paper, then blow up some balloons and put a piece in each one. Task the kiddos with keeping their balloon in the air for as long as they can while music plays. Whoever is touching their balloon when the music stops must do the challenge inside! You may want to refrain from letting the young ones pop their balloon themselves, depending on their age and comfort level.
Find a kid-friendly recipe and help the kids create some edible masterpieces! Be sure the adults are the only ones operating any kitchen machinery and equipment, like the hand mixer and oven. Treats like cupcakes and cookies are classics since kids can go wild with icing and decorating!
14. Pin The Tail on The Donkey Game
Another oldie but goodie! There are so many game sets available for purchase online. One blindfolded guest at a time attempts to pin the tail as close to the anatomically correct position as they can!
15. Prize Walk
Remember cakewalks from those awesome school fairs in elementary school? Relive the excitement with a prize walk! Unless you’re a baker with a lot of time on your hands, you may want to substitute a whole cake with small toys or candy.
If you were one of the poor souls who missed out on this amazing game, here are the rules: tape numbered pieces of paper to the floor in a circle formation. The kids walk around the circle to music. When the music stops, the kids halt. Choose a number at random or pick one from a hat. The lucky kid standing underneath the number is the winner!
16. Dress Up
No party is complete without a costume! Have the birthday kid pick a theme or let the kids go wild! They could throw on some capes and go on an adventure, design a crown and become a prince, or any number of other fun personas!
3 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas: Theme Party
One of the best ways to make a birthday party unforgettable? Pick a theme!
Have everyone come dressed as their favorite Disney/Pixar character! Decorate the house in the spirit of the birthday kid’s favorite Disney movie. Put on some Disney tunes and teach a dance, or queue up a Disney movie favorite during downtime.
The games are a cinch with this theme! Organize a ring toss, balloon popping, or challenge your guests to some hoops for fun prizes! Be sure to have some popcorn and colorful balloons on hand to add to that carnival aesthetic!
21. Tea Party
Add a level of sophistication to the party. Bake some sweet treats, set out the plastic teacups, and host a tea party for the ages!
22. Dance Party
There are so many fun, interactive children songs out there! Do the “Hokey Pokey”, “Ring Around the Rosie”, or countless Wiggles songs! Everyone will love jumping and dancing to the best kid tunes.
If your little girl loves to dress up as a princess, then you should throw her a party that will make her feel like she is one. The decorations should be in two main colors: purple and pink. You should buy some plastic tiaras, cute jewellery, and hire a cosplayer to play a “real princess.”
This is the type of party that will make your little girl feel like she is surrounded by her dreams. You should start off by buying a unicorn cake and some glitter decor. The entire color of the party should be pink so buy everything that resembles that.
A mermaid theme is a great idea for a summer birthday party for a three year old. You should buy some green and blue streamers to represent the ocean. The food could be as simple as some mermaid cupcakes and the decor could include some underwater assortments.
26. All Pink
Three year old girls may be small but it’s no brainer that most of them love anything that comes in a pink color. This party would only require you to buy everything in a pink color. You could include pink lemonade, pink frosted cookies, and anything else that comes in mind.
There are a lot of little girls who love to play dress-up as a ballerina. This could be a simple but fun idea that your little one would enjoy. You should buy the decorations in the color pink and order a cake in this color as well. Lastly, the most important thing is to buy tutus for all of the guests and maybe you could add in some tiaras!
28. Tinker Bell
Three year old girls love Tinker Bell and it would make your little one feel magical. This party would require you to buy some cupcakes, cake pops, and Tinker Bell decor!
The question is: what little girl doesn’t know who Barbie is? There are a lot of girls who love Barbie and it would make your little girl very happy. You could buy the decorations in the color pink and have the guests come in some cool Barbie costumes.
A butterfly party is one of those ideas that makes little girls feel so happy on the inside. First, you should buy some butterfly costumes for everyone and order a cake in this shape. Next, you could add in some fun games like butterfly freeze tag or have a painting station.
Every three year old loves bubbles and they would enjoy having this type of party. You should buy bubble toys and bubble wands from your local supermarket. Make sure you have this party outside and when there is some nice weather!
A fairytale themed party is a simple and easy idea. You should get a cake ordered in the shape of a castle, buy decorations, and have the guests come in their favorite fairytale costume.
If you have a little one who loves nature and being outdoors, then go with this theme. You could include some ladybug decorations and order a cake that resembles this!
You might have seen that in many kids shows that there is always a superhero of some kind. This makes little ones love the idea of them and go with this theme to make your little one feel heroic. You could order the cake in any color you want to and have the guests come in their favorite superhero costume.
35. Toy Story
Toy Story is a classic movie that little kids enjoy and it’s easy to throw this type of party. You should start off by buying Toy Story decorations and normally you can find these at your local supermarket. The cake could have a special Toy Story character placed on it to make things cuter.
36. Mickey/Minnie Mouse
Mickey and Minnie’s characters have been around for a very long time and almost every little kid loves them. You could hire a cosplayer to act as Mickey or Minnie. The decorations could be bought from any party supplies store or local supermarket.
37. Young and Wild
There are some little kids who love anything that is adventure-based. This would be an outside party and you could include some fun games. You should make sure that you check the weather and have a back-up plan just in case the weather gets rough.
38. Rex the Dinosaur
Dinosaurs are every kids’ favorite toy and Rex seems to be one of the most famous ones. You can find Rex themed decorations at your local market and have a cake ordered with this dinosaur on top.
39. Candy Land
Yes, kids love candy more than anything and this is a cute birthday party for anyone. This party would require you to buy everything that is candy themed: cake, decorations, and food!
That concludes this article about 3 year olds’ birthday party ideas. There are ideas for indoor and outdoor games and different activities you can try. Hopefully, you found these suggestions helpful and inspired you to start planning an awesome party!
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