Mar 29, 2012

Great birthday party ideas for three year old toddlers

My daughter who lives in New Jersey has two little girls; Ameera, three years and two year old Zara. She is friends with moms her own age with little ones and always tries for something innovative and fun for the kids. The group of moms discusses parenting and always come up with surprises. In the previous two years when Ameera and Zara were still learning to walk, they would invite the moms with their toddlers to a party held at MacDonalds where the kids could jump around on the props and the parents could watch. This year she wanted a more intimate party at the house and wanted both fun for the kids and economy. She came up with a great idea.

Cultural benefits

It was interesting for me to compare the American way of doing things and the South African. In South Africa a birthday party is a big affair. Entire families come over for lunch and at four in the afternoon bring out the truffles, puddings, trifles, cakes, and of course the special birthday cake which has a number on it. The family all bring gifts and the kids run around the house and play. Kids learn to have fun together and more importantly, can keep themselves occupied. There are no organized games and it is not all about the birthday boy or the birthday girl. It is a celebration for everyone. The party lasts from lunch time to way beyond supper and everyone reports that they have had a good time and the children are worn out from all the fun and that night go easily to bed.

Toddler treats

In America, my daughter, married to Dirty DJ Harry came up with a great party idea for the kids. She invited ten moms with their little ones to the party, and in addition to all the traditional party hats and games she bought ten baking kits with rolling pins, cookie pans and utensils for children, and gave each of them dough to cut out cookies and to bake whatever they wanted. The kids loved it. There was mayhem in the kitchen as they worked happily at the table getting flour on their hands and face and seeing the end result of the experience as moms monitored the oven to bake everything. The kids had great fun, as well as learning something new. The moms too had fun as they watched how the kids enjoyed themselves. When the party was over everyone got a little loop bag to take home their cakes and sweets.

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