Do you want to celebrate your 2-year-olds birthday, but are dreading entertaining several other tikes for two whole hours? Don't worry; there are some great games that you can play with a group of 2-year-olds, and even older kids, to keep the party going and everyone happy. Since 2-year-olds can be a finicky bunch, consider setting up the games carnival style, so each child can play at his leisure.
You can place a blowup pool in your backyard and fill it with rubber duckies. Each duck will have a number marked on the bottom and that number will correspond to a prize of some kind, suitable for children under 3 years of age. If you're worried about the 2-year-old’s safety around water, provide a net for the child to use to scoop up the duck. When the child pulls out the duck, she gets a prize, and she can even keep the duck as a souvenir! If your party has a theme, use other items such as boats, animals or other toys instead of the ducks. Make sure you have enough adults on hand to supervise young children around water.
Most 2-year-olds are not going able to pick up a regular bowling ball, nor do they have the strength to knock bowling pins down. In this version of the game, you use empty two-liter bottles and a soccer ball. Set the bottles up in a triangle pattern and allow the child to kick or roll the ball towards the pins to knock them down. Let them continue to try until all of the bottles are knocked down. To add to the fun, you can mark the bottom of the bottles with a number, when the child knocks down the first pin, they will get the prize corresponding to that number. This activity would be ideal for a basement rec room or for a large backyard patio.
What 2-year-old doesn’t love to make a lot of noise? That's where the musical parade comes in. Provide your birthday child and her group of little friends with maracas, tambourines, drums, whistles and other small instruments. Let the birthday kid child be a drum major and have her lead the others around the yard, letting them make as much noise as you can possibly stand. The birthday child is 2, so you'll be leading these kids around the block, maybe marching and drumming something like this: "Okay kids, let's step to the beat. Hup, two, three, four -- and down the street we go.''
Children love to color and express themselves through their drawings. Instead of providing paper and markers, let them go crazy on a driveway or sidewalk. If you don't have these areas available, you can use chalkboard paint on a large, smooth board, and allow them to draw on that. As a souvenir, you can take a picture of each child with his drawings and email them to his parent.
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