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#1 ~*Lou*~

Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:08 PM

Hi ladies

I'm looking for opinions. DS turns 2 in April. Yes I know I'm planning ahead but I have 2 x chemo plus major surgery between now and then.

The party will be a 2hr event at my parents (large garden so hoping for decent weather) with morning tea and birthday cake. Do I bother with a game, and if so which one, or not. There will be about a dozen guests, ranging in age from 2 to 6 yrs. If weather is lousy we're stuck inside ....

Many thanks!

Lou xx

#2 beabea

Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:03 PM

I don't know about a coordinated game for 2yo's or for an age spread like that. Perhaps an activity people can go through together and/or at their own pace? Sandpit activity? Range of ball toys/skittles/etc that can be played individually or in small groups as desired? Craft and/or cooking (eg icing and decorating) activity? It's good to have something to get things started.

#3 *Finn*

Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:23 AM

We didnt at our sons 2nd birthday a few months back. There were really only a couple of 2 and 3 years old there and the rest of the kids were aged 8 and up. Instead we had one of those blow up waterslides you can buy from target. This is shared around our friends for kids parties and entertains them for hours. My little boy loved it.

#4 Miss*Nemo

Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:50 AM

I'd do some activites, like colouring or a cut and paste type
Cookie decorating
Sticker pictures
Plaster painting
Bubbles
If it's inside you could build a fort out of a bed sheets, chaits and pillows

If I think of more I'll come back, drawn a blank.
Hope you're getting lots of support, you sound like you have a lot on your plate

#5 laridae

Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:05 AM

How about a treasure hunt?

#6 Kasey5

Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:05 AM

Decorating gingerbread men or other shaped cookies is simple and enjoyed by kids of all ages. You can make the gingerbread a couple of weeks in advance, then just buy tubes of writing icing (or make your own), and small lollies for decorating. We did that at my 2yo DD birthday with older cousins and friends. DIY face painting? Pre-schoolers are very forgiving of amateur attempts. Older kids could do each other with supervision. These could be indoor back-ups for bad weather. I agree it's good to have something to get things started, or to pull out if kids are looking bored.

#7 vegiepatch

Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:50 PM

We had a 4 year olds party and we didn't organise games. We had a jumping castle and the kids were playing on their scooters. I think sometimes people fele the need to overschedule these things when the kids are just happy playing.

Edited by vegiepatch, 23 March 2012 - 01:50 PM.


#8 Lucygoosey1

Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:14 PM

We had a pull string piñata for my DD's 2nd bday.  It went over well with older kids too.  I thought about games, but really the piñata was great & just enough.  I filled with chocolates, mini toys etc and gave the kids a bag to collect thing (& take home)

#9 mibi

Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:54 AM

Most parties we've been to usually have pass the parcel, musical statues, there are some balloon games you can play. I would have a game or two in case the older kids start to get bored. Or a jumping castle etc.

#10 Ianthe

Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:59 AM

You could do musical statues and pass the parcel. Just make sure the 2yo get to unwrap first and then they can wander off laughing2.gif

#11 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:25 AM

My DS1 turns 4 this year, I have't had games at any of his previous parties and I'm planning on having it at Kid City this year so it won't be an issue this year either original.gif

#12 BeYOUtiful

Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:42 PM

Last year when J turned 1 we had a ball bit, swing set/slippery dip that amused the little ones plus the older kids.

This year for his 2nd we will have the same, as well as his toy tractor, pin the owl on the tree and a craft table.

Edited by ~Jane05~, 09 April 2012 - 03:43 PM.


#13 marnie27

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:00 AM

QUOTE (~Jane05~ @ 09/04/2012, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
pin the owl on the tree[/b] and a craft table.

Cute idea Jane!  biggrin.gif Quinn had an owl themed second birthday and we had pin the beak on the owl.

OP, at two I think the kids are mostly happy just to play. We played pin the beak because we had some older kids coming but other than that we put out the sand trolley, balls, a tunnel, cubby house and a bubble machine. Honestly the kids would have had a ball with just the bubble machine!

Good luck with your party prep, and I hope everything goes smoothly for you health wise too.


#14 CallMeFeral

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:10 AM

I wouldn't bother with a game at those ages. I'd keep a few balls and bats handy for if it's in the garden, and maybe some bubbles, and some of those cheapo tubs of playdough for if it rains, and you should be right.

#15 Majeix

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:24 AM

I wouldn't do a game but I might have a simple activity. Bubbles are good. original.gif






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