It’s not until they hit three that children begin to really understand parties. Those who are used to group settings from preschool, daycare or playgroups usually love a chance to celebrate. (If your child is shy, however, keep that in mind when making your plan.)
- Singing and circle activities work better than group games for most threes.
- Threes like imitation, so try a simple version of Simon Says (without expecting them to know left from right).
- Threes usually enjoy playing with other children briefly but still have trouble cooperating. Don’t expect too much of your guests.
- It’s best not to open gifts at the party since most guests won’t understand that they can’t take theirs home.
- Keep the party to about 90 minutes to avoid over-stimulating them (and exhausting you).