A birthday in the winter months may mean no trips to the beach or no outdoor fiesta. However, there are many different creative, unique and interesting ways to celebrate a birthday for a child turning 3.
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A 3-year-old has a curious, expanding mind. Feed his interests by throwing a miniature exploration party. Have small tables set up for Play-Doh moulding and mixing, finger painting, and foam block building in a small tub of water with a white board as the canvas. These stations will generate more interest than the cake.
Short Field Trip
A local aquarium in your town would be a perfect party location. Pack up your 3-year-old and her friends for a trip to visit fish and aquatic animals of all colours, shapes and sizes. The entire bunch will love staring through the glass at the funny-looking Clownfish or giggling at the silly otters and turtles. At the end of the trip, take them to a fast-food restaurant for lunch and birthday cake.
If your child's birthday is around a holiday, such as Thanksgiving, set up a craft activity related to that holiday for all of your little guests. Make the activity hands-on, like squishing their fingers in nontoxic paint and slapping them down on a piece of paper to make a turkey picture (the thumb is the "head" while the other four fingers are the "feathers"). Further enhance their experience by following with the turkey theme by cutting out turkey-shaped jello treats or cookies.
Make a Castle
To help all of your little guests expel their energy, create a large castle in a large, open room, complete with windows and doors and maybe even a stuffed dragon off in the corner. Use empty appliance boxes to build your castle and then decorate it with various coloured paints. Set out plastic swords and helmets for the boys and little baby princess dolls for the girls. Then, let them loose to play.
For a sweet party, indulge the sweet tooth of your child as well as his friends. Frost enough cupcakes for the entire bunch and set them around a table with lots of toppings. Set out a small amount of dry cereal, a variety of sprinkles, and chocolate and butterscotch chips in individual cups--one for each child. This way, they will all have their own space and toppings to make their creation. The best part? They'll get to gobble it up at the end.
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