Fun & Cheap Ideas for a Toddler's Birthday Party

If you are trying to throw a fun birthday party for a toddler, but your budget is tight, you're in luck. You don't need a lot of money to please a toddler. Unlike older children, toddlers enjoy simple activities. With a little creativity and just a little money, you can have a lot of fun with your toddler and his friends at a birthday party.

Water and Sand

Kids love water and sand, so feature them in a backyard party. On your invitations, ask parents to bring their children in bathing suits. They should also come with a towel and a change of clothes. Buy two kiddie pools. Fill one with water and put different water toys in it. Consider anything your toddler would play with in the bathtub, such as floating ducks, waterproof dolls or water guns. Fill the other pool with sand from a home and garden store. Place sand toys, such as buckets and shovels, in that pool. Playing in the sand and water will keep the toddlers entertained for hours.


You don't have to spend a lot of money to create a fun princess party for your little girl. Give each girl a cardboard tiara from a party store when she arrives. Let the little girls make princess wands by decorating paper towel tubes and gluing streamers to the end. Borrow princess dress-up clothes from several friends and combine them with your daughter's dress-up clothes. Let the girls dress like princesses and have a fashion show for their parents 1.


Toddlers like to build things. Throw a construction party for the little builder in your life. Decorate with large pictures of different tools, such as hammers, saws and screwdrivers. Once all the children have arrived, give each a plastic hard hat from a toy or party store. The children can wear the hard hats as they head outside for a fun activity. Using a large cardboard box, take two of the flaps on the top of the box and tape them together at a point. Now, you have a box that is shaped like a house. Draw a door and windows on the house. The toddlers can now decorate the house or finish building it. Give them chalk or crayons to color the outside of the house. Help them glue on sheets of construction paper for the roof tiles.