Toddler Birthday Ideas

We just celebrated our youngest son's third birthday. We love a good low key celebration on birthdays and holidays. If you are looking for some birthday inspiration for the toddler in your life, I wanted to share what we came up with.


Right now, our three-year-old is into dinosaurs. He loves to play with the model dinosaurs we have, and watch Gigantosaurus on Netflix. This gave me a theme, and we went from there.


I already planned on making sugar cookies for his birthday, and thought it would be fun if we made dinosaur cookies. Ann Clark makes all kinds of fun shapes, and they had the perfect dinosaur cookie cutters.


Next, I thought he would enjoy getting to decorate his cookies. I found some fun sprinkles without artificial dyes from Supernatural. I already had the cookie mix and icing both from Miss Jones, which I highly recommend. They are delicious, and a great way to get to bake with my boys. I also had birthday candles on hand already.


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Next, my kiddo needed more long sleeve, light weight shirts, and I found a trio of shirts that were cute and comfortable, and had one with a fossil pattern. I got his in size 4T, and they fit great with a little room to grow.



Last, we found a toy that hit two of his interests, Toy Story and dinosaurs, a Rex toy. His arms, tail, legs, head, and mouth can be moved, and a button on his back can be pushed, and he says his familiar lines from the movies. Toys can sometimes be hit or miss with how much they actually get played with, but in this instance, we found a winner. Our three-year-old and Rex have become inseparable. He loves to role play with Rex, and his original model dinosaurs. I cut a door way in an upside down cardboard box, and he likes to pretend it's a cave for his dinosaurs.


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Both of my kiddos loved making the cookies. We added the ingredients to the bowl, stirred, and combined them to form our dough. Then, we took turns squishing the cookie dough to form a ball, and rolled it out. We chose different dinosaur shapes to press into our dough. They loved putting the leftover pieces back together, rolling it out again, and pressing in new cookie cutters.


We baked them, and let them cool. I helped ice the cookies, and let the boys put the sprinkles on. They loved it. My three-year-old was so focused and determined to put all his sprinkles on his cookie. We put on some party hats I kept from his birthday last year. Finally, we stuck on his candles and lit them. We sang, and blew them out with the help of his brother.


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Did we have tantrums throughout the day? Yes, it was a normal day, and like a normal day, we had some fun and joyful moments too.


One word of caution with the cookies, remind your toddler not to eat the cookie dough or put his hands on his face or around his mouth. Explain as needed about raw eggs, and feeling sick if we eat them before they cook. I just needed to remind my three-year-old once that they needed to cook first, and he was good to go, but we have also made cookies a few times and have had some practice.


Of course, the birthday celebration could have focused around any number of themes. I hope you find the thing or activity that gives your kiddo joy and go with it. I would love to hear about your celebrations with your little ones. Send me a message. Thanks for reading.


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