make a train party.
Our young one's wish is the wish of many—to have a train birthday party. To celebrate his special interest in trains, we made train decorations. A delight of banners, straw toppers, and cake toppers awaited his beaming smile when we returned home from a little picnic—beside a decommissioned red caboose on a sunny afternoon. Train birthday games and ideas below.
train birthday party ideas.
⊗ Train party favors wooden train toy whistles can be found in many main street toy stores. Print extra train cupcake toppers, shown above, to use as gift tags—simply punch a hole in the tops of each printable and slip a loop of ribbon or string through the hole to make a tag.
⊗ For guests You may share a bandana and a train engineer hat with all, for some party pretend play. Bandanas can be found inexpensively at craft stores. We found engineer hats at our local store. I also found a little engineer hat, bandana & whistle set. Our birthday child had pinstriped overalls, so he wore those too.
⊗ Train party activity Read a train story to young guests. Vintage Thomas the Train by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, and The classics The Little Red Caboose and Tootle. The last two train stories are illustrated by one of my favorite illustrators, Tibor Gergely. These are our little train aficionado's favorite train books.
⊗ Train party game Make a party train. Children line up, hands on the person in front of them. The birthday child leads, chug-chugging in a line inside or outside.
⊗ Train party treasure hunt Make pretend train tickets that you hide before the party. The children can go on a train ticket scavenger hunt. Finding a golden ticket (decorated with gold pen, gold stickers, or gold glitter) wins a prize or extra cheers from everyone.
⊗ Train party decorations Print extra banner flags from our train party printable kit to make a banner for the party entrance. Write, "all aboard!" on your banner.
⊗ Train party cake If you choose to make a cake instead of cupcakes, bake it in a bundt pan—the round, ring mold of the pan makes and instant "track" foundation for you train party cake. ©heather cahoon • you make do™
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