July 21, 2009

A Hide and Seek Party on a Shoestring Budget

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If you’re looking for a fun, inexpensive party idea for your two- to three-year-old child, you can take the simple game of Hide & Seek and build a complete party theme around it. This theme is loads of fun but also low-key. Parties can be so simple for kids this age. Take a look at these fun Hide & Seek ideas:

  • Play Hide & Seek—the classic game, of course.
  • If adults are attending the party, reverse it—have the kids look for their parents.
  • Provide toddler-sized boxes that are either pre-decorated by you or that the toddlers decorate themselves. What a great craft activity! Have them use markers, crayons, and other decorations to make their own Jack-in-the-Box. (This can also be the take-home party favor!)
  • Play Jack-in-the-Box. Have the kids climb into a box and duck down so as not to be seen. Play music, and let the kids pop up just as Jack would do.
  • Hide a piñata that the kids must find in order to enjoy the fun.
  • Organize a treasure hunt for chocolate gold coins.
  • Make a mock tent using a large cardboard box and a sheet. Let each child hide in the tent and pop out, surprising the others. You can ask them to pop out using their imagination and become a lion, a dog, a cat, etc.
  • Give them boxes of Cracker Jacks for the simple excitement of finding the prizes.
  • Hide candy treats in a batch of cupcakes. The kids will discover the surprise as they enjoy their cakes.
  • Play I Spy.
  • Read books that have flaps to reveal hidden pictures.
  • Have the kids make creations using play dough. Hide some small prizes in each little play dough jar for the kids to discover.


There will be plenty of surprises and prizes for the kids to find and take home at this party. This is low-cost, high-fun party for toddlers. It’s amazing how a classic game can give a party full of kids a great afternoon.

--Lisa Kothari, Peppers and Pollywogs

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