At my son’s recent train-themed 3rd birthday party, the ages of the guests ranged from 1.5 years to nearly 6. Here are some of the train party crafts that I provided that were suitable for all the children.
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The ages of the children at F’s party ranged from 1.5 to nearly 6. Which made things rather tricky in terms of suitable entertainment. So I prepared these crafts that worked for all the guests in some way!
Train Face Costume
This idea was inspired by Crack of Dawn Crafts and it was a craft and costume combined! Each child made a train face on a silver paper plate using pre-cut face parts and glue.
Once the face was dry I glued it to a 9×12″craft foam sheet that I had prepared in advance. Before the party I glued two black felt straps between two foam sheets, then added some buffer and funnel details to the front.
When the paper plate was attached it formed a simple costume that the kids could just slip over their heads. Here are some of the kids from the party!
I wanted to make a group artwork for F so before the party I printed out several copies of this steam train from CraftScope.
Each child decorated a train carriage with marker pens, crayons, stickers and stampers.
My intention had been that F would decorate the steam engine himself, but he had ZERO interest in colouring pages at his own party!! So I gave the eldest child a special commission to colour it for him. Then we put them all up on the wall in one long train – such a special memory!
I also left out some pages from a Thomas Colouring Book that F received for his birthday, so there was always something for the kids to do.
Train Party Food
I provided food that was all wheel-shaped: mini bagels, mini oreos, Cheerios, mini rice cakes, circles of watermelon, mini pancakes and circles of cheese. This was really easy to prepare, and everything was simple and straightforward – usually what kids want!
Here’s my birthday boy (and no, he wouldn’t make or wear a train face costume!)
F also had a Thomas the Train theme for his 2nd birthday party!