Caution! Construction zone ahead!
We celebrated J’s 3rd birthday last weekend with family, friends, sand, paint, and dump trucks! One of J favorite books is a huge book of different trucks and vehicles. I am amazed at how he can identify bulldozers and backhoe loaders, skid steers and excavators. He was so excited for his construction theme birthday party!
We have a wonderful community of friends who all have little ones. I wanted to plan an event that would have different activity stations to entertain kids from 6 months – 5 years of age. We had 7 different stations set up around the yard. Below is J doing a dump truck race which was station #1.
Take a picture in a dump truck was station #2! Using a projector I traced a clip art dump truck onto a piece of 1/4 inch plywood. It was 3 1/2 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Thankfully Grandpa was in town to help cut it out and the hubby and I gave it a splash of bright yellow paint! It looked so fun and cheery on the grass…
The wrecking ball was station #3 and it was a huge hit! I started collecting boxes of all different sizes, wrapped them in brick paper. We used an orange stats hopper jumping ball tied to a tree branch for the wrecking ball.
Station #4 was all about painting! I found a cardboard house at Michael’s Craft along with WASHABLE paint and a few paint brushes. It was just perfect for our pint-sized painting crew. You can find a similar version here.
Station #5 was for out little builders. A big blanket and a few toys helped keep little ones entertained while their older siblings were painting and digging!
Station #6 was the hammer zone! I found floral foam blocks at the dollar store and bought a pack of golf tee’s for the “nails”. Grandma sponge painted the floral foam with red and brown paint to give them the look of bricks. This was a great entertaining activity and I was amazed at how quickly the nails were hammered into the blocks. This would be a wonderful rainy day activity for little ones to keep them occupied!
What’s a construction site without sand and digging? Station #7 used our sandbox pit as a construction site with different trucks and sand toys.
The entire event was spread out across our backyard and in our sun room! Praise the Lord for great weather…. it poured the day before and I was getting a little nervous about moving the party inside. A wheelbarrow was used for gifts as little builders and their managers (aka parents) entered our backyard.
A Home Depot bucket and lid made a great stand for the chocolate construction cake! I baked two 8 inch rounds and two 6 inch rounds for the chocolate cake and used a homemade chocolate buttercream recipe that was SO yummy! I shaved off a corner of the cake, added a few mini chocolate chips and some construction vehicles. I topped it off with a few construction cone candles before we sang Happy Birthday and it was ready for the birthday boy!
For lunch we enjoyed building our own tacos, PB&J un-crustables, apple sauce pouches, juice boxes for little ones and cranberry margaritas for the adults. Individual sized bean dip cups and Mexican tortilla pinwheels were easy and tasty appetizers….. and what construction party would be complete without caution tape?
I had a blast planning J’s party! Happy 3rd birthday my sweet and feisty boy!