Thomas the Tank Engine Birthday Ideas
Our site has loads of free printables for
use at a Thomas the Tank Engine themed Birthday Party, including greeting cards,
treat bags, doorknob hangers, coloring pages, iron on t-shirts, calendars and
crafts. Many of these are needed for every party and many of the others
make great treat bag additions or even gifts for the birthday boy or girl.
Check out our Thomas the
Tank Engine Section for all of
these and more.
But we all know there's more to a party
than things you print out! Here are some ideas to fill in the gaps:
- Make a BINGO game using pictures, signs or words from the series.
One viewer suggests:
- When each child arrives, give them a boarding pass with a unique number on
it. Have a hat (a conductor's cap would be great!) with all the same
numbers in them. Throughout the party, whenever things seem to be
getting out of hand (or boring), draw a number from the hat and award the
winner a prize to include in their treat bag. Make sure you've drawn
all the numbers by the end of the party so no one is left out!
- "Hot Train" (variation of Hot Potato - Pass around a Thomas the Tank train in a circle while playing some train music. Whoever is left holding the train when the music stops is out.
Repeat this until there is a winner!
- Pin the Whistle on the Steam Train - Draw a picture of a steam engine on poster board and have the children take turns trying to pin the whistle on the train.
- If you're not excited about drawing a train,
consider using the paper crafts from the Thomas
the Tank Engine Section. Enlarge at the photocopy
shop and put them together. Add a whistle or leave his face piece
off and let the kids try to pin that on
- "Box Car Fun"- Go to a local appliance store and get some really big boxes. Have everybody at the party decorate these boxes and turn them into a train. (you need at least
three....one for the engine, one for passengers, and one for the caboose).
- "Train Bean Bag Toss"- Make a Thomas
the Tank Engine Shoe Box Train. (or
enlarge everything at the photocopy shop and use a larger box like the type
printer paper comes in, I'm sure the photocopy shop has extras!) The children
take turns with bean bags trying to get them into the train.
|bean bags are very simple to make.
- Just fold pieces of felt in half.
- Stitch two sides.
- Add dried beans, rice or popcorn.
- Stitch last side.
||fill with beans
One viewer suggests:
- Make train conductor hats: purchase inexpensive painters hats and
draw black strips on them. You can often get them free from the paint
store (especially if you bring an excited little one along with you)!
- Red and blue streamers and balloons would work well with the Thomas color
- placemats (use colouring in pages and let the little ones colour them)
- Railroad Crossing Sign made from cardboard. You cut two rectangles of cardboard, about 3 inches wide by 16 inches long.
Paint these white and glue together in an "X". Paint RAILROAD in black
(or use marker) on one piece and CROSSING on the other. Glue, nail or staple the X to an 8 foot stake.
You can make a few of these -- instead of writing RAILROAD CROSSING, you can
write things like: GIFTS HERE, GAMES AREA, LET's EAT and put them in
the appropriate locations in the house or yard.
- In good weather, draw tracks (with sidewalk chalk) up to the front door or entrance.
- Hang a sign on front door: "Shining Time Station", Track # (age
of child) --- through the entrance.
- Cover your table with a white disposable table cloth. Make train tracks with black construction paper
running down the middle of the table (use glue or tape). Place a toy train on the track.
The purchase of one appropriately shaped cookie cutter can go a long way!
- I made train shaped Peanut Butter & Jelly (make
sure the guests aren't allergic!), egg salad, & bologna/cheese sandwiches, train shaped cookies with blue frosting, train shaped blue
Jell-O jigglers (make a big cookie sheet of jello jiggler and cut out once
- The children can decorate their cookies with icing and sprinkles as a food
- Glue small images (from coloring pages or clipart) onto toothpicks.
Let dry. Stick in the top of cupcakes for an instant theme party
- Becca and her friend made an amazing Thomas
the Tank Engine cake.