We love this classic Christmas story. The book is beautiful, the movie enchanting. Little bitty ones may not get the message or have the patience to sit through the entire book or movie, but it's still a fun theme for all ages.
We threw this party together in just a couple hours for a few toddlers and their parents. It was super easy and lots of fun.
Two big tips when planning a party for toddlers: Be flexible and keep it simple. The kids ranged in age from 16 months to 4 years old. If they didn't like the cocoa, or didn't want to watch the movie, or didn't want to make the craft that was ok. We had toys and books out for them to play with and explore. And we had plenty to eat and drink for the adults.
Polar Express Party Ingredients:
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (book or movie)
- Christmas treats
- A simple Christmas craft
Christmas treats: Moose Munch and cookies (Nutter Butters and Milanos) dipped in chocolate with red and green sprinkles. Plus, each child got a bell to take home, just like the boy in the story.
If you do chocolate covered treats do toddlers have lots of wet wipes on hand!
The Cocoa Bar: whipped cream, peanut butter chips, Butterfingers, crushed candy canes, coconut, crushed toffee and of course hot cocoa.
For the youngest ones we let the cocoa cool down and added more milk. You could also do warmed up chocolate milk. We used unbreakable Christmas cups with straws for them as well.
Our Simple Craft: Trees cut out of fun foam and stickers. We also had glitter glue for the older kids and parents to add sparkle.
What a fun night! The kids played a lot and watched only bits and pieces of the movie, but they'll have plenty of opportunity to watch the movie and read the book with deeper understanding in the years to come. The Christmas trees came out super cute and will be fun reminders of these precious years. Only the oldest child liked the cocoa, but the littlest ones couldn't care less about that.