CAUTION!!!!! PARTY AHEAD!
The Bob the Builder Construction birthday party ideas on this page will help you create a DYNAMITE party!
Note: If you’re not into Bob the Builder, the party ideas here can easily be tweaked to fit a “pure” Construction theme party.
There are literally truck-loads of construction and Bob the Builder partyware designs to choose from. The list below covers more than you’ll ever need, but gives you a good starting point to quickly compare prices across the Internet and choose your favorite designs:
A cool birthday party idea is to cut the invitations in the shapes of construction tools (tool-saw, hammer, construction hat, etc.) or in a diamond shape that’s cut out of yellow poster board.
On the front of the invitation write: “!!Caution!! Construction Ahead!!” On the inside write something like: “Can We Party? Yes, We Can!! Help us build some ground-breaking birthday fun by joining Bob the Builder and his crew as we celebrate Foreman child’s name for the best Bob the Builder bulldozing bash!! So just tractor yourselves down over!! Workin’ Shift: Time, Construction Site: Location, Call the Site Boss to RSVP, Dress to Work the Dirt” (or ask all the little guests to come to the party dressed in overalls, blue jeans, and flannel shirts). Also, address each envelope to “Foreman child’s first name” (ex: “Foreman Billy”).
Add graphics or stickers of trucks, nails, hammers, wrenches, hard hats, etc.
Another cool idea is to use a picture of the birthday child in his/her “worker-construction” clothes on the front of the invitation. Then on the inside write: “Foreman [name of child] is turning four, there’s lots of work for us in store. Come to our construction site, December 5th is dynamite! Your shift will be from 10 ’til 1 with lots of messy work and fun!”. And here’s a nice little poem you can write in the beginning of your construction invitation: “Swing the Hammer, Paint the door, Break a wall, And build a floor! It’s CONSTRUCTION time!”
Get a few rolls of caution tape (at any hardware store) and decorate the party area. You can also barricade off areas where the kids should and shouldn’t play, designate an eating zone, play zone, etc., and show where guests shouldn’t park. Another cool birthday party idea for the caution tape is to use it for wrapping presents!
A cool construction birthday party idea is to get (or make) a few yellow diamond-shaped caution signs and hang them around the party area. You can write: “Caution, Men at Work”, “Party at your own risk”, “Birthday Zone Ahead”, etc. Traffic signs are also excellent decorations.
Rent or buy orange cones and set them around your yard. You can even put an orange cone outside your house and secure to it black and yellow helium-filled balloons to show where the party is.
Here’s a great opportunity to clear out your garage! Pull out ladders, saw horses, building materials, etc, which can all be used as construction party decorations.
You can use sidewalk chalk to draw blueprints on the driveway (or let the kids do this, it’s a good way to let them interact). If you have an old set of blueprints, you can also use it for decoration, hanging on walls, doors or even just lying on tables.
Take out all the blocks, trucks and bulldozers your kids have and scatter them around the party area. You can also hang plastic construction tools (or cut out tools from poster board) from the ceiling, banisters, doors, etc.
As centerpieces, a cool construction birthday party idea is to use Tonka dump-trucks or any other construction toy machinery and tie balloons to them.
And here’s a very cool birthday party idea: Instead of paying for an “ordinary” entertainer, you can hire a local backhoe operator to bring a hoe-full of sand and dump it into a sand box, children’s pool, or any other open area. The kids’ll love watching! They can then play in the sand pile with construction toys, buckets, shovels, etc. And once they’re done, you can have the backhoe operator clear the sand like a magician.
Also, it’s amazing what these guys can do with their backhoe – so an excellent birthday party idea is to let them strut their stuff (such as picking up eggs and moving them to a basket without breaking even one and all kinds of other tricks). If you find a good backhoe operator he can keep the kids entertained for a good while.
With a real backhoe around, you’ll also be able to get some really great photos.
If you don’t have too many kids coming, and it will be more of a private party, a fun birthday party idea is to try calling the local public works department and see if they’ll let you bring the kids to the garage where they keep all the big trucks, bulldozers, snow plows and end-loaders.
Homemade Construction Costumes
Take a look at all the coolest homemade Construction costumes.
Once kids start coming, you can hand out construction hats. Attach a computer-printed sticker to the back with their names. You can also give out play tools, surveyor vests and/or nail aprons.
A cool construction birthday party idea is that you and your whole family contribute to the mood by dressing in overalls, jeans, boots, etc.
Construction Icebreaker Activities
Can We Build It? Yes, We Can!
Kids love building things, so, an excellent birthday party idea is to take out all the Lego, building blocks, egg cartons, paper plates, paper cups, popsicle sticks, boxes, cotton balls, books, cushions, etc. and just let them build!.
Another variation is which is simple and fun – have a table out with lots of graham crackers and an assortment of different shaped cookies and candies. Have frosting out as well. Let the kids build their own houses, trucks, cars, etc. That way they make their own edible construction site!
Construction “My Room” Signs
A fun birthday party idea is to provide the kids with diamond-shaped yellow poster board and black markers and have them create a sign like: “Jeff’s Room: Under Construction”. If you have a laminator, laminate the signs (Con-Tact paper will also do the trick). This is a great favor to take home.
Clay Construction Craft
Here’s a really cool and creative construction birthday party idea. Set up a table covered with newspapers where the kids can sit around and work. Give each kid chunks of air-drying modeling clay in different colors. Also spread around all kinds of different “building” materials, such as buttons, straws, pipe cleaners, bottle caps, etc. Then give the kids pictures of the famous characters on the show (Muck, Lofty, Scoop, Dizzy, and Roley) and let them use these pictures as a guide to build their own construction yard pal out of the building materials and clay. Tell them that their creations don’t have to look like the characters on the show and that they can invent their own machines. They can then take these creations home as party favors.
Homemade Construction Cakes
Take a look at all the coolest homemade Construction birthday cakes.
Here’s a cool construction birthday party idea for cake: Make a construction zone cake by frosting a rectangular cake with diagonal strips of black and yellow icing. You can sprinkle around the cake crushed Oreo cookies for dirt and add Matchbox and other construction vehicles. You can also decorate with small plastic signs, workers (Lego can help), candy corns for cones, pretzel sticks for lumber, brown M&M’s (regular and peanut) for boulders, green gumdrops stacked to form shrubs, shaved green-tinted coconut pieces to look like grass in the dirt, etc.
An excellent and fun birthday party idea is to clean a real saw and use it to cut the cake. Another super birthday party idea is to have the kids eat with little plastic shovels.
You can also make a construction hat cake by baking the cake in a Pyrex bowl, trimming off the bottom to use as the rim of the hat, and covering with yellow frosting.
And yet another superb birthday party idea is to take a fairly large Tonka Dump Truck, clean it well and put cake pieces, pudding and crumbs in its bed. Keep on adding layers of cake until the truck is piled high with “dirt”. At the party, serve heaping scoops of dirt!! (You can even serve them into small construction hats).
Construction Party Food and Drink
Prepare for every guest a work site brown bag lunch or lunchbox. This will really make your guests feel like they’re having lunch on the job with Bob the Builder and his friends! Simply make a sack lunch for each guest (writing each guest’s name on it) and adding individually packaged food, such as juice boxes, PB&J sandwiches (Bob’s favorite), dried fruit snacks, crackers and cheese, fruits, etc. For fun, an excellent birthday party idea is to cut each sandwich into construction vehicles using cookie cutters. Another great birthday party idea is to cut sugar cookies into squares, diamonds, triangles and octagons, and frost them to look like road signs.
You can also have the kids “construct” their own sandwiches by putting out spreads, veggies, bread or buns and anything else you’ll need to build a sandwich.
Put little diamond construction signs on the dishes below so that the guest understand that they’re about to eat authentic construction grub.
- Lofty’s Grilled Tires: Burgers
- Muck’s mashed potatoes
- Wendy’s bolts and screws salad (add raisins and nuts to the salad)
- Roley’s pasta (you can buy pasta that looks like little rolls, or buy twisty pasta to resemble screws)
- Spackle with Woodchips: Onion Dip with sunchips
- Green Paint and Red Paint: Avocado dip and Salsa
- Wood Putty: Hummus or Peanut Butter
- Boulders with Mortar: Kebabs with Mayo and Mustard spread
Tip: Ring a bell to signify a party “break time” and hand out the lunches.
Construction Birthday Party Idea for Drinks:
- Construction Zone BLAST: Hand out cups filled with red punch and add some “Dynamite Dust” (pop rock candies) to each one. The kids will love the way it pops, crackles, and splits when it comes in contact to the red punch.
- Days End Brew: Let the kids construct their own root beer floats!
- Dizzy’s Cement: Make vanilla shakes and add a few drops of black food coloring to make it a grayish color. Then tell the kids they are drinking cement!
Construction Birthday Party Idea for Treats:
- “Soft Hats” (Jell-O Construction hats): Take a new construction hat, pour in Jell-O and fruit and let it set. Voila, a “soft” hat!
- Bob’s Cream Puffs: This sweet treat is one of Bob’s favorites! If you don’t want to bake your own cream puffs, you can purchase some from a local bakery.
- Scoop’s boulders: Brown peanut and regular M&M’s, Hershey bites, etc.
- Logs: Pretzel sticks
- Orange cones: You can use candy corns or bugle chips
- Little construction hats: Yellow and orange gumdrops
- Nuts and Bolts: This can be a mixture of all kinds of nuts and chocolate chips
- Rocks: All kinds of jellybeans and Nerds
- Dynamite treats: Take ice cream Bon-Bons and put them in a red cellophane wrapping, twisting both ends and securing with a stapler. You can put a string on one end so it looks like real dynamite
- Truck Tires: Chocolate donuts
- Gravel: Toffee chips
- Carpenter Pencils: Carrot sticks (you can try sharpening them in a real pencil sharpener)
Tip: It’s a great construction birthday party idea to serve snacks in the back of a Tonka dump truck, in upside down construction helmets, and even a VERY clean tool box (which makes an excellent snack server, having all of its compartments for candy and crackers).
Construction Party Favors
An excellent idea for favors is to use lunch boxes or plastic hard hats and fill them with small construction vehicles, construction and Bob the Builder stickers and tattoos, miniature tool sets, carpenter pencils, bubble gum tape (which is rolled up in a plastic tape measure), a ruler, a whistle, flashing lights, etc.
Construction Games and Activities
Here’s a whole page with the coolest Construction party games, such as:
- Foreman Says
- Bob’s Rock Toss
- Dress the Builder
- Wendy’s Cleanup Relay
- and many more (including visitor-submitted game ideas)…
You should also read these VERY important tips to help you survive (and enjoy) game time!
Your Construction Parties and Ideas
Some of our visitors have gone the extra mile and written up their complete Construction party story with photos and everything they did. We call these stories “Party Tales” and they serve as a great inspiration! Take a peek at other people’s Construction theme Party Tales and you’re sure to find lots more outstanding Construction party ideas: