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4th birthday party ideas, activities, games for 4 year old parties



The best tips, ideas and planning advice sent in by our readers who knows what works from their own experience.   Mix and match the party ideas to create your own special 4th birthday party.    

Easy and budget friendly ideas for:
* Party Schedules
* Birthday Games
* Party Activities
* Theme Ideas
* Party Food

And much more - all especially for 4 year olds!  




Planning Tips for 4th birthday parties

Planning the birthday party
When planning the birthday party there are 10 areas to look at -
Picking a party theme
Activities / Crafts
Party Food
Party Favors
Goody bags
Thank you notes

The first place to start is by picking a birthday party theme.  Once you decide on the theme then almost everything else will fall into place.  Some great party themes for 4 year olds are:  

Birthday Party Themes for a 4 year old

Angry Birds Party Ideas

Circus Birthday Theme
Art Birthday Party Theme

Big Bird Party Ideas

Dr. Seuss Party

Mickey Mouse Party Ideas
CandyLand Birthday Theme

Cat in the Hat Party

Curious George Party

Elmo Birthday Party

Fireman Birthday Theme

Sesame Street Birthday Ideas

Humpty Dumpty Party

Mother Goose Party

The above birthday party themes are just a sample of over 200 party themes that are listed on the website.  All of the birthday theme pages are filled with free ideas for party games, crafts, activities, decorations, invitations, party favors, goody bags, party food and much more!    

Party Tips for Four Year Olds

While planning the birthday party make a list of areas that family and friends can help you during the party.  Assign adults (or older children) to these jobs and it will make theparty run very smooth and allow you to enjoy it also.   

Pictures - take pictures of the party. 
Cake and Ice Cream - cut and serve the cake and ice cream.

Party Games - lead the party games. 

Activities and Crafts
- watch over the activities or crafts and keep everything running smoothly. 

Secretary - write down who gifts are from - great help when writing thank you notes! 

Melt Down Zone - someone that can gently remove a child who is acting mean or cranky until they can return to the party. 

4th Birthday Party Timeline
Change this party time line to suit your schedule.  
This is based on a party from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

2:00 - Guests start to arrive at the party. 
- Have an icebreaker game, coloring sheets, play dough or blocks set out that the kids can play with while they wait for everyone to arrive. 

2:15 - Let the Games Begin!  4 year olds love to play together so have 4 or 5 games that you think they will like prepared just in case you have to end a game sooner then expected because the kids don't like it.  On the other hand let them play a game as long as they are having fun with it - no need to switch a game that they are enjoying to one that they don't like as well just because you've scheduled it.  We've listed some of our favorite party games for 4 year olds below.   We also have a huge list of party games for 2, 3 and 4 year olds to choose from on our 4 year old party games page. 

2:45 - Activity or Craft Time.   Let the 4 year olds create a craft or paint, finger paint, color, play with blocks, etc.  If you have scheduled entertainment such as a clown or magician this would be a good time to do that also.  

3:15 - Opening Presents.  This can be done now or switched with the cake and done at the end of the party.   A fun idea is to have the guests hold the package they brought for the birthday child and then one at a time go to them and sit next to them while they open it.  If you do this at the end of the party you can have the birthday child give them their goody bag so they will both have something to open at this time.

3:30 - Cake, ice cream and singing Happy Birthday!

4:00 - Party end.  Give guests a goody bag filled with party favors and thank them for coming!

Add 30 minutes to the party if you will be serving brunch, lunch or dinner.   With an afternoon party you don't have to serve a meal - just provide snacks that the kids can munch on during the party.  

Tip:  Serving the cake and ice cream at the end of the party means that you don't have a house full of sugar crazed 4 year olds for very long (learned that from experience!). 



Party Games for 4 year olds


Cupcake Walk 
The Cupcake Walk is played like a Cake Walk, but instead of winning a cake the kids win a cupcake (or you can make it a Prize Walk and they can win small prizes).   You can play the traditional way with numbers, or for the 4 year olds you can play with colored squares.   Write the numbers 2 - 12 on colorful paper and tape them to the floor in a circle.   Tell the children that they will walk on the numbers while the music plays and then when the music stops they have to stop and stand on the number where they are located.  Roll two dice and the number of the dice is the number that wins a prize.   If you will be using colors instead of numbers then assign a color to a number 2 - 12. 

Air Balloon
Blow up balloons and give one to each guest.  Tell them to try and keep the balloon from touching the ground by hitting it gently on the underside of the balloon.   You can play until there is a winner or play as a team by having everyone try to keep their balloon off the ground for 10 seconds ... then try 15 seconds, 30 seconds and a minute. 

One of the best activities for a birthday party!  They now come in every shape and color that you can imagine so finding one to go with your party birthday theme is easy!  Check our Piñata Page for full details on this fun activity! 

Fox and Hen Party Game
Have the kids sit on the floor in a circle.  Give one bean bag (the "Hen") to one child and then another bean bag (the "Fox") to a child sitting opposite of the child with the "Hen".   On "go" the kids will pass the bean bags clockwise around the circle as fast as they can to see if the "Fox" can catch the "Hen".  Play several rounds so that each child gets to start the fox or hen at least once.     

It's a Mystery Fish
The kids will "fish" for prizes.  Buy small toys or candy before the party as prizes.  These will be hooked onto the fishing pole with a clothespin while the kids are "fishing".   Make a fishing pole from a bamboo stick, string and a clothespin attached to one end of the string.   Make a "pond" from an appliance box, a sheet attached across a hallway or door frame or a covered card table. Kids will throw their line over into the water and the "fish" attach a prize to their line.  Make sure the kids can not see the fish or who is behind attaching the prizes.   

Treasure Hunt

You will need large plastic eggs, party favors, balls, etc. for this treasure hunt game.   The eggs don't need to be filled with candy ... the game is in finding the objects.    Hide the treasure around the party area before your guests arrive.   When it is time for the treasure hunt give the children a small sack to hold the treasure.   Show them an example of what they will be searching for and then show them how to find the objects.   When all the treasure has been found you can have them return the items to a basket and then hide them again.  Extra ... after the games divide the treasure hunt items equally and send them home as party favors.  

2, 3 and 4 year old Party games
- for more games see our 2, 3 and 4 year old party games  .

Party Activities for 4 year olds

Sidewalk Chalk
- Set out sidewalk chalk and let the 4 year olds draw whatever they want or use our Sidewalk chalk guide that lists over 30 fun things for kids to do with sidewalk chalk. 

- See our guide to bubble games for some great party games that can be played with bubbles.  Our homemade recipes for bubble solution are great for this activity! 

Bounce House - Rent a bounce house and let the kids bounce around!

Decorate Cupcakes
- Give each child a cupcake to frost and decorate.  Fill a small bowl with icing and edible decorations and let them create their own cupcake masterpiece.

Party Food ideas for the 4rd birthday

Make your own pizzas.

Macaroni and Cheese in individual cups.

Sandwiches - Cut shapes from the bread, meat and cheese with a cookie cutter that goes with your party theme.   You can also cut shapes out of brownies and pan cookies.  

Snack foods like pretzels, animal crackers or goldfish crackers.

Cut up fruit and veggies.

Cotton candy, cookies or cupcakes.

Juice boxes or milk boxes work well and won't spill easily.

4th Birthday party supplies from Amazon

Party Favor Ideas for 4 year olds

Sidewalk chalk
Play dough and a cookie cutter
Story book
Coloring book and crayons
Bottles of bubbles
Sports balls
Super balls
Necklaces or bracelets
more party favor ideas

If you have a fun idea or great advice for a 4th birthday party please email us and we will add it to the website.

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