6th Birthday Party Ideas
party ideas to use in planning a 6th
All of our favorite sixth birthday party ideas - just choose the
ideas that are best for your child, guests and budget.
You'll find easy ideas for six year old:
* Party games
* Birthday activities
* Party Food
And many other great ideas and tips for planning the perfect 6th
Party Planning Tips
for 6th birthday
Planning the party
While you are planning the party keep a
list ready to write down
several things that guests or family can help you with during
the party. When they ask how they can help
you at the party just pull out the list and tell them to choose
what they want to do. Having these areas covered during the party
will be a big help - and will allow you to enjoy the party too.
1 or 2 adults that
pictures of the action.
Cut and serve the cake after the pictures have
been taken. Ice Cream
Dip ice cream into dishes while the cake is being
Adults or older children
that can take over and explain the games to the kids
and supervise during game time. Arts and Crafts
Watch over the birthday activity or art tables and
make sure the kids have the supplies they need and offer advice
or help when needed.
Write down who gifts are from - great help when writing
thank you notes! Melt Down Zone
An adult who can gently remove a child who is cranky or
being mean until they can return to the party.
6th Birthday Party Timeline
Change this party time line based on the your schedule.
This is based on a party from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
2:00 - Guests begin to arrive.
Set up activity tables or have an ice breaker game that you can play
with the kids while waiting for everyone to show up.
Icebreaker Games for 6 year old parties
2:15 - Party Game time.
Have 3 or 4 party games ready to play (see list
below) and have a few adults walk the kids through the rules and
demonstrate. Always have a few more games ready then you
think you will need just in case they move quicker then you planned and
you need to fill some time. Don't rush through the games if
the kids are having fun. It's okay to only play 2 games if the
boys and girls are really enjoying themselves.
2:40 - Activity time.
Let the 6 year olds paint, finger paint,
color or make a simple craft that goes along with your birthday party
cupcakes or cookies is always a fun activity for a 6th birthday! This is also a good time for
entertainment such as a clown, sing-a-long or petting zoo.
3:00 - Presents
Let the birthday child open their presents or they can
do this during activity time.
3:10 - Cake, ice cream and singing Happy Birthday!
3:30 - Party end.
Have the guests goody bags filled with party favors ready to go as they
leave or you can hand them out while the birthday girl / boy opens their
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
Party Games for 6 year olds
Egg and Spoon Games
Kids race while holding an egg (or use a cotton ball, ping pong ball or other
small ball) on a wooden spoon.
The team that has all their players
complete the course first wins.
For a fun variation use a prop from the birthday party theme such as a
sword and coins.
A fun birthday party game that really gets the kids involved ... as the playing pieces!
Use sidewalk chalk to draw a very large (HUGE!) oversized game board. The game board can be
drawn in an oval, circle or figure eight. Make squares on the board that
are 18". In the squares, beginning with the start square, write
directions that the players have to follow when they land in that square.
Some fun ideas are .... Move back 3 spaces, Twirl, Squawk like a
chicken, etc. that have to be continually done until their next turn.
The players themselves are the playing pieces! You can make two super big
dice from square boxes for them to roll during the game.
Silly Racing Games 6 year olds
Divide party guests into teams of two or more for these games.
style races by:
Holding a blown up balloon in between
the heads of team members
Holding blown up balloons between knees
Skipping forwards and then backwards
Balancing a book or other item on their head
Jumping rope and singing a nursery rhyme or happy birthday
while they jump
Balancing a little ball on the top of their feet
While bouncing a play ball
Water Relay Games
Teams have to move water from one side of the playing field to the the other
using spoons, sponges or cups with holes in the bottom. Great for summer
parties because everyone gets wet! Set out a large tub filled with water
at the far end of the field and two smaller containers that are equal in size
next to the teams starting point. Kids run to the tub, get water and carry
it to fill their container.
Mystery Fishing Game
This is a great game that
year olds love to play!
Before the party you will
need to buy small toys or candy for the "fish" to attach to the fishing
pole. Make sure to have enough for the kids to play over and over.
You'll need a fishing pole made from a bamboo stick, yarn and a
clothespin attached at the end of the pole. You will
also need a place for the "fish" to hide while they attach the prizes
onto the fishing poles. Use a large decorated appliance box,
a blue sheet thrown over a card table or a blue table cloth or sheet
hung between walls of a hallway.
Kids will throw their line over into the water and the "fish"
attach a prize to their line.
Treasure Hunting Game
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.
For more party games see our party games page
filled with games for 5 and 6 year olds.Fun 6 year old party games
Party Activities for 6 year olds
Set out several buckets of sidewalk
chalk and let the party guests draw whatever they want. Or give
them some direction using our
Sidewalk chalk guide
with over 30 things to do with sidewalk chalk.
Activity stations where the kids can play with play
dough, crayons and washable markers or blocks. Cover the tables with
newspaper or butcher paper for easy cleanup.
Let the kids try to blow bubbles or have an
adult blow bubbles for them to try and pop and run through.
See our easy homemade recipes for bubble
and our guide to bubble games
for more fun ideas! 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.
Birthday Party Themes for a 6 year
Birthday Party Theme
Cat in the Hat
Curious George Party
Sesame Street Birthday Ideas
All of our theme pages are filled with free ideas for theme party games,
activities, decorations, invitations, party favors, goody bags, party
food and much more! We have over
birthday party themes
to choose from
- all filled with great ideas for your next party.
Party Food ideas for the 6th
shapes with a cookie cutter from bread, cheese, sandwich meats or hamburger patties
to make a fun sandwich that fits in with your theme. For example
use a Mickey Mouse ears cookie cutter for a Mickey Mouse birthday party.
You can also cut shapes out of bar cookies and brownies - and even make
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Snack foods such as goldfish crackers, animal crackers or pretzels.
Cut fruits and veggies into small pieces and serve with a fruit and
Individual ice cream cups, cotton candy, cookies.
Macaroni and cheese in individual cups.
Juice boxes or milk boxes work well and won't spill easily.
Party Favor Ideas for 6 year olds
Bottles of bubbles
Tube of play dough and a cookie cutter
Story book that matches your party theme
Party theme toys
Crayons and a coloring book
Treasure items if you play the Treasure Hunt game
Find the perfect PARTY THEME - our list of over 200 fun birthday party
themes is a great place to start planning the perfect 6th birthday!
6th Birthday Party Themes
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