4 Year Old
Birthday Party Ideas
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
Planning the birthday party
When planning the birthday party there are 10 areas to look at -
Picking a party theme
Activities / Crafts
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
Art Birthday Party Theme
Dr. Seuss Party
Cat in the Hat
Curious George Party
Sesame Street Birthday Ideas
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
"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.
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
- 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
are great for this activity!
Bounce House -
Rent a bounce house and let the kids
- 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.
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.
Party Favor Ideas for 4 year olds
Play dough and a cookie cutter
Coloring book and crayons
Bottles of bubbles
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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