Fun Birthday Party Games for 4 and 5 Year Old Kids

Super Fun Birthday Party Games

Putting on a birthday party for 4 and 5 year old kids can be quite challenging. In other words, it’s really hard to keep the kids focused. In order to make the party a success, you’ll need to come up with some fun birthday party games and activities that will not only keep the kids focused, but will thoroughly entertain them as well. Chances are you’ll have parents at the party as well, so be sure to involve them when you can. Check out our never-ending list of fun birthday party ideas for 4 and 5 year old’s listed below!

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Fun Party Games and Activities for Children 4 and 5 Years Old

The Floor is Lava

The floor is lava birthday party game is a super-fun birthday party game tailor-made for kids around the ages of 4 and 5. There are a number of ways that this game can be played. One of the easiest is to shout out “THE FLOOR IS LAVA” several times during the party.

Once you shout this phrase out, all of the kids have 5 seconds to get their feet off the ground. Anyone who fails this task loses. The game is a lot of fun if you play it spontaneously without warning. Any party-goers that successfully complete the challenge throughout the party are the winners.

Balloon Poppers

Balloon poppers is a really fun game that 4 and 5 year old kids will have a blast playing. The object of the game is to have the kids run around the room with balloons tied to their ankles, while trying to stomp on, or pop each other’s balloons. Any player that still has an un-popped balloon at the end of the game is declared the winner.

Speed Drawing

In the speed drawing party game competition, each participant gets 1 minute to draw a picture based on a particular theme, such as characters in a movie, a famous person, a popular destination, etc. Everyone begins their drawing at the same time. Give everyone 10 drawings to complete, each based on a different theme. Once you’ve gone through all 10 rounds, judge the best drawing for each round and award prizes to the winners.

Hula Hoop Challenge

All 4 and 5 year old kids love playing with hula hoops. The object of the hula hoop challenge is simply to see who can hula hoop the longest. There are several ways you can play this game. One is to have participants take turns (2 players at a time). The winner of each group of 2 goes onto the next round. You keep on going until you have only 1 winner. Another way to play is to give each child 3 attempts. Whoever can go the longest on their 3 attempts without dropping the hula hoop is the winner.

Balloon Tennis

Kids of all ages will have a blast playing balloon tennis. The object of the game is to hit a balloon back and forth to a teammate using paper plates. The team that makes the most hits in a row without the balloon touching the ground is declared the winner. You can make the game more challenging by putting an object between the players or making a tape line that they are not allowed to cross. Add a second balloon for even more fun!

Freeze Tag

You can’t have a birthday party for 4 and 5 year old children without a game of freeze tag. This popular party game and playground game has been around for decades. In this fun game, one person is chosen to be “it”. The person who is chosen must chase all the other players and try to tag someone. Once they tag someone, that player who was tagged must freeze, and remain frozen until another player tags them to release (or unfreeze) them. The game continues until all players are frozen.

Egg and spoon race

The classic egg and spoon race party game might be a little challenging for 4 and 5 year old children, however it will be tons of fun watching them give it a try. To play this game, simply form teams of two people. Line up the competitors so that 1 team member is on one side and the other team member is lined up about 10 yards away.

The object of the game is to carry an egg on a spoon across to your teammate as fast as you can without dropping the egg. Once you reach the teammate, transfer your egg over to their spoon, and have them run back to the starting line carrying the egg in their spoon. Any team that drops their egg is out of the race. The team that makes it to the end first is declared the winner.

Opposites challenge

The opposites challenge is a fun game that your 4 and 5 year old party-goers will be able to relate to. The object of the game is to have the kids do the exact opposite of whatever it is you tell them to do. If you tell them to kick out their left leg, they have to kick out their right leg. If you tell them to move two steps to their right, they must move two steps to their left. Keep playing until only one player is left.

Prize walk – Cake walk

The prize walk is very similar to the cake walk you see at carnivals, only this walk involves prizes rather than cakes. To play this game, set up your kitchen or dining room table with numbers posted along the outside ends of the table. Play music and have the kids begin walking around the table. When the music stops, all of the kids should be next to a number. Simply draw a number and whoever is next to that number is the winner for that round. Each number should have a correlating prize.

Who knows the birthday boy or girl best

This is a simple but fun guessing game for both kids and adults. Simply create a party-themed questionnaire that asks questions about the birthday boy or girl, and provides blank lines for the party-goers to fill in. The questions of course should be age appropriate.

For parties with 4 and 5 year old’s, you’ll want to ask questions like:

  • What is his/her favorite thing to eat?
  • What is her/his middle name
  • What is her/his favorite color?
  • Where did he/she go on their last vacation?

Ask as many questions as you have room for on the document. Make sure everyone is given the questionnaire and give everyone the same amount of time to complete it. The person who answers the most questions correctly is the winner. In case of a tie, you can ask bonus questions.

Minute to win it challenge

Most everyone is familiar with the minute to win it challenge game, inspired by the television show. In this super fun party activity, each participating birthday party attendee is given 60-seconds to complete a task or challenge, and the person who does the best job completing the assigned task in the time allotted is declared the winner.

The challenges of course need to be age appropriate. If you are throwing a party for kids in the 4 to 5 age-range, you’ll want to have some pretty simple challenges like stacking plastic cups or throwing balls into a basket. You can create as many challenges as you wish and award points to each winner which can be tallied up at the end. Or if you have a wide-range of ages participating, you can do it by age-group.

Pin the tail on anything

Yes, you can literally create a “pin the tail on the donkey” inspired game based on just about any theme you want. For kids parties in the 4 to 5 year old range, this can be pin the tail on the mermaid, pin the sword on the pirate, pin the tail on the shark, pin the tail on the dinosaur, pin the tail on the llama, pin the horn on a unicorn, etc. You get the idea. Just tie it in with your party theme.

Just draw out your key figure on a large sheet of paper and tape it to a wall so it’s within reach of the kids. Next, cut out some separate tails (or whatever it is the birthday party attendees will be pinning). When it’s time to play the game, you simply blindfold the kids (one at a time), hand them the tail with a piece of tape attached to it, spin them around several times, and then have them try and attach the tail where it’s supposed to go. The kid who gets closest is declared the winner. For younger kids, you can choose to point them in the right direction.

Last one standing

Last one standing is another fun birthday party activity challenge game that’s perfect for 4 and 5 year old children. The game is more about endurance than anything else. In this birthday party game, simply come up with several challenges that the kids will have to perform in unison. For example, you may have a challenge to see who can hold their left hand in the air the longest, or who can stand on 1 leg the longest. If you have enough kids, you can create teams. The winner(s) of each challenge get a prize.

Ever or Never?

This popular birthday party game goes by many different names, however the concept is the same. All you need to do is create a party-themed questionnaire that lists out a series of questions about the birthday boy or girl. Each question is followed by the words “ever” and “never”. Each birthday party attendee is handed a questionnaire and is given a certain amount of time to complete (5 or 10 minutes) it by circling “ever” or “never” depending on whether or not they think the birthday boy or girl has ever done what the question says. While this game is popular among older children, 4 and 5 year old’s will have fun as well, even though they have fewer life experiences.

For example, some questions might include:

  • Been to the zoo
  • Broken a bone
  • Been to Disneyland
  • Been on skates
  • Etc.

Whoever gets the most answers correct is declared the winner!

Would you rather?

Another fun and popular birthday party game for all ages is the “would (the birthday boy or girl) rather” or “this or that”. The game is easy to put together. Just create a questionnaire which lists a series of either/or 2 choice options. The party attendees just need to circle the answer they think fits the birthday boy or girl best based on their preference.

For example:

  • Dog or Cat
  • Baseball or Football (softball or volleyball)
  • Sponge Bob or Big City Greens
  • Beach or the Zoo
  • Boss Baby or The Incredibles
  • Be a famous actor or Be a famous pop star
  • Etc.

The birthday party guest who answers the most either/or question correctly is declared the winner!

Themed scavenger hunt

Birthday parties for 4 and 5 year old kids usually include a scavenger hunt of some kind. For this age group, you’ll want to keep things simple. For many of the kids, this may be their first ever scavenger hunt. Keep the hunt within certain boundaries, such as the backyard, or certain rooms within the house.

Hide items throughout the hunt area, but don’t make them too difficult to find. Make a list of the items with simple clues on how to find them. Divide the kids up into teams, set a timer, and have your teams go out and find the items on the list. The first team to find everything on the list is declared the winner.

Finish that tune challenge

Finish that tune is a popular birthday party game for all ages that has been entertaining participants for several years now. The concept is simple. Birthday party guests take turns and try to complete a line in a famous song (appropriate for age group).

You can use YouTube, Spotify, etc. to find a library of songs to use. Simply start the song and then stop the song in the middle of a line, and have the participant complete the words. Keep this going until only one person is left standing and declared the winner! For 4 and 5 year old kids, you may want to include songs from cartoons they may be familiar with such as the theme to Sponge Bob Square Pants.

Party-themed treasure hunt

Treasure hunts are always a big hit at birthday parties, especially with 4 and 5 year old kids. For this fun activity, you’ll want to create a list of items that the kids have to find, using clues so the kids have an idea where to start searching. If your party has a theme, you can tie the clues in with that theme. For example, if you have a unicorn themed party, one of your clues can be “unicorns never stay in one place, get your next clue where you wash your face”, or for a pirate themed party, “pirates bury their treasure at sea, under the couch is where your next clue will be”.

Have fun creating the clues. The more creative your clues are, the more fun the kids will have. You can have all the clues lead to a single treasure, or have each clue lead to an individual treasure. This activity is most fun when you divide the kids into teams.

Party-themed word scramble

Challenge your party-goers with a party-themed word scramble. There are many templates available that you can purchase for only a few dollars. With a word scramble, the kids have to unscramble letters to find the word. For example, if you are having an under the sea themed party, one of your words can be P N D L O I H, which would unscramble to become DOLPHIN. Award prizes to whoever completes the task the fastest. If some kids are younger, you can give them more time, or give them easier words. Award prizes to the winners!

Party-themed word search

Themed word searches make a great activity for young party-goers. As with the themed word scramble above, there are many templates available that you can purchase for only a few dollars. If you plan to create your own word search, just use words that tie in with your theme. For example, if you are having a princess themed party, you’ll want to include words like princess, prince, kingdom, palace, moat, etc. Award prizes to whoever completes the task the fastest.

Connect the cartoon character with the movie or tv show

For this fun birthday party game for 4 and 5 year old kids, simply create a document that lists a bunch of cartoon characters on 1 side and lists movies or television shows which they have appeared in on the other side. List only 1 movie or tv show per character. Be sure to mix up the characters and the movies so that they aren’t lined up directly across from each other. Make some of the matches easy and others more challenging. The kids should be somewhat familiar with the cartoon characters you select to put on the list. Award prizes to the kids who get the most correct answers.

Mind Match

Mind match is a fun and simple birthday party game activity that can be easily incorporated into any birthday party theme. The idea of the game is to have the kids partner up to try and match each other’s word combinations.

Simply create a document that lists a series of party-themed words. Follow up each word with a blank line for the kids to write a second word that goes with the first. For example, with the word “softball”, a second word could be “player”. The teams try and match what each other will write in the blank spaces. The team with the most matches is declared the winner!

TV show or movie trivia

You can’t have a birthday party without a round of trivia. Kids love movies and television shows, so why not base your trivia challenge on some popular shows? Just come up with a series of 20 questions related to popular shows and movies the kids are really familiar with like “The Incredibles”, “Sponge Bob Square Pants”, “Cars”, etc.  For example, a question might be…”What is the name of the town where the movie ‘Cars’ takes place?” Answer: Radiator Springs.

Just read the questions aloud to the party-goers and see who answers first. The kid with the most correct answers is declared the winner!

Party-themed birthday bingo

Party-themed bingo can be a ton of fun for all age groups. It works just like regular bingo, but instead of matching numbers and letters, the kids are matching images or objects related to your party theme. For example, if you’re having a beach party theme, your squares can include images or clip art of items like flip flops, a beach ball, a beach umbrella, a bottle of sunscreen, a surf board, etc.

Give each kid a custom card or flyer with different images (their bingo card). Put a full set of cut out images into a bowl or jar, and randomly select them while calling out what the image is. The first kid to match the images across a straight line vertically or horizontally is the winner. Or you can base the game on who can fill their bingo card up first.

Candy dice

Candy dice is a fun party game for kids where everyone wins. You simply have the kids take turns rolling the die (dice) and whatever number it lands on is what you follow on the Candy Dice sheet. For example, it the participant rolls a 1, they take one piece of candy. If they roll a 2, they take 2 pieces of candy. If they roll a 3, they have to give someone else a piece of candy. If they roll a 4, they must skip a turn, etc. You make up the rules. All you need to do is create a colorful game sheet for the kids that instructs them on what to do with each roll.

Blind taste test

The blind taste test is a super fun birthday party game that kids of all ages will absolutely love playing. The objective of the game is to blindfold the kids and have them try and guess what they are tasting. You’ll want to have a big assortment of different things for them to taste. It’s much more fun if you have some food or drink items that kids will think are gross. Just make sure that nobody is allergic to any foods. The child who guesses the most items correctly is declared the winner!

Picture puzzle challenge

This party game is really simple to put together. Simply find some different colorful party-themed photos online and print them out onto 11” x 17” sheets of paper (10 images if you are planning on 20 kids). If your printer doesn’t print to that size, you can have them printed out at your local FedEx shop or somewhere similar. Once you have the copies, cut each one out into 24 pieces (or whatever amount you want). Be sure not to mix up the different images. Put all the pieces from each image into separate bags.

Divide the party-goers into teams of 2 and have them try and piece the picture back together within a certain amount of time. The team that finishes first is declared the winner! Your 4 and 5 year old party guests will have a blast.

Tongue twisters

All you need to play this fun birthday party game for kids is to find or come up with a list of tongue-twisters that you can type out onto a sheet of paper. There are plenty of online resources available where you can get tongue twister ideas like the one below.

    Luke Luck likes lakes.

    Luke’s duck likes lakes.

    Luke Luck licks lakes.

    Luke’s duck licks lakes.

    Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.

    Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.

For the challenge, just have the kids go in order to try and say each tongue-twister as fast as they can. The kids who perform the best are selected to move to round 2 using a different and more difficult tongue twister. You keep on going until you have declared an overall winner. This game is especially fun for 4 and 5 year old kids.

Nose run game

Unlike the name, the nose run game isn’t about runny noses. It’s about seeing who can run the farthest with an object balanced on their nose. You can choose any object you want, including a peanut, a small candy bar, or anything else that the kids would be able to balance on their noses. Just give the gids their object, line them up, have them balance the object on their nose, and start the race. While this game may be a little challenging for 4 and 5 year old’s, they’ll still have plenty of fun.

Three-legged race

The three-legged race is always a big hit at parties and events. The challenge works best if you have a big back yard or are hosting the party at a park. All you need for this game event is some burlap sacks big enough to reach hip-level of your party-goers. Divide everyone into 2 teams. Each participant puts one leg into the sack so that the legs of both partners are in the same sack. Each play must hold up on end of the sack as they run. Line everyone up at the starting line and let them go. The team that finishes first is declared the winner. Players are allowed to get back up and resume the race if they fall. If you can’t find burlap sacks, use extra-large pillow cases or something similar.

Water Balloon Toss

The water balloon toss is sure to be a big hit among 4 and 5 year old children if you’re hosting an outdoor summertime birthday party. All you need is a bunch of small balloons (usually sold as water balloons), and a way to fill them up with water. Have the kids partner up and stand a few feet away from each other. They then must toss the balloon over to their partner, who must catch the balloon without it breaking. The team who can make the most tosses without breaking their balloon is declared the winner!

Bubble wrap races

This fun party game is a blast for any age group. All you need to do is purchase a large roll of bubble wrap from Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, etc. Just look in the packing section. The object of the game is to have the kids walk across the bubble wrap (no shoes) without popping any of the bubbles. The game works best if you have at least 5 feet of wrap for the kids to cross over.

You can also lay out the wrap side by side and have teams compete against each other. The person or team with the fewest pop bubbles is declared the winner.

Musical statues

For this fun party event that appeals to younger kids, all you need to do is play some upbeat music and have the kids start doing their crazy kid dances. Once the music pauses, everyone has to freeze like a statue. Anyone who moves from their statue position has to drop out of the game. You’ll need to choose someone to be in charge of playing and pausing the music. Award prizes to the winners.

Mummy wrap

If you’re having a birthday party in the September – October time frame, you can have the party-goers compete in a mummy wrap contest. Make whatever rules you want. All you need are some rolls of toilet paper. Put together teams of 2 or more kids (preferably 3). Have the teams choose who will be the mummy. Give each team 4 rolls of toilet paper, and have them proceed to wrap up their teammate in the toilet paper so that they look like a mummy. The kids can choose to wrap however they see fit. Judge the winners based on quality or speed (or both). Award prizes to the winners. Great for Halloween! The 4 to 5 year old age group will really get into this game.

Ping pong ball bucket toss

The classic bucket toss birthday party game is fun for all ages. All you need to play this game is a bucket, some ping pong balls, and some prizes. Set the bucket about 10 feet away from where the kids will be throwing from. Be sure to mark the ball launching point with a piece of tape (or similar), so that nobody cheats. Line the kids up behind the 10 foot line and give everyone 3 chances to successfully bounce the ping pong ball into the bucket. With 4 and 5 year old kids, you may have better luck using a distance of 5 feet.

Once everyone has had their turn, every kid who made a ball into the bucket goes again for another round. This time you only give them 2 ping pong balls. The game continues on until you only have 1 winner!

Ping pong paddle challenge

The ping pong challenge party game is super easy to set up and tons of fun for the kids to play. All you need to get started is a ping pong paddle and a ping pong ball. The object of the game is to see how many times in a row a player can hit the ping pong ball up and down using the paddle. Sounds easy, but it’s not. The party-goer who gets the most hits in a row is declared the winner! If you have a mix of younger and older kids at the party, you can put a blindfold on the older kids to even up the playing field.

Who am I?

For this fun birthday party game, you simply write out the names of famous people, animals, etc. on to sheets of paper. Make one for each child. To begin the game, tape the sheets of paper with the names to the back of each child (make sure they don’t know what it says). Once everyone is ready, each child must then go around the room asking the other children “yes” or “no” questions in order to try and figure out who they are.

This party game is great for any age group. You can also make the game fit with the theme of your party by using “who am I” characters associated with that theme. With 4 and 5 year old’s, you may need a couple of practice rounds before they get the hang of it.

Balloon bulls eye

Another really simple birthday party game for 4 and 5 year old children is the balloon bulls eye challenge. Put a target somewhere on the floor of the room and give everyone a balloon to blow up. Every child should have a different color of balloon, or a balloon marked with their initials. Once the kids have blown up their balloons, have them hold or squeeze the neck of the balloon shut tight so no air leaks out. Once everyone is ready, have them all release their balloons on the count of 3. The balloon that lands closest to the target is the winner. You can play this game several times so that you have multiple winners.

Blindfold tag

Blindfold tag is a simple party game that all kids love to play, especially those kids in the 4 to 5 year old range. For this game, all you do is put a blindfold on child, spin them around a few times and then have them go tag someone. You’ll want to have the room clear of furniture. Set a boundary area that all the kids have to stay within. Once a person is tagged, they become the next party-goer to be blindfolded.