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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
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.
Tip - 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!).
Sidewalk Chalk Games
Squirt Gun Games
Water Balloon Games
Pool Noodle Party Games
Hula Hoop Group Games
Beach Ball Games