Making your own birthday card for a 4-year-old is not difficult. Use specific designs geared toward the likes of the birthday child. Keep the cards simple and colourful with cute images of child-friendly shapes and characters. Consider using multiple layers of materials, such as cardstock, construction paper and felt in order to make the card more three-dimensional.
To make a dinosaur-themed birthday card for a 4-year-old, gather together a piece of cardstock and some extra paper for designs and words. Trace the shape of any kind of dinosaur out of construction paper, decorate it and paste it to the front of cardstock that has been folded into the shape of a greeting card. Add border and trim to the front of the card, a miniature birthday hat to the dinosaur, and the words "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and the child's name to make it extra special. For a unique card, cut the card itself into the shape of a dinosaur.
Make a clown-themed birthday card for a 4-year-old boy or girl. Fold a piece of yellow construction paper in half. Cut out a circle in white construction paper, a clown wig in red paper and a clown hat in blue paper. Assemble the clown's head and add features to the clown's face with crayons or markers. Add in shapes for a body and have the clown hold a bunch of balloons, each of having a letter of the child's name on it.
For a 4-year-old girl, create a birthday card that looks like her favourite fantasy land. On a piece of pink construction paper folded in half, paste shapes of castles, knights, unicorns and rainbows to the front. Using coloured felt, spell out her name and paste it on top of the rainbow or across the castle. Add in other designs, such as clouds, flowers and bunnies for an even cuter card.
To create a card that is also an activity for the 4-year-old, draw outlines of different pictures, but don't colour them in. The front of the card should look almost like you pulled it from a colouring book. Then attach a few crayons to the front of the card or put them in a pouch inside. The card will wish the child a happy birthday while giving him the opportunity to decorate his own card as a craft.