Children are inquisitive and love to run around outside, so treasure hunts are a perfect activity for a five-year-old's birthday party. This game works especially well if your five-year-old is having a pirate-themed birthday party, but treasure hunts can be modified to fit all types of interests. Or, if the weather is inclement, you can also plan a treasure hunt inside at the party location.
Puzzle Treasure Hunt
Purchase a small kids' puzzle appropriate for five-year-olds (perhaps a birthday-themed one or a puzzle that relates to the party's theme). Before the party starts, put together the pieces. On the back of the puzzle, with a pen or a marker, write a clue or a riddle that points to the location of the buried treasure. Take the pieces apart, then hide one piece inside a small container (plastic Easter eggs work well). Hide the containers all over the yard or inside. Then, purchase a prize and "bury" it in a well-hidden location. The children at the party must find all of the containers, then work together to figure out how to find the buried treasure.
Princess Jewels Treasure Hunt
Five-year-old girls typically love princesses, so you could create a "princess jewels" treasure hunt. Fill a pretty box with plastic bead bracelets and necklaces, fake rings, candy necklaces and rings, and other princess goodies. Have the party guests try to find the princess's lost "jewels" by making a set of riddles hidden throughout the party location.
Pirate-Themed Treasure Hunt
A five-year-old pirate birthday party is the perfect occasion for a pirate-themed treasure hunt. A simple idea is hiding gold "coins" (chocolates or candies) throughout the party location and having the party guests find as many as they possibly can within a time limit. The one who finds the most coins will win, or one of the coins could contain a special clue that points to the hidden treasure. Possible prizes include a pirate-themed costume or movie ("Pirates of the Caribbean").