5-Year-Old Birthday Party Ideas

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5-Year-Old Birthday Party Ideas
Let the children decorate their own cupcakes to eat at the end of the party. (cupcakes image by Kimberly Reinick from Fotolia.com)

5-year-olds are beginning to enjoy birthday parties with friends and classmates. Some parties might include an entire class, so look for ideas that work well for large groups, and make sure that each child is included and wins a prize. 5-year-olds also have an abundant amount of energy, so think about bringing the party outdoors. This also makes for an easier cleanup and lets the kids run around with their friends.

Bug Out

Have fun incorporating bugs into your birthday party. Use a selection of fake rubber bugs to decorate the house and outdoor tables. This party is outside and has the kids collecting bugs around the outdoors. Have a table set up with bug nets and jars so they can view their specimens. Let them wander around the home, accompanied by an adult, to look for butterflies and other creatures. For the menu, have "bugs on a log," a snack made of celery cream cheese or peanut butter topped with raisins. Have a pitcher of punch called "bug juice." At the end of the bug hunt, treat every child to a bug tattoo. Bug tattoos are a fun party favour the kids can enjoy. Alternatively, paint colourful insects like butterflies and lady birds onto their faces, hands and arms.

Prize Walk

Prize walk is similar to the cake walk but without the mess and hours spent making decorative cakes. This game can be enjoyed indoors and outdoors. Place numbers on the ground in a circle, making sure you have enough for each child. Start playing the music. Have the kids walk around the circle until you stop the music. Choose a number out of a party hat like a sombrero to determine which number wins a prize. The 5-year-old who is standing on that number is picked to choose a fun prize out of a goody bag.

Cupcake Decorating

Inspire 5-year-olds with a party that is messy and allows them to come up with an edible piece of art. This party works great outdoors. Set up cupcake decorating stations using tables and chairs. Spread plastic table covers to help protect the tables and make cleanup a breeze. Small containers of cupcake decorating materials, like icing and sprinkles, can be placed in the middle of the tables for easy access. Let the kids get messy when creating their own cupcake designs. Cupcake flavours like chocolate and vanilla are popular so make sure you have at least two flavours. Try to have at least one adult per table to help out. As a parting gift for each 5-year-old, use a Polaroid camera to snap pictures of the children next to their cupcakes. They can eat their prizes on the spot.

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