Birthday Party Games for a 4-Year-Old

by Tiffany Silverberg

Four-year-olds are an excited little bunch. They are excited about their worlds and love learning new things. They are learning about everything from numbers and language to science and stories. Birthday parties are a wonderful time to celebrate this exciting time through simple ideas.

Simple

Four-year-olds are just starting to really understand birthday party traditions and cultures. They may not remember a lot of details about the birthdays of their past. As you plan a 4-year-old's birthday party, remember that they don't require anything elaborate to outdo birthdays of the past. Pinatas and musical chairs are fun games at this age. Match the piñata or music to your theme.

Learning

Nearly everything a 4-year-old experiences is an exciting, new concept he can assimilate into his bank of knowledge. The idea of school and learning is still thrilling. A birthday party is a great opportunity for your 4-year-old to learn new things. Play games that require children to match shapes, such as round birthday cakes or triangle birthday party hats. Number games, which require participants to count certain items, are also fun.

Hands On

Four-year-olds love to get involved and learn through hands-on activities. Sometimes noncompetitive, hands-on activities are ideal for this age. Crafts let children step away from the games, if they are getting tired or overwhelmed. Let children create a puppet or other little friend out of a paper bag or small sock that will later remind them how much fun they had at the party.

Supervision

Four-year-olds are still learning how to interact with one another. Sometimes they play well and get along with few problems, while other times they may be upset, overwhelmed or tired and struggle with sharing or playing together. If the children are all accustomed to playing together, either at school or playgroups, you can set out toys and let the children play unstructured games. If the children don't all know one another, you may find it useful to plan all the activities so that the children know what is expected of them.

Food

Because 4-year-olds love to get involved and experiment, let them make their own food. You can let them make tacos or mini pizzas if you are serving a meal. Instead of serving a cake, give all the children their own cupcakes. Let them cover the cupcakes with icing and sprinkles of their choice. Turn this into a game by asking children to create certain objects with their food or having a competition for the brightest, more colorful, craziest and silliest cupcakes.

About the Author

Tiffany Silverberg has written grants and copy materials for over three years. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in linguistics. Silverberg has conducted research regarding language development in deaf children and worked as the lead reporter at the Kingsville Record and Bishop News in Texas.