We've decided to have a small party at home to celebrate dd's 4th birthday, as we only have a small house running around playing is not really an option so I want to make sure I have enough games etc to fill the time (2hrs). There will be 12 children, all around 4. Also not really into 'winning' games. So far I have:
Rocket balloons & bubble machine for general entertainment Pull string piñata Musical statues where children get a sticker/prize for stopping (all children will have one by game end) Musical balloons- similar to statues Egg & spoon fun
And that's it so far- can anyone help me out with any other ideas??.
DD1 has been to a few 4th birthday parties recently and really enjoys the 'making' activities: planting a sunflower seed, decorating fairy cakes, painting a polystyrene egg, decorating a crown.
They then get these things back in their party bags.
Pin the tail on the donkey has also been popular, although that might be the spinning round bit that they like most!
Oh and a 'treasure hunt' has worked well on a few occasions - either hiding tokens in the garden that can then be exchanged for sweets, or else hising the sweets (wrapped) around the room. Again, the sweets get handed in (well, most of them do!) and get put in party bag.
dd2 had her 4th party last week, it was lovely (compared to dd1's 5th party a couple of months ago - which was chaos!)
decorating plain bags which I had stuck their names on (party bags) face painting (8 butterflies!) musical statues (winners medal for each of them for different categories - best silly dance etc) lunch flump hunt in the garden
The things that helped were having it midday, having one other mum to help (ie take gaggles of girls to the loo) and not having too much food.