party games age 4-5

Great party game ideas for children aged 4-5 years old, from your friends at Nick Jr.

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Kids this age are better able to understand and follow rules, so games can be more complex and group-oriented. Some kids may prefer not to participate in a given activity, so be sure to provide an alternative activity and someone to supervise. Silliness rules!
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Take-Home Craft (craft & greeting activity) As kids arrive, they can join other guests decorating hats, placemats, nametags, or other party materials from prepared supplies. Have an adult available to personalize each item with sparkly markers or glow-in-the-dark paint. Guests take their craft home with the goody bag.
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Musical Magic Carpets (active game) Play like musical chairs--except after each round, remove one carpet square and challenge the kids to squeeze onto the remaining ones. Play until everyone is squashed onto one big square. because sharing and turn-taking are hard at this age.
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Party Line (quiet game) Seat kids in a circle and whisper a short theme-related sentence to the birthday kid. Have the kids pass the secret phrase neighbor to neighbor, until it reaches the last child, who says what she heard out loud. Compare with the original phrase--and wait until the laughter dies down before starting another round with a different kid.
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"That's My Treasure" Hunt (hunt activity) Ensure a fun and fair hunt by dividing equal treasures among containers marked with stickers unique to each child (e.g., one child hunts for bags marked with Dora stickers, another hunts for ones marked with backpack stickers. Colored plastic Easter eggs work well too--assign a color to each child). Scatter items in easily visible locations and provide hints to keep frustration low.
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Memory Tray (quiet game) With kids sitting in a circle, show them a tray with 7-10 theme-related items. Have kids take turns holding up and talking about each item. Then put the tray out of sight, count to 10 together, and see how many items the whole group can remember. Provide hints if necessary.
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