Time to celebrate! As your child is walking away from the toddler stage, how do you envision their perfect birthday with friends? Get inspired with these 4 years old birthday party ideas and see how to make this day unforgettable!
Celebrating the 4th birthday
At 4 years old, children are still discovering and acknowledging the world around them. By the time they reach this age, it’s expected that their motor skills are refined, they are more imaginative, they can participate in conversations and engage even more during family time activities.
We sincerely hope that when your child is 4, you have the opportunity to see them running, interacting with other children, making more complex drawings, retelling stories and appreciating the experience of knowing their place in this world.
Celebrating this step of their lives is a perfect excuse to reunite family, friends, and create an environment that will offer a great time to everyone participating!
Get inspired: 4 years old birthday ideas
There are a few elements that set up the perfect mood and identity of a party – which, of course, is focused on the Birthday Boy/Girl’s own personality!
Have a look on AEA’s checklist to help you create an evolving and heart-warming 4 year old birthday party!
Deciding on the main theme of the party is actually a great opportunity to have your 4 year old helping. You can spend some time together having conversations about what engages your child, what makes them happy.
The answer can orbit around a fictional character, a musical group, their favorite sport, a fairy tale story, a place they like to visit or imagine… This is really the time to hear your child.
And once this is defined, it’s easier to set the next steps that will turn this family and friends gathering into an amazing event!
Decorating a 4 year old birth
Now this is the time to let yourself go in terms of creativity. Keep in mind that the party theme can define a lot of its decoration.
When choosing the event’s decorations, make sure that the material is appropriate to the place where the celebration will happen – so avoid picking a background banner that might not fit a small living room, for example.
Try to get decorations that match the birthday theme and from then on, you can tweak one little detail here and then to resonate more with the birthday child’s personality!
See how you can pay extra attention in order to nail the decoration:
- Use the same colors as the main themes’ throughout the room (or rooms) where the celebration will take place;
- You can have thematic appetizers that also resemble the party motif;
- Use decorations your guests can interact with, such as a background that engages people into taking funny photos in it! It will also serve as a memory of the event and will likely create fond memories of it.
Activities for children’s entertainment
There isn’t a single children’s party in the world that is complete without proper entertainment. All moms and dads want to see their kids enjoying their time and playing with other peers.
Let’s have a look at some activities that will wear out your kids’ energy (or at least some of it)!
Arts and crafts
If you’re hosting a party with fewer kids, or even if you want to have an option for more introspective and creative children, an arts and crafts station is a great activity for birthday parties.
Select objects that children will decorate: eyes masks, party hats, t-shirts, canvas… then, pick the material that will be used for customizing these items. Choose between fabric paint, decorative sequin, glue, colored tape…
Safety tips: when picking the materials that will be used for the custom station, make sure it’s all atoxic and safe for children’s use. Do make sure that there is an adult supervising the whole operation and the children!
These ideas are crafted for parties that will happen in outdoor environments. The more open space children have, the better the chances that they will interact with one another, engage in activities together, and create more bonds with other children.
Here are some ideas:
- Dinosaur Dig (using a sandbox and hidden “fossils”);
- Bubbles’ paradise (have different shapes and blowers and see how children are fascinated by the experience of blowing soap bubbles);
- Chalk art (provide washable chalk and inspire children to share their artistic gifts in unexpected places, such as a backyard fence or a sidewalk).
There’s nothing like the excitement of having a mission and investing time to complete it. Prepare a scavenger hunt inspired by the main theme of the party and provide a reward for the kids (or kids’ teams) that find the missing treasures.
The winners can also take home a special souvenir or party favor. Speaking of which…
Time to go: party favors
After all this work creating an engaging event, setting the right environment for both children and their parents, and (hopefully) enjoying yourself while hosting the party, there’s only one last item to take care of: a party favor that guests won’t forget.
This special treat given to the people that joined in the party is the final component that wraps up all the party’s experience and vibes.
Here is some inspiration for the party goodies.
- Miniatures: fill the goodie bag with miniatures related to the sport, or miniatures of the birthday child’s favorite player.
- Custom DIY souvenirs: like paper folds, balloons with each guest child’s name written
- Color-matching goodies: add other items that have the same colors as the main theme of the party. This applies to candy bar
- Special stickers: make it extra special by choosing stickers that can be re-applicable on a specific surface.
- Seed packets: these have become increasingly popular because it’s a souvenir that can be used way after the 4 year old birthday party is over – but it’s a long lasting memorabilia.
At the end of the day, all the 4 years old birthday party ideas circle back to one main question: what will make your child happy? What will make them have a great time celebrating this stage of their lives? In order to continue this journey into developing your child and creating happy memories, take a look at these STEAM activities you can try at home.