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Game On! Exciting Party Games for 5-Year-Old Birthday Parties

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Are you planning a birthday party for your 5-year-old but feeling overwhelmed with the task of keeping the young guests entertained? No worries! We’ve got you covered with a few fun party games specifically designed for 5-year-old birthday celebrations. Continue reading for all the details. Enjoy!

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Fun Birthday Party Games for 5 Year Olds

Musical Chairs

This is a classic game loved by children of all ages (oh, and us adults too!). Simply arrange chairs in a circle, one less than the number of participants. Play music and have the children walk around the chairs. When the music stops, everyone rushes to sit on a chair. The one left without a chair is out, and a chair is removed. Continue until there’s only one winner.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

This is another popular, and very simple game. Blindfold each child and spin them around. Hand them a paper tail with tape and guide them towards the donkey picture on the wall. The one who pins the tail closest to the correct spot wins.

Etsy actually has some really cool variations of this game. There are even a few that are personalized to pin the hat on the birthday child!

Duck, Duck, Goose

Alright, here’s an active (and classic) game that gets the guests moving. Have the kids sit in a circle. One child becomes the “goose” and walks around the outside of the circle, tapping each child’s head while saying “duck.” Eventually, the goose chooses someone to be the new goose and the game continues.

Treasure Hunt

Keep your guests busy with a treasure hunt adventure. Hide small prizes or treats around the party area and provide them with clues to follow. Encourage teamwork as they search for the hidden treasures.

Balloon Pop

Fill several balloons with treats or small prizes. Scatter the balloons around the room. Let the children take turns popping the balloons by sitting or stomping on them to reveal the surprise inside.

Simon Says

One child acts as “Simon” and gives commands like “Simon says touch your nose.” The other children must follow the command only if “Simon says” is said before the command. Any player who follows a command without “Simon says” is out.

Relay Races

This game is great for larger groups. Divide children into teams and set up a relay race course. Each child takes turns running a certain distance, passing a baton to the next teammate. The first team to complete the race wins.

Freeze Dance

Kids absolutely love this game. Play music and have the children dance. When the music stops, they freeze in their current position. Any child still moving is out. Restart the music and continue until only one child remains.

Bean Bag Toss

Set up targets with different point values using hula hoops or other objects. Give each child bean bags to throw at the targets, and the child with the highest total score wins.

Hot Potato

Have children sit in a circle and pass a soft object, like a stuffed toy or bean bag, while music plays. When the music stops, the child holding the object is out. Continue until one child remains.

Ring Toss

Set up bottles or cones in a line and give each child several rings. They must throw the rings and try to capture the bottles or cones. The child with the most successful throws wins.


Hold a long stick or pole horizontally. The kids take turns to bend backward and pass under the stick without touching it. Gradually lower the stick after each round. The player who lasts the longest without touching the stick wins.

Water Balloon Toss

Pair up the kids and give each pair a water balloon. They stand a few feet apart and start tossing the balloon back and forth. After successful catches, take a step back. The last pair with an unbroken balloon wins. Just make sure your guests are wearing clothes that are safe to get wet!

Tips for Hosting a Successful Game-Filled Party

Plan ahead

For a smooth and well-organized event, make a schedule of the games and activities you’ll be playing. This will help you manage time and keep the party flowing seamlessly.

Consider the space

Depending on the available space, choose games that can be played indoors or outdoors. For indoor parties, games like “Simon Says” or “Freeze dance” work well. Outdoor parties can allow for more active games like an “Obstacle Course” or “Sack Race”.

Keep it simple

Choose games that are age-appropriate and easy for the children to understand and play. Simple games like “Bean Bag Toss”, “Duck Duck Goose” or “Ring Toss” can easily provide hours of entertainment.

Keep the theme in mind

Try to incorporate the party theme into your games. For example, if you have a princess-themed party, play “Pin the Crown on the Princess” or have a princess-themed treasure hunt.

Provide prizes

Motivate the participants of each game by offering small rewards or tokens as prizes. You don’t necessarily have to spend the big bucks. You can use items like stickers, medals, small toys, or certificates to make the games even more exciting.

Additional Tips

Here are some extra tips for hosting a successful game-filled party for 5-year-olds.

  • Make sure you have enough adult supervision to make sure all the kids stay safe during the games.
  • Have backup games or activities in case of unexpected changes or circumstances.
  • Have a designated game area with clearly marked boundaries to keep everyone engaged, focused, and safe.

Wrapping Up

Including these birthday party games for 5 year olds in your child’s celebration is very important to help make the event enjoyable. Feel free to try out these exciting and interactive games during your child’s birthday bash.

We would love to hear your feedback and favorite party games for young children in the comments section below. Don’t forget to subscribe for updates on future blog posts about children’s parties and explore the Major League Mommy blog for even more party planning ideas.

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