4 Year Olds Just Love To Play

Games 4 year olds just love to play include some of the tried and tested traditional party games that you may remember playing yourself when you where 4 years old.

I like to plan my 4 year old party games around a theme. When selecting the appropriate birthday party theme choose one that your child is currently interested in. Then choose the most fun games to fit your theme, that's the easiest way to go about planning your birthday party games.

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Games 4 Year Olds Love To Play

For 4 year old party games, choose the tried and true favorites and you can't go wrong. And remember, keep it simple. 2-3 games 4 year olds would like should suffice. You could use some of the same games that I have written about at my 3 year old party games. site, so check it out as well. However, you might want to consider choosing a few games that are a little bit more advanced, games 4 year olds can handle, like these most fun games.

Bucket and Balls

One of the great lively outdoor games 4 year olds will enjoy. Especially when there are at least enough children to make 2 team.

You will need: Two large buckets Marked Team A and Team B, lots of soft balls.

Object of the game: Firsts team to get all the balls into the bucket.


  • Place the empty buckets at one end of the garden.
  • Divide the children into teams.
  • Divide the balls up between the teams, make sure that there is at least 1 ball per child.
  • Draw a line a short distance away from the bucket.
  • Line the children up behind the line.
  • When you shout GO the first child, at the front of the line, throws their ball towards their teams bucket.
  • Whether or not the ball lands in the bucket, the child runs to the back of the line and shouts GO.
  • The next child in the line throws their ball towards the bucket.
  • Repeat until all the children have got their balls into the bucket.
  • When a child who has subsequently missed getting the ball into the bucket, arrives at the front of the line again, they must run to pick up their ball, go back to the start line and try again to throw the ball in the bucket.
  • The team who gets all the balls in the bucket first is the winner.

  • Pin The Tail

    This is a great traditional kids Games 4 Year Olds will just love playing. This game has been around for years and is great for tailoring to any party theme. Traditionally a Donkey was used, but you can draw any animal, see examples below. You can create your own large picture of an animal and you could have the birthday child help with the drawing and coloring in. This is a great party starter, as each child arrives have them pin the tail and announce the winner after all the guests have arrived and they have all had a go.

    You will need: A large picture of an animal, with a large X marked on the position were the tail should be, strands of wool tied together to make a tail, a blindfold, blue Tack to hold the picture securely on the wall. A pen to write the child's name on the position they stuck the tail.

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    Object of the game: To pin the tail on the animal in the correct position. The closest child wins.


  • Securely fix the animal picture onto a wall at eye level to the children's height.
  • Show the first child the picture and show them where the tail should go.
  • Blindfold the child and hand them the tail.
  • Turn the child around 3 times then put their hand on the animals head.
  • Let the child decide where they think the tail should go.
  • Once they have chosen a spot, mark the spot with their name.
  • Take the blindfold off the child so that they can see how close they were.
  • Repeat with all the children.
  • Alternatives Themes:

  • Unicorn for a Princess party - Pin the Unicorns Horn.
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  • Treasure map for a Pirate Party - Pin the Treasure.
  • Pin The Parrot On The Pirate Game
  • Lion for a Jungle Party -Pin the Lions Tail.
  • A Fairy for a Fairy Party - Pin the Wand into the fairy's hand, or the wings onto the fairy.
  • Batman Character for a Superhero Party - pin the cape.
  • A Witch for a Halloween Party Pin the cat onto the broomstick.

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    Memory Game

    Quieter games 4 year olds like include this great game suitable for indoor parties and sleepovers.

    You will need: A covered box, a tray, a tea towel, lots of household items, eg spoon, toilet roll, coin, scissors, toy, cup,sunglasses.

    Object of the game: To remember as many items on the tray as possible.


  • Start with all the household items in the covered box.
  • Select 10 items from the box, and lay them onto the tray and cover them with the tea towel.
  • The first child lifts the tea towel and looks at the items, and tries to memorise them.
  • After 1 minute cover the tray with the tea towel.
  • The child then has to recall all of the items that were on the tray.
  • Repeat with each child, and switch some of the items from those that are in the covered box.
  • When all the children have had a go, count up the score to find a winner.
  • Alternative:For younger children. Children have to guess which item is missing from the tray.

  • Start with all the household items in the covered box.
  • Select 10 items from the box, and lay them onto the tray and cover them with the tea towel.
  • The first child lifts the tea towel and looks at the items, and tries to memorise them.
  • After 1 minute cover the tray with the tea towel.
  • Secretly remove 1 or 2 items.
  • The child has to guess which item is missing from the tray.

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    Egg and Spoon Race

    Games 4 Year Olds have been playing for years and they still enjoy them today. I love this game, great for outdoor parties. Tip, boil the eggs the night before and give them plenty of time to cool down. My friend volunteered to do my eggs, and she arrived with them still very warm!!

    If you don't want to mess around with boiled eggs, then check out the iplay Egg and Spoon Race, no preparation required, it's easy!

    You will need: Cooled very hard boiled eggs, (enough for each child), Spoons, (enough for each child).

    Object of the game: First child to cross the finish line with their egg still on their spoon.


  • Set up a start and finish line.
  • Line the children up along the start line.
  • Give each child a spoon and an egg.
  • When you shout GO, the children have to run to the finish line.
  • If they drop their egg they have to stop and pick it up before running again.
  • The first child to cross the finish line with their egg still on their spoon is the winner.
  • Alternatives:

    Use ping pong balls instead of eggs.Blue Tack the egg/ball to the spoon for younger children if necessary.

    Print and Play Party Games

    For easy, fun, no mess party games, bring out the Printable Kids Birthday Games. They will keep them entertained for hours and they're suitable for 3-5 year olds.

    Pony Jumping

    The girls love this one, especially if your having a My Little Pony birthday party theme. A good outdoor party games 4 year olds will love.

    You will need: 5-6 Long sticks (bamboo) or planks of wood. Bricks or plant pots. Winners ribbons

    Object of the game: To race around the course without knocking the jumps over.


  • Set up the course by placing the bamboo sticks or planks of wood across the bricks to make mini jumps.
  • Ask the children to give themselves pony names.
  • Each child takes it in turns to run and jump through the course.
  • Make sure all the children receive a winners ribbon for completing the course.

  • Activity Games 4 Year Olds Enjoy:

  • Face Painting
  • Jumping Castle
  • Clown
  • Magician
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    Games 4 Year Olds - Tips

    Safety First.

    If you're going to run a kids birthday party game in your own home, whether indoors or outdoors, make sure that tools and chemicals are put away.

    Check that fences and gates are secure, especially the pool or pond area. Ask a neighbor to look after any lively pets. If you don't want your best china to get broken, or the expensive vase that your great Aunty Mabel left you, then lock it away!

    Cleaning up.

    Make sure that you have plenty of large garbage bags, for the disposable paper cups, plates and wrapping paper. I recommend Party Supplies at Low Prices Also, stock up on paper towels because there will be food and drink spilt! Remind the children to go to the toilet, the best time is just before the birthday tea and cake comes out.

    Tears, Tantrums and Crowd Control.

    Even a small group of children will need some from of crowd control.

    I made sure that the rules were clearly set out at the start. I had prizes for the winners and the runners up, as well as the one that came last! I made sure that everyone walked away with a prize. I was lucky that most of the parents hung around, so they helped.

    If they start to get too wild, run a quiet game like Pass the Parcel.
    If a child is tearful, have an adult sit with them in a quiet corner or read a story to them.

    Final Word on Kids Birthday Party Games.

    Remember KISS- Keep It Simple Stupid.

  • Don't try to do too much, 3 party games maximum and have a plan.
  • Don't try and do it all yourself, ask friends, family and other parents to help.
  • Keep within 2 hours, 3 at the most.
  • Remember to smile and look like you're having fun, because the children will pick up on your attitude.
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    "Thank you Katherine, love your site. I used your suggestions for my 4 year olds birthday party last week. 15 Kindergarden kids! My sister does face painting so we did that. I had a pass the parcel using nursery rhyme music I had a candy between each wrapping of paper which worked well. Finally I did some balloon games. They loved it. I especially liked your idea of having a story time at the end of the party, it worked well, my sister read the stories and I organized the parents as they arrived to pick up their kids. My little girl loved her special day and I think it was the games that made it work so well. Planning my sons 7th Birthday for next month now"

    Sandra, Atlanta, USA

    Just a quick note to let you know that I followed your instructions for running party games at my sons birthday party and it went really well. I did 3 games and the most popular was the obstacle course. I had 10 boys ages 6-10 and once they had played with the course I had set out they then started to create their own ideas for obstacles and rearranged the course making it harder and harder. This 1 game kept them entertained for over an hour.

    Jess, From New Jersey.

    Thank you for the Easter games ideas, they went down a treat. We did the Easter egg hunt and I had pin the bunny ears. Really good.I like your web site its well written and got great ideas.

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    Thank you for your baby shower games ideas, I'd never done one before so had no idea where to start. They worked well and my friends loved it.

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    I had a housewarming last week and we played your game know your suburb. it was very entertaining and we learnt so much just in preparing for the game, great idea thanks.

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