Inside: Fun Birthday Party Games for 5-Year-Olds.
Show your birthday boy or girl a good time with these super fun games! Whether you are throwing an outdoor bash or having friends over for a fun indoor party these birthday party games for 5-year-olds are packed full of exciting and playful ideas.
From classic outdoor games like red rover or hide and seek to entertaining board games and active Minute to win it ideas, your party will be chalked full of fun.
Classic Birthday Party Games for 5-Year-Olds
Red Rover: Red rover, red rover, the kids will love this party game when they come over. To play, have the kids line up and link arms in two separate lines. Then, each line will alternate saying the riddle, “Red rover, red rover, let __ come over!” where they will choose one kid from the opposing line to run over and try to break their chain. If the kid can’t break their linked arms, they’ll join their team. If successful, their team wins!
Hide-and-Seek: Tight on budget and on time? Add a few rounds of hide-and-seek to your kid’s party game agenda. Turn things up a notch by playing a round of hide-and-seek tag. If a player is found, the finder will have to tag them to be it next.
Obstacle Course: Challenge the little ones to an obstacle course. To make your own DIY obstacle course, gather your kid’s favorite outdoor toys (think: slides, hula hoops and jump rope) and arrange them around your backyard. Then, time each kid and see who comes out on top as the quickest player. Or better yet, set up two courses for a live-action race.
Simon Says: Let’s see how well your little ones listen. Assign one player as “Simon” who chooses everyone’s next move. Players need to pay close attention, though, because they only follow what Simon says. If a player follows a command that isn’t worded with “Simon says _”, they’re out! Whoever makes it to the very last round is Simon next.
Treasure Hunt: Hide written clues around the house or backyard to the lead the little ones to the buried treasure. You can be as cryptic or direct as you’d like. In the last envelope, leave a key to open up the treasure chest. Make sure to fill the treasure chest with kid-approved goodies like mini candy bars, gold coins, keychains and temporary tattoo
Birthday Party Board Games for 5-Year-Olds
Guess Who: I played this game approximately ten million times as a child (we had a travel version, and my sisters and I played it CONSTANTLY one summer) and it’s been really fun to play it with my kids now!
Snails Pace Race: This is a cooperative preschool board game to help all the snails get to their leaves and have a snack. Simple roll the colored dice and move the snails. Cheer on the other snails!
Hi Ho! Cherry-O: If you’re interested in schooling your siblings the way you did years ago. I was obsessed with this game as a child, and TBH, I would still play it now…
Picture Dominoes: A simple version of dominoes for kindergarten and preschoolers. These are large sturdy cards that teach the fundamentals of the game in a fun and colorful way! Great for matching, counting, and problem-solving!
Hungry Hungry Hippos: This game is perfect for the kiddos and great to help you relive your childhood again and again. Even numerous years later, it’s still an iconic game.
Minute to Win It Birthday Party Games for 5-Year-Olds
Keep It Up: Can your kiddo keep a balloon (or two) in the air for a minute? Using only one hand? Using no hands?
Bottle-to-Bottle: Fill one 2-Liter bottle with anything — pasta, rice, marbles, cereal, mini-marshmallows, etc. Players must try to transfer one bottle’s contents into another bottle. Whoever can transfer the most within the minute will win. Trust us: There will be a ton of spillage, so avoid liquid.
Human Ring Toss: Gather up hula hoops from the garage and borrow from friends and family. Pair-off players and have one play the human post while the other attempts to toss the hula hoops onto them. Who can collect the most?
Roll-On-Buddy: Try to roll a potato, sweet potato or onion across the floor from one side of the room to the other.. using only your nose.
Cookie Face: Place a cookie on each player’s forehead. Who can move the cookie to their mouth without using their hands first/fastest?
Cereal Puzzle: Cut up a cereal box into small pieces and see who can reassemble it back in 1 minute.
More Fun Game Ideas Your Kids Will Love
- Board Games for 4-Year-Olds – One of our favorite ways to practice numbers, shapes, cooperative skills, and recognition is by learning from fun. I mean who doesn’t love playing games? But add a lesson into that fun and you have a winner for all. These learning fun board games for 4-year-olds are a great way to start teaching basic skills they will need. You and your little one can have the most fun together.
- Printable Word Games for Kids – Word games are among our family’s favorites. They’re fun and versatile. Different ages can play, to the best of their abilities. And they can be played pretty much anywhere, at home or on the go. I love using word games to learn sight words, spelling, and playing on a great theme! We have put together the perfect list of printable word games for kids. They are filled with colorful themes and creative learning fun. Find your favorite and play for hours.
- Minute to Win It Games for Kids – I love a good game night, obviously! But we have really been into Minute to Win it style game lately. They are fun quick-paced and usually provide LOTS of laughs! These games keep everyone on their toes, and no one gets bored! I usually love playing these games with a large group, recently my kiddos had some friends over and I thought that would be the perfect time to pull of these fun Minute to Win It games for kids. They are all easy to play, pretty inexpensive to prep and are SO much fun!