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Ideas for B-day Party Activities?

Hi Everyone-
I am a little stumped about what activities to plan for my son's 4th birthday party this weekend. I am running short on ideas and time! He is having a Disney Cars themed party. All the ideas I've seen online involve outside activities. It is supposed to rain all weekend :( All of the kids (about 10 kids) are around his age, from 2 to 4, boys and girls. Any ideas? I'm also not quite sure how to entertain so many kids!

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I'm all about crafting and having an autumn girl myself, we have to always plan indoor parties. Here are a couple ideas:

Car races with matchbook cars: make cardboard ramps and have them race.
Make a large posterboard cutout of the front of a car. Let the kids stand behind it (like they are driving) and have a photo booth. You could make it even more fun by making an entire cardboard box car and let them sit inside.
Make little cars out of little cereal boxes and plastic bottle caps.

Those were just off the top of my head. Here's a link with a bunch of ideas for a car/hot rod party:

http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/partyHotRod.htm

Have fun! :-)

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I just had a halloween party for seven 4 year olds and all the activities were a hit. They were mostly girls but everyone enjoyed them. They are all transfereable to "cars" theme
1)Bingo - I made bingo cards with Halloween stickers (cars stickers). No one had played before so it was fun as a new game. I gave treats for the first bingo for each child but we ended up playing till all the boards were full.

2)Pin the nose on the pumpkin - My daughter painted the pumpkin and cut out the different shapes for the noses so she could practice her scissor skills and be a part of it.

3)coloring sheets as they arrived so that it didnt matter when they started and they could all join in at any time. One was even a maze (it was a little too difficult for some) I found these on line.

4) Read a ghost story - they loved it. Even the boys

5)free time to go play with my daughters toys and play in her bedroom.

6)Bowl full of jello and cool whip with fun toys hidden inside. The kids had to stick their hands in there and goosh them around till they found the eyeballs (grapes), plastic bats, skulls, etc. Make sure you put tablecloth on the table and on the floor and do it close to the bathroom so they can wash their hands off without carrying the mess around the house.

These activities filled up 2 hours of fun.

Get the parents involved too in helping!

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For my 4 year old's party we played bowling (Target / $9.99). Each child had a turn and there was no win or lose. We also did pin (tape) the tail on the donkey (dollar store). They had the option to wear the mask or not. Two games was plenty at that age. For their gift bags, they received sandbuckets and each time they finished a game, they received a prize. We also did a pinata where you pull the string and they used their buckets for the candy. :)

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I'm all about crafting and having an autumn girl myself, we have to always plan indoor parties. Here are a couple ideas:

Car races with matchbook cars: make cardboard ramps and have them race.
Make a large posterboard cutout of the front of a car. Let the kids stand behind it (like they are driving) and have a photo booth. You could make it even more fun by making an entire cardboard box car and let them sit inside.
Make little cars out of little cereal boxes and plastic bottle caps.

Those were just off the top of my head. Here's a link with a bunch of ideas for a car/hot rod party:

http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/partyHotRod.htm

Have fun! :-)

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Have you considered the classics like musical chairs (could be like a racetrack) or pin the tire on the racecar?

You could play "pin the wheels on the car" (instead of tail on the donkey) or do an art project where they each decorate a cut out car (just cut a general shape out of construction paper) play the "red light, green light" game... if you could find some car shaped cookie cutters you could let them decorate cookies?

E.
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can you do things like hot potato with a car, have car races on hard wood floor, make ramps out of posterboard and let them try to slide cars from the couch/chair to the floor, pin the bumber sticker on the car, a friend of mine just did a moster truck party - she made placemats (but the kids could make them) with trucks cut out of magazines, stickers, and the kids' names, you could also add a picture if you can take and print at your house...then laminate with clear contact paper, play red light green light with the cars racing - they can drive the cars across the floor, following the r/g commands - you can even make a stop and go sign, get a few books about racecars (I am sure that there are specifically cars books)

You could do a scavenger hunt inside with Cars cars. Race cars down a ramp (previously suggested), you could make an easy cake using two round cakes side by side and making a figure 8 track on them, then put a few Hot Wheels or Cars vehicles on it.

We had a Clifford party for my 2 yr old this summer and most of the guests were 3 and 4. We played a scavenger hunt, dog bone fishing with cookie cutters, and pin the bone on Clifford. With a bbq, cake and present opening, this was plenty for them to do. The kids played games while the food was cooking on the grill. The kids liked the fishing game the best.

You could get car shaped cookie cutters and attach a paper clip (if plastic) and a stick with a string and washer attached. A magnet sticks well to the washer. I just used an old baby tub for the pool and no water, but water would work, too.

Good luck and have fun,
D.

we just had an indoor party with kids the same age range. I did a version of pin the tail game(all kids won a prize), coloring and playdoh station and free play. I also cleaned out my garage and put all the ride on toys in there and the kids loved it. You can print out "cars" coloring pages online for free.
We also did a pull string pinata.
We did about an hour of the freeplay/playdoh/coloring, played the game, and then the second hour was cake and presents and a little more free play. It was the perfect amount of time.
The kids this age really don't have a long attention span, so I made everything quick. Not every kid participated, but that was ok. They really do entertain themselves quite well, so just do a few simple things and they will have a blast.
Have fun!

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