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Party Game Ideas for 5 Year Old Boys

We are having a b-day party at our house for my son and 5 of his friends. We are trying to get away from theme-based b-day parties. I am trying to come up with some creative indoor games for 5 year olds. His b-day is 4/11, but we are having it on 4/4 due to the holiday (Easter). I thought about doing an Easter egg hunt and filling the eggs with toy cars, a little candy, and some other inexpensive toys (maybe stickers and tattoos). The kids would be able to take home what they find. I'm trying to find a way to make this fair. I don't want one kid to end up with ten eggs, and another kid two. Should I limit the number of eggs they can find? Any other suggestions on games? I am not doing goodie bags -- they are usually filled with toys that are forgotten in a day and too much candy. We are doing handprint t-shirts instead. We do them when the kids first arrive so that they will be mostly dry by the time they leave. Oh one thing I should mention, I don't really like pinatas -- just more candy and soon forgotten toys inside. Thanks for your help!

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I understand what you mean by the toys in the pinata and goody bags, they are cheesy. One year for my daughter's birthday, instead of candy(her b-day is before Halloween and the last thing the kids needed was more candy) and toys inside the pinata, I used plastic coins instead. I awarded prizes in place of the coins. It kept the fun of breaking the pinata and the kids were able to exchange the coins for a decent prize.

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Corn shucking contest...the old hard boiled egg on a spoon race...let them make bird feeders...free play....

One way to do it is to number the treasures and have each child pick something numbered out of a basket(sticker would work) and they could find and keep anything with that number. They not only look for their own things, but they end up helping each other along the way.

I understand what you mean by the toys in the pinata and goody bags, they are cheesy. One year for my daughter's birthday, instead of candy(her b-day is before Halloween and the last thing the kids needed was more candy) and toys inside the pinata, I used plastic coins instead. I awarded prizes in place of the coins. It kept the fun of breaking the pinata and the kids were able to exchange the coins for a decent prize.

I would do a treasure hunt instead of the Easter Eggs. This way, there is one of everything to find and the kids can work together. You can even make that into a pirate theme for the whole party. If it's nice out that day, you can even take the kids outside to find things. As far as other games, I would go back to the games we used to do as kids....Freeze Dance, Hot Potato, Musical Chairs, Simon Says! Have fun!

I like the egg idea - even when it's not Easter - they make great treat holders. If you give children 1/2 an egg carton they can fill it with 6 eggs that they choose and you can paint the cardboard kind with each child' name (or they can). My son's 5th is coming up too - so this is a good time for me to start thinking about it! :)

For the Easter Egg Hunt, there are so many colored eggs you can find at the store now. Buy 8 of each color for each child. And tell each child to pick one of each color. You can find at least 8 -10 different colors. That will make it fair! The kids are old enough to understand.
also, what about playing Bingo? What a fun game.. Make your own cards and Instead of using the letters BINGO... Use PARTY

Good luck!

Just an idea for the Easter egg hunt...
Either give each kid his own color egg or make each color egg a specific prize. Like, red eggs are toy cars and yellow eggs are stickers. Then, tell the kids to find one of each color. That way, they all end up with one of every prize. If you give each kid his own color, then you can make sure that all the red eggs have one of each prize and all the blue eggs have one of each prize, etc.
Have fun!

HI,

For my daughter's 5 year birthday party we did a treasure hint and we put the name of each child on the shells that we hid so that not only did they have to find the shells, but they had to find their own. You could label the eggs with names or designate a specific color for each child, etc.

Good hunting!

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