Birthday party games and activities for five-year-old children must be easy enough for the children to understand them and interesting enough to hold their attention.
Limbo is an ideal game for many age groups including five-year-olds. This game is played by two people holding a stick or pole at a given height and the children bending backward and walking underneath the stick. The game begins when music starts. The kids begin walking under the stick. The people holding the pole progressively lowering the stick for each round as the kids continue going under it. Children may not use their hands or arms to support themselves as they bend backward. If a child falls down while trying to pass under the pole, they are eliminated. The last child to successfully pass under the pole without falling down is the winner.
A sreasure hunt is an activity that works well for five-year-olds. Each child is given a piece of paper with pictures of items they must find. If the party has a theme, the items they find correlate with the theme. For a princess party, the kids find tiaras, necklaces and perfume. The items are hidden prior to the party and the children are given instructions where to look. The first child to gather all the items on the list is the winner.
Five-year-olds enjoy the Mummy Wrap game. It is simple to play and keeps children's interest. The children are divided into two or three groups, depending on the number of children. Each group receives two rolls of toilet paper. When the children are instructed to start, they begin wrapping up one child in toilet paper. They are finished when they run out of toilet paper. Whichever team finishes first, wins the game. The game continues to play until all children are wrapped. Be mindful that children do not prohibit the "mummy" from breathing as they wrap them up.
If the child's birthday party is in the summer, water games work well for five-year-olds. The children are divided into two teams. Two buckets are placed at the starting line. Two more buckets are placed roughly 20 feet to 30 feet away and one bucket is filled with water for each team. When the game begins, one player from each team grabs a sponge and runs to the bucket filled with water. The children dip the sponge in the bucket and run back to the empty bucket as fast as they can. When they get there, they squeeze the water out of the sponge into the empty bucket. The children hand their sponge to the next child. The game continues until one team's bucket is full.