We have collected the most fun-filled birthday party activities and ideas for 5 year olds and their party guests from all over the internet and beyond. These birthday party ideas range from DIY silly putty to team games! We have birthday party activities and fun ideas for kids of all ages. Grab your kids, your birthday party ideas, and let’s get to party planning!

Picture shows a collage of photos in circular shapes of the activities at a birthday party from Kids Activities Blog.
Let’s find a great idea for a party theme!

FAVORITE Birthday Party Ideas for 5 year olds

There is so much fun to be had at a child’s birthday party! A birthday celebration is more fun with party favors, a great birthday party theme, ice cream, birthday cake, and the best part – the guest of honor!

Different themes for a child’s birthday party allow party goers to have a great time with their favorite friend. Once they decide on their themed party can decide on activities and great party games to play.

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Five-year-olds and fun birthday party games just go together! Most kids birthday parties have classic party games that are cut and dry but these birthday party games will make their backyard party the event of the year! If these kid’s birthday party ideas look like fun but you’re not the creative type, don’t worry we’ll provide all the help you’ll need!

Fun Birthday Party Activities for 5 Year Olds

1. Edible Birthday Cake Playdough

Image shows a 3 tiered playdoh birthday cake with sprinkles and a purple round topper with stars in darker purple on a white background from Kids Activities Blog.
Who wants cake?

Edible playdoh is a great way to evolve younger children in making the birthday cake.

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2. DIY Friendship Bracelets

Picture shows a child's arm wearing 6 friendship bracelets made of pinks, purple, blue, yellow, and white strings from Kids Activities Blog.
Let’s make bracelets!

Use our DIY loom to create memories and some pretty great party favors!

3. Melted Crayon Art Using Hot Rocks!

Picture shows rocks that have had crayons in every color melted upon them from Kids Activities Blog
Let’s melt crayons!

Make your preschooler the happiest birthday child with these melted crayon rocks birthday party activity.

4. Make Edible Ink

Picture shows a child hand with green edible ink smeared all over it from Kids Activities Blog.
Let’s eat our creativity!

More than just a party activity, this edible ink is a creative and wonderful learning opportunity!

5. Making Prints from Styrofoam

Image shows a white rectangular styrofoam sheet with different blues painted in a dotted water color fashion from Kids Activities Blog.
Are you ready to try printmaking techniques at your party?

Use our directions for printmaking techniques as your guide to inspire your own colorful prints. It doesn’t matter what colors you use!

6. DIY Crayons

Image shows a child's hands and arm coloring with their DIY crayon stick in pink on a white sheet of paper.
DIY crayons are so much fun!

Parents will be making these new glue stick DIY crayons from old pieces of crayons for young children and older children alike to enjoy.


Picture shows children outside playing outdoor games like hide and seek and red rover from Fun Party Pop.
Let’s play games!

Find a birthday party game for everyone from Fun Party Pop; this list has cookie face, red rover, and treasure hunt, just to name a few!

8. Dance Party Games

Image shows two boys playing limbo at an outside party in the fall from My Teen Guide.
Let’s Limbo!

These dance party ideas are great for larger groups with a bunch of kids from My Teen Guide.

9. Hula Hoop Dancing

Have a happy birthday hula party with Neeti’s Dance Studio!

10. Kick the Can

Image shows two cans with targets in green and orange that say let's play kick the can from Kids Chaos.
Let’s play “Kick the Can!”

Let Kids Chaos helps you liven up your classic game of kick the can!

11. Nature Scavenger Hunt

Image shows a child in a white shirt with multicolored polka dots holding a brown and white scavenger hunt list from How To Nest For Less.
Can you find all the clues?

Let’s play amateur detective with a free printable from How To Nest For Less. So fun!

12. Homemade Spin Art

Picture shows a spin painting in red, yellow, blue, purple, green, and orange on white paper from Housing A Forest.
Let’s make spin art stations!

Housing A Forest takes your birthday party activities for 5-year-olds a step up from simple finger painting.

13. Pour Painting

Picture shows a painting made from pouring paint in light blue, blue, purple, yellow, orange, and green from Housing A Forest.
Fun activities can always be had with paint!

Housing a Forest brings your party to life with this painting activity.

14. Raised Salt Painting

Picture shows streaks of watercolored, salt covered glue from Housing A Forest.
Let’s paint some salt!

This salt art from Housing A Forest is great for your small group of young guests!

15. Melted Crayon Canvas

Picture shows a box of crayons laying on a white canvas and melted wax from them decorating the canvas from School Time Snippets.
Melting crayons is so much fun!

This activity from School Time Snippets will have your party room decorated in style!

16. Painting ROCKS!

Image shows large rocks painted blue, yellow, orange, green, purple, and pink from Play Dr. Mom.
Painting rocks is a blast!

Bring your party activities to life and let Play Dr Mom show you how to use large rocks for your painting canvas.


Picture shows a sheet of white paper being colored in a pattern using green, orange, yellow, pink, blue and red from What Do We Do All Day.
Drawing tessellations are so fun!

If your guest list has artistic math lovers then good news, What Do We Do All Day has an activity for your next party.


Tissue paper pieces in green, yellow, blue, purple, red, and orange on a large white tissue sheet makes a great alternative stained glass art from What Do We Do All Day.
Stained glass alternative art.

What Do We Do All Day gives us a great party idea for the indoors!

19. The Best Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

Picture show a child doing an obstacle course with hula hoops, jump rope, and a basket of colorful Easter eggs from Happy Toddler Playtime.
Let’s have relay races!

Create an obstacle course using the supply list from Happy Toddler Playtime.

20. Silly Putty Recipe

Picture show two photos of a child's hands playing with green DIY silly putty.
Have fun playing with putty!

Make a simple game out of silly putty for your 5 year old’s party from Happy Toddler Playtime.


Which of the birthday party activities for 5-year-olds are you going to try first? Which activity is your favorite?

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  1. These are great games for kids on their birthday! My youngest will love making a cake with the edible playdough, what a great idea!

  2. How cool is the edible birthday cake play dough?! Do you think that I can make a gluten free version of this? These are such creative 5 year old birthday party ideas! For my daughter’s 5th birthday party, we had a Fancy Nancy tea party. I collected random (fancy) tea sets, and we just followed the books for decorating and her outfit. We of course left the books out everywhere for the kids to read. It was really sweet!

  3. These 5 year old birthday party ideas are seriously a life saver. I am planning a party for my twin nephews and this list is so helpful!

  4. I need all the 5 year old birthday party ideas. My son turns five this summer, so I will be saving these ideas to use!