Birthday party ideas and tips for under-5s in early childhood education and home settings

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 When planning a children's party the first things to consider are:

  • The birthday child's age and developmental abilities so that the party games, food (etc) are appropriate.
  • The child's personal likes and interests (e.g. you would not organise an inside noisy dance party with lots of friends for a 4-year-old girl who is quiet and reserved and does not like dancing).
  • Any family beliefs and values surrounding whether and how the child's birthday can be celebrated.  Some religious groups (e.g. Jehovah's Witnesses) and individual families choose not to recognise birthdays.
  • Allergies and dietary factors for the birthday child and those who are to be attending the party (click here for info on food allergy management)
  • Food preferences, for example the saveloy is a popular party food in NZ and Australia but may disgust and leave children and parents who are vegetarian hungry.

Below are top tips for planning a fun and happy party for all,  party activity ideas, games, party themes, and top party food ideas.

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