when the fourth birthday rolls around, the kids are super excited to get hands on! from making their own instruments to mugging in front of the streamer backdrop, they’ll be ready. here are some of our favorite ideas for four year olds.

-details: keep things fun and festive with these cute party hat invitations from tiny prints. create a party atmosphere that will serve as decoration and a backdrop for photos. the kids can take home their very own homemade bongos.

-food + drink: rachel threw a pizza party for her son jack’s fourth birthday. each child got their own individual pizza and could go crazy with fun toppings. try a variety of cheeses, pepperoni, tiny veggies, etc. for drinks, the kids will love these sparkling fruit coolers. parents will love that they are lower in sugar than soft drinks and full of fresh fruit and all-natural ingredients. a fun idea for dessert is to get plain vanilla or unfrosted cupcakes (depends on how messy you want to get!) and supply fun toppings for the kids to decorate with. did we mention activities are great for four year olds? (cupcakes found here)

-party ideas: round up the troups for some really fun group activities. kids will flip for a yoga and tumbling party. check out the highly recommended intown tumbling (image source). also think about hosting a music class with either a teacher that could come to your house or just have a free for all with a variety of instruments (image source). a reading party would also be fun where you could pick out a stack of your child’s favorite books and read them aloud.