Birthday Party Theme Ideas for 5-to 6-Year-Olds

Firefighter Party

Firefighters are neighborhood heroes. A party that celebrates the firefighter is sure to ring bells. With school-age children, firefighter parties can include a range of games and even a lesson on fire safety. Check with your local firehouse about distributing fire safety information at the party. And don't forget to have some fun!

Game: Pin the Spot on the Dalmatian. It's a firefighter twist on a party favorite. Plus, it's easy to score. Draw a large outline of a dog and have plenty of sticky spots on hand for pinning. Let kids take multiple tries until Fido looks nice and spotty.

Party favors: Fire hats. Fire safety coloring books or other age-appropriate teaching tools.

Planning timeline

  • One month before party day: Make guest list, plan menu, send invitations.
  • Two weeks before party day: Shop for party favors, paper goods, and items needed for the game. Ask a friend or relative who has RSVP'd to act as your assistant on party day.
  • One week before party day: Shop for menu items.

Sources: The Best Birthday Parties Ever! A Kid's Do-It-Yourself Guide (The Millbrook Press) by Kathy Ross; Great Parties for Kids (Williamson Publishing Co.) by Nancy Fyke; Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and Other Party Games (Morrow Junior Books/New York) by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson; Rainy Days and Saturdays (Workman Publishing Co.) by Linda Hetzer

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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