These Easy and Low-Cost Birthday Party Activities are great for boys and girls and suitable for indoor or outdoor parties. Using budget-friendly supplies (some you already have in your home) you can create some awesome kids’ birthday party activity ideas. Read on for birthday party inspiration (you make want to Pin or print this…just sayin’)…
Easy and Low-Cost Birthday Party Activities
Cupcake decorating. Always a favourite. Plus, it’s an activity and your birthday dessert in one. And you don’t need to worry about picky eaters because the kids can pick and choose what they want on their own cupcakes. You could use my tutorial HOW TO MAKE RAINBOW ICING to make an easy, multi-coloured icing in case you wanted a unicorn or rainbow theme. Or just use plain chocolate or vanilla. OR use whipped cream (no joke, I was once at a birthday party and the Mom sprayed canned whipped cream instead of icing on the top of the cupcakes – the kids LOVED it). Then, kids can decorate with sprinkles, coloured sugar, mini-chocolate covered pieces, animal crackers…whatever. (this reminds me…I’ve actually made invisible icing using sugar and water…because my kids never liked icing…I’ll post that recipe soon).
Painting. Put a plastic table cloth down on your kitchen table, put out paint brushes, pour paint into clean applesauce or yogurt containers, get some paper plates or canvases from the dollar store. And you have an art project that can also be part of the loot bag!
Virtual Passport. Put out a map or globe. Make passports (you can print them out on your computer using a Word document). And have kids’ “visit” different countries. The kitchen can be France. Living room Italy. Hallway Spain. Decorate accordingly and have a little something in each “country” for the kids to eat/do/see. EXAMPLE: go to Italy and pin the tail on the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Related: You can find over 50 activities, recipes and experiments in my book Boredom Busters.
Rock painting. Simply get a bucket of rocks from your local beach. Wash them. Prepare your table for painting (see Painting above) and you are good to go. HOW TO MAKE KINDNESS ROCKS turns rock making into a feel-good activity. Or you could make tic tac toe rocks. Or rock monsters.
A mystery or quest. Think: real life clue. Set up a mystery for the kids to participate in and solve. It could be detective based (spy, police) or escape room-ish (but don’t lock kids in a room). Set up clues, give the kids code names, and let them quest away.
Arts n’ crafts. From origami to found-art there are tons of arts n’ crafts ideas you can do on a low budget. Even HOW TO MAKE SLIME PUTTY or DIY LIPGLOSS USING ONLY TWO INGREDIENTS are easy and low-cost birthday party activities.
Egg hunt. Re-use your plastic Easter eggs and do an Easter Egg hunt. Or create a treasure hunt using gold chocolate coins (you can get them at bulk stores). It’s active and fun and great for all ages.