Projects for kids birthdays are not only fun, but they also save time because the kids do some of the work themselves. They can help create decorations for the party, which leads to a much more personalized atmosphere. Choose one craft activity for a birthday party, and make it fit the theme, then give plenty of time for more active games so the kids can burn off some energy.
Birthday Party Hats
Draw half circles on different color pieces of paper and cut them out. Let the children decorate them as they wish. They can draw pictures, patterns or stripes with crayons; glue on cutouts of balloons; stick on stickers; or add sparkle with glitter glue and curly ribbons at the top of the hat. When the hats have dried, fold them to create a cone shape and staple, tape or glue for individualized party hats.
Paper Bag Pinata
Fill a paper bag half full with small toys and candies. Fold down the top of the bag, staple it shut and punch two holes in the top. Have the kids decorate the pinata as desired. They can use different color strips of tissue paper with fringe cut in for a monster. Or create a dragon, dinosaur or frog by gluing on crumpled bits of green tissue paper. Finish it off as desired by coloring with markers or gluing on stickers and googly eyes, and hang strips of matching tissue paper from the bottom of the bag. Loop a string through the two holes in the top to hang it up.
If your daughter is just having a few friends over for a sleepover birthday party, buy each girl a plain white pillowcase and let them decorate it for a personalized party memento. Iron on letters along the top, such as the names of the guests or the birthday girl. Use markers, stamps and paint that is suitable for fabric and let the girls decorate it as desired, such as with shapes, messages and pictures. Let each girl sign the birthday girl's pillowcase as well.
Birthday Memory Box
After your child's birthday party is over, have him create a memory box. Give him a small lidded box, such as a cardboard box or a cigar box. Give him items to decorate the box with, such as stickers, crayons, paints, markers and stamps. When the box is dry, he can put in mementos from his birthday, such as the candle from the cake, party favors and small toys.
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