One of the most important aspects of parenting is encouraging and nurturing your child's creativity. Imagination is important to critical thinking, fun and creativity for everyone -- particularly children. One way of allowing your child's creativity to come alive is to have him make his own birthday party invitations. Since it is his big day, let him choose the theme of his party, the friends he wants to invite, and let him use his imagination to create his perfect birthday invitation.
Items you will need
- Card stock
- Construction paper
- Newspaper or plastic tablecloth
Create a theme for your child's party. Let her come up with the theme of the party and help her brainstorm ways to make her invitations to match her party theme. Do this before you shop for supplies -- you don't want to purchase the incorrect items.
Purchase supplies. Let your child pick out construction paper, glitter, markers, crayons and any other decorative items for his invitations. Craft stores give you a large selection of items to use for do-it-yourself projects such as making party invitations.
Set up all of your invitation-making supplies on a large surface, such as your dining room table; place newspaper or a plastic tablecloth on the table to collect accidental spills and other potential messes.
Fold the paper or card stock you are using for your invitations in half lengthwise or widthwise to create a card; or leave the card stock unfolded to create a flat invitation.
Cut shapes from construction paper, fabric or card stock using child-friendly scissors. Draw the outline of your shapes onto your paper or fabric to use as a guideline when cutting. Incorporate your theme by cutting shapes that go with the theme. For example, if princesses are the theme of the party, cut out shapes such as crowns and diamonds.
Place the wording for the party on the front or top of the invitations. Be as creative or as simple as you want with the wording of your child's invitations as long as you provide the pertinent information such as the date, time and location of the party. Use cut-out letters to word the invitation or draw the words with crayons or markers.
Paste shapes onto the invitations by letting your child use kid-friendly glue to place on the back of the shapes she cut out and stick them on her invitations. If you are using a folded invitation, glue items to only one side of the invitation at a time; wait until the glue is dry to glue items on the other side of the invitation.
Apply stickers to your child's invitation. Place stickers on the front or inside the invitation; stick one or two or a whole page of stickers to the invitation.
Bedazzle your invitations with glitter. Apply glue to places you want glitter and sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Wait until the glue and glitter have dried onto the invitation to remove excess glitter; attempting to remove the excess glitter before the cards are dry makes your glue run and messes up your hard work.
Place your invitations somewhere safe to dry before putting them in envelopes and addressing them to the recipient. Remind your child that his address is placed in the upper left corner of the envelope, the recipient's address in the middle of the envelope, and the stamp is placed in the upper right corner of the envelope.
Tips & Warnings
- Personalize each invitation by letting your child decorate each invitation differently; perhaps he can use pink card stock when making invitations for the girls he plans on inviting to his party and blue or green for other boys.
- If your child is young, let her pick the words she wants to use on her invitations and write them down on a piece of paper for her to refer to for spelling when she is drawing the words onto her invitations.
- Kids tend to have short attention span; if your child doesn't want to make a dozen invitations, let him make just one invitation and use a color copier to make copies of the invitations to send out.
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