Craft projects are a great distraction during whirlwind birthday parties. Whatever the theme you plan to use for your child’s party, you can entertain children of all ages with creative projects and hands-on activities. Children will love getting personally involved in the activity and will remember the great time they had for a long time.
Why Make Crafts
It may seem easier to just buy everything you need for a party, especially if you are using a readily available theme. Instead of just receiving their favors or other items, they will have to put creativity into them. Crafts also work as a transition from rowdy games to quiet present opening and cake eating.
What You Can Make
The craft options are almost endless. Kids can even make the decorations; this gives the kids a gathering place and an activity while they wait for their friends to arrive. A large “Happy Birthday” sign is perfect for coloring and signing as kids come in. You can use them to decorate the party area. If you are planning a themed activity for later in the party, have the kids work on making masks or costumes for the game. If you want a transition while you prepare dessert, have kids decorate goodie bags or noisemakers for playing along to “Happy Birthday.”
What You Need
Birthday party crafts do not need to be elaborate or expensive. Cardstock and printer paper from your home office work as foundations for masks, decorations, hats and other crafts. Stickers, crayons and glitter paints can decorate each item. To limit the amount of supervision you must provide, give the children tape or glue sticks, rather than liquid glue. Before the kids arrive, cut out pieces of paper, such as eyes and noses for masks, to streamline the process.
Who Can Participate
Make sure you have an activity for all the kids at the party. If all the kids are older and independent, you can allow them creative license. If your kids are younger or multiple ages, prepare the pieces of the craft and let the kids put it together. If you have both girls and boys, give them each an activity, such as princess and pirate hats, or the same neutral craft, such as “Happy Birthday” signs.
Who Can Help
Don’t go at it alone during the party. Invite some adult assistants. Ask any of the parents that stick around to help with the craft. Prepare a few examples to show the other parents and your helpers so they know how to help the kids. Let them know the schedule for the party so they can anticipate when their help is needed.
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