A birthday party is a time to both celebrate a child’s life and reflect on the attributes that make him or her unique. If your child is a creative person, you’ll want to provide a party fitting of that particular character trait. The following birthday party ideas will allow you to do just that:
The best birthday party ideas involve crafts that can be reused again and again. If you want to send guests home with memorable keepsakes, have them decorate canvas shoes. Ask guests to include their shoe sizes on the RSVP and then purchase white canvas sneakers for each guest — no worries, they aren’t that expensive. The kids can use fabric paint and markers to decorate the shoes to their hearts’ content.
Was your son or daughter always the one banging on pots and pans at 3 a.m.? There’s no need to discourage a child’s love of music. Instead, foster it with fun crafts and activities. There’s a number of instruments that kids can make all by themselves. These include bongo drums (wax paper stretched over decorated coffee cans), bell shakers (miniature bells beaded on string like a necklace) and rice maracas (cardboard tubes filled with rice and covered with tissue paper). Once the instruments have been constructed, the guests can get together and form a band.
Gingerbread houses are no longer limited to the holiday season. This is one of those birthday party ideas that is both fun and edible. You can buy a gingerbread house making kit but your child’s creativity will be better utilized if the house is made from scratch. For a simpler take on the idea, replace the gingerbread with graham crackers, pretzels and marshmallows and let them get to work on the construction process.
What could be more fun than a jewelry party? This is an easy craft to create as it simply requires string and beads. For an extra twist, throw in letter beads and let the kids create bracelets with their own names. They will love wearing their creations long after the party is over.
It’s amazing what you can do with some duct tape and old milk cartons. For a fun challenge, give party guests a bunch of floatable materials and let them construct their own sailboats. When you’re done building the boats, you can have a little race. This works best if you have a swimming pool, either concrete or inflatable.
Kids today have all kinds of exciting toys to play with — both physical and virtual. But there’s still something appealing about the simple paper doll. For this craft, all you need is construction paper, crayons and scissors. Kids may also find it helpful if you provide traceable templates for the dolls and the dolls’ clothes. This will allow them to easily trace their own dolls and clothes to go with those dolls. They can then use the available art supplies to fill in all the details. This is the perfect craft for the budding fashionista in your house.
Miranda Perez: When Miranda isn’t blogging about the latest restaurants and trends, she is traveling to discover new and delicious creations. Her frequent flier miles are her most prized possession.
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