Kids begin developing their artistic ability at an early age. Give them a chance to have some creative fun at a Kiddie Crafts Birthday Party!
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Invitations:

Stencil invitations: Cut out your own stencil or buy one from a craft store. Fold a piece of paper in half and stencil the design on the front. Write the information for your crafts party inside. Keep the design simple.

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Decorations:

Set up a room for kids to do arts and crafts; cover the floor with plastic or newspapers. Or, host the birthday party outside.

Provide easels, tables and white paper for creating artwork and crafts, along with lots of craft materials, such as markers, safety scissors, glue, fabric scraps, sequins, glitter, stickers, colored paper and so on.

Hang the birthday boy's or girl's arts and crafts projects around the party room at child's eye level.

Decorate the party table with art and craft supplies.

Make placemats for the party guests that look like artists' palettes.

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Costumes:

Get crafty with costumes: Give your party guests smocks made from old white shirts (you can buy them cheaply at a thrift store) dotted with felt-tip pens and smeared with paint. Or, on the invitation ask the kids to bring an old T-shirt or their own art smock to decorate at the party.

Get crafty with costumes: Give your party guests smocks made from old white shirts (you can buy them cheaply at a thrift store) dotted with felt-tip pens and smeared with paint. Or, on the invitation ask the kids to bring an old T-shirt or their own art smock to decorate at the party.

Games:

Dough Designs: Give the kids Play-Doh or baker's clay (dough made with flour, salt and water) and have them shape the material any way they like. When everyone finishes, have everyone guess what each dough object is supposed to be!

Activities:

Decorate T-shirts: Give each child a white T-shirt, or request on the party invitations that kids bring a white T-shirt that can be decorated. Cover an area of floor with thick cardboard from the sides of large boxes. Insert a thinner, smaller piece of cardboard inside each T-shirt to keep paint from running through to the back. Tape the shirt and thin cardboard down to the heavier cardboard, keeping the front surface flat. Have kids decorate their T-shirts with non-toxic fabric paints. Allow the T-shirts to dry and let guests wear the shirts home at the end of the birthday party.

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Food:

Bake or buy large cookies and let party guests decorate them any way they want, using tubes of icing, gels and sprinkles.

Palette Cake
  • Bake a round cake following a favorite recipe. Cool.
  • Frost the cake with white frosting.
  • Decorate the top of the birthday cake to look like an artist's palette, using colored frosting to make circles of "paint." Set a clean, new paintbrush on top of the cake.

Favors:

Let the kids keep their decorated T-shirts.

Make extra baker's clay and give each guest a portion to take home at the end of the birthday party.

Variations:

Invite an arts-and-crafts teacher to the birthday party to lead the kids in some creative activities.

Hints:

Use safe, nontoxic age-appropriate materials for all crafts.

Use tarp or newspapers to protect your party room from spills.