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How to organise a children’s art and craft birthday party

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Art and Craft parties are popular with children of all ages and are especially good when you have children of different ages and a mixture of both boys and girls invited to your party. This type of party also allows children to do what they love best, being creative and using their imagination. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, you can do a lot of preparation yourself or buy shop bought activities. Below you will find some ideas on how to organise an art and craft party for your child.
What you'll need: 
A4 paper and card, different colours
Pens, pencils and crayons
Safety Scissors
Disposable tablecloths, plates and cups
Birthday cake
Depending on the number of guests invited, you may want to hire a hall. But if you are inviting 8 or less children (including your children) you may be able to hold it your home.
For the invitations, there are lots of ways you can design your own. You could ask your child to draw a picture and photocopy this for the front of the invitation, or there are lots of clip art images available on the computer of paints, paint brushes, pencils etc that you can use to design the front of an invitation on the computer. Remember to add a note, that this is an art and craft party and maybe children should not wear their best clothes as they are using paint and glue etc. Of course, you can buy birthday invitations from card shops or on the internet.
Decoration of the venue can be done by using lots of solid bold colours to make it look colourful; including balloons in reds, blues, green and yellow, plates, cups and serviettes can also be bought using similar colours. Tablecloths are also a good idea, for covering tables for both art and craft and eating. You can punch or cut small different shapes from colourful pieces of card and sprinkle these on the table and on the table containing food. You can also make a banner by writing large letters on colourful A4 sheets and sticking to the wall.
Food and drink. Colourful food can be used i.e., carrot sticks, cucumber, cheese strings, red and green grapes, strawberries, cheesy puff crisps, any food with colourful colourings can be set out ready for finger food. Drinks can consist of jugs of blackcurrant, orange, water etc. Remember to allow drinks for the beginning, with food and at the end of the party as children do get thirsty.
If you are hiring a hall, set out about 4 or 5 different tables, you can set some chairs around each table and have a different activity on each table, with the aim of the children moving around from table to table (although they may want to visit one more than once as they enjoyed it so much). Each table should be covered in a tablecloth, have some baby wipes on and a selection of pens, pencils and crayons (which can easily be raided from your child’s stock at home and stood up in some disposable cups in the centre of the table). If at home, you can have a different activity one after the after.
A good idea is to have a separate table (or tables) set out especially for putting the artworks on as they dry. At the end of the day, each child can be encouraged to collect their artwork(s) from the table in readiness for them to take home.
Examples of activities include: Activity 1:- take 3 x A4 sheets of card, draw a different outline of an animal head on each sheet, taking up as much of the sheet as possible, these could include a pig, cow and horse. Cut these outlines out so you basically have three different shapes, then you can draw around these and repeat, so you end up with a few of each shape. Then cut out some small triangles and different colour circles etc, these can then be used by children to be stuck onto each of the animal shapes to make a face, ears etc. Activity 2 – take 3 x A4 sheets of card, draw a different outline on each one and then either photocopy these or redraw on other sheets. Cut up different colour tissue paper into small squares. The children can use the outlines and then stick on the squares off tissue paper to make a mosaic. Good ideas for shapes include a fish, a car, an ice cream, a teddy bear, a football, a handbag, a flower. Activity 4 – have some different colour papers, safety scissors and glue, and some A4 sheets of paper, you can then let them use their imagination and make a picture of their choice. Activity 5 – Print out or photocopy some pages of a colouring book and let them colour them in, it is also a good idea to have some blank A4 sheets of paper so that they can just draw what they want too. Activity 6 – Plain white paper plates can be decorated to look like faces or with patterns. Alternatively, if you look on the internet, there are lots of websites that provide art and craft kits and material especially for children’s parties. The tables should be laid out in advance with all the items needed on each table before the party starts.
Just to add some extra fun, you could play a game shortly before they eat of pass the parcel. The pass the parcel gift could have an art and craft theme i.e., pens, pencils, or something from the nearest pound shop. Don’t forget to add a small sweet in each layer as you wrap it up as this means no-one is disappointed. Also you may wish to offer face painting, just simple shapes such as butterflies, flowers, etc.
The birthday cake can be a colourful cake, maybe in the shape of a pencil case or a paint palette. You can make this cake yourself, order one from a friend (or fellow parent who loves to make cakes) or from a shop.
Party bags can continue the theme, with gifts including pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers.
At the end of the day, all the children should have had great fun doing what they love to do best, using their imagination, getting creative and will have lots of examples of their hardwork to take home to their family.
Make sure each table has a pen on it, before a child starts their masterpiece, write out the child’s name on the back so that there are no squabbles at the end of the day. It is best to do this before they start so that things do not fall off as you try to write their name on it.
It is also a good idea to have some examples of work completed on each table to give them some ideas in case they are not sure what to do.
Enlist the help of some older children, friends, family or parents to help at each of the tables.
Be careful if you have small decorative items such as sequins etc if you have younger children coming to the party. The same can also be said for glue, scissors and pens.


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