When planning a children's party, parents need to think of activities to keep children occupied. There are a wide range of options available, including arts and crafts. Children work on the arts and crafts projects and then take home their projects as a party favour.
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For the child artist who enjoys spending time painting, a party that incorporates painting projects is one option available to parents. Depending on the child's age and their level of art, parents can either provide watercolour paints with colouring book pages or plain pieces of paper or the parents can provide small squares of canvas and acrylic paints instead. The parents set up the painting so that children will not make a mess, such as putting down newspapers in the painting area and then allow the children to paint.
For the little girl's party, making jewellery is a craft option open to parents. The girls are give materials like threads, beads, embroidery floss, clasps or any other items for the jewellery. Parents can show them how to make the jewellery, such as showing how to put beads on the thread or how to tie embroidery threads to make a friendship bracelet. The little girls can then spend the next half hour or so making their personal jewellery. Avoid jewellery making for girls below younger than 5 or 6 to prevent choking on small items.
Tissue Paper Bowl
For children around 3 or 4 years old, parents can get paper bowls, provide cut up pieces of tissue paper in various colours, paper mache or glue and tell the children to decorate their bowls. The children get to glue or mache their paper to the bowls and create a piece of art.
Coloured Sand Collage
For young children who are in the toddler years or for children who are in their early elementary years, a coloured sand collage is a fun and easy-to-clean-up art project. Children are given a piece of paper, some glue and various colours of sand. The children spread the glue around the paper and then pour the sand over the glue. The sand that connects to the glue will stick. When it is completed, lift up the paper, turn it and tap it against a newspaper beneath the project. The excess sand will fall away. Sweep any sand that falls on the floor. For carpeting, vacuum it.
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