A birthday party for 7-year-olds can be great fun for the kids involved -- and lots of work and stress for the adults. Along with a birthday cake, food and gifts, you have to decorate, plan activities, and purchase favours and goodies for the guests. You can ease two of these chores simultaneously by planning an age-appropriate craft project that doubles as take-home party favours.
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Cut the fingers off several colourful rubber gloves. Set up a craft station with markers, glue, googly eyes and other embellishments so the children can create custom finger puppets. Bits of yarn or twine can serve as hair. Pieces of construction paper or fabric scraps can be cut into clothing. Be sure to provide safety scissors and supervision.
Grate a variety of crayon colours using a cheese grater or a crayon sharpener. Provide a white T-shirt for each child, sliding a sheet of white paper inside the shirt. Have the children create designs on their shirts by arranging crayon gratings much like a mosaic tile project. You or another adult can then cover each design with waxed paper and a kitchen towel, and press each shirt with an iron on medium heat. The crayons will melt onto the shirts, making a unique and colourful print.
Cut 2x6" rectangles out of card stock or construction paper. Provide stickers, markers, faux jewels, glitter and other embellishments for children to affix to their custom bookmarks. When they have completed the craft, lay each bookmark on a sheet of clear contact paper. Cover the top of the bookmark with another sheet of contact paper. Cut the contact paper around the bookmark, leaving a 1/4" to 1/2" border. If desired, punch holes in the tops of the bookmarks and attach a ribbon.
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