Movie Singalong

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You can frankly do this with any musical movie, but for the purpose of this post we’re going to talk about using “Frozen.” We all want the kiddies to let it go, but it’s kind of like having pizza day every day. It starts off great, but you never want to see it again after a full week of eating pizza. Frankly, this activity is so simple that you may have wondered why you didn’t think of it in the first place. This DVD costs about $17-26 to buy off of Amazon or see the budget-conscience plan below. The benefit of this is that the kids’ll be entertained for an hour and 50 minutes. The down side is that with a movie as popular as “Frozen” there will likely be fights over who gets to sing what. You can either let the children sing all of the songs together or make a sign up sheet so that each kid chooses one song to sing. You may also want to let the birthday child sing his or her favorite song solo.

If you like this idea, please let us know!

Materials Needed:

  1. The special sing-a-long version of the DVD
  2. a sign up sheet
  3. Optional stuff to make it awesome: inflatable or regular microphones (A dozen is about $8 off of Amazon)

Instructions:

Frozen has 7 songs (not including Christophe’s goofy song “Reindeer are Better than People”). The songs include: Frozen Heart, Do you Wanna Build a Snowman?, For the First Time in Forever, Love is an Open Door, Let it Go, In Summer, and Fixer Upper. Divide up the number of party guests so that there are 2-4 slots for every song. Let the party guests figure out what song they want to sing and write their names next to one of the songs. Keep in mind that it may be better for the kids and your sanity if you let younger kids sing all of the songs.

Start the DVD and pause it before each song. Call up the children that signed up to sing and hand them a microphone (if you bought them). Let them sing the lyrics that appear on screen. Pause the movie when they’re done and encourage applause.

Budget-conscience plan:

To save money, you can just gather the kids around a smart TV with Youtube access or a large computer with internet access. Use a youtube account to compile a playlist of “Frozen” songs (that come with lyrics) and use this instead of the DVD.

Stained Glass Windows

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Stained glass windows can be seen all over Europe. This craft is great for any knight or princess party.See how it’ll look in the video below!

Link: https://youtu.be/BPrCSLss83g

Materials Needed:

  1. a page to copy onto tracing paper
  2. tracing paper
  3. markers (2-3 packs worth so that there’ll be minimum fighting over the colors)
  4. ruler
  5. tape

Instructions for younger kids:

Let each child know that they have one stained glass window to color in (You’ll need to copy the images onto the tracing paper for them in advance). Make sure they sign their names on their tracing paper so that you won’t give the wrong child the wrong piece of paper. This may entertain them for 10 minutes or so.

Instructions for older kids:

Give each child 1-2 pieces of tracing paper and instruct them to pick a pattern to copy. Tape the tracing paper over the paper they want to copy. Let them do their own thing, but remind them to write their names. If want it to look really nice, have pre-cut pieces of black construction paper with a hole for the tracing paper to shine through. This may entertain them for 30 minutes or so.

The Princess Castle Craft

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The inspiration for this craft came from a very memorable sleepover from when I was 12 years old. After my parents dropped me off at my friend’s house for her sleepover birthday party, her parents escorted me upstairs to an old, cleaned out playroom  where they had created a 300 square foot cardboard box maze. They told me that the box maze was a tradition. Apparently, their daughter’s third birthday coincided with the family moving into their new home. The parents had taped the moving and appliance boxes together to create a maze and it was a big hit. The guests were disappointed the one year that the parents tried to retire the box fort. In other words, if you do this party activity, make sure that you do this only once.

Don’t worry if you don’t have 300 square feet to put a castle. I’ve got some plans for you to make the right sized castle for your princess. Having the girls crawl through the castle is great entertainment while you’re waiting for everyone to show up for the party.

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This pink princess design is for ages 2-5. The approximate cost of the activity is $66. This project will take hours to complete. The castle size is 66 inches (Length) by 54 inches (Width) by 40 inches or 48 inches in height depending on whether you use a medium sized box or a small box.

Materials Needed:

  1. 4 XL boxes
  2. 1 Large box
  3. 6 Medium or Large boxes
  4. 1 box cutter
  5. 2-3 rolls of duct tape
  6. 2 cans of pink spray paint (but you can make it whatever color you want) or use tempora paint if you have enough patience

Instructions

Label each box as a part in the castle. Any thick line in the photo below indicates the you shouldn’t cut a crawl space there. Draw a child-sized arch entrance  for every skinny line and use a box cutter to cut it out . Once all of the holes are cut, you should tape the boxes together tight. Remember, this has to survive a little kid!

You can spray paint the boxes now or after you duct tape them together.

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It may seem as though you have 2 extra boxes. Use these to create 2 towers above the XL boxes. If have extra cardboard, then you can create decorative features.

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