DIY Hat Design

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DIY hats are much easier to do than many other fashionable DIY projects such as T shirts because you don’t have to worry about making sure that you have enough T shirts that are the right size. All that you need to do is to buy enough hats for the party and get the fashionable decoration items for the time (such as fabric markers or stick on patches). This activity will take about 15 minutes and it may cost about $40 to do.

Materials Needed:

  1. 1 hat to design per child (About $20/dozen)
  2. Fabric markers (About $20)
  3. (Optional) stick-on patches (About $20 per packet on Amazon)

Instructions:

Make sure that each child gets at least one hat. Let them decorate their hats to their heart’s desire. Stick around in case there is some sort of problem.

Balloon Architects

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This a fun, creative activity do with a group of any age. The children simply have to inflate and stack the balloons to make a tall balloon tower. This activity costs about $12 and may take 15 minutes to do. You may want to ask the parents of the guests if the child has a latex allergy before committing to this activity.

Materials Needed:

  • 40, standard party balloons
  • 2 rolls of tape
  • something to keep time such as a smartphone timer

Instructions:

Divide the party into two teams. Give each team 20 balloons and a roll of tape. The team that can inflate their balloons and create the tallest tower in ten minutes or less wins the activity.

At the end, you can let the teams pop the balloons.

DIY Pumpkin Halloween Candles

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Looking for a fun craft for tween girls at a Halloween party? Look no farther than this craft! You should have some extra help to keep an eye on the tweens if you have more than six girls coming to the party. The instructions down below make 6 Halloween jar candles. This craft should cost about $49.

Materials Needed:

  1. 6 clean jars
  2. black acrylic paint
  3. optional: yellow and mustard acrylic paint
  4. enough paint brushes for everyone.
  5. 2 pounds of paraffin wax
  6. 6 pencils, chopsticks, or other like items
  7. a glass bowl
  8. scented essential oils
  9. candle wick
  10. optional: smocks
  11. Pumpkin or orange colored candle dye (Found this here for about $7)
  12. sharpie

Instructions:

Just because you can trust the kids, I mean responsible tweens, with candles doesn’t mean that you can trust them to not make a mess. Lay out garbage bags or newspaper on the table or surface that you’ll be making the candles on.

Now you have two options. You can either poor the candles for them and just have them paint or you can make sure that each child is actively involved in this craft. Because these are tweens, I would suggest letting each child be actively involved in the craft.

Route 1: Doing it in advance

If you’re going to do it all in advance and just let the kids paint the jars, then these are the instructions for you. First, tie pieces of the wick string around the pencils or whatever you’re using. Wrap it around a few times.Make sure that the wick is the height of the jar. If not, wrap it around the pencil again. Lay your pencil or like object across the top of the jar so that the string hangs down in the center. Yes, it should be centered.

Before you consider putting in essential oils into the candles, you should ask the parents if there are any specific scents that the child is sensitive or allergic to. For instance, my mom is highly sensitive to eucalyptus and she can’t be in the same room as the scent. You don’t want that to happen with this craft. You should consider getting essential oil scents that are tied to the season or orange color of the candles such as tangerine, orange, nutmeg, grapefruit, cinnamon, apple, or pumpkin spice. Now that you have it and its the day or morning before the party, add several drops of essential oil into each glass jar.

Next, you should put your attention on the 2 pounds of paraffin wax on the other side of the table. You may have noticed that these are white or opaque and we want to have orange candles. This is Halloween! You’ll need a half a block or so (depending on the candle dye that you bought) to mix in with your candle. I won’t describe that here because the dye should come with instructions.

Carefully poor the melted wax into the jars. When the wax is solid, you should trim the wicks. Place the jars around the table on the day of the party.

You might want to consider having the kids wear smocks because acrylic paint isn’t washable (believe me, I’ve been relentlessly trying to get it off my favorite coat for over a year now). I would recommend pouring the black paint into small, paper bowls and putting some paint brushes in the paint already.

The girls should draw a jack-o-lanturn face. I suggested buying yellow and mustard paint in case you know that your child and/or child’s friends are more artistic and would like do paint a lit jack-o-lanturn that has dimension. Put a piece of paper with each girl’s name on it on every candle so that you know which jar belongs to which person.

Route 2: Letting the Kids do it

First, give every girl a jar and have them write their names on the bottom of the jars. Bring out small, paper bowls filled with black, acrylic paint and give every girl a paint brush. If you know that your child and your child’s friends are a little more artistically gifted, you should bring out the yellow and mustard paint so that they can make their candles look like lit jack-o-lanturns.

You should have measured out the wick and cut them in advance. Wrap the wick around a pencil or another similarly shaped object so that the wick is the perfect measurement. It should touch the bottom of the jar when the pencil is laid across the top of the jar. Make sure that your wick is centered!

You should buy a couple different essential oil scents so that the kids can decide which one to use. If you decide that you’re only going to buy one, then you should ask the parents of your child’s friends if they’re allergic or have a strong reaction to any scent. Have the kids add several drops of essential oils to her jar.

Next, you should put your attention on the 2 pounds of paraffin wax on the other side of the table. You may have noticed that these are white or opaque and we want to have orange candles. This is Halloween! You’ll need a half a block or so (depending on the candle dye that you bought) to mix in with your candle. I won’t describe that here because the dye should come with instructions.

Carefully poor the melted wax into the jars. This would be a bad task to let the kids do by themselves. You need to help them with this. When the wax is solid, have the kids trim the wick.

Voila! Perfect Halloween Jack-o-lanturn candles!

Braiding Bar

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One of the hottest trends of the 2010’s has been braids.They’re so versatile and look very cool. They’re not very easy to do by yourself. For this activity, you’ll need to hire 1-2 teenagers that are good at braiding. You can ask them to show you their Instagram photos or a braiding portfolio of what they can do before hiring them and set an agreed upon rate.

Materials Needed:

  1. 1-2 teenagers that are good at braiding
  2. 2 or 4 chairs to sit on
  3. a pack of hair ties
  4. 2 combs
  5. comb cleaning solution
  6. an image of different styles that they can braid
  7. a list for the girls to sign up to get their hair braided
  8. optional: fun hair clips, hair spray template, and wash out hair spray

Instructions:

Have the girls set up a booth 2 chairs for them to sit on and 2 chairs for the children to sit on. The girls should sign their name on a piece of paper to create a waiting list to have their hair braided. The little girls should then pick one braid out of a list of hair styles and the teenagers will braid them in order.

Let the parents know in advance if you’re doing this so that they don’t panic when they see that their child’s hair has changed. You can also buy hair templates and wash out hair spray to further decorate the braids. This activity will take a while and is best done with tweens who will have the patience to sit down while their hair is being done for so long.

If you do this, please let us know how it went!

Who am I Greek Classics

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This is a fun game to play with children who have studied the Greek gods and goddesses in school. Even Persy Jackson fans will know the characters. When kids learn about the classics differs from school to school. I’ve seen it taught in fifth grade, sixth grade, and nineth grade at different schools, so the only prerequisite is that the kids have knowledge about the Greek gods and goddesses. Thus, this game is good for ages 12+.

Materials Needed:

  1. notecards
  2. a thick marker or sharpie
  3. any tape

Instructions:

The night before the party, write down a Greek classical figure’s name on each card. Make sure that your child can recognize these figures or that they have often appeared in your child’s homework on the subject. I’ve attached a list of some commonly learned about figures in the classics.

Once you’ve had about 5 kids arrive at the party, you can begin the game while the group waits for the party to start. As more kids arrive explain that that this is a human guess who game about Greek gods and goddesses. You’ll stick a notecard that they can’t see and no one is allowed to tell them who their character is. They have to correctly guess who they are based on the hints that the other kids give them.

The game is over when everyone correctly guesses who they are. Then, you can direct everyone’s attention to a different party activity or game.

Greek Classics Who am I Characters:

  1. Zeus
  2. Hera
  3. Poseidon
  4. Hercules
  5. Athena
  6. Apollo
  7. Aphrodite
  8.  Dionysus
  9. Hermes
  10. Achilles
  11. Odysseus
  12. Icarus
  13. Orpheus
  14. Ares
  15. Artemis
  16. Demeter
  17. Hades
  18. Hestia
  19. Hephaestus
  20. Helen (of Troy)
  21. Socrates
  22. Plato
  23. Aristotle
  24. Nike
  25. Prometheus
  26. Calypso
  27. Circe
  28. Gaea
  29. Adonis
  30. Cupid

2 Truths and a Lie

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This is a great ice breaker game for teens and adults. It’s also a great way to see who has a good poker face.The game best when you have a crowd of 6-10 people, but I’ve played it in a larger crowd and had fun. You can play it for free by just having the guests recite their truths and a lie from memory or you can have them write it down on a note card beforehand. I’ve played both ways and I honestly prefer to have the note card. Expect to spend 2-5 minutes per person while playing. The note card version would cost you about $7.

Materials Needed:

  1. notecards
  2. enough writing utensils to go around.

Instructions:

Ask everyone to get into a circle. Tell them the name of the game (and pass out the notecards). Tell them to write down 2 interesting truths and a lie. To goal of the game is to guess the lie.

Go around in an organized circle and try to figure out the lie one person at a time. The group rather than a single person should decide what the lie is.

Detective

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This fun sleuthing game works well for tweens, teens, and adults. You can play it at detective parties or really at any party that doesn’t have a main theme. The game is free to play and may take 5-10 minutes per round.

Materials Needed:

  1. a space to play the game

Instructions:

Have the group designate a detective who will leave the room and try to figure out who the trapper is. While the detective is out of the room, the group or host will pick the trapper, which is kind like a murderer.

The trapper will murder people by winking at them, but he or she has to do it as covertly as possible. When a guest is winked at, then he or she must fall or sit to the floor in a dramatic action.

The detective only has 2 guesses at who the trapper is.

The Sweetest Ice Breaker

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Start the party on a sugary high note with this ice breaker! Have each child pick 1-2 m&m’s that are different colors and then explain that each color of m&m is correlated with a question. Have the kids tell the others what color they have and their answers one at a time in a circle. This will allow the kids that may not know each other to find connections that’ll allow them to play for the rest of the party. 3 packs of m&m’s may cost you $7.

You can substitute m&m’s for other candies such as Skittles, but be aware of the different allergies or dietary restrictions that other kids may have. For instance, Skittles is made with gelatin, which is a meat product that vegetarians can’t eat. Other than that, this is a super fun ice breaker. We played this game at my 16th birthday party.

Materials Needed:

  1. paper with instructions about what each color means
  2. enough m&m’s

Sample Questions:

  1. How did you meet the birthday child?
  2. What is your favorite subject in school?
  3. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
  6. Who is your favorite Disney Princess?
  7. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
  8. Where are you from?
  9. What instrument do you play?
  10. What is your favorite season?
  11. What is your favorite TV show?
  12. Do you have any siblings?
  13. What is your favorite animal?
  14. What is the best joke that you’ve ever heard?
  15. Who is your role model?
  16. What are your hobbies?
  17. What is the coolest thing that you’ve ever done?
  18. What is the nicest thing that you’ve ever done for someone?
  19. What country do you want to visit one day?
  20. What languages do you speak?
  21. Who is your favorite musician?

Group Yoga

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This idea would work well for a spa party. All you need is enough slightly padded space for the children to stretch out on and a good yoga video/DVD. If you have a TV that is connected to Youtube, then you can just use a Youtube video that you found. You should watch it beforehand to make sure that it is appropriate for the children. Kids will be entertained for the duration of the video.

Needed Materials:

  1. A soft carpet, enough yoga mats for all of the children at the party, or tumbling mats.
  2. An easy or kid-friendly yoga video