Hidden Mickey Hunt for Kid’s Birthday Party

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This activity is a fun way to both decorate and clean up (parts) of your child’s mickey mouse-themed birthday party. Around any Disney theme park and in many Disney movies, Disney tends to hide the Mickey Mouses (also known as “Mickeys”) in its designs (see the images below).

 

For this activity, you’ll cut out your own Mickeys and place them around the party room (in both obvious and hidden places), and then ask the kids near the end of the party to find and collect the ears. This activity will take10 minutes for the kids to do (. This activity should cost a little less than $20 (assuming that you already have scissors and pencils that you can use for the project).

Materials Needed:

  1. construction paper
  2. scissors
  3. 1 pencil
  4. 1 white colored pencil or light colored chalk
  5. 1 (or more if you’re getting help) Mickey Mouse templates
  6. tape (to tape the Mickeys around the room)
  7. 1 crayon/colored pencil per child or 1 bag per child to collect the Mickeys
  8. A prize of some sort for finding the most amount of Mickeys

Instructions:

Using a template (such as a cookie cutter that you already have or a cut-out of the image provided) and pencil for light colored paper (or white colored pencil for dark paper), draw as many Mickey Mouse ears on a piece of paper as you can.

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Here is a fun tip for the project if you have extra time: shrink and enlarge copies of the given template in Microsoft word or in Photoshop to have multiple templates of different sizes. The variety will make for prettier decorations and a more challenging hunt for the kids.

You should have at least three Mickeys to find per child plus one or two extra in case you accidentally snip off an ear. Next, cut out all of your Mickeys.

Either the morning of or the night before the party, decorate the party area with the Mickeys. You’ll probably want to test out the tape you’re using beforehand to make sure that you won’t damage your walls.

Near the end of the party, give each child a crayon or a colored pencil and tell them that whoever can find the most hidden Mickey Mouse ears in ten minutes will win a prize. They have to write their initials on each Mickey Mouse that they find or stick them in their own bag. When the ten minute timer is up, everyone has to return back to starting point and count how many Mickeys they’ve found. Feel free to ply music during this time. The child that got the most Mickeys wins.

Jellyfish Hunting for a Spongebob Birthday Party

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This activity is a fun way to both decorate and clean up (parts) of your child’s Spongebob-themed birthday party. Spongebob and Patrick love to go jellyfishing.

For this activity, you’ll cut out your own jellyfish and place them around the party room (in both obvious and hidden places), and then ask the kids near the end of the party to find and collect the ears. This activity will take 10 minutes for the kids to do (. This activity should cost a little less than $20 (assuming that you already have scissors that you can use for the project).

Materials Needed:

  1. printer
  2. a lot of printer ink
  3. printer paper
  4. scissors
  5. tape (to tape the jellyfish around the room)
  6. 1 bag per child to collect the jellyfish
  7. A prize of some sort for finding the most amount of jellyfish

Instructions:

Using a template (such as a cookie cutter that you already have or a cut-out of the image provided) and pencil for light colored paper (or white colored pencil for dark paper), draw as many jelly fish on a piece of paper as you can.

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You can also cheat and print out this image numerous times:

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Here is a fun tip for the project if you have extra time: shrink and enlarge copies of the given template in Microsoft word or in Photoshop to have multiple templates of different sizes. The variety will make for prettier decorations and a more challenging hunt for the kids.

You should have at least three jelly fish to find per child plus one or two extra in case you accidentally snip off a tentacle. Next, cut out all of your jellyfish.

Either the morning of or the night before the party, decorate the party area with the jellyfish. You’ll probably want to test out the tape you’re using beforehand to make sure that you won’t damage your walls.

Near the end of the party, give each child a crayon or a colored pencil and tell them that whoever can find the most hidden jellyfish in ten minutes will win a prize. They have to write their initials on each jellyfish that they find or stick them in their own bag. When the ten minute timer is up, everyone has to return back to starting point and count how many jellyfish they’ve found. Feel free to ply music during this time. The child that got the most jellyfish wins.

Tropical Jewelry Making

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The new Disney film, Moana, was stunning to watch. The art and animation was gorgeous. The story was also pretty good. I was inspired when I watched the film and saw Moana’s tribe’s relationship to to the jewelry that they wore. Jewelry not only a status symbol in the film, but it also told a story. Maui wore a necklace that held the teeth or parts of talons of enemies that he had defeated. Moana’s necklace was a family heirloom that was part of the story of a voyaging nation. This is one part craft and one part game. Have the children make jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces and ask them to have a story in mind when they make it. This activity may cost about $20-25 to do and should entertain the group for 5-15 minutes with the the plastic string design and 15-30 minutes if you use hemp braiding techniques.

Materials Needed:

  1. Plastic Animal Beads (click here to see what I found on Amazon)
  2. Either plastic, stretchy string (which looks like fishing wire) or hemp
  3. Regular Plastic Beads (click here to see what I found on Amazon)

Instructions:

Place all of the same types of beads together in bowl around the table that you will use for the craft.

For plastic wire:

Pre-cut the bracelet strings and give them to the children at the start of the activity. Leave about an inch and a half to an inch extra of string so that you can easily tie the bracelets for the kids. Make sure you mark the area in the bracelet that the kids can use with 2 permanent marker lines to indicate the area that should be filled in. You can either let the kids’ imaginations run wild or let them know that they should be creating these bracelets to tell a story about visiting Moana or the child’s own story. Help them tie the bracelets on using a surgeon’s knot When everyone is finished, let them go around and tell their stories in a circle. This part of the activity will take about 15 minutes.

For Hemp Bracelets:

First of all, poll the children to find out if they have ever made a hemp bracelet before. Some children with experience may want to make their own design.

This wikihow demonstration will give them a good idea of how to make their bracelets. Have them add beads to the center at their own pace. You can either let the kids’ imaginations run wild or let them know that they should be creating these bracelets to tell a story about visiting Moana or the child’s own story.

Lastly, gather everyone around to listen to everyone’s stories.

Stained Glass Windows Activity for Children

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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.

Mini Safari

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This is more of decoration than a full blown party activity. If you have a lot of large African animal decorations or your child has a lot of African stuffed animals, then this activity will work well. It will take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete the project. This project will cost about $4 to set up if you have most of the materials already described.

Materials Needed:

  1. 4-5 different animals
  2. tables to set the animals on
  3. wrapping paper such as a cloud wallpaper to use as a backdrop

Instructions:

Start the kids on one side of the safari zone. Have them go slowly through and pretend that they’re on safari. If you need to buy extra time, have the kids “parade” down the safari later on in the party.

DIY Crawl Through Princess Castle

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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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Group Yoga for a Party

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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