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A Bug Birthday Party
Kids Love Bugs! Why not have a bug themed birthday party?
Kids are fascinated with bugs. It's so easy to make a bug themed birthday party for your kids. We had a bug birthday party when my son turned four, and it was a hit. I think we started a trend, since he attended several other bug parties that next year. Read on to find easy games and activities, fun party favors, and a great "bug mountain" cake. (Other cake ideas included too!)
Make a bug mountain birthday cake
The bug mountain birthday cake pictured above is so simple to make. Simply bake a cake in a 9x13 pan and bake another cake in a 2 quart oven proof batter bowl. Once the cakes are baked and cooled, place the round cake on the end of the rectangular cake. Then ice the entire cake in chocolate icing. Crush some graham crackers to make extra "dirt" and sprinkle it over the cake. Then place plastic bugs climbing up and down the "mountain." Easy peasy!
Bugs for your cake or party favors
This "toob" gives you a nice variety of bugs to make a perfect bug mountain birthday cake. You can also use them as party favors.
Here's my happy birthday boy and his bug mountain cake!
Game idea: Bug Bowling
In the photo above, you can see the bug bowling pins that I made. To make these, I used water bottles and fun foam. I cut simple shapes from the foam to create bugs. Then I hot glued the foam shapes to the water bottles make a great bug bowling set. I used black pipe cleaners for the bug legs and antennaes.
Party Favors - Get some great bug favors to send home with your guests!
Games to play at your bug party
- Bug Toss: Draw a big flower on a piece of posterboard and cut the middle out of it. Mount it on cardboard. The kids throw bean bags or beanie baby bugs and try to get them into the flower.
- Pin the spider on the web: Draw a large web on posterboard. Cut spiders from construction paper (or use large spider stickers). Kids wear a blindfold and try to pin the spiders on the web.
- Bug Bowling: Use empty water bottles and lids. Cut simple large bugs from craft foam. Hot glue them onto the front of the water bottles. You can make them all the same (like all ants) or all different. Fill the water bottles 1/2 full so that they will stand. Line them up like bowling pins. The kids roll a ball to knock over the bug pins!
- Bug hunt: You can give each kid a small container and a butterfly or bug net and set them loose to find bugs in the yard!
- Bug Hunt 2: Indoor party? Get plastic bugs and hide them around the party room. The kids go on an indoor bug hunt.
- Caterpillar crawl: Using 2 sleeping bags and 2 teams. Each kid gets in the sleeping bag and wiggles from the start line to the end line, then the next kid gets in and wiggles. Run this one like a relay race. Great fun!
- Keep the Ladybug in the air: blow up one red balloon for each party guest. Draw black dots on the balloon w/ a marker. Give each child a balloon and have a contest to see who can keep their balloon in the air the longest.
- A pinata! (There's a great one available below!)
Another game idea using insect gliders
These gliders are great to use during your party and then send home as a party favor. You could have a glider contest to see whose bug can fly the furtherest.
Bug Party Links with lots of ideas - Choose what works for you!
Turn those party guests into little grasshoppers! - This makes a great photo to include with your thank-you cards
I used 2 pieces of posterboard taped together. I drew a simple grasshopper picture across the posterboard and cut out the face. As each child arrived at the party, I took his or her picture as a grasshopper. The kids loved this!
Here's a great party favor. Use the bug house to go on a bug hunt during the party and then use it as a favor container for the kids to take home all their goodies.
How to make an inchworm bug cake and bug cupcakes
Here is another fun cake to make instead of the bug mountain cake. Follow this video to make an adorable centerpiece cake for your bug party!
Easy cupcake decorating kit
If you are not sure what kind of bug cake to make or if you prefer cupcakes, here is a great set to make simple ladybug cupcakes for your party!
More great buggy cakes!
You can decorate a cake in any color you want when you use this simple lady bug cake pan. Don't want a ladybug? Just bake the cake and make your bug cake green. This pan will give you and easy bug that you can adapt to your own color preference.