Birthday Party Craft Ideas for School Age Children - Animal Themes
DECORATE A BLOWOUT
A birthday party isn't complete without the blow-outs. Here's a way to decorate them to go along with the theme you've chosen for your party. Marthastewart.com has templates for a pig and a bear, along with instructions. You could create your own blow-out slip-ons using whatever compliments your theme.
MAKE CLOTHESPIN ANIMALS
If barnyard animals are your theme, here are some very cute suggestions and instructions, also from marthastewart.com. For a sheep, consider letting the children glue on a few cotton balls. For the cow, how about some black felt "patches" ? The pig would be cute with a twisted pipe cleaner section for a tail.
Here's a great idea for a birthday party craft. It's a great example of recycling and kids are always looking for a container to put their stuff in. Jelly jars make good containers. An average size jar makes a good container for coin collections, jewelry, small toys, etc. Send the children home using their personalized jars as goody holders. Make sure you choose jars with screw-on lids large enough to accommodate an easy-to-make animal head. funfamilycrafts.com has full instructions on their website.
This animal craft is one my daughter made many years ago and it turned out great. This yarn octopus is simply adorable. Simple items are all you need; yarn, cotton balls, wiggle eyes and glue, but the end result looks professional. Most kids know how to braid or can learn quickly as this is how they will make the legs of the Octopus. The wooly octopus shown has very simple and colorful instructions at auntannie.com.
SAND ART DINOSAURS
Sometimes it's easier to buy individual kits for crafting animals for your child's birthday party. Sandartsupplies.com has dinosaur kits featuring your choice of Triceratops, Stegosaurus, or Brontosaurus. Everything you'll need comes in these kits which sell for a little over $3 per kit. Sand art crafts are a favorite of most kids and can make for beautiful permanent pieces.
Remember to be very careful with glue guns. If a craft requires hot gluing, never let the child use the glue gun. I would recommend only letting them use cool guns. I've used hot glue guns for years and still get burns from unexpected drips. School glues are not usually sufficiently tacky enough to provide a good bond. I would suggest using Aleene's Original or Aleene's Quick Dry.
Don't forget to protect each child with a smock. Here are some great wipe-clean birthday smocks that come in two different sizes; 4-7 and 8-16. They're available with pockets or without and are available with vinyl letters for the birthday boy/girl to personalize their smocks on their special day.
If you're planning on an animal theme for your child's next birthday party, I hope these ideas help make the craft time a very easy and enjoyable experience.
CHEETAH FACE MASK
I thought this mask was very cute and so easy to make. You'll find the instructions and printables at freekidscrafts.com. You can choose to either print out masks already colored, or allow the children to create their own one-of-a-kind. If you go with a jungle theme, this could be a good choice and very simple.