Begin by making a trip to the paper goods store. Purchase plain white paper plates, cups, napkins, party hats, goody bags, paper placemats, a paper tablecloth, crepe paper streamers and balloons.
Next, it’s a trip to the crafts store where the birthday child can choose rubber stamps in a party theme. You will also need a selection of stamp pads in various colors (make sure you purchase waterproof, non-toxic ink for decorating the plates and cups; all other ink can be washable but should still be non-toxic), blank note cards with matching envelopes, heavy white paper, fine line markers (again, waterproof and non-toxic for the cups and plates) or colored pencils, and an invitation rubber stamp.
Decide from the various party activities below, and purchase supplies for each.
Using the blank note cards, have your child stamp and decorate the outside of each card and envelope. Use the invitation stamp on the inside of the card. Write in the party information.
Set aside some time a few days before the party for your child to stamp and color the paper goods. When coloring the napkins, tablecloth, and streamers, make sure the child works lightly to avoid tearing the paper.
Cut heavy white paper to 3” x 4” with pinking shears to make place cards. Fold in half to 1-1/2” x 4”. Stamp and decorate. Write the guest’s name next to the stamped image.
For stamping the balloons you’ll need to use acrylic paint. Make a stamp pad by adding paint evenly to a moistened piece of felt. Blow the balloon up halfway. Hold it steady on a flat surface while your child stamps the image. Continue Blowing the balloon up. Tie with string. Allow the balloon to dry completely. Deflate until party day.
When the guests arrive, have each child stamp and decorate his own party bag, hat, and name tag.
Purchase Fun Buttons or a badge maker for name tags. Let the children stamp and decorate the pre-cut paper circles and add their names before assembling the buttons.
Stickers, bookmarks, and jigsaw puzzles are all great projects to make. You can buy puzzle blanks at your local crafts store. Purchase white stickers in assorted sizes and shapes from an office supply store. Make bookmark blanks by cutting heavy white paper 1-1/2” x 6”. Punch a hole in the top of each. Tie ribbons through the holes after the children have stamped and decorated the bookmarks.
When the party is over, the children will have had an enjoyable time and go home with great party favors.
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