DD is one of the youngest in her little group of friends and has been to a number of 4th birthday parties already. They've all had children's entertainers of some description but I don't want to do that for DD, mainly because DD hates joining in with things like that.
So I was thinking of hiring a village hall and having a messy time/ craft session as DD loves getting messy and I don't let her do it enough at home.
I'm looking for ideas and tips really. Do I set out a specific craft activity ie making masks or just put loads of paint, glue, sticking shapes on a big table or have separate islands (a la nursery) with painting on one and sticking on the other? Any other tips/ things that have worked (or not worked)?
I wasn't really going to do food as in my experience the kids don't eat it anyway. I was just thinking of producing a cake at the end and singing happy birthay, then putting a slice in each party bag. Do you think that would be okay?
There will be about 10 children all between the ages of 3.5 and 4.5.
Looking forward to tapping into the great minds of experienced mums...
I have run a few kids art and crafts groups, plus a rainbow guide group so used to the kid crafts!
The older they get, the more they expect the food tbh. I would do some, but I agree they often eat little. How about pizza or something simple like that?
It's easiest doing these things if there is a theme. So you could make the masks to wear for the party, decorate their own pre-printed place card, iced biscuits (tubes of ready mix icing, bowls of sweets) always works. I often do one table of sissix cuts (little die cut shapes of paper, look under sissix or punchies on ebaby for loads really cheap, or I could give you a contact who does bags for a quid if you CAT me).
If it's girls, then a big bowl of beads and they can make a necklace- teyhy love that!
Try Baker Ross website for inspiation (would recommend the cone puppets, easy and cheap!)
They're paper shapes for cardmaking- literally just that, fish, angels, wagons, cars- all sorts. tehy're perforated on detail, so a bit more usable than punched out shapes IME. Not always adhesive but a tub of PVA (I like Anita Tacky Glue from art shops, The Range etc) is washable and easy.