Easter Games, Crafts, and Activities Kids Love


Foam Cross Easter Craft

Easter Party Activities

The highlight of an Easter party is, without challenge, the Easter egg hunt! Here are some simple ideas to make your hunt a foolproof success!

* Divide the kids into three age groups – Ages 3 and under, ages 4 to 6, and ages 7 and up.

* Have color-coded eggs for each age group – especially if your space is limited. For example, have pink and blue for the younger children, purple and green for the older kids.

* Use small plastic eggs and stock each with one small toy or piece of candy – no need to stuff them full!

* For a twist, instead of hiding eggs, hide spring-colored crayons! Once the hunt is over give each child a new coloring book.

Decorate Your Game, Craft, and Activity Area

Balloon Egg Wrap- Wrap colored yarn around a blown-up spring balloon to make these giant eggs. Try blowing up different sizes of balloons and use a multitude of colors of yarn. The results are delicate, so be sure that you handle the eggs carefully.

You will need:

* Spring party balloons

* Yarn

* Liquid starch or white glue

* Paint brush

Blow up the balloon and tie a 2-foot piece of yarn or string from the knot end. This will be used to hang the competed project to dry. Carefully brush the whole surface of the balloon with the liquid starch or watered down white glue. Next, be sure you work quickly before the glue dries. Wrap the yarn around the balloon in one direction leaving small gaps of about 1/2-inch wide so that the surface isn’t completely covered.

Brush on another layer of starch or glue right over the layer you just did and wrap another layer but this time go in a different direction. For example, if the first layer was wrapped horizontally from side to side, this time wrap it vertically from top to bottom. Brush on glue and wrap one more time, varying the direction again. The balloon should be pretty well covered at this point, but you should be able to see spaces, like lace.

Hang the covered balloon from the string and allow it to dry for about 24 hours. When it is completely dry, pop the balloon and very gently pull it out through one of the gaps. And there you have it! Make a dozen of them and hang them all over to decorate your Easter games, Easter crafts, and Easter activities areas.

Broken Egg Riddles

You will need:

* Large eggs cut in two

* Riddle written on the first half of the egg

* Answer written on the second half of the egg

Have the children go around the room and ask the riddle and the second child will give the answer. If the answers are correct, the two children who are matched up then sit down. The game is over when all children have matched up the riddle to the answer.

Pass It On

For this activity you will need a hard-boiled egg for each person and a collection of colored markers. The smaller tip permanent markers work best.

Have everyone gather around the table. Each person takes an egg and draws hair on it. Then each one passes their egg to the person next to them. That person draws the eyebrows. Pass the eggs again and draw the eyes. Keep passing and drawing until all the parts of the face are done. You can include cheeks, nose, mouth, ears, or any unique features like freckles and moles. Then everyone can admire the results! We have a Relay Egg Game Kit too!

Easter Egg Relay

Make 2 large eggs out of pink color corrugated paper for each team.

Divide guests into teams. The first person of a team takes the 2 eggs and lays one of the eggs out on the floor. The child steps on the first egg and then places the second egg in front of them. The child steps on the second egg, reaches back and picks up the first egg and then places that egg in front of them. Continue to the end of the course and then run back and tag the next team member.

Bunny Game

Make bunny faces for all of the children out of corrugated paper. Each bunny will need a white head, two white ears with pink inside, and two eyes made of any color. The nose is a black circle on a pink oval with black whiskers drawn on. The mouth is a black smile shape with two large white teeth. You can make a bow tie for each bunny out of yellow. The object of the game is to make a bunny face. Using a die, for each number rolled you get a piece of the bunny’s face. For example, roll a one and get a head, roll a two and get an ear, roll a three and get an eye, roll a four and get a nose, roll a five and get a mouth and roll a six and get the tie. Keep rolling until all have created a bunny face.

Popular Easter Games for Kids

* Pin the Tail on The Easter Bunny (Use a cotton ball and a simple picture of the bunny).

* Blow the Egg – Have a start line and finish line set up. Place a small plastic Easter egg at the start line and give the child a cardboard “fan”. Have the kids try to “fan” the egg across the finish line. It is harder than it seems, since the eggs aren’t round!

* Bingo – use jelly beans as your markers and let the kids eat them when they yell, “Bingo”.

More Easter Crafts

Tie Die Eggs

Kids are really into tie die these days, so they will love the results of this activity! Make up several colored dyes with food coloring or egg dye. Be sure they are fairly strong solutions (about 2 tablespoons of water to a tablet of dye). Add two or three drops of vinegar to each color to help the color stay. Now, dampen a piece of cloth with water and wrap it around the egg. With an eye dropper, drop spots of different colors of dye on the cloth. Twist the cloth tightly around the egg so the colors bleed together. Gently unwrap the egg and let it dry for totally groovy eggs!

* Make bunny ears by cutting white craft foam into ear shapes. Color the insides of the ears using a pink marker. Staple them to a white headband for the kids to wear home.

* Make Easter bonnets out of paper plates and paper bowls. First, place a paper bowl on top of a plate. Trace around the bowl and remove it. Cut the circle out of the plate using the traced line as a guide. Glue the two pieces together and have the kids decorate the hat with silk flowers and ribbon. They could also use markers or paint to color the entire “hat”.

* Again, use paper plates to create a cute bunny face. Cut one plate in half to be the ears. Staple the ears onto another paper plate. Have the kids make the face out of jelly bean eyes, fruit rollup bow ties, licorice whiskers.

Share your favorite Easter games, Easter crafts, and Easter activities with us!  Which Easter activity ideas have your children enjoyed the most?

“Don’t Panic Mom!” Graduation Party Tips


This time of year, it’s easy for Mom to panic when she realizes that graduation time is fast approaching. How can you plan a graduation party with your sanity still intact? It is possible!

Start with the Basics

First things first:  choose a date for your celebration. Don’t despair if you haven’t done this already; do it now! Be sure to check your calendar, the school calendar, and your son or daughter’s calendar for conflicts since graduation is one of the busiest seasons of the year.

After you have a date, decide on a location. You may like the idea of hosting a graduation celebration at your own house. If not, check into availability of rooms at a church or community center. If you don’t mind taking a chance with the weather, you may even want to plan an outdoor party.

What about a theme? Consider your son or daughter’s interests and you can center your party around them:  from a football party to a beach party to a 50’s party,  the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Invitations

Now that you’ve settled those basic details, it’s time to get specific. You can begin by ordering invitations.

graduation invitationShindigz Party offers dozens of invitation choices, from basic types where you fill in your information to custom-made invites with pre-printed copy.

Decorations

Party decorations are another consideration. They give your party a fun feel, and Shindigz has more than you can imagine. Consider graduation bunting and banners to decorate the walls.

Also consider tableware: table covers, centerpieces, plates, cups, napkins and cutlery.

You now have the basics for a successful graduation party.

See, Mom? No need to panic – that wasn’t so bad!

The Spring Spa- Bachelorette Party


Polish Your Bachelorette Party

The Bachelorette Spa

Do you have an upcoming bachelorette party to plan? Are you getting a little nervous about how to make the day special? No need to worry at all. First, think about the bride, and your friendship over the years. Most women don’t take enough time for themselves, but this will be a day JUST for her. She’s going to love it no matter what. She’ll be touched, feel loved, and fondly remember your efforts for the rest of her life. So don’t worry!

A Relaxing, Bachelorette Night With Girlfriends

How about a spa day for your bride and all her friends? It doesn’t have to be a giant, expensive trip to a day spa where all the women are separated from each other. You can pick someone’s home and all spa together! Peruse these bridal shower invitations to invite the best buds of your bride-to-be. Planning a wedding is stressful! So give your bride a fun and relaxing day.

Select a color scheme for your party and let’s get decorating. How about a Kit N Kaboodle to get the tables organized? Order or make some fun and decadent food for the day.

Mix amazing drinks like a Pink Flamingo: rum, amaretto, cranberry and pineapple juice. If you get these fun martini glasses you could just have sparkling apple cider and it’d be great!

Next, let’s get into our spa theme. If you contact The American Massage Therapy Association, you can hire local licensed massage therapists to come with massage chairs to your party. Ordering 10-20 minute massages per person will be perfect, and your guests can all be in the same room, or go into a separate one for 20 minutes.

Esthetically apply makeup or nails or hire a chef to teach a fun cooking class! Play drinking games or casino party games. The Know the Bride Game shows your love and support for the bride to be. Have everyone fill out an advice card for her as a parting gift.

Don’t forget party favors and goody bags! Fill gift bags with bath salt favors, light up rings, chocolates, glassware candles, and other girls party favors.

Tell us about one of your all-time favorite bachelorette parties. What was the theme? How was it decorated? What types of games did you play? Share with us how the planner made the evening extra special.

Plan a Senior Banquet


Graduation time is approaching quickly, and with it, senior banquets. Shindigz can help you create an unforgettable senior banquet for your graduates.

Graduation Banners

Graduation banners are a great way to publicize your banquet. You can choose from banners in a wide variety of sizes, and you can customize them with your school’s colors and name.

Giant Grad Decorating Kit

Simplify your senior banquet planning by using a giant grad decorating kit. Kits offer a great solution for busy planners by offering many items in one package. You’ll get a 65″ Congrats Grad banner, 24′ of Congrats Grad bunting, 24′ of fringe garland, and 24′ of pennant banner, all in gold, silver and black colors.

Tableware

graduation party plateTableware is an important part of any banquet, and you can order graduation plates in the color of your choice. Sprinkle graduation hat confetti on the tables for a fun burst of color, and decorate your serving tables with Grad Cap Fringe Tableskirts.

Foil Spray Centerpieces, featuring “2011” metallic foil stems, will add a finishing touch to your tables.

Personalized Stand In

Set up a fun photo-op area at your senior banquet. The Graduate Guys Stand In is an excellent choice. This freestanding display is 74″ high and features three characters with cut-out heads for your guests to peek through.

Senior Banquet Favors

Guests will likely remember their senior banquet for years, so provide them with favors to commemorate the evening. Try graduation hat coasters personalized with your school’s name, or a personalized graduation cap candy jar. Travel mugs and bubbles are also popular choices.

Graduation Decoration Ideas


Experiment with Graduation Decorations

Setting the stage for a graduation party can be easy with some fundamental graduation party decorating tips. Choose your colors as a starting point and you’ll create an inviting atmosphere. Most color themes are built around one or two main colors. If you select only one color for your decorating, try to add little touches of another color or a lighter or darker shade of the same color. If you select only one color, adding little splashes of white, black, gold or silver will not detract from your main color choice, and the effect will be considerably more dramatic.

No matter what color scheme you decide to go with, here are a few graduation party decorating basics that will recreate the pomp and circumstance right in your own home!

Outdoor Graduation Party Decorations

* Direct your friends and family in the right direction by placing our plastic-coated personalized graduation yard sign at a nearby corner.

* Surround your front door with our fun graduation door decorations. No one will be left wondering where this graduation party is!

* Hang graduation banners on your walls, doors, and windows to honor your special graduate.

Indoor Graduation Party Decorating Basics

* Never underestimate the power of graduation decorations with balloons, as they can transform any room into a cozy and festive space in minutes at a very low cost. Use a combination of latex and mylar balloons in various shapes and colors for a remarkable look!

* Giant latex balloons are another fun way to emphasize the year the big accomplishment was achieved!

* For a very personal touch that will remain a keepsake for your grad, send us a picture and we can create a wonderful graduate standee.

* Suspend a balloon bag from your ceiling and drop a whopping 100 balloons for a dramatic climax to your party!

* Create stunning ceilings that instantly transform your room by draping 2″ or 4″ wide Streamers in your theme colors from the ceiling’s center to the room’s sides. Streamers can also be used to accent tabletops and gifts, and to make bows. They look terrific hanging from doorframes, cascading vertically down walls or hanging horizontally across ceilings if a tent-like look is not your preference. Streamers can be twisted after they are anchored to a ceiling, wall or table for a more dimensional look. Two different colored streamers can be placed back-to-back, and twisted for a unique look.

* Visit sports party supplies and spirit decorations stores to view many items that can be added to your decor. Custom imprinted Balls, Cheer Phones, Pom Poms, Pennants, Stadium Cups, Imprinted Sport Towels…all add a fantastic look to any room at a reasonable price. They serve a dual purpose, as they can be given as party favors when the party is over! Don’t hesitate to add real-life sports props to any setting!

Commencement Decorations

Graduation Decorations

What are some of your favorite graduation decoration ideas?

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