We celebrated Little Guy’s 3rd birthday with 16 of his pint-sized friends and a lot of artsy fun this weekend. We set up the house with activity stations where the kids could participate in art projects that were developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. I am going to share some of the activities here – the pack of printables for these activities, the food table, and the favor buckets will be available on Etsy in the next few weeks.
Station #1: Palette Collage
We provided each child with a paper palette cutout and a $1 bug jar from Michaels filled with paper shaped like paint splotches and a glue stick.
They glued their paper splotches on their palettes and added a paintbrush designed with their name on top. I laminated scrapbook-sized 12″ by 12″ paper so kids could use them as their placemats at each center. This gave them a designated work area (so they weren’t in each other’s personal space!). When each kid came into the party, their materials were set up at one of the stations. We also put a personalized painters’ hat at each spot. This is an example of how the collage center was set up:
Station #2: Paint a Canvas
We also put out some dot markers. Many kids combined the two materials for some really unique results.
Station #3: Stamp Rollers
These rollers are easy for little hands to use. We assigned each design roller to a differ color.
Kids mixed and matched to make a crazy display of stamped shapes!
When kids were all finished their project, we rolled up the paper and slipped on a pre-made band, so that the paper stayed neatly rolled in their favor buckets.
Station #4: Play Doh
At this station, the kids each received a Glad lockware container filled with slices of Play-Doh. We put out clay tools, and the kids were free to create. This center was really popular. In fact, some kids spent over an hour actively engaged at just this center! I think the kids liked having access to their own container of multiple colors of dough. When the kids were done sculpting, they brought home their dough in their container.
The favor buckets (shared here) were a big hit. I am pretty sure everyone thought the cost of this party was a lot more than it actually was ($10/kid). However, the personalized touches made it look expensive – and (hopefully) made each child feel like they were special on this day.