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« on: June 30, 2004 07:59:21 PM »

   My boss's daughter is turning 5 and she has asked to me help out at the birthday party by helping the kids with a craft.  She suggested gimp, but I have this feeling that there has got to be a better idea.  The party is beach themed and will take place outside by the pool.  Any ideas of what we should have the kids do would be GREATLY appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2004 08:07:21 PM »

Here is something fun-could maybe be turned into a craft, not sure, but it's funny as hell
Unless of course, she's a girly girl, in which case, boogers on a stick are not for her!
You could get premade bags (like the blank canvas totes at Walmart)
and have them decorate with puffy paint or something?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2004 08:12:58 PM »

It's not the kid I am worried about...it's the mother I would have to look after.  This site is pretty wonderful though.  I am thinking of all the damage I could do at this 4th of July Potluck b-b-q I was invited to.  *evil laugh*

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2004 08:19:18 PM »

for my 5th birthday i had like 20 girls from my class come over and we made necklaces. my cousin bought a whole bunch of clay (don't know what kind it was) and we all made beads and poke holes in them baked them in the oven and then strung them with stretchy elastic and then the next monday everyone in my class wore our necklaces we had made. It doesn't fit in too well with the beach theme but it was the only crafty-birthday party i remember

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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2004 11:39:22 AM »

The clay you baked in the oven was a "polymer clay" ... some of the brands are Fimo, Premo, Sculpey, Kato and Cernit. 

If anyone is interested in doing a kids' craft with polymer clay, check out these pages at my webiste:


And here are the basics just on beads:


(by the way, polymer clay beads can be as simple or complex as you want!)

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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2004 12:04:34 PM »

Yeah beading is a great idea for kids and isn't messy! Once when I babysitted I made a really simple wallet with her! All you need is a long rectangle of fabric, fold it into three, do simple running stich down two sides and press the other side over (if that made any sense) then just do a motif on the front with fabric paint or felt!

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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2004 04:05:08 PM »

That last idea would work really well if you premade a ton of wallets and just let them decorate them.

When I was little, my girlscout troup made pillow cases for ourselves.  We drew our names and some picture on them with fabric marker, and I used it for YEARS.


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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2004 04:59:03 PM »

There are lots of kits at Craft stores with foam foam.  If you get the sticky backed fun foam shapes you can use them to decorate most anything. A little photo album & have pics taken of the girls at the party.
Maybe get raffia  or really cheap fabric (look at the $1 a yad stuff at walmart) & make hula skirts.
There is a link on here about making paper leis,  maybe if you make up a ton of the flowes & cut the straws just let the girls thread them them sevles to make necklaces, bracelets, & anklets.
Maybe make maracas or tamborines & sing beach boys tunes?
Decorate dollar store flip flops with shells or silk flowers
 http://www.makingfriends.com/friends/f+summer.htm these are real cute if you print them on magnetic paper. make a set & package them in paint cans or on small baking sheets
http://www.makingfriends.com/tank_top_beach_bag.htm    you could make the bags & let the girls deorate.
http://craftsayings.com/projects/wearables/halter_tops/   maybe you could make these out of solid color fabric & let girls decorate?

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