Assorted Party Craft Ideas
and Party Kid Treats

Making Jewelry
This craft is mainly enjoyed by little girls. Prior to the party buy three or four kinds of macaroni that can be strung. By varying the different pastas the kids can usually come up with some unique necklaces to wear home. Just tie the ends after they are strung.

Colorful, Yummy Jewelry
Using the long thin licorice ropes as 'string', create necklaces or bracelets using edible 'gems'. You can cut a regular piece of licorice into small pieces to string, along with colorful Fruit Loops cereal and any other small candy type item that can be strung. If the licorice ropes are too difficult to tie than string might be more functional.

Artistic Painting
All children love to paint. Prior to the party find some flatter type rocks for this fun craft. You will need some model paint and some small brushes. Help the kids through this craft with ideas such as; flowers, faces, stick figures, etc. See how colorful they can get.

Balloon Painting
As long as you have the paints out, have them paint some balloons. Balloons are a natural tie in for any kids party, and once they are there, you can do so many things with them. A good alternative to painting the balloons is to use magic markers.

Halloween Worm Treats
This is a fun, yucky, yummy kids favorite. All you will need is to make a chocolate pudding and cool it in the fridge for a few hours. From that, make individual portions in clear plastic bowls or cups. To make the pudding look more realistic, like dirt, sprinkle cocoa powder on the top of each portion. Than insert some gummy worms into each portion of dirt, and enjoy.

Balloon Decorating
Balloons also will come in handy for some party decorations. You can hang them or if you rub inflated balloons against your clothing it creates static electricity that should enable the balloon to stick to the wall or ceiling for quite some time.

Big Mouth
Hang pretzels or even doughnuts by a string, from the ceiling or doorway. Make sure children's hands are behind their backs and see who can snag the first goodie, with their mouth only.

Guests Decorate
To help you decorate with more party themed decorations, you could draw or create from a word program, a themed document that each child could color at the start of the party. Than you take the completed colored theme art work and post it around the party room.

Inexpensive Decorations
You would be amazed at how festive it becomes with just a few colorful streamers strung overhead. Get two or three bright colors and a few thumbtacks and you are half way done with decorating already.

Regular Play Dough Recipe
Kids love to play with this stuff, and it is easy to make! In a large mixing bowl, mix together a cup of flour, ½ cup of salt, ½ cup of water, two teaspoons cream of tartar, one tablespoon of veg oil, and a few drops of the food color of choice. Mix well, pour into a saucepan and heat and stir until it begins to form a ball. Then, just store in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.

Baking Fun
When mom is baking up those pies for the holidays, just make a little bigger batch of dough. When it is rolled out set you little helpers up with some holiday cookie cutters, or let them cut their own interesting shapes. Then they can decorate with sprinkles and bake for snack time later.

Candy Balls
Children love to help mom in the kitchen, so let’s help them complete a rewarding treat. A no-bake cookie is a great start, although mom might have to do the mixing. Combine a cup of peanut butter, a cup of cocoa mix, a cup of honey, two teaspoons of vanilla, and a cup of coconut. Mix ingredients well and spread in a pan to cut into squares, or roll into balls, either way, they are delicious.

Disappearing Ball;
Show you kids some magic. Mix in a bowl a cup of cornstarch and some water. Some water, because you add only until the mixture is like bread dough. Then you roll the mixture into a ball. Then you set back and watch it dissolve to liquid.
Letter Bites
These are fun to make and edible too. You can use the frozen bread dough, the Rhodes frozen rolls are just the right size dough balls. Roll each into a long thin roll and then put them into the form of a letter. One letter per roll works fine. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 F for 12 to 15 minutes. If your timing is right you will have alphabet dinner rolls with your dinner.
Jelly Log Roll
Who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? Take a piece of bread and remove the crust. Flatten it the best you can, a rolling pin works the best. Spread jelly on the flatten piece of bread and roll it up. Once it’s rolled, spread the top with a generous portion of peanut butter, and then you could slice then into little bite size rolls of peanut butter and jelly snacks. Another option would be to spread the flatten bread with both the peanut butter and the jelly, and then roll it up as finger snacks.
Stick Cookies
This process will work with any cookie batch you are making so we’ll leave that up to you. Just prior to putting them into the oven, stick a Popsicle stick into each little clump of cookie dough on the sheet. Pat it down a bit so the stick is secure in the dough. Bake for the time and temp your specific recipe calls for, and when they are out you should decorate with frostings and sprinkles. Kids love them.
Popsicle Treats
Make a batch of Jello and pour into an ice cube tray. Set into each section a Popsicle stick and let them set up. After about four hours the gang will have some refreshing homemade popsicles, to eat outside.
Personal Pizzas
All you will need in advance is, English Muffins, pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and any ingredients that you might want on the pizzas, usually black olives, sliced pepperoni, mushrooms, etc. Spread some pizza sauce on the split muffin halves, sprinkle with cheese and put on any other toppings requested. Put in the oven at 250 until the cheese has melted. Remove, let cool, enjoy.

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