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Crafting Birthday Party for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com} - 3 crafts, snack ideas, and free invitation template!

Crafting Birthday Party for Preschoolers

My daughter loves to do crafts. (“Craft! Hooray!”) So, naturally, we did a craft-focused birthday party for a birthday party a while ago.

I loved this birthday party theme. We had three separate craft activities, so kids picked which craft they wanted to begin with and rotated, doing one, two, or all three. We used materials we already had the house. (I think I only bought snacks and the water droppers, which I planned on purchasing for our homeschool anyway.) It took just a little setup, a little beginning instruction, and then just open fun!

Crafting Birthday Party for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com} - 3 crafts, snack ideas, and free invitation template!

Birthday Party Crafts

These three crafts are geared towards kids ages 2-7. The activities are fun, doable, offer opportunity for creativity, promote fine motor development, incorporate color mixing, and utilize multiple crafting mediums.

Craft 1: Cut Paper Collage

A simple, but fun activity, we use this craft often when my daughter just wants to craft during the week, too.

I cut up some ready-to-use squares for our youngest attendees, but also cut strips of colored paper for other preschoolers to practice their scissor skills.

Crafting Birthday Party for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

The kids simply cut up colors of their choosing into squares (or triangles or squiggles or whatever they wanted) and glued the cut paper on to a larger sheet of paper to make a collage. Some of the kids got really creative!

Crafting Birthday Party for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Craft 2: Simple Bird Feeder Craft

I first saw this activity on Hands On: As We Grow. I placed a bowl of o-shaped cereal and a bowl of blueberries on the table with a pile of pipe cleaners. The kids simply threaded the cereal and blueberries (into patterns, if they chose) and twisted the ends of the pipe cleaner together to make a circle.

Crafting Birthday Party for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Crafting Birthday Party for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Note: When you hang your bird feeder, be sure to put it on a branch that has room for a bird to perch near it. If it just hangs down on a low branch, birds won’t be able to get to it!

Craft 3: Water Drop Painting

This craft seemed like the favorite of many partygoers. Thanks to Happy Hooligans for this idea!

Grab a few markers, paper towels (separated into sheets), and water droppers. The kids first drew on the paper towels with different colors (some in different designs) and then dripped a little water everywhere they had colored. The result: a beautiful, tie-dyed (and recyclable!) paper towel art piece!

Crafting Birthday Party for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Hang to dry, and the kids got to take these home when they left the party.

Some of the kids made as many as 8 of these paintings! Awesome for beginning to understand color blending, water absorption, and fine motor control. (I think at least half of the adults did one, too!)

Crafting Birthday Party Snacks

We like to keep our party snacks simple and grab-able. We had fruit, cheese, pretzels, and “craft-your-own cupcakes!” I made cupcakes, then set the homemade frosting and a few toppings out (almond slices, blueberries) for kids to decorate their own cupcake. Yum!

Crafting Birthday Party for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Crafting Birthday Party Invitation

Here’s the party invitation I created for this party:

Crafting Birthday Party - blank invitation template for personal/family use {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Would you like a copy of this blank version for your own crafting birthday party? Just save the document from this page and use your favorite photo editing software to add in your specific details. Print out and send, or email to your guest list.

Click here to download the invitation template for free!
(Note: If you’d like to share this printable, thank you! Please link back to this blog post when doing so. This image is for personal/family use only and is not to be sold, distributed (other than for a party), or hosted elsewhere. Thank you!)

Find more birthday party ideas on my Special Events board on Pinterest!

Do you plan themed birthday parties for your kids? What’s your favorite party you’ve helped implement?

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Photobooth Birthday Party and Activities {plus, two free printables!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

Photobooth Birthday Party Activities {plus free printables!}

If you’ve read here for a while, you might remember that, while I used to think themed birthday parties could be overkill, as I began planning parties for my kids, I found I love coming up with ideas my kids also love.

My boy is a born button-pusher. When he’s allowed to, he loves to get his hands on anything digital and just push buttons until he figures it out (which he usually does, so far!).

He also loves photos—of himself, of family, of friends, of much!

We thought this year might be a good time to get him a kids’ digital camera. (I never would’ve considered this without my brother sharing about it. Who knew they were so reasonably priced and, thankfully, hardy?!)

And what better birthday party theme to go with a camera than a Photobooth Birthday Party!

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Photobooth Birthday Party Invitation

I love making simple birthday party invitations that we can email out to guests. If you need it, here’s a fill-in-the-blank copy that you can edit with your favorite photo editing software to include your party details.

Photobooth Birthday Party Invitation printable {plus, see the post for activities and another free printable!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

Click here to download this free photobooth birthday party invitation! (The download doesn’t have the white banner over it.) Thank you for downloading! If you’d like to share, please link to this blog post rather than the direct file. Photo and design is copyrighted by me, so please do not host, steal, share, or sell this image elsewhere.

Photobooth Birthday Party Activities

We set up a snack area.

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My fella is practicing pre-handwriting skills by drawing smiley faces and the beginnings of stick figures, so my husband made a stick figure “family photo” on the birthday cake.  We try to keep snacks easy-to-grab and relatively healthy.

We set up a very simple photobooth area with a sheet hanging over our mantle.

Photobooth Birthday Party and Activities {plus, two free printables!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

The photobooth props sat in a basket right beside the designated area.

If we did this again, we’d change a couple things. My husband wanted to rig up some awesome setup where people could place their cameras to take a photo, but we decided to go the simple route for preschoolers (and ran out of time). I also hung up a “Happy Birthday” banner in the photo area after I took this photo.

We kept it simple with just two main activities. In our invitation, we asked party attendees to bring their cameras, too, whether it was a kid-specific camera or one a parent could help the kids operate. Both activities explained below used cameras.

Photobooth Fun!

I found a few great photobooth prop printable sets for free! (Thank you, Pinterest!) I used some of the props from Oh Happy Day’s sets (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), and a few fall-themed props from the Thanksgiving printable set from The Dating Divas.

Photobooth Birthday Party and Activities {plus, two free printables!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

I went the simple route of just printing the props out on cardstock, then taping them to small craft sticks/wooden stirrers. This worked well for our party, and most of them lasted so we can use them again in the future! If you really want them to last, you can read Oh Happy Day’s directions for very sturdy props (see the links above).

Birthday Photo Scavenger Hunt

The second activity took just a little bit of instruction, but then worked beautifully! We had a variety of ages in attendance, so the bigger siblings helped the little kids with their scavenger hunts.

Each pair of children got a Happy Birthday Photo Scavenger Hunt checklist. The list had eight things to find around the house and take a photo of with their camera! To make it include a dose of problem solving for the preschoolers, some of the items listed were worded generally, like “find something that spins,” or within a category, “find a fruit.”

Photobooth Birthday Party and Activities {plus, two free printables!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

Ugh, sorry for the dark lighting on this photo.

The kids did great, and I loved seeing the big kids help out the littler ones. And the littles loved taking photos of their findings to “check off” the list! We played for about 20-30 minutes.

We wrapped up with cake, fruit, and more photobooth fun!

Would you like a free printable of the Happy Birthday Photo Scavenger Hunt? Click here to download your copy. (Thank you for downloading! If you’d like to share, please link to this blog post rather than the direct file. This printable is copyrighted by me, so please do not host, steal, share, or sell this image elsewhere.)

Read our other birthday party ideas here, including an ABC Activity Party and “Have a Ball” Birthday Party!

For more great birthday party ideas (plus other special events), check out my Special Events board on Pinterest.

What’s your favorite theme for a preschooler’s birthday party?

This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsToddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-opShow and Share SaturdayFree Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.

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ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

ABC Activity Birthday Party {ideas and printable packet}

My fella loves reading and loves to jump, play, and run.

So what’s a momma to do for a birthday party theme? Combine them, of course!

With my family fitness background, I created an “ABC Activity Birthday Party” for my boy!

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

Set up like a scavenger hunt activity with task cards, this activity gets hearts pumping in a cooperative and fun manner. The activities are geared towards ages 2-8, but older children will have fun helping younger ones.

This ABC party activity focuses on movement, letter and color recognition, pre-reading skills, cooperation, gross motor, fine motor, and following directions.

ABC Activity Party Setup

We held this party outdoors and set up all the activities in my parents’ backyard and deck. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!) Each activity was set up like a station with any equipment needed and enough space to complete the activity. Most of the activities can be done with normal play equipment or household items and just need a little space.

Twenty-six activities might sound like a lot, but we included different fruits and healthier snacks to represent some of the letters.

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

The activities range from very fitness-oriented (“jump rope or jump over the rope for 10 seconds”) to fine motor (“Play your own song on the xylophone for 10 seconds”) to social (“Sign ‘friend’ to a friend!”).

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

We paired the kids up (usually an older kid or parent paired with a preschooler) and each pair received an activity task card.

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

After a few simple directions, the kids got started! Because the preschoolers were all paired with older partners, the kids could each go to whichever station they wanted to in whatever order. (If you were using this activity with a very large group or a classroom, I’d suggest rotating every minute or so or having a specific direction to travel.) I set a 20-minute time limit for the activities, but most of the kids wanted to finish their cards! (Yay!)

Our son has special needs and communicates primarily through sign language. Incorporating signs into our activity helped his friends learn ways to communicate with him, while reinforcing learning principles and physical activity. He loved having his friends come up to him and show him the signs they just learned!

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

Download the ABC Activity Birthday Party packet!

In this download, you will find:

  • an instruction sheet,
  • activity summary and equipment list,
  • one set of 26 alphabet letter cards (13 pages). Each card has a letter, alphabet sign, and associated activity.
  • a second set of 26 alphabet letter cards (13 pages). This set does not have an activity underneath each sign. This allows you to write in your own activities as needed or wanted! You can print out only this set and create all your own activities, or you can print out just the letters you need. (For example: If you want to change the letter “L” activity, print the “L” card from the second set and write your own activity in!)
  • ABC party task cards (2 pages).

*The equipment list can be modified if you change the activities! 

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

Other Uses for the ABC Activity Birthday Party Packet

This activity can also be modified to be a large group/classroom physical activity or a sign language and movement game for homeschool!

I include a second set of blank alphabet sign cards in this packet. That means you can print out that blank set and:

  • write your own activities in,
  • use them as blank flashcards to teach fingerspelling,
  • write sight words or sentences on each flashcard for reading practice,
  • and more!

I have also included various modifications for equipment, groups, and special needs.

As a bonus, I’m throwing a sale at my Teachers-pay-Teachers store! The “ABC Activity Birthday Party” packet is 20% off from today through Saturday, July 6th! (That’s the highest sale I can throw at Teachers-pay-Teachers!)

Looking for a free birthday party idea and printables? Check out my “Have A Ball!” Birthday party activities and free printables here. I also gather lots of birthday party ideas from around the web (along with more activities for other kinds of special events) on my Special Events board on Pinterest.

Did you download the ABC Activity Birthday Party packet? I would love to hear how your family or group has used this packet. Please leave a comment, and I may be able to update this packet for future downloads!

This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-UpHomeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsHearts for Home linkupTender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers, and the Weekly Kids Co-op.

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"Have a Ball" Birthday Party Theme and Activities with free printables at Under God's Mighty Hand

“Have a Ball” Birthday Party {plus free printables!}

If you had asked me eight years ago what I thought about themed birthday parties for little kids, I probably would’ve said something like, “Cute, but overkill. They won’t remember it anyway!”

Fast forward. What do I love doing now? Yep, themed birthday parties for my children.

I still don’t feel like I go overboard, but just enough to have fun, include some unifying commonalities between activities, and see those gorgeous smiles full of joy.

Enter the “Have a Ball” Birthday Party!

"Have a Ball" Birthday Party Theme and Activities with free printables at Under God's Mighty Hand

Ready to get rolling? (Ha ha, just had to…sigh)

The main focus of this birthday party was activity. I wanted it easy for all attending kids to come in, quickly join in on play, and then change activities when they wanted. (We keep our birthday parties small, and the kids present are fantastic, so I usually don’t have to worry about too much chaos. Praise.) Add in my teaching background, and, boom, stations quickly became involved.

This party is geared towards ages 1-5. We set up five main stations/play areas:

  1. Basketball – One of those indoor/outdoor preschool basketball hoops and a bunch of kids who love to jump, spin, defend, and shoot baskets? Instant win. "Have a Ball" birthday party
  2. Water Bottle Bowling – Yes, we did use water bottles as our bowling pins. It’s what we had around the house, and it worked! Another idea I might use in the future: take plastic water bottles, paint them, fill the inside with a sand in a little plastic bag (to help prevent spillage), and seal the bottle. (Read one tutorial for making your own bowling pins here.)
    Side note: We have a small basketball goal hanging near where we set up the bowling pins. Some creative kids in attendance found out if they tossed the “bowling ball” (a soft, safe, squishy indoor ball) into the basketball hoop, the ball would fall down onto the bowling pins. Thus “basketbowling” was born!
  3. Bubbles – Okay, not exactly a ball, but it is ball-shaped. And kids love bubbles. (Who am I kidding… most adults love bubbles! I do!) Plus, from a special needs/speech therapy standpoint, practicing blowing bubbles actually helps strengthen those small muscles around the mouth and promote lip closure for base sounds.
  4. Dancing at the “Ball” – Yes, right, this isn’t even ball-shaped, but little kids love dancing and my kids really love dancing. We played upbeat music and cleared a small area for bouncing, bee-bopping, and groovin’.
  5. Ball Pit – Thanks to my friend Sandra for this fantastic idea. We purchased a set of 100 
    "Have a Ball" Birthday Party
    (phthalate free! And all the special needs mothers
    rejoice.) “pit balls” and tossed them in the pack ‘n play. I love this! Confined, yet big enough for one (or two, depending) children. To keep it safe, we only let the kids ages three and under go in the ball pit, shoes off, and two kids in at a time. My son still enjoys time in the “ball pit” when he wants some satisfying sensory input.

I created some simple station signs to help direct the kids to different activity areas. We have a small downstairs, so I strategically placed each area to prevent most collisions. Feel free to download those station signs for free here!

"Have a Ball" Birthday Party

All of these activities were simple enough for kids to jump in whenever they liked with very little front-end explanation. The kids kept moving the whole party, except when they ate.

Speaking of food, we kept the snacks simple, too. We usually plan parties in between common mealtimes so folks know to only expect some kind of birthday cake and a light snack.

"Have a Ball" Birthday Party snacks table

All the food was ball-shaped—clementines, blueberries, grapes, and little round cheeses my mom purchased. (Thanks, Mom.)

"Have a Ball" Birthday Party snacks

I made a lighter, healthier version of carrot cake into muffins (somewhat ball-shaped, right?) for the birthday cake. A very easy way to serve cake to young kids. (This recipe is similar to the recipe I use.)

"Have a Ball" Birthday Party

I originally planned to decorate each cupcake to look like different colored ball pit balls, but I ran out of time! Thankfully, last minute, I plopped either a blueberry or a grape on top of each cupcake. “Ball” cupcakes!

"Have a Ball" Birthday Party - ball cupcakes

We sent out party invitations via email. Here’s an example (minus the details):

"Have A Ball" Birthday Party free printables

I also saved a blank version of the invitation in case you’d like to use it! Just save the document from this page and use your favorite photo editing software to add in your specific details. Print out and send, or email to your guest list.

Click here to download the invitation template and the ball party station signs for free!
(Note: If you’d like to share these printables, thank you! Please link back to this blog post when doing so.)

Overall, the party was a success, full of exercise, love, and fun!

"Have a Ball" Birthday Party

Do you plan themed birthday parties for your kids? What’s your favorite party you’ve helped implement?

This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-Up and Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten Corner and UpsideDown Homeschooling’s Hearts for Home linkup.

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