Here is my take on the ninja birthday theme. I found so many great ideas on Pinterest. I was also inspired by the Clumbsy Ninja App. My boys love that game.
The ninja eyes were our placemats. I printed out one set of eyes and cut the eyes off the black. I didn't want to waste all my printer ink on the black part. Once cut, I copied just the eyes and pasted them to black card stock paper. Then I laminated them. I used the number 6 as a game. We spread them out throughout the party and had the ninja's hunt them down. The ninja with the most 6's won a special prize.
I used foam pipe insulators, red rope and red duck tape to make the nom-chucks. These were used the most of all ninja weapons. I copied an image from the internet to create the ninja stars. I printed out 3 on card stock and glued them together. It gave them more weight and durability when being thrown.
This is a fun theme with lot's of sensory activities.
The Paw Patrol team consists of water play, sky catching, construction mining, recycled spy gear, fire dashing and policing. These areas of interest offer great sensory and motor activities for a kids birthday party. It's virtually management free with structured entertainment.
Here's what I created based on each dogs interest.
Zuma's Water Play
Zuma is all about water. One of my personal sensory favorites.
Zuma's station had orange water and air balloons hanging from the ceiling. Something fun for the kids to punch around. The water table had balloon powered boats, submarines powered by baking soda and plastic boats frozen in large ice blocks. The kids LOVE large ice blocks. l had small squirt bottles with warm water at hand for those eager to claim the boat prize frozen in ice.
I love re-designing our kids playroom. Our once dining room is now the most active room in the house. Initially, I got drill happy. I attached just about everything to the walls. The room looked amazing and the kids loved playing in it. Here are some of the fun things I created for them.
I'm learning that the simpler the feature, the more the kids play. This feature took 15 mins to make and thus far is the most popular in our backyard play scape.
I used 3/4 thick PVC pipes, three 90• elbow fittings and one hose to PVC pipe fitting. I drilled holes through the top of the structure, spacing them out about 3" wide. The kids love running through the structure but also love trying to escape the water by going between the streams (the drill spacing). I used PVC cement (glue) to hold the pipes together.
Total cost is less than $10!
We have a tall deck but you can install these anywhere in the backyard. The tunnels are made with black PVC pipes! 10 minutes to make, hours of fun!
I chose a 10ft 4" wide pipe. I cut it in half to make two 5ft tunnels (any hardware store will cut them for you). I added 90• elbows to the ends of each and tied the pipes to our deck railing.
I scored a huge bag of bounce house balls for $3 at a yard sale. You can buy these anywhere for about $20 though.
I chose these because they're soft and perfect for sorting activities. We count the balls as they go down and have the kids drop them by color.
Add to the fun by having other kids hold buckets and catch the balls as they are dropped. Or, give them tennis rackets/bad mitten to hit the balls as they shoot out. The activities are endless!
As an extended feature, I added hoses nearby so the kids can shoot water down the pipes!
From below, we use funnels to catch the water.
This is a fun sand play area. The pirate ship is washed up on a beach. Kids can play with sand in and out of the ship. It's such a fun theme for dramatic and active play. I used PVC pipes to create the sling shot, filled the beach area with real beach sand, placed several pirate accessories around and built a fun hose powered water station.
This is a fun new feature I added to our backyard play scape. The kids can hit targets using water guns.
The spinning target is the best. I plan to get one more. I purchase them for about $10 each through pyramyd air. To anchor the spinning target, I drilled a hole into the 2x4 and slid the target legs through.
I used PVC pipes to connect the hoses to the station. We have several water features and the PVC allows me to control which station is being used at a given time. This is the shut off fitting that connects the pipes so you can turn the water on to reach all stations. The shut off valves are by each station. To activate that area, the kids simply turn the valve and are ready to play.
I changed the hoses. These blue ones are more flexible and easier for the kids to manage. I also changed out the resetting target with another spinning target. I used sand and rubber mulch for this play area. It helps to keep the water play clean. Things got pretty muddy prior to laying out the mulch.
Inspired by Pinterest, here's what I plan to do with the window. This will be our science lab. I'll have test tubes and equipment stored along the window sill
When you walk in, you're on the stage. I'll use a curved shower rod to create a curtain around the door. This will be our theater. Directly across will be the vetrenarian clinic-equiped with small cages on the wall
Just built this fun water station for my nephews using PVC pipes, sprinklers, buckets and clear tubing. Lots of fun and pretty easy set up.
Here's another station I made for my sons school. This one has a cascading design to fit the different heights of his classmates. I also has fun with a dustpan cascading feature.
I received this used kid craft clubhouse as a gift from a friend. I just planned to paint it and fix it up a little but once I put on the red and white stripe drapes, the Seuss house was born. Kids houses should be fun and inspiring ;)
I added these fun test tube flower pots.