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.
These are the ninja potions. The concept was inspired by the clumsy ninja app. This was the biggest hit of the party. If you are having a ninja party- definitely do this. We had a freeze potion, punching and spinning. The kids stayed hydrated, acted out funny impressions after drinking and they served as great transitions to each activity I used gatorade, 10oz water bottles and created fun tags with symbols for each.
The kids were really into this simple activity. I made a Hi-Ya chopping game out of 3 pieces of wood. I used blue painters tape for them to chop. I tried to use brown masking tape but it didn't work as well. That tape cut down the side and didn't leave a noise when chopped. The painters tape chopped down the middle and left a fun vibrating sound when chopped. I used tape because it was the quickest way to reload the chop for the next kid in line. If you build this, make sure the width of the area is wide enough so the kids don't get hurt.
The Brick Wall. This was another great one. Scored 30 of these boxes at a yard sale for $2. At the time I didn't know what i'd use them for but it was too good of a deal to pass up. I used a card stock pattern and traced it with a sharpie to create a brick look. The kids had fun building various towers and then destroying them with their power kicks.
This is a really great party theme for kids 4 and older. The kids kept asking what game/race is next! Funny enough, I was worried I had too much planned and didn't want it to be too structured. Luckily I was prepared because they couldn't get enough! Here's of few looks at our course. Some of the activities we did were: Egg and spoon race, Crab crawl, Shopping cart derby, Backward team race with baton pass, Disk toss through Olympic Rings, Obstacle course run and Egg Hunt.
I made the hurdles with PVC pipes and spray painted them red. It only cost $4 in materials. It was a much better solution to buying them for $40 retail. I made them 7 inches tall. After testing a few heights with the boys, this seems like the best height for most ages/sizes. For each hurdle, you need two 90 degree elbows and two T caps. The olympic rings and arches are made with pipe insulators and decorated with duct tape. The covers were only .80 each. Another great solution to save money on pricey retail arches.
Our balloon table was the first obstacle. The kids had to crawl through that first. I strung about 6 balloons together and tied them to the table. I repeated that pattern all around. I made sure to keep the balloons loose around the entrance/exit so the kids wouldn't get caught up in them. I also used blue painter's tape to create the flow of the course. It helped keep the kids on track and added to the decor
This is a fun and easy activity to set up for the kids during the fall. We used punching balloons and a turkey image found on the web to create ours.
Looking for ideas on Birthday decor. This decal took 20 minutes to make. I covered it in clear contact paper so it could last several play sessions. Still need to add his jet pack but love the way it's coming out. My boys are totally into Turbo Snails right now.
Also a good lesson for preschool age children
No wonder Pinatas are such a hit at parties. Kids love whacking things. Here's a safer alternative to that dreaded stick used on pinatas. Use Paper towel dowels instead. We duck tape ours with fun colors. Best part is you can hang what ever you want to match the theme of your party/lesson/play date. Use duck tape to suspend all strings from ceiling. It holds up best.
The kids love all things that light up. Instead of waiting till the evening to have our light up fun, I created this daytime Galaxy room in our hall. Here's a quick way to create a dark room for all your light up desires! Close off your hallway with black fabric hung by closet rods. I screwed closet rod holders on both ends of the hall for a quick install. I keep all of our light up toys in a box with the rods and fabric so they are ready on demand. I also keep glow stars to dec the hall and solar system streamers in our bucket for when we want to have galaxy and outer space play.
This is a great set up for a birthday party and/or a themed playdate.
Children's wall of art.. a great theme for your child's next outdoor birthday party, a fun playdate or just for your munchkins. Kids love to create. The messier the creation the better the creative! Make sure to tell parents that the kids will need a second set of clothes to change into.
Here's a photo of an art wall made with white sheets. If you don't have poles to attach the sheets, you can use two easels. Just place one on each end of the sheet. For best results, get some stakes at a hardware store and line up two or three sheets to make a long wall of art. For younger kids, make sure that the sheets are lower. If possible, try to set the art wall up so that the kids can go around it and paint the other side. Or just opt to hang over a fence like we did.
I placed a few paint bins on the fence so its a one stop area and more organized. The kids can play with fun paint props like spray bottles, squirt bottles large rolling brushes and fun paint on decals.