Who doesn’t love getting creative? For adults and kids alike, it’s always fun creating something by hand. However, it’s especially important for children to let loose and express themselves with creative projects. It’s important for developing crucial skills they’ll use later in life, giving them a chance to gain confidence, cultivate problem-solving skills, and practice collaboration with others. Not to mention, it’s fun!
So why not incorporate arts and crafts in your child’s next birthday party? Get out your pen and paper and get ready to jot these ideas down, because we’ve got some awesome party craft ideas for you!
Below are eleven arts and crafts birthday party ideas for kids of all ages.
Looking for creative art party ideas for 7-year-olds? Spin Art Nation is a hit with all ages and genders, perfect for birthday parties in San Antonio and Atlanta. Kids grab the colors they want, and our instructors help them make an abstract painting with plenty of spirals, circles, and “splats” using our specialized spinning paint method. No artistic talent is needed, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Kids can just let loose and have fun with this exciting way to paint! Want to impress the other parents? Adults can accompany kids, and they will have a blast creating their own masterpieces, too!
Looking to plan something for kids who are creative and curious about the world around them? Check out offerings at your local children’s museum. They often have special event days, craft workshops, and other interactive exhibits that stimulate the brain in a creative way. Or, for kids slightly older, your local art museum might offer special event days or workshops geared toward entertaining kids with hands-on drawing, painting, or pottery making.
What’s more fun than making matching friendship bracelets at a kids’ party? Keep it simple for younger kids by making small bracelets with large beads, and be ready to assist in tying knots. The older the kids, the more interested they will be in a larger variety of beads or thread. Go to your local crafts store to get the necessary clasps, colored plastic or glass beads, and maybe even gemstones. Whether it’s bracelets, necklaces, or just a string of beads, kids will love bringing this party favor home!
Finger painting: a timeless kids’ classic. It’s perfect for a nice day outside in the backyard. If you’re hosting a summer party, keep it cool by having kids wear bathing suits and washing off the nontoxic paint with a hose or sprinkler! No brushes needed: just some large containers of various colored paints. To teach young kids how to mix colors, consider only getting blue, yellow, and red. Encourage them to mix them to create green, purple, and orange hues. Get big pieces of paper to make handprints and footprints!
When the weather is too cold for pool parties and other outdoor party activities, crafting inside is a way for kids to channel pent-up energy and express themselves by making a holiday keepsake. Assembling holiday crafts is the best kind of craft birthday party for birthdays that fall in December. Homemade Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas crafts are treasures that become priceless. Decorate gingerbread houses as a culinary craft at one station, and you can make paper snowflakes at another. All-in-one holiday craft kits will save you the trouble of buying individual craft components – no need to make the gingerbread from scratch!
Once you get the hang of it, a quiet craft like weaving or cross-stitching is fun to do for older kids who may have a bit less energy. A simple hand-woven bookmark requires just yarn and two fingers. Cross-stitching is beginner embroidery, so it requires some dexterity, and kids must be able to handle blunt needles. Offer matching patterns, like a “Best Friends Forever” cross-stitch, or different patterns and yarn colors. Make sure to complete this type of craft ahead of time, so you have a feel for the difficulty level and time required to complete.
Let kids get their hands dirty with a pottery class! Whether it’s making a mug, bowl, dish, or plate, pottery is a craft that has practical uses as well as aesthetic. Sculpting 3D art is different from composing a 2D drawing or painting, and some kids who aren’t confident in their 2D art skills may find their new passion with a chance at the spinning wheel. Everyone loves a chance to get a little messy with no consequences!
This kid crafts party idea is fun and easy to do on a low budget. And if you do it outside, there’s no need to lay down newspapers or a protective tarp. Just pick a spot in the grass and paint a colorful design or pattern on a rock or shell (opt for non-toxic paint for an eco-friendly option). Gather the shells and rocks beforehand, or add the hunt for the perfect shell or rock as part of the activity. Be sure to get a variety of paint brushes, paper towels, smocks, and cups of water to rinse out the brushes. Pro tip: to turn a regular rock or shell into a new little buddy, glue on two goofy googly eyes!
Planning an autumn-themed crafting party around Halloween? Have a pumpkin carving party! Print out templates for faces and designs. Have plenty of trash receptacles available for pumpkin guts, or perhaps keep the seeds to toast and eat as a snack. Don’t want sharp carving tools around younger kids? A pumpkin painting party is a wonderful alternative. Any size pumpkins can be painted, as well as any shaped gourd. Some gourds are naturally shaped like geese, others come in all funny shapes and sizes. Use the shape of the gourd as creative inspiration.
Creating collages out of magazine clippings is one of those classic girls’ craft party ideas fit for a sleepover. Gather scissors, tape, glue, glitter markers, and construction paper. Press “Play” on an upbeat music playlist. Ask attendees to bring their favorite magazines, but also have an assortment on hand that you don’t mind getting cut up. Teenagers will enjoy making a vision board of all their aspirations and inspirations. For any age kid, a collage is a mishmash of words, phrases, photos, and images that bring joy. A completed collage can be hung in their room or used to decorate a locker or notebook at school.
A fun party activity is creating matching shirts. It’s a great way to commemorate friendships and off a memento of their special party. First, buy some plain white or tie-dye T-shirts – one for everyone at the party. Make sure to get the correct sizes for the kids beforehand. Get fabric paint and pens – glow in the dark, glitter, and/or a variety of colors. If you use spray paint (this should only be used for older kids), make sure to have masks on hand so no one breathes in the fumes. Have fun painting in the garage or the backyard! Everyone can sign each other’s names on the shirts, and write inside jokes. Kids can match them or make them all different!
Now that you’ve got an idea of what type of party crafts you want to feature, you may be dreading the idea of a gaggle of children running around covered in paint. Here’s a checklist to make sure it all runs smoothly.