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#1 of 4 Old 01-22-2008, 03:30 PM - Thread Starter
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I searched through all of the pinata threads & I need more ideas!

Here's what I have so far:

pencils with designs on them
tiny pencil sharpeners
super balls (bouncy balls)
felt sticky shapes

I was thinking of barrettes & seeds but I can't afford to buy that many seed packs & there are boys as well so barrettes won't work for everyone. If I had thought of it earlier, I would have made friendship bracelets for everyone with Dd1, I think it would be really cool to give everyone something handmade - too late now, the party is Sunday and today is Tuesday.

Ideas need to be really cheap - there are a total of 42 kids coming, including my own 3.

I also need some activity ideas. This is a joint party for my 8 year old Dd & 5 year old Dd. We don't have a theme this year which I think is making it more difficult. Last year we did a fairy theme & it was so much easier to tie everything together.

I was thinking of a limbo contest - what kind of music do you use? I have a Harry Bellafonte CD...


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our fav is parachute men. our house in texas has a balcony that would would hang pinatas from, then we could drop parachute men from the balcony all day long.

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Wow - I think your pinata ideas sound great! I just used candy and some leftover pirate jewelry and coins for ours (pirate theme party) but now I wish I would have done some of these.

For activities - how about decorate your own cookies? Make ahead of time and then have all the stuff out for decorating.

One of the games that we played that the kids (age 5-7) loved was Cannonball Pop. I blew up about 70 black balloons and had stuffed them with jewels and candy and they had to sit on them to pop.

Another thing they loved was the treasure hunt. You could change this to be a scavenger hunt.

If you are doing this outside, how about a 3-legged race?

I also saw an idea for a gold mining station. Fill a kiddie pool with sand and water, hide some gold rocks in it (buy decorative rocks for a couple of dollars at Dollar Tree and spray paint gold), and let them sift for gold. if you don't want to do gold, you can just have them dig for other stuff.

Hope some of this helps!
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For activities, we always do a treasure hunt. In your situation, I'd probably do two hunts, one for the younger kids, and one for the older kids. For younger kids, the clues can just be a drawing of the place where the next clue is hidden (i.e. a bathtub, a laundry hamper, a kitchen chair, etc.), and for older kids you can write little rhyming clues (i.e. "To find clue #5 look for something that's alive" and the clue could be in a potted plant). Always a huge hit with my kids. You can have a little treasure at the end if you want, but it's not necessary (this year's treasure is going to be rocks that the boys have found over the past year that we've decorated into little "guys.")

We're doing a puppet theme this year, so I'm going to put on a puppet show for all the kids (though we won't have more than 12 at our party!), and then they'll all have the opportunity to make their own puppet out of socks.



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