Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Throw a Christmas themed party for your preschooler and their pals! Whether your child has a December birthday, or you just love having holiday parties, here are some fun ideas to make your child's bash the best one yet!
Snowman Theme- No one can resist these frozen and friendly friends. Here are some ideas for a chilly party:
1. Create a snowman craft with the children. This can be a simple, yet creative project for the kids using everyday items around the house. Gather cotton balls to form the snowman, or snowlady. Use heavy duty cardstock to construct the snow people on. Gather all the unused loose buttons around the house for decor. Use colored construction paper to assemble various facial parts of the snowman. Other fun objects for the children to glue on include Twizzlers, pipe cleaners (for the broom), raisins, felt pieces and yarn pieces. Let the kids create a snow creature they love.
2. Play a snowman themed game called "Frosty". This is just like the game "Duck, Duck, Goose". The variation is that the children sit in a snowman shape, and the child who is it calls out "Frosty" when choosing a player to chase and tag him or her. The word to replace "duck" is snowman. This is a fun way to add holiday flair to an age old game.
3. Make easy snowman cupcakes using prepared treats. Take the coconut snowball covered cupcakes, like Hostess, and give each child two of them on a paper plate. Have various edible garnishes for each child to decorate with. Some great choices are MnM's, Skittles, licorice, fruit roll ups, raisins, dried fruit, and sweet tarts. Check for food allergies amongst children first, and consider pre packaging the goodies for decoration in separate baggies for cleanliness.
Reindeer Theme- This is a perfect theme for animal loving children. Here are some ideas to reign in the fun:
1. Cook up yummy "Pretzel Reindeer". Here are the easy instructions-
First, place traditional curled pretzels on plates covered with wax paper. Plan to give each child 2-4 pretzels each. Melt milk, white, or various colors of chocolate in a fondue pot or double boiler. Pour the chocolate into the open areas of the pretzels and instruct the children not to touch it as it will be hot! Offer various candies for the children to use to decorate their reindeer, like MnM's for the eyes or a red Skittle for a nose. Break straight stick pretzels in half and place them at a slant (broken and down) above
eyes to form antlers.
2. Play "Pin the Nose on Rudolph" with the preschool partiers. Make a simple reindeer out of a large piece of brown construction paper. Your preschooler can help you prepare the reindeer for this activity by adding antlers, eyes, etc. Cut out a big red nose from construction paper. Next, trace the nose you have made onto additional red pieces, making enough noses for each party participant. When the children come to the party have them each write his or her name on a nose and place double sided tape on the back of each nose. Be sure children are placing their name sided nose onto the reindeer when it is their turn, so you can determine a winner. Use a non restrictive blindfold for those children who wish to play the game, and spin each child slowly two times before they attempt to pin the nose on Rudolph. Prizes can be as simple as candy canes.
3. Watch the timely classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as a group. Make popcorn and offer juice boxes for this fun movie showing. Don't forget to sing along!