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15 Fun Birthday Ideas and Activities for Kids

Published on: January 03, 2013

Mini pull pinatas by Love + Cupcakes

Entertain pint-sized partygoers with these mini pull piñatas featured on Love + Cupcakes. Easily made with upcycled toilet paper tubes, tissue paper, ribbon, and string, these colorful piñatas reveal treats and fun surprises for all after a quick tug on their hanging ribbons. What a perfect ctivity for kids who may not be quite ready for taking a whack at a regular-sized piñata, and an interesting way to dole out all of that party swag!

Mr. Potato Head cupcakes by How Does She

How Does She contributor Amy shares these adorable make-your-own Mr. Potato Head cupcakes, and these clever sweets are sure to be a hit at this year’s birthday bash! Inspired by the Toy Story 3 star, these cupcakes are easy for a large group to assemble and personalize with bright candies. Simply set out some frosted cupcakes along with a variety of colorful mini treats that can double as facial features (Amy recommends hitting up the bulk-food section at your local grocery store), and you’re sure to have plenty of happy tots at your table!

Homemade light sabers by The R House

Got a squadron of young Star Wars fans coming over for this year’s big party? Why not give them a hand with saving the universe by creating these quick and easy homemade light sabers shared on The R House! Made using colorful pool noodles, tinfoil, and black duct or electric tape, these DIY toys are a fantastic pick for an afternoon filled with space-invading adventures. And the best part: they can double as fun take-home gifts for all of your guests!

Painting party for kids by Lil Boo Blue

Mom Ashley of Lil Boo Blue includes a fun walkthrough on painting with kids, and we absolutely love this idea for a colorful art-inspired birthday celebration! When getting started, Ashley recommends either purchasing a giant canvas that can be painted over for future art days, or checking out the local thrift stores for inexpensive large paintings that can be covered with white paint (genius!). She also suggests investing in thick and sturdy reusable canvas drop cloths to contain the painting zone, and setting out plenty of washable colors in big buckets with large brushes for the kids to let loose with their creativity. Don’t miss out on the rest of Ashley’s guide — you’re bound to find plenty of colorful inspiration!

Homemade animal masks for kids by Prudent Baby

Prudent Baby offers up these adorable no-sew animal masks that are perfect for a critter-filled afternoon with your favorite mini wildlife lovers. A great idea for a birthday arts and crafts table, these adorable masks can easily be made with felt, felt glue, feathers, and jewels. Once the masks are finished, simply poke holes on each side and get ready to impress! Hoping to make the same masks featured? Check out the full post for printable mask templates when getting started.

Homemade paper party bracelets by Martha Stewart

Offering a stylish birthday bash for your mini fashionista? Take a tip from the ever-artful Martha Stewart and consider letting your glitzy guests get to work on creating these fab personalized party bracelets. Made using left over toilet paper tubes and mixed materials such as newspaper, feathers, beads, buttons, and beyond, these fun accessories can be bedazzled to the nines and taken home as party favors. All in all, an easy and inexpensive treat that everyone’s sure to love!

Homemade giant bubbles by Happy Hooligans

Bubbles can easily entertain younger kids for hours, but these homemade giant bubble makers included on Happy Hooligans are a fun pick for all ages! To get started, Mom Jackie recommends making your own giant bubble solution with her recipe of glycerine, baking powder, cornstarch, water, and Dawn dish soap. For the giant bubble “wands,” Jackie simply took two straws with yarn threaded through in a large square. For goody bag treats, consider hitting up the dollar store for bubble wands, or packaging some of your homemade bubble solution for use throughout the summer.

Homemade photo booth for kids by Diaper Style Memoirs

Photo booths are all the rage at birthday and wedding celebrations alike — and needless to say, we can’t get enough of this DIY portrait photo booth featured on Diaper Style Memoirs. Regardless of what theme your child’s party may have, Mom Inessa proves that a little paper, paint, and creativity can really take the cake! Be sure to check out the rest of the full post for more sailing inspiration, and to see all of the fun party decorations Inessa was able to make with only $20 (no joke!).

T-shirt coloring birthday party for kids by Lil Blue Boo

Another fun artsy idea for creative kiddos, this cool T-shirt coloring party shared on Lil Boo Blue offers up a colorful afternoon with wearable art to boot! Made using store-bought tank tops, a cool downloadable print (template available in the full post), and a roundup of markers, this t-shirt making soiree is yet another fun activity that can double as a personalized take-home gift for mini party guests — always a bonus!

Cardboard play-yard birthday party by On To Baby

Keep it simple this year and consider offering up a cardboard-cool birthday celebration, like this fun afternoon featured on On to Baby. Including an upcycled “play-yard” filled with a cardboard train, rocket, plane, car, and beyond, this party takes creative play to a whole new level and yet can be completely recycled once your guests have headed home for the day (gotta love that!). Don’t miss out on the rest of the photos included in the full post — parents Brianne and Sean really thought of everything when it came to constructing this eco-friendly bash for 1-year-old Reid!

Personalized pinatas by Scrumdilly-Do!

Though Mom Jek of Scrumdilly-Do made these personalized piñatas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we think that they’d be just as great to offer in place of goody bags at this year’s birthday shindig! To get started on your own, you’ll only need to have paper lunch bags, collage materials, pipe cleaners, markers, and string. As for goodies, Jek recommends a variety of fun items such as fruit snacks, candy necklaces, crayons, stickers, finger puppets, rubber toys, and more. To learn more about Jek’s DIY colorful piñatas, check out the full post.

Homemade edible medals for kids by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots

Honor this year’s party attendees with delicious edible medals like this sweet award shared on Sun Hats and Wellie Boots. All in all an easy idea for backyard games and all-around super-rific kiddos, these cookies are easy to make, and your guests are sure to love fixing them up at the decorating table. This is one easy way to pair an award-winning activity with some sweet treats on your child’s special day!

Homemade carnival games for kids by Morena's Corner

And speaking of awards… Consider featuring some fun old-fashioned carnival games as a part of this year’s birthday celebration like this cool setup featured on Morena’s Corner. Offering up a water blast game, “gone fishing” tank, ring toss, basketball toss, and more, Morena says that most of the party’s supplies came straight from the dollar store and that their party guests had a fantastic time turning in redeemed tickets at the prize booth. Be sure to check out the rest of the post for the full scoop, and to see more of the games included.

Homemade paper bag puppets by She Knows

A classic project that’s a great choice for a birthday party activity table, this fun paper bag puppet included on She Knows is sure to provide an afternoon full of imaginative play and storytelling for all. Easily made using lunch bags, markers, and paper, this homemade puppet is quick and easy to create, and inexpensive to provide for a bunch of creative tots (love it!). Check out the full post for additional ideas and tips.

Homemade felt crowns for kids by Hellobee

Hosting a majestic bash for your favorite princess this year? Don’t miss out on these sweet homemade felt crowns featured on Hellobee! Using double-side adhesive felt sheets, scissors, and Mom Jenny’s cool (and free) included crown template, these gorgeous crowns only require a few final sewing stitches at the end, and can be bedazzled by your mini royals with mixed materials and felt glue. To get started, check out the rest of the walkthrough in the full post. This is one activity that’s fit for a queen (or a king)!

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