DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Construction Birthday Ideas
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Do you have more ideas? Feel free to share them over the discussion
group and I'll add them to the site!
Our site has loads of printables for use at
a Construction Birthday Party, including invitations, treat bags, coloring
pages, bookmarks, doorknob holders and crafts. Many of these are needed
for every party and many of the others make great treat bag additions.
Check out our Construction Section
for all of these and more.
But we all know there's more to a party
than things you print out! Here are some ideas to fill in the gaps:
Pinata: Rock Crusher!
This is about the simplest pinata I've ever made.
- Just take a LARGE balloon or paper bag and paper mache it (with
two layers of newspaper). (click
here for details on how to paper mache)
- Leave the knobby part of the balloon or a small section of the bag
- Once it's completely dry, pop the balloon
- If it didn't happen on it's own (when you popped the balloon) smash in a
couple of the sides a little but (just press gently with your
- Add crumpled toilet paper to other areas (masking tape it on).
- Fill with treats (I like to put them in small plastic bags so they don't
get any mache on them).
- Masking tape over the hole.
- Now add a second layer of paper mache over the entire rock.
- Use additional layers for older (stronger) children and fewer layers for
- Once the rock is completely dry, paint it gray (poster paint works
fine). Let dry
- OPTIONAL: Darken the gray paint a little bit with some black paint
(or redden it a bit with some red paint). Dip a sponge or cotton ball
into the paint. Dab it off on paper towel and then dab over the rock
to make it look more like granite.
- Loop a rope around the rock a couple of times and hang from the ceiling.
- Let the kids crush the rock (hit it) to get at the treats
Legos, wood blocks or similar construction toys:
A great way to open or close the party is to have an area of legos or other
construction toys or even to make the whole party Lego themed! That way the kids will have something to occupy
themselves as they arrive or leave. Lego themed materials on our site:
For extra BIG fun, make box blocks before the party. Take paper boxes,
shoeboxes, etc (go to your local grocery store and see if they have any to
donate). Tape some of the lids securely shut, leave others without
lids. OPTIONAL: paint the boxes in vibrant primary colors. Let
the kids stack and build to their hearts content!
Bean Bag Toss:
- make or purchase bean bags that are brick colored (dark red, dark orange,
or brown). You can have two different teams with two different colors
- Have the children take turns throwing the bean bags at a toy plastic dump
truck (or a truck you've made out of boxes).
fill with beans
Brick bean bags are very simple to make.
- Just fold pieces of felt in half.
- Stitch two sides.
- Add dried beans, rice or popcorn.
- Stitch last side.
How to make a box dump truck for the game:
- Take a large box (photocopy paper size or so) with the lid off.
- Tape a smaller box (shoebox) with the lid on, onto the front. (I stood it
on it's size so it was taller and stubbier)
- Paint the entire thing yellow (your child will enjoy helping!)
- Paint on some black details for the windows, handle, etc.
- Paint 4 paper plates black (snack size is better than dinner size).
- Tape them to the truck once all the paint is dry.
- Use construction paper or paint to add tail lights and head lights
- Use a paper towel roll (painted gray or covered in Aluminum foil) as a
Sandbox or Dirt Pile:
This is simple, but fun. Place loads of construction toys in the
sandbox (shovels, dumptrucks, etc) and let the partygoers have fun. If you
don't have a sandbox, consider purchasing a pile of dirt for your garden and
have it dumped on your driveway or backyard. After the kids are done
making a mess, you can get dear hubby to wheel it to the appropriate spots in
your garden *grin*. Caution: forewarn the parents of the partygoers
that they'll be getting dirty, so they can dress appropriately!
- Make a BINGO game using pictures, signs or words following the