DLTK's Crafts for Kids
I've had 5 or 6 people ask for and share their Luau ideas and I must say I'm accumulating quite a number of them. I thought
I might as well post them!
These make a great family weekend (when cousins or other relatives visit), a fun block party theme or a different birthday theme. I
also had a viewer who is a teacher share her ideas for a weeklong Luau project.
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BOAT THEMED INVITATIONS
FISH THEMED INVITATIONS
- COCONUT TREE PAPER CRAFT (age2+)
- LEI MAKING
- LITTLE CRITTER BEACH OUTFIT PAPER DOLL (age2+)
- MEMORY CARDS
- Name Tags:
- OCEAN MOBILE
- PAPER FISH
- Good thing to make at the start of the party while
guests are arriving. You can
pre-cut all or some
of the pieces (depending on the age of the party goers).
Make sure you use quick drying materials to color with if you
plan to use them
at the party (no goopy paint or sparkle glue)!
Some ideas of what to do with your fish:
- Use them as napkin rings/place holders: write
each person's name on the fish
and attach them to 1/2 a toilet paper roll.
Put a napkin through the toilet paper roll and set them around
so everyone will know where to sit.
- Use them as necklace nametags. Write
each child's name on them.
Poke a hole in the top and
thread a string through. You can cover in clear contact
paper (purchased at office supply stores for about $5 to cover
about 20 fish)
or put on cardboard (old cereal boxes) to make
them waterproof and a bit more sturdy.
- Use them to draw teams. Write each player's
name on the fish and pick them out
of a hat to choose teams
or to choose the order people play in.
- Play the FISHING GAME
PAPER PINEAPPLE: Can use many of the same ideas as the fish.
PIG: Can use many of the same ideas as the fish.
- If you have a large group, you can have a fish team,
a pineapple team and a pig team.
- There's also a
toilet paper roll pig.
FLOWERS FOR YOUR HAIR
- Basically, use black, brown or dark blue face paint
or eyeliner pencil and
make designs around the upper arm (I
don't know if you've seen these before,
but they're very popular
in Hawaii... I believe the tattoos are symbollic of the family/ancestary
of the person)
- make a simple version ... just draw a solid line
or two around the arm and make
/ / \ \ / / \ \ / / \ \ marks
or ~^~^~^~^~^~ marks along the line.
- Bingo Cards
- Hula Contest
Outrigger Canoe races (I'm actually not sure what the
Hawaiian boats are called).
- Put on a little Hula music (grandma can dig out
her old Elvis record) and wiggle those hips!
will enjoy it a lot more if they see the grownups doing it too.
- If you really want to see mommy blush, tell her
that if she wants to be REALLY authentic,
all she's allowed
to wear on top is her lei!
- You could also do a Hula Hoop contest
Pin the Apple on the Pig
(version of pin the tail on the donkey)
Poi eating contest:
- Set up a "river" with sheets of plastic you can
get at the hardware store.
It's best if you can do it
on a bit of a slope.
- Put the garden hose at the top of the "river" and
turn it on full blast
- Race homemade boats down your river (take a milk
carton and slice off the top.
Decorate with stickers or
a homemade toothpick and construction paper flag).
don't look much like canoes, but it's loads of fun!
- set out bowls of poi (vanilla pudding works! ) and
have contestants eat it.
- The catch? No hands, no utensils!!!
A great hostess gift or door prize for a luau is
Cookies in a jar!
For something refreshing try the
Serve pork or fish and lots of fruit!
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