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Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat

Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat

Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat!

rainbow pasta recipe

This rainbow pasta recipe is so fun to do with kids! It takes making homemade pasta to the next level with all the vibrant colors! Keep on reading to find out how we make it!

A Rainbow Pasta Recipe to Wow the Kids!

We loved taking homemade pasta to the next level with this rainbow pasta recipe! I love to get the kid’s in the kitchen, and they love to be there. So when your kiddo asks to try and make rainbow pasta, my first reaction is, let’s do this! 

I’m not going to beat around the bush with this —  making rainbow pasta, especially when you have all the colors on one strand, is a long process. I repeat, it is SO much easier to cook a box of dry pasta and add food coloring.

That being said, there is so much to enjoy and learn from the process — the sensory experience of mixing the flour and egg,  the fine motor of threading the pasta through the maker, the gross motor of cranking the pasta through it,  patterning the colors in rainbow order, and of course, the enjoying of food you have labored over with love.  

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Watch This Rainbow Pasta Recipe in Action!

In this video you’ll see the colorful explosion that took over our kitchen!

We enjoy using an old school homemade pastamaking machine – one that requires you to flatten and cut pasta through a hand crank.

It’s a truly beautiful process with a delicious plate of pasta to enjoy at the end!

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Watch This Rainbow Pasta Recipe in Action!

In this video you’ll see the colorful explosion that took over our kitchen!

We enjoy using an old school homemade pastamaking machine – one that requires you to flatten and cut pasta through a hand crank.

It’s a truly beautiful process with a delicious plate of pasta to enjoy at the end!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Tips for Cooking with Kids

Dealing with the Mess. Cooking with kids can get messy, but overtime, with practice it will get better and better. Making a mess is an essential step for kids to ultimately learn how to NOT make mess!

Kitchen Stool. While not necessary, a kitchen stool is a great way to get kids at the right safe level for helping in the kitchen!

Homemade Pasta Without the Color. If making homemade pasta colorful is too many steps, don’t be discouraged. Start out by just making plain pasta with the homemade pasta-making machine before jumping into the extra step of adding color!

Coloring. If you do decide to make the pasta colorful, try and find a plant-based food coloring to keep things natural!

rainbow pasta recipe

Materials

  • 1 Cups Flour
  • 2 Eggs

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

For each color, 2 cups of flour to a bowl. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour, crack the eggs into it, and add a squirt of food coloring. Use a fork to slowly stir the egg and flour mixture together.

Step 2

Knead the dough, first in the bowl, then transfer to a floured surface and continue kneading. Add more flour until elastic and not sticky. Split into 4 pieces and continue to knead.

Step 3

Roll out the dough, we use a hand crank machine and roll as thin as the second to last setting (the thinnest setting often results in pasta that gets stuck together during the cooking process).

Step 4

Cut the pasta using the pasta attachment or a knife if you prefer a handcut width!

Step 5

Boil water and cook the pasta for no more than a few minutes. Add salt and sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Note: To make the pasta so that each strand has the entire spectrum of colors on it, you’ll have to do the extra labor intensive step of laying each thin colorful piece on top of a large flat plain piece of pasta. Use your fingers to dampen the flat piece as you add the colors so that they adhere. Then, run the entire piece through the machine 2 times before cutting the pasta.

Step 1

For each color, 2 cups of flour to a bowl. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour, crack the eggs into it, and add a squirt of food coloring. Use a fork to slowly stir the egg and flour mixture together.

Step 2

Knead the dough, first in the bowl, then transfer to a floured surface and continue kneading. Add more flour until elastic and not sticky. Split into 4 pieces and continue to knead.

Step 3

Roll out the dough, we use a hand crank machine and roll as thin as the second to last setting (the thinnest setting often results in pasta that gets stuck together during the cooking process).

Step 4

Cut the pasta using the pasta attachment or a knife if you prefer a handcut width!

Step 5

Boil water and cook the pasta for no more than a few minutes. Add salt and sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Note: To make the pasta so that each strand has the entire spectrum of colors on it, you’ll have to do the extra labor intensive step of laying each thin colorful piece on top of a large flat plain piece of pasta. Use your fingers to dampen the flat piece as you add the colors so that they adhere. Then, run the entire piece through the machine 2 times before cutting the pasta.

The Importance of Teaching Your Children to Cook 

Cooking skills are a great way to teach life skills with educational value. Not only does cooking show them that they can make great food at home, but it helps them learn math skills and planning skills, too. 

When you teach your child to cook, work on learning measurements and the importance of following recipe directions as well. These are life skills that they can use long after they leave the house.

If your kiddo loves making pasta dough, they’ll love making play dough too – check out our easy no-cook recipe!

rainbow pasta recipe
rainbow pasta recipe

The Importance of Teaching Your Children to Cook 

Cooking skills are a great way to teach life skills with educational value. Not only does cooking show them that they can make great food at home, but it helps them learn math skills and planning skills, too. 

When you teach your child to cook, work on learning measurements and the importance of following recipe directions as well. These are life skills that they can use long after they leave the house.

If your kiddo loves making pasta dough, they’ll love making play dough too – check out our easy no-cook recipe!

Sensory Bases to Explore

Homemade pasta dough is definitely rich in providing a sensory experience. Here are some non-food related sensory bases you can explore as well!

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments – How to Make This Adorable Keepsake

Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments – How to Make This Adorable Keepsake

Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments – How to Make This Adorable Keepsake

salt dough ornaments how to make and decorate kid tradition holiday christmas handprint

Salt dough handprint ornaments are such great keepsakes! Keep on reading to find out how to make the dough and find ideas on how to decorate! 

A Classic Keepsake – Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments! 

Salt Dough Ornaments are a classic holiday craft! Not only are they fun to create, but the kids will love being able to decorate them and paint them after they’re dry. Our salt dough recipe is simple to make and will result in such a great homemade gift or item to decorate the tree at home.

Whether you create these DIY ornaments with handprints or not, the key is to give the kids a ton of creative freedom to have a blast! 

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Ages: 3 Years +

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Watch How to Make Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments 

In this video you’ll see how quick and easy it is to make salt dough handprint ornaments! This video is a tutorial to demonstrate the process, but be sure to get the kids involved from start to finish. They can help make the dough, roll it out, and decorate! 

Plus, with the extra dough not used for the handprint, have the kiddos make additional ornaments using cookie cutters!

Watch How to Make Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments 

In this video you’ll see how quick and easy it is to make salt dough handprint ornaments! This video is a tutorial to demonstrate the process, but be sure to get the kids involved from start to finish. They can help make the dough, roll it out, and decorate! 

Plus, with the extra dough not used for the handprint, have the kiddos make additional ornaments using cookie cutters!

salt dough ornaments how to make and decorate kid tradition holiday christmas

Tips for Making Salt Dough Ornaments

How do you prevent ornaments from puffing up? To prevent your ornament from puffing up, be sure to select a plain flour since the self-rising kind may cause your ornaments to get puffy when baked. Also, make sure you bake the dough at a low temperature. While we bake at 200F, all ovens can vary so if your ornaments puff up, bring the temperature down and bake for longer until dry.

What is the best paint to use? Acrylic paint! It is vibrant and long lasting!

How do you seal the ornaments? With a decoupage like Mod Podge. This will give the ornaments a great finish and preserve them too!

Caution for pet owners. Salt dough is toxic to pets, so be sure to keep them out of reach!

 

 

Materials

 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2

On wax paper, roll the dough out until it is about 1/8 inch thick. If it is too thick, you may end up with air bubbles. 

Step 3

Design your ornament using cookie cutters or cutting out the shape of a handprint. Have fun with it!

Step 4

Bake at 200F for about 1 hour, flip, and back for an additional hour until the dough starts to look golden.

Step 5

Once cool, use acrylic paint to decorate.

Step 6

When dry, cover with a layer of mod podge. Hang up on the Christmas tree and enjoy for years to come!

Step 1

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2

On wax paper, roll the dough out until it is about 1/8 inch thick. If it is too thick, you may end up with air bubbles. 

Step 3

Design your ornament using cookie cutters or cutting out the shape of a handprint. Have fun with it!

Step 4

Bake at 200F for about 1 hour, flip, and back for an additional hour until the dough starts to look golden.

Step 5

Once cool, use acrylic paint to decorate.

Step 6

When dry, cover with a layer of mod podge. Hang up on the Christmas tree and enjoy for years to come!

More Holiday Themed Activities!  

This Christmas Activity booklet includes 18 playful learning activities to promote early childhood skills including, alphabet recognition, color recognition, scissor skills, early math, writing, and so much more!

It is a fun bundle to have during the holiday break to keep the kiddos busy, learning, and having fun!

For more printable resources be sure to check out our full collection of worksheets

fall sensory bin taste safe toddler baby foam
fall sensory bin taste safe toddler baby foam

More Holiday Themed Activities!  

This Christmas Activity booklet includes 18 playful learning activities to promote early childhood skills including, alphabet recognition, color recognition, scissor skills, early math, writing, and so much more!

It is a fun bundle to have during the holiday break to keep the kiddos busy, learning, and having fun!

For more printable resources be sure to check out our full collection of worksheets

More Holiday Crafts to Explore 

Here are more fun ways to do festive crafting during the holiday season!

sensory bin build you own bin michaels

Paper Mache Ornament Kit

This ornament kit includes 3 paper mache ornament balls, and a bunch of craft supplies to decorate with!

sensory bin marine creatures

Spinning Ornament Decorator

A creative way to decorate ornaments! Place the plain ornaments in the tree spinner, and decorate using markers!

christmas ornament crafting kits

Bead Elf Ornaments

Create your own bead elves with this fun kit that includes wooden beads in 5 shapes, paper hat cutouts, and 8 pipe cleaners.

christmas crafting kits

Gingerbread House

This large scale gingerbread house is all about coloring and decorating. Great for pretend play when personalized!

What’s Next?

Animal Themed Party, Everything You Need to Know

Animal Themed Party, Everything You Need to Know

Animal Themed Party, Everything You Need to Know

animal themed party table decor photo dessert table

Everything you need to know to throw a super fun animal themed party! From animal themed activities, to cake & table design, we got you covered!

When planning a kid’s birthday party, I always have a handy checklist so I don’t forget something important! Here are the main areas:

  • Food
  • Dishes and Utensils
  • Beverages
  • Activities
  • Decor: Table and Front Door
  • Outfits
  • Trash Can
  • Party Favors
  • First Aid and Other Essentials Basket

Keep on reading to get all the details and see some inspirational animal party fun in action!

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The Party in Action!

Before I get into all of the details, watch this video for a glimpse of our animal themed party in action!

From creepy crawlers to wild animals, my son loves to explore all kinds of living things! Instead of focusing on a specific type of animal theme party like jungle, safari, woodland, or otherwise, we stayed broad allowing the flexibility to include any and all animal types!

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The Party in Action!

Before I get into all of the details, watch this video for a glimpse of our animal themed party in action!

From creepy crawlers to wild animals, my son loves to explore all kinds of living things! Instead of focusing on a specific type of animal theme party like jungle, safari, woodland, or otherwise, we stayed broad allowing the flexibility to include any and all animal types!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

animal themed party table decor

Animal Themed Party: Activities!

Whenever I plan my kid’s birthday parties, activities are always one of the most important things to figure out!

We opt for hands on, often sensory-based and arts and crafts experiences over bounce houses and other more costly alternatives. Read on below for the main activities we decided to do for the animal themed party!

Age and interests will also help determine what types of activities you’ll want to set up. For toddlers, and young preschoolers a simple coloring station will provide lots of entertainment! On the other hand, if you have the budget, older kids might enjoy some entertainment like a wildlife show!

Be sure to check out our recent dinosaur themed party too for more activity ideas!

animal themed party activities painting

Animal Lego Building

These eggs are filled with building blocks that create wild animals. I set the eggs up on a wood slice cupcake stand where kids had the freedom to select an egg and build what was inside!

animal themed party table decor

Animal Paint Station

On our other kid-sized folding table, I set up an arts and crafts activity! These animals, paints, and brushes were all part of a kit. So much fun transforming the plain animals into colorful ones!

animal themed party activities play dough

Play Dough Tray

This invitation to play dough is all about using loose parts to create an animal habitat! I included blue glass beads, moss, rocks, and animal figurines in addition to lots of colorful play dough!

animal themed party wildlife show

Wildlife Show

Seeing and engaging with real animals was lots of fun for the kids! Research your local area to see if anyone offers a wildlife show like this where they bring animals and teach kids all about them!

What to Eat at an Animal Themed Party!

We went all out when it came to food for this party – from a beautifully crafted buttercream cake with animal figurines and a cascading waterfall, to cake pops, snacks, and a mobile pizza maker.

I always love to give the cake table extra attention because that tends to be where our best photo opportunities take place!

I was also able to find some fun animal-themed snacks for the snack table. Read about them below! 

animal themed party table decor photo dessert table cake cake pops
animal themed party table decor photo dessert table cake cake pops

Animal Themed Cake!

We go all out with our cakes whenever we have a themed party and this wildlife themed cake didn’t disappoint! No fondant here – just buttercream and realistic figurines create a beautiful edible scene!

animal themed party table decor photo dessert table cake cake pops

Cake Pops

We chose 3 animals to make into cake pops, including a fox, parrot, and alligator! But feel free to mix that up! We also got some wooden cake pop holder trays that had a natural look that worked well with the party’s theme!

animal themed party food

Snack Center

I got my hands on some fun animal cracker boxes, plus some no-sugar added bear gummies! We wanted to keep snacks in individual packs to prevent the spread of germs and to make access easy for the children to do independently.

animal themed party food

Mobile Pizza Maker

We splurged on our main food option and had a mobile pizza maker come to our house to make kids and parents custom pizzas. It was a big hit – not only delicious, but also a great non-buffet option during these times!

animal themed party table decor photo dessert table cake cake pops

What to Eat at an Animal Themed Party!

We went all out when it came to food for this party – from a beautifully crafted buttercream cake with animal figurines and a cascading waterfall, to cake pops, snacks, and a mobile pizza maker.

I always love to give the cake table extra attention because that tends to be where our best photo opportunities take place!

I was also able to find some fun animal-themed snacks for the snack table. Read about them below! 

animal themed party cake desserts

Animal Themed Cake!

We go all out with our cakes whenever we have a themed party and this wildlife themed cake didn’t disappoint! No fondant here – just buttercream and realistic figurines create a beautiful edible scene!

animal themed party table decor photo dessert table cake cake pops

Cake Pops

We chose 3 animals to make into cake pops, including a fox, parrot, and alligator! But feel free to mix that up! We also got some wooden cake pop holder trays that had a natural look that worked well with the party’s theme!

animal themed party food

Snack Center

I got my hands on some fun animal cracker boxes, plus some no-sugar added bear gummies! We wanted to keep snacks in individual packs to prevent the spread of germs and to make access easy for the children to do independently.

animal themed party food

Mobile Pizza Maker

We splurged on our main food option and had a mobile pizza maker come to our house to make kids and parents custom pizzas. It was a big hit – not only delicious, but also a great non-buffet option during these times!

animal themed party table decor photo dessert table

Animal Party Decor

What are we left with once the party is over? The pictures! So setting up a great photo op dessert table is always a priority for us!

I used a leopard print table cloth with a burlap runner that I bought in bulk. I was able to have enough material to make the kids arts & crafts tables in the same style!

I snagged some succulent plants from Trader Joes and a few other leafy plants from Home Depot and dispersed them across the various spaces to integrate living greenery.

Add some green vines, a happy birthday garland, wooden cake pop holder, and balloons (number and cheetah), and everything came together so well!

 

animal themed party activities lego

Wood Slice Cake Platters

We’ve used these rustic cake platters in the past for holding cupcakes, but since we didn’t have cupcakes this time, they were great for holding the prize eggs at our building-block station!

animal themed party table decor photo dessert table

Animal Shaped Planter

We scattered various planters throughout the tables at the party, filling them up with soil and succulents! We found these cute giraffes as well as a pack of other fun wildlife animals!

burlap decor dinosaur party

Burlap Runner

I love that this high quality burlap runner comes in a bulk roll! I was able to use it on 3 different tables and I have more to spare for our next party! It gave the tables such a great texture!

animal themed party table cloth set

Animal and Leaf Print Table Cloth Pack

This pack of 4 table clothes came with a leaf print and the following animal prints: cheetah, zebra, and tiger!

animal themed party cheetah balloon

Animal Themed Balloons

This cheetah balloon went on the wall where our dessert table was located. We also got an alligator and a tiger for the front door area for people to see when entering our home. 

animal themed party pool floats

Animal Pool Floats

If you are having a party during the warmer months, adding some animal themed floats are a great way to integrate the theme to the pool! We planned to do this, but it got too cold, and used these floats in our pool as decoration! We got a giraffe, alligator, and a parrot

animal themed party greenery vines

Greenery Vines

These greenery vines are a great touch to an animal-themed party backdrop! It comes with 12 different pieces, and we had plenty to spare for our next party!

animal themed party plates and napkins

Animal and Leaf Themed Plates and Napkins

In addition to animal themed plates and napkins, I also included some leaf shaped plates and wooden utensils.

More Party Ideas!

Looking for more fun details for your Animal Party? Here are some more ways to have a great time with this theme!

animal themed party party favors

Party Favors

We always opt to spend a little extra budget on a high quality party favor that kids will actually use more than once! Kid’s got to take home an animal-print bag with a bug catching kit, sunglasses, and a felt animal mask!

animal themed party outfits shirts dress

Animal-Themed Outfit

The boys got dressed up in a fun animal themed shirt, and my daughter wore an adorable dress with cheetah print. She even matches the table cloth!

animal themed party costume

Animal Costume

Instead of hiring someone to come dressed up as a mascot, have a family member do it instead! And this fox costume is so much fun, cute, and not scary! Also great to hold on for Halloween!

animal themed party pinata

Parrot Piñata

Piñatas are such a fun way to add entertainment to a birthday party. This parrot shaped piñata isn’t huge, so keep that in mind depending on your party size! We put squishy animals toys and animal themed bubbles inside!

animal themed party number balloon

Number Balloons

Number balloons are a fun way to shine a light on your little one’s new age! Make sure to use a very strong double sided tape to make sure it stays up on the wall throughout the party! 

dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

Happy Birthday Garland

This happy birthday garland comes pre-strung, which is such a time saver when you are already so busy setting up for a party!

dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

Garland

This tassel garland is the perfect color scheme for a wildlife-themed party! The tassels have wooden beads in between adding for a natural jungle and woodland look!

animal themed party vest dress up

Explorer Vest

This adorable vest and hat set is a fun addition to have the birthday kid wear during their animal themed party! It is made of durable plastic and comes with lots of pockets!

What’s Next?

Unique Gender Reveal – How to Make a Chocolate Piñata

Unique Gender Reveal – How to Make a Chocolate Piñata

Unique Gender Reveal – How to Make a Chocolate Piñata

unique gender reveal chocolate pinata party piñata

Looking for a unique gender reveal idea? Discover how easy and fun it is to make a chocolate piñata to smash open to discover baby’s gender and get all the colorful goodies inside! 

A Unique Gender Reveal You Can Make Yourself!

The great thing about this unique gender reveal is that the chocolate piñata is really really simple to make. You just need a few easy supplies and a mold to create this edible chocolate piñata. 

I decided this was the perfect way to reveal our newest addition’s gender to the kids because it combined two things they love most – piñatas and chocolate!

This was the first time we made a chocolate piñata, but we’ll definitely be using this fun technique for many birthdays and occasions to come! 

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Ages: 

Prep Time: 

Watch This Unique Gender Reveal in Action!

In this video you’ll not only see the moment when my kiddo’s realized the gender of their new baby sibling, but you’ll also see how easy it is to make a chocolate piñata!

Don’t forget that piñata fun isn’t just for kids! This is so much fun for adults too! (Me and my husband simply couldn’t wait to find out the baby’s gender, so decided to do something special just for the kids!) 

Watch This Unique Gender Reveal in Action!

In this video you’ll not only see the moment when my kiddo’s realized the gender of their new baby sibling, but you’ll also see how easy it is to make a chocolate piñata!

Don’t forget that piñata fun isn’t just for kids! This is so much fun for adults too! (Me and my husband simply couldn’t wait to find out the baby’s gender, so decided to do something special just for the kids!) 

unique gender reveal chocolate pinata party piñata

Tips for Making a Chocolate Piñata

The Perfect Mold. These molds are made out of plastic and easily snap together. They come in many shapes as well as 2 different sizes – large (like we used) or a smaller version that is great for individual use!

Pinata Prizes. On all the molds, the hole for placing in treats is the same size, so keep in mind that the items are small and should be able to fit into a hole about 2 inches in diameter.

Spread the Chocolate Evenly. The step-by-step instructions are below, but be sure when you add the chocolate you spread it evenly throughout your mold to avoid cracks or holes!

Be patient. Once the mold is filled with chocolate it will need time to set, so be sure to do this in advance!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

If using one of the large molds, melt 12-24 ounces of chocolate according to instructions on the packaging.

Step 2

Pour the liquid chocolate into the mold, plug the hole with the top, and then rotate the mold so the chocolate spreads throughout and as evenly as possible.

Step 3

Place the mold in the refrigerator for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the mold from the refrigerator and continue to rotate to make sure the chocolate is continuing to spread evenly.

Step 5

Repeat this step several times before removing the plug to ensure that all the melted chocolate has spread.

 

Step 6

Place in the refrigerator, without the plug, to set completely for at least 30 minutes.

Step 7

Once completely solid, remove the mold.

Step 8

Add the candy through the hole.

Step 9

When ready to flip, cover the hole up with a piece of thick paper, or cover it back up with the mold and flip instead.

Step 10

Decorate based on your preferences.

Step 11

Keep in the refrigerator until it’s party time, and provide a hammer to do the smashing! 

Step 1

If using one of the large molds, melt 12-24 ounces of chocolate according to instructions on the packaging.

Step 2

Pour the liquid chocolate into the mold, plug the hole with the top, and then rotate the mold so the chocolate spreads throughout and as evenly as possible.

Step 3

Place the mold in the refrigerator for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the mold from the refrigerator and continue to rotate to make sure the chocolate is continuing to spread evenly.

Step 5

Repeat this step several times before removing the plug to ensure that all the melted chocolate has spread.

Step 6

Place in the refrigerator, without the plug, to set completely for at least 30 minutes.

Step 7

Once completely solid, remove the mold.

Step 8

Add the candy through the hole.

Step 9

When ready to flip, cover the hole up with a piece of thick paper, or cover it back up with the mold and flip instead.

Step 10

Decorate based on your preferences.

Step 11

Keep in the refrigerator until it’s party time, and provide a hammer to do the smashing! 

Beyond A Unique Gender Reveal!

We all know that piñatas are all about parties! They’re typically the star of any birthday party or a fun gathering with kids. Kids love to break open the piñata and see what is waiting inside!

The great thing about making your own chocolate piñata is that you can have it be for any type of celebration and fill it up with just about anything you want! 

Here are a few other ways you can enjoy a homemade chocolate piñata for an occasion beyond a unique gender reveal:

  • Birthday Parties – filled up with all the things the receiver loves
  • Engagement Surprised – with the ring hidden inside
unique gender reveal chocolate pinata party piñata
  • Holiday Desserts – whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, or another holiday, this is a fun addition to any dessert table!
    unique gender reveal chocolate pinata party piñata

    Beyond A Unique Gender Reveal!

    We all know that piñatas are all about parties! They’re typically the star of any birthday party or a fun gathering with kids. Kids love to break open the piñata and see what is waiting inside!

    The great thing about making your own chocolate piñata is that you can have it be for any type of celebration and fill it up with just about anything you want! 

    Here are a few other ways you can enjoy a homemade chocolate piñata for an occasion beyond a unique gender reveal:

    • Birthday Parties – filled up with all the things the receiver loves
    • Engagement Surprised – with the ring hidden inside
    • Holiday Desserts – whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, or another holiday, this is a fun addition to any dessert table!

     

    More Unique Gender Reveal Techniques

    Here are some more fun ways to celebrate and surprise yourself and others with baby’s gender!

    unique gender reveal soccer ball

    Colorful Reveal with Sports Balls

    Reveal baby’s gender with a soccer ball that explodes with color when it’s kicked. There are also golf ball, football, and basketball versions too!

    unique gender reveal car tire

    Tire Burnout Gender Reveal

    For car fans, this is a fun way to reveal baby’s gender! You’ll have to know how to safely spin your tire to do this, but it will result in a cloud of color! 

    unique gender reveal cannon colorful

    Confetti and Powder Cannon

    Point, aim, and shoot for a colorful surprise! This set of blue and pink cannons are biodegradable and non toxic.  

    unique gender reveal balloon

    Pop the Balloon

    This classic gender reveal technique never gets old! It includes both balloons and heart-shaped confetti. The balloons are black and not see-through!

    What’s Next?

    Jelly Sensory Play – Make a Zombie Brain with Bugs

    Jelly Sensory Play – Make a Zombie Brain with Bugs

    Jelly Sensory Play – How to Make a Zombie Brain with Bugs

    jelly sensory play spooky halloween fine motor skills bugs brain zombie with oobleck

    This jelly sensory play is all about making an ooey gooey zombie brain that is full of creepy critters! Keep on reading to find out how to make it, as well as an alternative version with frozen oobleck!

    A Spooky Jelly Sensory Play

    Kiddos will channel their inner surgeon with this spooky jelly sensory play set-up! Creating a jelly brain is anything but complicated – it takes all of a few minutes to mix up and then just pop it in the fridge to set!

    Once set, the texture is so fun to explore and poke syringes full of colored water! Plus, including bugs inside the brain is a fun way to work on fine motor skills using tongs and a knife as a tool!

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    How to Make This Jelly Sensory Play Activity

    Watch the video to see how easy this jelly brain is to make, and how fun it is to play with!

    You’ll see how my daughter, age 3, enjoyed injecting the brain with colored water, using the tongs to pick out each bug and wash them! These tools are so great for fine motor skills!

    Once she removed all the bugs she explored the sensory properties of the leftover jelly!

    How to Make This Jelly Sensory Play Activity

    Watch the video to see how easy this jelly brain is to make, and how fun it is to play with!

    You’ll see how my daughter, age 3, enjoyed injecting the brain with colored water, using the tongs to pick out each bug and wash them! These tools are so great for fine motor skills!

    Once she removed all the bugs she explored the sensory properties of the leftover jelly!

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    Tips for Making This Ooey Gooey Sensory Activity!

    Whether you want a spooky, creepy activity for Halloween, or you simply have a bug fan who will love digging for bugs, this will be a fun activity for you!

    Keep in mind that gelatin takes time to set, so be sure to look at the directions on your packaging and plan accordingly!

    There is no need for sugary gelatin! We used the most simple, non-flavored gelatin. After all, sensory play is not about eating sensory bases, so we wouldn’t want to encourage that with presenting a yummy jello! Instead, we opted for a flavorless brand. The good news for young toddlers and older babies is that if they do happen to put the jelly in their mouth, it is harmless and taste-safe!

    If your kiddo absolutely loves all things bugs, we have a few activities you won’t want to miss! Like our DIY Mud Bug Activity, a spider handprint craft, and our printable all about insects!

     

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    If using Gelatine brand of gelatin, pour 1 cup water into the brain mold and sprinkle one packet of gelatin on top. (a box of Gelatine comes with 4 packets and you will use them all!).

    Step 2

    Arrange the insects into the mold.

    Step 3

    Mix 3 cups water and the remaining 3 packets of Gelatine into a saucepan or microwave safe container and bring to a boil. We used the microwave method.

    Step 4

    Pour the gelatin mixture into the mold.

    Step 5

    Pop it in the refrigerator for several hours until the gelatin is set.

    Step 6

    Once set, use a spatula to carefully remove the gelatin brain from the mold. If necessary, place the mold in warm water to loosen. Set up the activity with a few surgical tools and colored water, and it’s time to dissect!

    Step 1

    If using Gelatine brand of gelatin, pour 1 cup water into the brain mold and sprinkle one packet of gelatin on top. (a box of Gelatine comes with 4 packets and you will use them all!).

    Step 2

    Arrange the insects into the mold.

    Step 3

    Mix 3 cups water and the remaining 3 packets of Gelatine into a saucepan or microwave safe container and bring to a boil. We used the microwave method.

    Step 4

    Pour the gelatin mixture into the mold.

    Step 5

    Pop it in the refrigerator for several hours until the gelatin is set.

    Step 6

    Once set, use a spatula to carefully remove the gelatin brain from the mold. If necessary, place the mold in warm water to loosen. Set up the activity with a few surgical tools and colored water, and it’s time to dissect!

    Frozen Oobleck Brain Alternative

    This jelly sensory play isn’t the only way to explore the brain! We’ve also hidden bugs inside a frozen oobleck brain!

    This activity great for learning about the states of matter and viscosity. In other words, playing with oobleck can teach kids about how solids and liquids can change states, as well as learn about the thickness of the oobleck.

    Here’s how you can make this version!

    Step 1

    Combine 2 cups corn starch with 1 cup water.

    Step 2

    Add a few drops of food coloring if you’d like.

    Step 3

    Add creepy critters to a mold.

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    Step 4

    Pour the oobleck mixture into the mold.

    Step 5

    Pop it in the freezer for an hour.

    Step 6

    Once frozen, set it up with a few surgical tools and it’s time to dissect!

    jelly sensory play spooky halloween fine motor skills bugs brain zombie with oobleck

    Frozen Oobleck Brain Alternative

    This jelly sensory play isn’t the only way to explore the brain! We’ve also hidden bugs inside a frozen oobleck brain!

    This activity great for learning about the states of matter and viscosity. In other words, playing with oobleck can teach kids about how solids and liquids can change states, as well as learn about the thickness of the oobleck.

    Here’s how you can make this version!

    Step 1

    Combine 2 cups corn starch with 1 cup water.

    Step 2

    Add a few drops of food coloring if you’d like.

    Step 3

    Add creepy critters to a mold.

    Step 4

    Pour the oobleck mixture into the mold.

    Step 5

    Pop it in the freezer for an hour.

    Step 6

    Once frozen, set it up with a few surgical tools and it’s time to dissect!

     

    More Sensory Bases to Explore

    Beyond this creepy jelly sensory play. Here are some more sensory bases to explore!

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    The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

    This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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    Sensory Sand

    Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

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    Modelling Dough

    This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

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    Premium Play Dough

    This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

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    DIY Firefighter Costume – How to Make a Fire Truck

    DIY Firefighter Costume – How to Make a Fire Truck

    DIY Firefighter Costume – How to Make a Fire Truck

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    This cardboard-made fire truck is the best accessory to a DIY firefighter costume! Plus, it’s a fun way to cart off the kids during Halloween or a local parade!

    The Ultimate Pretend Play DIY Firefighter Costume

    Imaginative play for kids is really important. This not only gives them a way to think creatively, but it helps them expand and use their imagination in new and fun ways. A DIY fire truck allows kids to take pretend play to the next level!

    Once made, this DIY fire truck can be played with year round, but it could be especially fun during Halloween or as local float during a Thanksgiving Day parade!

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    See Us Create a DIY Firefighter Costume Wagon!

    Once you see how we created this fun fire truck wagon, you’re going to be motivated to make one, too! I was amazed at how quickly it came together to create a really fun look and activity. Plus, the supplies couldn’t be more simple and budget-friendly!

    Once it was finished, the kids couldn’t wait to put on their fireman costumes and take their new favorite vehicle for a spin! They were the hit of the neighborhood for sure!

    See Us Create a DIY Firefighter Costume Wagon!

    Once you see how we created this fun fire truck wagon, you’re going to be motivated to make one, too! I was amazed at how quickly it came together to create a really fun look and activity. Plus, the supplies couldn’t be more simple and budget-friendly!

    Once it was finished, the kids couldn’t wait to put on their fireman costumes and take their new favorite vehicle for a spin! They were the hit of the neighborhood for sure!

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    Tips for Making This DIY Firefighter Costume Wagon

    Save all the Cardboard! The main supply we used for our DIY fire truck was cardboard! I am a cardboard hoarder, so it wasn’t hard for me to piece all of it together to make the costume, but in case you are an avid cardboard recycler, make sure you start saving!

    The Paint. There are lots of different ways you could color your fire truck, but one of the quickest approaches is to use spray paint. The paint comes out evenly, fast, and dries quickly. Of course, you will want to keep the kiddos away for this process and do it outside (or in the garage with the doors open, like I did) for proper ventilation!

    If you love making your own costumes, you’ll have to check out our DIY Astronaut Costume and DIY Artist Costume!

     

     

     

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Gather your cardboard pieces and cut out the following shapes: 2 rectangles (to wrap around the side of the truck), 4 squares (for the top of the truck – alternatively if you have a square box, just remove 2 of the sides), 2 right triangles (for the side windows). Plus, cut out the details: circles for lights, small rectangles for the grill, 2 x ladders, and 2 x badges. 

    Step 2

    For the top of the truck, be sure to cut out windows (as pictured) within the 3 square pieces and within the 2 right triangles.

    Step 3

    Spray paint all of the pieces. We kept the top white, the bottom red, and the details yellow and white for the most part.

    Step 4

    Once dry, add the painted pieces to the wagon, securing them with tape.

    Step 5

    Put the red solo cups on top as the sirens and let the kids have fun! 

    Step 1

    Gather your cardboard pieces and cut out the following shapes: 2 rectangles (to wrap around the side of the truck), 4 squares (for the top of the truck – alternatively if you have a square box, just remove 2 of the sides), 2 right triangles (for the side windows). Plus, cut out the details: circles for lights, small rectangles for the grill, 2 x ladders, and 2 x badges. 

    Step 2

    For the top of the truck, be sure to cut out windows (as pictured) within the 3 square pieces and within the 2 right triangles.

    Step 3

    Spray paint all of the pieces. We kept the top white, the bottom red, and the details yellow and white for the most part.

    Step 4

    Once dry, add the painted pieces to the wagon, securing them with tape.

    Step 5

    Put the red solo cups on top as the sirens and let the kids have fun! 

    The Benefits of Pretend Play

    This DIY fire truck is a fun way to create a lasting vehicle that can be used for pretend play, aka imaginative play, aka dramatic play!

    Imaginative play has so many benefits. It allows kiddos an opportunity to strengthen so many skills through play. Think: language development, social, fine motor, gross motor, problem solving, and self-regulation skills, to name a few. It really spans the spectrum!

    The amazing thing about pretend play is how children often act out real-life scenarios allowing them an incredible opportunity to encounter social and emotional situations and roles.  

    diy firefighter fireman firewoman firetruck costume parade float
    diy firefighter fireman firewoman firetruck costume parade float

    The Benefits of Pretend Play

    This DIY fire truck is a fun way to create a lasting vehicle that can be used for pretend play, aka imaginative play, aka dramatic play!

    Imaginative play has so many benefits. It allows kiddos an opportunity to strengthen so many skills through play. Think: language development, social, fine motor, gross motor, problem solving, and self-regulation skills, to name a few. It really spans the spectrum!

    The amazing thing about pretend play is how children often act out real-life scenarios allowing them an incredible opportunity to encounter social and emotional situations and roles.  

    More Ways to Explore Pretend Play

    If your kiddo loved this DIY fire truck, there are so many other fun ways to have fun with imaginative play. Here are some top gift picks!

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    Doctor’s Kit

    This adorable doctor’s kit is made of mostly wooden parts. It includes a stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, blood pressure gauge, and more!

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    Dress Up Kit

    Inspire your little ones to role play with this dress-up kit that includes 3 different careers – scientist, explorer and gardner! Great for any and all genders!

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    Play Kitchen

    This play kitchen is not only adorable but will inspire such fun imaginative cooking play with it’s stove, oven, microwave, and storage areas!

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    Cleaning Set

    It is surprising how much kids love this 6 piece pretend play cleaning kit! A fun way to motivate independence and a love for cleaning!

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    Kids Halloween Party – The Ultimate List of Fun Ideas

    Kids Halloween Party – The Ultimate List of Fun Ideas

    Kids Halloween Party – The Ultimate List of Fun Ideas

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    Everything you need to know to throw a fun kids Halloween party! From spooky-themed activities, to decor and party favors, we got you covered! 

    When planning a kid’s birthday party, I always have a handy checklist so I don’t forget something important! Here are the main areas:

    • Food & Beverages
    • Dishes and Utensils
    • Activities
    • Decor
    • Outfits
    • Trash Can
    • Party Favors
    • First Aid and Other Essentials Basket

    Keep on reading to get all the details! And also be sure to check out our printable bundle of Halloween Activities, a fun way to learn so many early childhood education skills including letters, numbers, shapes, scissor skills, writing, and so much more. 

     

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    Kids Halloween Party Activities

    Since we LOVE kid’s activities, I always try to include 3 or 4 different ones for kiddos to explore whenever we have parties. 

    We like to keep them budget-friendly getting bulk supplies online or from places like Dollar Tree or Target’s Bullseye section.

    Keep on reading to see the different activities we set up at this particular Halloween Party!

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    Kids Halloween Party Activities

    Since we LOVE kid’s activities, I always try to include 3 or 4 different ones for kiddos to explore whenever we have parties. 

    We like to keep them budget-friendly getting bulk supplies online or from places like Dollar Tree or Target’s Bullseye section.

    Keep on reading to see the different activities we set up at this particular Halloween Party!

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    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Sandbox Pumpkin Patch

    We turned our sandbox into a farm with tractors to pick up pumpkins from a patch! 

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    Spider Threading Game

    Kiddos had the opportunity to thread spider rings through a straw to strengthen their fine motor skills!

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    Craft a Pumpkin

    This foam pumpkin craft kit comes with 18 packs for kids to decorate different silly pumpkin faces!

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    Witch’s Brew!

    In a cauldron, water and insects (both big and small) collide for a fun sensory play, where kids can make spooky potions!

    Kids Halloween Party Guest Surprise!

    Have a cousin, Uncle or Aunt, or friend who would be open to making a special appearance during the kids Halloween party? 

    Pictured is my brother who dressed up like Blippi one year and the kids thought it was a hoot! During a Halloween party it is likely that all the kids and some adults will be dressed up, but it is always a fun treat when a new character joins the party and entertains the kids for thirty or so minutes!

    kids halloween party ideas and activities
    kids halloween party ideas and activities

    Kids Halloween Party Guest Surprise!

    Have a cousin, Uncle or Aunt, or friend who would be open to making a special appearance during the kids Halloween party? 

    Pictured is my brother who dressed up like Blippi one year and the kids thought it was a hoot! During a Halloween party it is likely that all the kids and some adults will be dressed up, but it is always a fun treat when a new character joins the party and entertains the kids for thirty or so minutes!

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    Decor and Other Details for a Kids Halloween Party

    Here are some simple ways to give off some major Halloween vibes! Obviously Halloween decor is so adaptable and so dependent on the kind of items you’ve been collecting over the years.

    As you can see with this party, the decor is super young kid friendly – meaning no scary or bloody decor. But if your kiddos are ready for that, then go for it!

    Also worth noting, I wanted our party favor to be both practical and non-candy related, more on that below! And while we didn’t have candy inside our party favor, we did make sure to have a yummy treat for them to eat while they were at this kids Halloween party.  

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    Table Decor

    A reusable orange table cloth cover and a black and white cloth runner gave this kids Halloween party a spooky vibe!

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    Halloween Balloons

    We used some simple black and white and orange balloons to decorate our party favor space, but you can have even more fun with this set that has eyeballs, pumpkins & spiders

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    Party Favors

    These party favors are practical because kids get to use the bag for trick or treating later, but also candy free with a Spooky Pookie book inside!

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    Something Sweet!

    Now listen, I’m not against sweets. I just figured they’d be trick or treating after the party. But rest assure, serving yummy Halloween themed cupcakes is a must!

    More Party Ideas!

    Looking for more fun ideas for your Kids Halloween Party? Here are some more ways to have fun with this theme!

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    Face Paint Kit!

    This is a fun activity to include during a Kids Halloween Party! The kit comes with a guide to help grown ups create the perfect characters!

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    Halloween Ring Toss

    This is a fun Halloween-themed game for kids. The set comes with both a spider and a witch’s hat for ring tossing fun!

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    Halloween Egg Hunt

    As a possible alternative to (or in addition to) trick-or-treating, a Halloween egg hunt is sure to be a hit! This set comes with 36 pieces of varying designs.

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    Squishy Paint Kit

    This set of Halloween-themed squishy toys are either great party favors or a fun activity they can do at the party!

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    DIY Astronaut Costume – How to Make it for Kids!

    DIY Astronaut Costume – How to Make it for Kids!

    DIY Astronaut Costume – How to Make it for Kids!

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    This DIY Astronaut Costume is such a fun homemade costume for kids. It’s perfect for dressing up and is also great for Halloween! 

    If your child loves all things space, they’re going to love it when you make this adorable DIY astronaut costume for them. It’s literally “out of this world” amazing! 

    Imaginative Play with A DIY Astronaut Costume

    What little kid doesn’t dream about being an astronaut at some point in time? This easy DIY costume idea is a fun and simple way to make that dream turn into a reality. 

    Oh the magic of imaginative play, aka pretend play! Seeing kids get excited about dressing up is literally one of the best parts of seeing their imagination come to life. Even though this is great for a Halloween costume, I think this would be perfect for a simple dress-up outfit at home!

     

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    Watch How to Make This DIY Astronaut Costume

    The great thing about a DIY costume is you can adapt it easily! Choose colors that your kiddos love most, and use clothing that you already have at home to save costs on supplies! 

    The water bottle jetpack makes for such a fun accessory! Kiddos will have so much a great time pretending they are flying through the sky! You could even take it one step further and make a paper bag helmet!

     

    Watch How to Make This DIY Astronaut Costume

    The great thing about a DIY costume is you can adapt it easily! Choose colors that your kiddos love most, and use clothing that you already have at home to save costs on supplies! 

    The water bottle jetpack makes for such a fun accessory! Kiddos will have so much a great time pretending they are flying through the sky! You could even take it one step further and make a paper bag helmet!

    Tips for Making This DIY Astronaut Costume

    Recycle and Reuse. To save on costs of supplies, use what you’ve got! A plain t-shirt that you don’t mind dedicating to this costume is perfect to use! Check your supply cabinet to see if you have bits and pieces of felt that can be used instead of a buying a new pack.

    Space-Themed Patches. We love these space theme patches because they really made the costume look official! However, you could also save on costs by printing official images from the internet and gluing them to the costume instead.

    Fabric Glue. Speaking of gluing, make sure you use a strong fabric glue so all your details will stay in place even after washing!

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    Tips for Making This DIY Astronaut Costume

    Recycle and Reuse. To save on costs of supplies, use what you’ve got! A plain t-shirt that you don’t mind dedicating to this costume is perfect to use! Check your supply cabinet to see if you have bits and pieces of felt that can be used instead of a buying a new pack.

    Space-Themed Patches. We love these space theme patches because they really made the costume look official! However, you could also save on costs by printing official images from the internet and gluing them to the costume instead.

    Fabric Glue. Speaking of gluing, make sure you use a strong fabric glue so all your details will stay in place even after washing!

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    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    For the astronaut costume, Cut a piece of felt into strips. Two long strips and four short strips.

    Step 2

    Use fabric glue to secure the long strips on both sides of the front of the shirt.

    Step 3

    Glue the short strips around the cuffs of the shirt and the pants.

    Step 4

    Cut a black piece of felt, gluing several pieces together if necessary to form a belt around the bottom of the shirt and securing with glue.

    Step 5

    Glue NASA-Themed patches on the shirt sleeves, chest, and center of the belt.

    Step 6

    For the rockets, spray paint two large plastic water bottles.

    Step 7

    On red and yellow felt, create a fire shape and cut it out.

    Step 8

    Glue the yellow fire pattern inside the red fire pattern.

    Step 9

    Repeat for each bottle and glue inside the lid of the bottle.

    Step 10

    Cut black felt strips for the straps, measuring enough to fit comfortably like a backpack.

    Step 1

    For the astronaut costume, Cut a piece of felt into strips. Two long strips and four short strips.

    Step 2

    Use fabric glue to secure the long strips on both sides of the front of the shirt.

    Step 3

    Glue the short strips around the cuffs of the shirt and the pants.

    Step 4

    Cut a black piece of felt, gluing several pieces together if necessary to form a belt around the bottom of the shirt and securing with glue.

    Step 5

    Glue NASA-Themed patches on the shirt sleeves, chest, and center of the belt.

    Step 6

    For the rockets, spray paint two large plastic water bottles.

    Step 7

    On red and yellow felt, create a fire shape and cut it out.

    Step 8

    Glue the yellow fire pattern inside the red fire pattern.

    Step 9

    Repeat for each bottle and glue inside the lid of the bottle.

    Step 10

    Cut black felt strips for the straps, measuring enough to fit comfortably like a backpack.

    Space-Themed Printable Worksheets

    If your kiddo loves all things space and astronauts, definitely check out this space-theme printable bundle of worksheets. It’s a great way to compliment this fun DIY astronaut costume!

    It is filled with over a dozen playful activities that touch upon different early childhood education skills. Perfect for preschool and kindergarten.

    From scissor skills, to the alphabet, number recognition, counting, phonics, writing, coloring, patterns, shapes, and memory games – there is so much to explore and learn!

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    For more printable resources, check out our entire collection in this Printable Section.

    space themed worksheet astronaut diy printable early childhood education skills preschool kindergarten

    Space-Themed Printable Worksheets

    If your kiddo loves all things space and astronauts, definitely check out this space-theme printable bundle of worksheets. It’s a great way to compliment this fun DIY astronaut costume!

    It is filled with over a dozen playful activities that touch upon different early childhood education skills. Perfect for preschool and kindergarten.

    From scissor skills, to the alphabet, number recognition, counting, phonics, writing, coloring, patterns, shapes and memory games – there is so much to explore and learn!

    For more printable resources, check out our entire collection in this Printable Section.

    Beyond a DIY Astronaut Costume – Exploring Imaginative Play

    Here are my top picks for more ways kids can engage in pretend play.

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    Doctor’s Kit

    This adorable doctor’s kit is made of mostly wooden parts. It includes a stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, blood pressure gauge, and more!

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    Dress Up Kit

    Inspire your little ones to role play with this dress-up kit that includes 3 different careers – scientist, explorer and gardner! Great for any and all genders!

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    Play Kitchen

    This play kitchen is not only adorable but will inspire such fun imaginative cooking play with it’s stove, oven, microwave, and storage areas!

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    Cleaning Set

    It is surprising how much kids love this 6 piece pretend play cleaning kit! A fun way to motivate independence and a love for cleaning!

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    Dinosaur Party, Inspiring Ideas for a Roar-some Birthday

    Dinosaur Party, Inspiring Ideas for a Roar-some Birthday

    Dinosaur Party, Inspiring Ideas for a Roarsome Birthday

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    Dinosaur fans rejoice! Everything you need to know to throw a roar-some dinosaur party! There are so many ways to make a party dinosaur-themed. We had a blast brainstorming how to make those ideas come to life!

    When planning a kid’s birthday party, I always have a handy checklist so I don’t forget something important! Here are the main areas:

    • Food
    • Dishes and Utensils
    • Beverages
    • Activities
    • Decor: Table and Front Door
    • Outfits
    • Trash Can
    • Party Favors
    • First Aid and Other Essentials Basket

    Keep on reading to get all the details and see some inspirational dinosaur party fun in action!

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    The Party in Action!

    Before I get into all of the details, watch this video for a glimpse of our dinosaur party in action!

    My son has been a big fan of dinosaurs and he was so excited to celebrate his birthday dinosaur-style. This is our 3rd themed party for him. When he turned 3 he had a construction party, and when he turned 4 he had a garbage man party! During his 5th birthday, it was the beginning of co-vid and we kept things simple and theme-less!

    The Party in Action!

    Before I get into all of the details, watch this video for a glimpse of our dinosaur party in action!

    My son has been a big fan of dinosaurs and he was so excited to celebrate his birthday dinosaur-style. This is our 3rd themed party for him. When he turned 3 he had a construction party, and when he turned 4 he had a garbage man party! During his 5th birthday, it was the beginning of co-vid and we kept things simple and theme-less!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Dinosaur Party: Activities!

    Whenever I plan my kid’s birthday parties, activities are always one of the most important things to figure out!

    We opt for hands on, often sensory-based and arts and crafts experiences over bounce houses and other more costly alternatives. Read on below for the main activities we decided to do for the dinosaur party!

    In addition to the pool, there are 3 places I like to set up activities – on our kid-sized folding tables, inside our sensory table, and sandbox!

    We have a free printable dinosaur-themed activity you could include as well!

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    Clay Dinosaur Eggs

    In our sensory bin, I filled up one tub with leaves, mulch, and clay dinosaur eggs each filled with a dinosaur inside! The other bin was filled with water, and I had two bowls filled with excavating tools!

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    Dinosaur Paint Kit

    On our kid-sized folding tables, I set up an arts and crafts activity! These dinosaurs, paints, and brushes were all part of a kit. So much fun transforming the white dinosaurs into colorful ones!

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    Fossil Sand Dig

    Inside our sand box, kids tapped into their inner paleontologist using sifting tools to find fossils underneath the sand. Other kids enjoyed hiding them right back under the sand for a friend to find!

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    Pool Time!

    With warm weather, we kept the pool open and added several dinosaur themed inflatables. We also splurged and got a life guard to keep the pool activity extra safe and allow parents to chat!

    What to Eat at a Dinosaur Party!

    The star of this section is the cake! We added figurines and a volcano to decorate an 8 inch cake. To keep the look earthy, sprinkle graham crackers on the cake platter!

    Since we are extra conscious of germs and keeping our guests healthy, we opted for a number sparkler instead of candles that are blown out. 

    Dinosaur caddies filled with succulent plants with larger succulents in planters make for a fun decor around the cake too!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration
    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Dinosaur Cupcakes!

    I originally planned to have cake pops, but I couldn’t find a baker on such short notice. Instead, I called Whole Foods and they were able to make these fun dinosaur-themed cupcakes after I showed them a few inspirational photos!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Disposable Plates and Napkins

    There are a lot of dinosaur plates and napkin options out there, but I narrowed it down to these! I love that the design is the perfect balance between fun and realistic. Not cartoony and not scary! 

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Snack Center

    Our only snack that was dinosaur-themed were our apple sauce pouches! Everything else was just easy, single-use options that kids would like. With the virus, we wanted to keep snacks individual to prevent the spread of germs!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Mobile Pizza Maker

    We splurged on our main food option and had a mobile pizza maker come to our house to make kids and parents custom pizzas. It was a big hit – not only delicious, but also a great non-buffet option during these times!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    What to Eat at a Dinosaur Party!

    The star of this section is the cake! We added figurines and a volcano to decorate an 8 inch cake. To keep the look earthy, sprinkle graham crackers on the cake platter!

    Since we are extra conscious of germs and keeping our guests healthy, we opted for a number sparkler instead of candles that are blown out. 

    Dinosaur caddies filled with succulent plants with larger succulents in planters make for a fun decor around the cake too!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Dinosaur Cupcakes!

    I originally planned to have cake pops, but I couldn’t find a baker on such short notice. Instead, I called Whole Foods and they were able to make these fun dinosaur-themed cupcakes after I showed them a few inspirational photos!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Disposable Plates and Napkins

    There are a lot of dinosaur plates and napkin options out there, but I narrowed it down to these! I love that the design is the perfect balance between fun, realistic. Not cartoony and not scary! 

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Snack Center

    Our only snack that was dinosaur-themed were our apple sauce pouches! Everything else was just easy, single-use options that kids would like. With the virus, we wanted to keep snacks individual to prevent the spread of germs!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Mobile Pizza Maker

    We splurged on our main food option and had a mobile pizza maker come to our house to make kids and parents custom pizzas. It was a big hit – not only delicious, but also a great non-buffet option during these times!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Dinosaur Party Decor

    What are we left with once the party is over? The pictures! So setting up a great photo op dessert table is always a priority for us!

    I used a leaf-themed table cloth with a burlap runner that I bought in bulk. I was able to have enough material to make the kids arts & crafts tables in the same style!

    I snagged some succulent plants from Trader Joes and a few other leafy plants from Home Depot and dispersed them across the various spaces to integrate living greenery.

    Add a cute garland, adorable wood-slice cake platter and cupcake platters, and balloons (number, dinosaur, and rawr!), and everything came together so earthy and fun!

     

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Wood Slice Cake Platters

    One of my favorite items from this party is the 2-tiered cupcake platter. The wood grain is so natural and added so much texture to the decor.

    dinosaur planter

    Dinosaur Planter

    We transformed dinosaur pencil caddies into planters by filling them up with soil and succulents! But you can also get these cute ones too that are designed to be planters!

    burlap decor dinosaur party

    Burlap Runner

    I love that this high quality burlap runner comes in a bulk roll! I was able to use it on 3 different tables and I have more to spare for our next party! It gave the tables such a great texture!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Leaf Print Table Cloth

    This palm leaf print table cloth is perfect for a dinosaur party (or a Hawaiian one too!). Each pack comes with 2 table clothes that are water proof!

    More Party Ideas!

    Looking for more fun details for your Dinosaur Party? Here are some more ways to have fun with this theme!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Party Favors

    We always opt to spend a little extra budget on a high quality party favor that kids will actually use more than once! Kid’s got to take home a book for emerging readers and a ceramic dinosaur paint kit!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Dinosaur-Themed Outfit

    Since we had a pool party, we went with dinosaur themed bathing suits, including dinosaur swim trunks and an adorable pink dinosaur onesie swimsuit!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Dinosaur Costume

    Instead of hiring someone to come dressed up as a mascot, have a family member do it instead! Uncle to the rescue with this fun dinosaur costume. Also great to hold on for Halloween!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Dinosaur Piñata

    Piñatas are such a fun way to add entertainment to a birthday party. This dinosaur shaped piñata comes with a stick and a blindfold. Fill it up with candy or small toys of your choice! 

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Number Balloons

    Number balloons are a fun way to shine a light on your little one’s new age! Make sure to use a very strong double sided tape to make sure it stays up on the wall throughout the party! 

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Rawr Balloon

    Add a little fun with this-dinosaur themed Rawr balloon! And add some dinosaurs balloons to the mix as well if you have the wall space! This double sided tape is the best.

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    Garland

    This tassel garland is the perfect color scheme for a dinosaur-themed party! The tassels have wooden beads in between adding for a natural jungle and woodland look!

    dinosaur party theme for kids ideas and inspiration

    First Aid and Sanitizer Basket

    Make a basket with first aid, sanitizer, and other essentials like bug spray and sunscreen! It will inevitably come in handy for someone! 

    What’s Next?

    School Bus Craft – Amazing Way to Use an Egg Carton

    School Bus Craft – Amazing Way to Use an Egg Carton

    School Bus Craft – Amazing Way to Use an Egg Carton

    egg carton school bus craft for kids

    Make this school bus craft out of an egg carton and other recycled materials. This is a great craft to do during back-to-school time, but is also just simply a fun activity for transportation fans in general!

    Recycle and Repurpose with this School Bus Craft 

    This craft is so much fun to make. I LOVE showing the kids how to upcycle items from around the house to give them new life. Every material used in this school bus craft came from a recyclable object, including an egg carton, cardboard, straw, and bottle caps! Keep on reading to find out how we made the wheels moveable – a technique you can use in all types of DIY transportation vehicles!

    All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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    DIY School Bus in Action!

    In this video you’ll see how my kiddo grabbed every figurine he could find to fill up the school bus for some fun pretend play! Each of the egg slots is a perfect seat for an action figure or peg person!

    Keep on reading to see the step-by-step breakdown on how you can make a school bus craft too! Just a few simple steps are all that you need to make this easy egg carton craft. The kids can really do a lot of the actions themselves, which is the perfect way to build their confidence while helping them be creative at the same time. (The part with the hot glue gun is going to be all for the parents, though!)

    DIY School Bus in Action!

    In this video you’ll see how my kiddo grabbed every figurine he could find to fill up the school bus for some fun pretend play! Each of the egg slots is a perfect seat for an action figure or peg person!

    Keep on reading to see the step-by-step breakdown on how you can make a school bus craft too! Just a few simple steps are all that you need to make this easy egg carton craft. The kids can really do a lot of the actions themselves, which is the perfect way to build their confidence while helping them be creative at the same time. (The part with the hot glue gun is going to be all for the parents, though!)

    egg carton school bus craft for kids

    DIY School Bus Craft Tips!

    Sanitize your egg carton! If you are using a cardboard egg carton, you can sanitize it by heating it in the oven for 20 minutes at 170F. This will get rid of the germs and make it safe to craft with.

    A Faster Way to Paint! If you are on a time crunch, instead of using acrylic paint, you can use yellow spray paint. Spray paint spreads the colors in seconds and can dry in minutes! However, if you’re letting the kids take over, stick with acrylic paint. Keep in mind that acrylic paint is not washable, but it is brighter on cardboard than tempera, washable paint.

    Make Your Own DIY Peg People! Peg people, or peg dolls, are such a great open ended toy! We love them so much we made our own. Read more about how you can do it too!

    Materials 

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    On your egg carton, cut out a few holes to make the school bus windows. 

    Step 2

    Paint the school bus and let it dry. Younger kids may need adult help in making the school bus wording. and details.

     

    Step 3

    Make two wheels and axles by threading a skewer or dowel through a straw and hot gluing the two bottle caps on each end of the skewer/dowel. Make sure you don’t hot glue the straw because then it may affect the wheels ability to move!

    Step 4

    Add figurines to spark imaginative play!

    Step 1

    On your egg carton, cut out a few holes to make the school bus windows. 

    Step 2

    Paint the school bus and let it dry. Younger kids may need adult help in making the school bus wording. and details.

    Step 3

    Make two wheels and axles by threading a skewer or dowel through a straw and hot gluing the two bottle caps on each end of the skewer/dowel. Make sure you don’t hot glue the straw because then it may affect the wheels ability to move!

    Step 4

    Add figurines to spark imaginative play!

    Printable Worksheets for the Transporation Fan!

    From trains to planes to buses and boats, we created a bundle full of early childhood activities that integrate all things transportation!

    These worksheets feature all things that move on land, air and sea while giving your little one a strong foundation for early childhood education skills. Topics covered include letter writing, phonics, number recognition, counting, scissor skills, patterning, color recognition, and so much more.

    And for more hands on transportation crafts, definitely check out our Milk Jug Car Wash and DIY Race Track made out of paper tubes!

    transportation printable worksheet kids cars trains planes boats
    transportation printable worksheet kids cars trains planes boats

    Printable Worksheets for the Transporation Fan!

    From trains to planes to buses and boats, we created a bundle full of early childhood activities that integrate all things transportation!

    These worksheets feature all things that move on land, air and sea while giving your little one a strong foundation for early childhood education skills. Topics covered include letter writing, phonics, number recognition, counting, scissor skills, patterning, color recognition, and so much more.

    And for more hands on transportation crafts, definitely check out our Milk Jug Car Wash and DIY Race Track made out of paper tubes!

    More Ways to Enjoy Buses and Cars!

    Here are my top picks for quality toys and items for the transportation fan!

    wooden car service garage

    Wooden Service Station

    This wooden service station parking garage includes a car wash, numbered parking garage, a gas pump, garage with doors, an elevator, 2 cars!

    All-in-One Car Mat and Storage Bag 

    This play mat turns into a toy storage bag. Just pull the drawstrings to store the car toys for another day!

    way to play roads

    Flexible Buildable Roads

    These roads are like puzzle pieces! They are highly durable, flexible, and washable. You can be used in water and on dirt!

    Dual Lane Race Track

    This handmade wooden race track allows two cars to race at once! Cars are included! 

    What’s Next?

    How to Make a Maze with Natural Materials

    How to Make a Maze with Natural Materials

    How to Make a Maze with Natural Materials

    how to make a maze using nature items crafting with kids

    Making a DIY nature maze is the perfect summer activity for kids! They’ll love being able to roam around the yard and find items in nature that they can then use to create a fun maze. This is such a simple way to have them get outside and be creative, all at the same time. 

    How to Make This DIY Nature Maze

    Since you just need a few items from around your house (literally!), there’s no reason that the kids can’t hop in and make this fun activity any day of the week. Not only can they choose whatever items that they can find in the yard, but it’s a fun way to have them start to think creatively about the whole process of building and engineering, too. 

    For more arts and crafts activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas and activities! You can never have too many art ideas and activities for the kids! 

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    How to Create This DIY Nature Maze

    There really isn’t a right or wrong way to create this maze as long as the kids are having fun and being active. They’ll just need to throw on some shoes and see what they can find outdoors. The great part about this simple activity is that each time they make it, it’s going to look completely different! 

    My kiddos grabbed sticks, acorns, empty snail shells, sea shells from past vacations, and pine cones to name a few. This activity is great for all seasons because it allows the kids to get fall leaves, summer flowers, or even unique rocks that are colorful throughout the year.

    How to Create This DIY Nature Maze

    There really isn’t a right or wrong way to create this maze as long as the kids are having fun and being active. They’ll just need to throw on some shoes (or not!) and see what they can find outdoors. The great part about this simple activity is that each time they make it, it’s going to look completely different! 

    My kiddos grabbed sticks, acorns, empty snail shells, sea shells from past vacations, and pine cones to name a few. This activity is great for all seasons because it allows the kids to get fall leaves, summer flowers, or even unique rocks that are colorful throughout the year.

    how to make a maze using nature items crafting with kids

    Tips for Making This DIY Nature Maze

    No gift box? No Problem! If you don’t have an old gift box to use, you can create your own with pieces of cardboard like we did!

    Use Strong Glue! We used tacky glue. It dries quick, has a strong hold, and is safe for my kids to handle.

    Can’t collect nature items? Is the weather bad or don’t have a yard or park nearby? Collect recyclable items in your house instead! Paper straws, bottle caps, paper tubes, are just a few examples of things you can use to create a maze as well!

    Be creative! Unleash your creativity on this very open ended nature craft. Just make sure to have a start and finish if you want to be able to use it as a game! Visit our comprehensive list of arts and craft supplies to see some of our go-to items!

    All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

    Materials

    • Old gift box, or pieces of cardboard to create a bordered frame as we did!
    • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
    • Nature items, like sticks, rocks, shells, pine cones, etc.

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    To make a cardboard frame, cut one big piece and corresponding border pieces. Use glue to secure, and include a handle if you wish!

    Step 2

    Decorate your pieces of nature!

    Step 3

    With your sticks,