Free Treasure Hunt Games For Children

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Free treasure hunt games for children   A little while ago, I took Ned to his friend Q’s birthday party. Q and his family live on a lovely property with lots of trees, perfect for this party game. It’s a treasure hunt with a difference. To make it, you’ll need as many paddle pop (ice lolly) sticks as you have…

3 New Creative Ideas for Goodie Bags at Birthday Parties

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    3 New Creative Ideas for Treat Bags at Birthday Parties   Ever since I was little, it has been the done thing to go home from a party with a little bag of party favours or lollies. I actually don’t remember a time when it didn’t happen. But somewhere along the way, treat bags at birthday parties have…

Paper snack cup made from origami paper square

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In the same way we made the paper carry bag yesterday to carry little treasures, this origami craft can also be used as a quick and easy dish to hold snacks such as popcorn, crackers, or fruit like grapes, strawberries or blueberries.  Don’t have a plate?  Whip one of these up in a second using whatever paper you have handy….

Truck-themed game for boy birthday parties: Find the tools a truck driver needs and collect a token

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  I’m busy planning my son’s 5th birthday Dinosaur party.  It’s in less than two weeks and hopefully the new baby won’t make a surprise entrance before then!   But last year, Ned had a truck-themed do.  This was another game we played. My husband drew seven truck-themed pictures (keys to start the truck, lunch for the truck driver to…

Inventive cakes for children’s birthdays: pile of “dirt” cake pops

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Ned wanted a cake with Bob the Builder. So we made a ‘dirt cake’ surrounded by a retaining wall! The Dirt Cake was simply the recipe for Red Velvet Cake Pops  but without taking the last step and making them into balls. We added a retaining wall made of Violet Crumble (honeycomb covered with chocolate) squares and an icing mixture (butter,…

How to make an Origami Box with Flaps – Candy Box or Cute Stationery Holder

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How to make an origami box with flaps.   These origami boxes with decorative wings are traditionally used to hold candy or lollies. But I think they would look pretty darn cute on your desk holding fancy push pins or funky paper clips. (Don’t you just love the blue dolphin paper clips?  Big W in Australia sell them for about $3…

Treasure Hunt in the Sandpit Game

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Ned’s birthday was a ‘dirt and mud’ themed gathering. So a digging in the sandpit treasure hunt game kind of qualified. I wrapped up 20 little parcels. There were single tubs of playdough, lego truck stickers, matchbox trucks and a few sandpit shovels. I punched out two circle tags of each colour.   Each parcel was labelled with a different coloured…

Novelty car-shaped drinking straw DIY tutorial

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Here is the template. You need the car body, the car wheels (cut 2) and the car windows (cut 2). Plus 2 brads (pushpins), a needle or pin, a stanley knife, a glue stick, a chopping board, and of course, a straw. Firstly, glue on the windows. Then use the needle/pin to poke a hole through the centre of each…

Host a Car Party for toddlers and preschoolers

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Well, if you are going to host a car party, you need cars! Small market boxes for fruit and vegetables are sturdy things and just the right size. I covered them in brown wrapping paper, and added two long ribbon strings so the children could ‘carry’ their cars as they walk. Paper plates were attached with ‘brads’  (push pins, from…

Decorate a Cupcake activity and a fishing for balloons party game

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Last year, Ned and I went to the 100th Anniversary Fair of our local school. This is the school where my next door neighbour’s daughter goes to, and the same one my younger sisters attended when we first moved to Queensland.   The Spring Fair was held on a Friday, to enable the day to be run almost completely by…

More alternative ideas for Christmas gifts, parties and activities by Felicity St John

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My friend Felicity kindly shared with me this article that was published in the Friends of the Birth Centre newsletter 2009 and Special Delivery- Friends of the Birth Centre 2009.   I’m so excited to be able to republish it here for my MamaMoontime friends! She has some fantastic ideas! Enjoy! Creating a Sustainable Christmas by Felicity St John Ever notice how…

How to make a Origami ‘Chatterbox’ sweet/lolly or stationery holder

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I’m always looking for sweet ways to display my things, whether it be food, or treats, or gifts. Moondew mama’s made one of these for their families and we filled them with the yummy treats we had been making over the past two weeks- coconut ice, peppermint bark, cacao slabs too. Smaller versions of these became the place settings for…

How to make a Golden Matchbox Castle Treasure Hunt game!

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This wonderful idea is from the Cape Byron Spring Fair. It is one of the best games for children I have ever seen, as everyone wins a prize. Each matchbox insert has a small wooden bead wired onto the front, so small hands can pull the box open. The boxes were stacked one on top of the other, to form…