This year we had several of our friends with little-ish kids over for a Valentine’s party. My friend, Heather, and I tried to figure out some activities that the little ones would enjoy (which is, by the way, a bit of a difficult task for kids from 2-5…) I think it was a blast, and I’m pretty sure the kids enjoyed themselves, too!
We started out with finger painting. 9 kids. And paint. Only it was real paint because we were making real pictures. I got a blank canvas for each kid and painted a tree trunk on the bottom part. I cut heart shapes out of butcher paper and taped them over the canvas. Then the kids could finger paint inside the hole. When we took off the paper, they could see their “heart tree.” They turned really cute! The bigger kids could get more “artistic” with theirs, and the little kids looked like something. It didn’t matter if there was 18 coats of paint, so they just coated to their little hearts’ content. And we didn’t get any acrylic paint on the carpet!
Next they got to decorate cupcakes. I had the cupcakes made before hand, and they got to pick out the frosting and decorations. The bigger kids did a great job; the little kids, I’m pretty sure, were more interested in eating the frosting straight off the spoon. And Adalynn got upset because she wasn’t offered any, so she commandeered the bowl of chocolate frosting. At least for a second.
Once they were all sufficiently hopped up on sugar, we sent ‘em all home. No one offered to take mine, though, so a night of over-tired, excited, sugary goodness was in our agenda. But, lemme tell ya, once that sugar crash hit, life. was. good! We really did have fun; I’m thinkin’ we’ll have to do it again next year!