DIY kids party activities: Cheap, easy homemade birthday parties for children

As a mom to four kids, ages 28 to 18, I've planned a plethora of kids' party activities. I'm also a teacher and I've hosted numerous classroom events. I've had some great successes and colossal fails. From those experiences, I've compiled a list of tips for parents on party planning for children. Being a frugalista, these party planning hints focus on cheap, homemade party activities.   DIY kids party activities: Cheap, easy homemade birthday parties for children | Examiner.com

Science activities, outdoor games, nature crafts, snacks for end of school party

 Arbor Day, celebrated in April is the older holiday from which "stems" (pun intended) the modern celebration of Earth Day. Arbor Day is traditionally observed by planting trees and I say why wait till April? Celebrate an end of school party by planting trees, plants or flowers. Here are summer science activities, outdoor games and nature crafts and summer snacks for the perfect end of school party. Homeschool parents, you can throw an end of school party or incorporate these science activities in summer school lessons.Science activities, outdoor games, nature crafts, snacks for end of school party

Free printable Star Wars coloring pages: May the Fourth be with you | Examiner.com

 May the Fourth be with you! It's Star Wars Day, said USA Today on May 4. Time to get your Stars Wars geek on! Cue the Empire's Theme (admit it, it's sexier than the Rebel's Theme) and haul the light sabres and Jedi robes out of mothballs. Don your Leia buns (the brass bikini, maybe not) cause it's time to party like a droid!



Hosting a Star Wars themed party? Here are free printable Star Wars coloring pages for fans from wee-est Wookie to oldest Yoda! Use these for party crafts, games, decorations, even Happy Star Wars Day greeting cards! Free printable Star Wars coloring pages: May the Fourth be with you | Examiner.com

Free printable Spider-Man, Avengers Captain America Civil War, Iron Man coloring pages, party activities

The epic Marvel Comics "Captain America Civil War" opens May 6 and features a clash between Marvel Avengers Captain America and Iron Man. But word is the most exciting part Captain America Civil War is the introduction of Spider-Man to the cast. Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is attracting fans like flies! So now Avengers fans can see Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Venom and all their superheroes in Captain America Civil War. Sounds like some pretty "Marvel" ous fun! Captain America v Iron Man, Batman v Superman--2016 promises to be a summer of brotherly brawling! How about free printable Spider-Man coloring pages to keep you tied up till Captain America Civil War opens?  Free printable Spider-Man, Avengers Captain America Civil War, Iron Man coloring | Examiner.com

Free printable Holi Festival of Colors activities, Hindu Indian crafts, lessons

Holi is the Hindu Festival of Colors and is celebrated on March 24 in 2016. People in Indian celebrate by tossing colored powder or spraying each other with colored liquid. Holi iscelebrated on the full moon, called Phalgun Purnima or Pooranmash. Holi begins with the Holika Dahan--ceremonial bonfires which purge evil spirits, which are lit one day before Holi. Holi comes in the Hindu calendar month of Phalgun. Holi falls in late March to early April in the western calendar. Here are free printable Holi Indian crafts, greeting cards and lessons to help kids understand the Indian Holi Festival of Colors. Teachers, use these free printable Holi activities for social studies lessons. Homeschool parents, why not explore Holi Festival of Colors with kids?  Free printable Holi Festival of Colors activities, Hindu Indian crafts, lessons | Examiner.com

Free printable Holi Festival of Colors activities, Hindu Indian crafts, lessons

Holi is the Hindu Festival of Colors and is celebrated on March 24 in 2016. People in Indian celebrate by tossing colored powder or spraying each other with colored liquid. Holi iscelebrated on the full moon, called Phalgun Purnima or Pooranmash. Holi begins with the Holika Dahan--ceremonial bonfires which purge evil spirits, which are lit one day before Holi. Holi comes in the Hindu calendar month of Phalgun. Holi falls in late March to early April in the western calendar. Here are free printable Holi Indian crafts, greeting cards and lessons to help kids understand the Indian Holi Festival of Colors. Teachers, use these free printable Holi activities for social studies lessons. Homeschool parents, why not explore Holi Festival of Colors with kids?   Free printable Holi Festival of Colors activities, Hindu Indian crafts, lessons | Examiner.com

Free printable baby shower games, shower invitations, baby shower cards | Examiner.com

There are several ways to host an inexpensive, tasteful baby shower. If you would like to host a baby shower, here are ways to save money: create free printable baby shower games, invitations, shower cards and decorations.  Free printable baby shower games, shower invitations, baby shower cards | Examiner.com

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