Fun Activities for Kids – Birthday Craft Activities

Planning your child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some great ideas for their party.  It’s amazing how much fun one can have with just a few simple ingredients.

Fun Activities for Kids - Birthday Craft Activities

Spider Snacks
Age suitability: 2+

You will need (per spider): two cheese biscuits, a spoonful of cream cheese, 8 Twiglets or chipsticks, two sultanas

A fun way to eat a birthday tea – your kids can prepare their own! Take two round cheese biscuits and, using a dollop of cream cheese, sandwich them together, leaving a 1cm gap. Use the Twiglets (or chipsticks) to represent legs by sticking them into the cheese. Sultanas should be added for eyes, after which you can all gobble up your spiders together.

Fairy Cake Mountain
Age suitability: 2+

You will need: plain ready-cooked fairy cakes (the higher the number, the taller your mountain!), a selection of edible cake-decorations (icing, sprinkles, chocolate shavings, chopped strawberries etc)

If you provide your child with a certain amount of freedom here, it can be tremendously enjoyable to build one of these. Give them free rein to decorate about 20 plain cakes with coloured icing, sprinkles and chopped strawberries. Pile them high on a plate; stick the candle on the mountain’s peak.

Secret Rice Jar
Age suitability: 4+

You will need: a jam jar, rice, a cardboard tube and a birthday treat (chocolate or sweets work well)

If your child enjoys playing tricks on adults, they will enjoy making a Secret Rice Jar. Find a jam jar with lid and pour in a thin layer of rice. Take a cardboard tube, place it inside the jar on top of the rice, then cut it down in size so that the top is level with the rim of the jar. Holding the tube steady and central, carefully pour in more rice around the outside of the tube. When you look through the glass from any angle, you shouldn’t be able to see the tube. Now for the secret treat. Place something delicious inside the tube, such as chocolate coins or cubes of fudge, then screw on the lid and attach a note along the lines of “Dear Uncle, I thought you would like a nice jar of rice”. Wrap up the jar and keep the joke hush-hush until his birthday!.

Pancakes!
Age suitability: 3+ (with adult guidance)

You will need: (For the pancakes) 2 eggs, 200g plain flour, 600ml milk, orange segments, a lemon, (For the decorations) cress seed, cotton wool

When making your pancake batter, break the eggs in half carefully and save the eggshells after giving them a quick rinse. The above ingredients make around 10 pancakes. Beat together the flour and eggs, then slowly blend in the milk. If you like like to squeeze orange juice as well as lemon on to pancakes, it will give you lots of orange-peel quarters to cut into fantastic teeth shapes and slip inside your lips. Award the last pancake to the most grotesque smile. Finally, everyone must have a go at flipping a pancake. Let it cook well on one side, shake the pan to loosen it, then give it a whirl.

When finished, fill the eggshell halves with damp cotton wool and sprinkle with cress seed that you cleverly remembered to buy beforehand. Paint faces on to the shells and stand in egg cups on a windowsill, checking occasionally that the cotton wool doesn’t dry out. In a few days, your eggheads will be sprouting green hair. Very popular with those under six.

Floury Faces
Age suitability: 6+

You will need: plain flour, a bowl and spoon per person, a chocolate button

Older family members will love playing Floury Faces. Pile a mound of flour on a plate and hide a button inside. Be sure to cover your tracks, so it’s impossible to know where the button is. In turn, each person holds a spoon and scoops out a small amount of the flour mound into a bowl. When a player uncovers the button, they must stick their face into the flour and pull it out using only their mouth. Don’t breathe in whatever you do, as flour up the nose is tickly. Keep re-heaping the flour and hiding the button until everyone has been floured.

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Things To Do With Kids – Top 6 Child Friendly Museums in Sydney

If you are feeling guilty about the amount of time you let your kids spend in front of the computer / TV or playing electronic games, while you get all your work/housework done, then why not plan a day out during the school holidays or on the weekend, when you do something educational with your kids. Museums often conjure up images of boring school excursions, but the truth is there are many fantastic museums which are not only educational, but also very interactive. Even if the kids grumble while you pry the Xbox controller from them, you will see once you arrive at the museum, their imagination will take over and they will start to explore and have lots of fun.

Australian Museum – Sydney
Address: College Street, Sydney
The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, and specialises in the fields of natural history and anthropology. It features collections of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, as well as mineralogy, palaeontology, and anthropology. Located in the heart of Sydney, the museum has something for everyone, including young children. Kidspace is a mini museum which features cubby houses loaded with fun activities. It also has a special closed off area for babies and toddlers. Several times a week, the museum runs a ‘Carla’s Deep Sea treasure Hunt’ which allows 3-5 year olds to decorate their own treasure box and then to follow clues to discover the amazing deep sea creatures and collecting little treasure along the way. For older children, the museum organises kids sleepovers, dinosaur detective kids workshops, marine worlds kids workshop and many others.

Powerhouse Museum – Sydney
Address: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
The Powerhouse Museum is a home to a unique and diverse collection spanning history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration. It is estimated to have well over 500,000 separate items in an ever-changing program of temporary displays and permanent exhibitions. It has a state of the art playground and café and is guaranteed to keep the children amused for hours.
Currently the museum has a Wiggles Exhibit and in early June 2012 the Sydney Brickshow will make its appearance. You can experience amazing creations built by adult fans of Lego or learn from one of Lego certified professionals how to use bricks in ways that challenge the normal concepts of Lego building. For children 3-8 Powerhouse runs powerplay – creative artists lead children in hands on arts and crafts, storytelling and performances. The exhibitions and activities change regularly so check out their website for the latest news.

Kids Museum - Powerhouse Museum

Kids Museum – Powerhouse Museum

Maritime Museum – Sydney
Address: 2 Murray Street, Sydney
The Australian National Maritime Museum explores Australia’s links with the sea and features displays which show how maritime activities and issues have shaped the lives of people in Australia. Wharf 7 Maritime Heritage Centre next door is the museum’s ‘backstage’ area, housing the Vaughan Evans Library, museum collection storage, boatbuilding workshops, the conservation laboratory, ship model workshop and display area, a design studio, photographic studio and other facilities. At the museum wharves, you will find one of the largest fleets housing 14 vessels which include a former navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, a former navy submarine HMAS Onslow, a full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour and a variety of smaller vessels.

The Rocks Discovery Museum – Sydney
Address; Kendall Lane, The Rocks
The Rocks Discovery Museum is a free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-European days to the present. Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, The Rocks Discovery Museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. The exhibits are filled with interactive fun for kids of all ages and uses touch screens, audio and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive.

Kids Museum - The Rocks Discovery Museum

Kids Museum – The Rocks Discovery Museum

Hyde Park Barracks – Sydney
Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney
The Hyde Park Barracks was built in 1819 to house, clothe and feed convict men and boys. Later the building became a hub of government departments and renamed Chancery Square. Until the late 1970s, thousands of public servants, legal workers and litigants occupied dingy office spaces, courtrooms and corridors, scattered throughout the increasingly crowded complex. Today the Hyde Park Barracks is a museum about itself.

Kids Museum - Hyde Park Barracks

Kids Museum – Hyde Park Barracks

Cockatoo Island – Sydney
Address: Cockatoo Island, Sydney
Cockatoo Island is the largest heritage listed island in Sydney Harbour and is located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers. The Island is a former imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory and gaol. The Island offers guided tours, and include an overview of the island’s interesting history, and features some of the best examples of early colonial life.

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