Raise the roof on your child's birthday. With everything from a Cone-struction Pinata to refueling stations and a tower-toppling game, this is a party any construction-loving kid is sure to dig.
Announce your big job with simple scrap-wood invitations (wooden craft rectangles; $2 for 6 at Michael's). Use a ballpoint pen or carpenters' pencil to add such details as "Construction Site" (place) and "Site Boss" (host), along with carpenter-style notations, as shown.
A Real Fixer-Upper
Let your crew get a cardboard-box playhouse up to code by adding shingles, shutters, window boxes, and more.
Site Prep: Before the party, cut the top flaps off a large box; tape the bottom flaps closed. (Need a box? Ask for one at your local department or appliance store. We used a refrigerator box.) To add a roof, score another piece of cardboard down the middle, fold it over, then hot-glue it to the box. Finally, collect supplies for the building activities below.
Construction: Anything goes when it comes to customizing this structure, but here's a punch list to get kids started:
Glue construction paper shingles to the roof
Draw doors and windows (parents can cut them out with a box knife if desired)
Fill shoe-box window boxes with flowers made from pipe cleaners and tissue paper; hot-glue the boxes to the house (a parent's job)
Glue on doorknobs made from jar lids and bottle caps
Use hot glue to attach cardboard shutters and other decorative touches
Paint the house using tempera paint
Festoon the house with "caution" tape ($8 per roll at Home Depot)
Dig This Cake
This no-bake excavator cake may look like a labor of love, but it's easily assembled from a pound cake, Twinkies, and other sweets. Even the dirt (crushed cookies) is edible. Find out how to make an Edible Excavator
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