I think it's always best to start a kids party off with something that sort of a singular activity....that way they can work on it themselves and hang out instead of everyone sitting around waiting for that last kid to arrive so the games can start
That activity was to color drawstring bags with a camping scene
My sister bought these bags from Oriental Trading and a couple packs of fabric markers
And the backpacks served as their loot bag to take everything home
Next up we had a bug hunt. We hid a bunch of fake bugs all around the backyard and gave each of them a mini tin can to collect as many as they could find
There were 2 "Super bugs" that we marked with red nail polish. Who ever found those got a Snoopy camping coloring book as a prize
Next they played a modified version of cornhole (we only went up to 3)
After they won they got to pick out 2 of these little camping duckies (also from oriental trading)
After cornhole they got to practice some archery
We made each kid a PVC bow that they could take home....(I promise I will post a tutorial on how we made them later....it's much too long for this post)
These kids were really good...much better than I expected. Seems kids these days have a natural ability for stuff like that....I one the other hand took many many tries before I shot one correctly haha
Followed by some pretend play in the campsite
Being a group of 8 year old girls this of course included a ton of screaming......good thing this wasn't a sleepover party......geesh!
Next up....weenie roast!
We wanted to capture the fun of a weenie roast but without the open flames because A.) It was 80 degrees that day and B.) Big open flames didn't seem like a good idea
So here is what I came up with
I found these votive candles for 50c each at Walmart (It had a sticker I peeled off)
I measured around the holder and made a flame template that would fit nicely around
Then cut out the flames in both red and orange...along with 6 logs for each candle
I used Mod Podge to glue down the flames and logs
This way each kid got their own personal campfire to roast their weenies
We used Lil Smokies
It was alot of fun. We cooked those right before lunch so they could eat them with their big hot dogs and mini burgers
And last but not least.....the trail mix bar!
This was the last activity before they went home
We had allllll sorts of goodies. M&Ms, cheesy popcorn, peanuts, raisin, cinnamon teddy grahams.......you name it!
Oh and I certainly can't forget the pictures
This backdrop was from Oriental Trading and matched the tablecloths and decorations
That about sums it up
It was more than enough activities to fill up the time but nothing felt too forced...all the kids seemed to have fun