Make A Masterpiece Party

Awesome Projects

Sparkling Lemonade

Serves: 8


Step 1: Prepare a 12-oz. carton of frozen lemonade concentrate as directed, but use sparkling mineral water or club soda rather than tap water. (We like Cascadian Farm Organic Lemonade Concentrate, which is sweetened with white grape juice concentrate rather than high-fructose corn syrup.)

Nutritional Facts:

Each serving: 110 calories, 0 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg calcium, 0 mg iron, 9 mg sodium.

Awesome Art Projects

In addition to painting portraits and making handprints, your child and his friends might enjoy these creative party activities:

  • Press rubber stamps in a variety of motifs into fabric paint, and use them to decorate a small pillow.
  • Make a collage or mosaic pattern by gluing small squares of tissue paper onto individual sheets of posterboard.
  • Use small foam food trays from the supermarket to make prints, recommends New York City art teacher Rima Rosenthal: "Trim off the tray's curved edges and have children draw a pattern with a pencil, pressing hard to make an indentation in the foam. Use a small roller to cover the tray with tempera paint, then press a piece of paper on top. Rub the back of the paper to make sure it picks up the paint." When the paper is lifted, you'll see the pattern.
  • Paint a mural for the birthday child. Place a giant sheet of art paper on the floor or mount it on a wall, and invite the guests to draw pictures and write messages.
  • For older kids: Draw a still life. Set up an arrangement of fruit in a bowl or flowers in a vase, and ask guests to produce their own version with pastel crayons or watercolors.

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Copyright @ 2005. Reprinted with permission from the February 2005 issue of Child Magazine.

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