Space Cadets

Ages 5+

Invitations, Decorations & Activities

Blast off for fun! Future astronauts will love you for launching this party. Here are plenty of activities to keep high spirits in orbit.

Invitation

"One small step for Mikey, one giant bunch of fun for everyone!" Print a similar headline, and the party specifics on paper. Your home computer may have a space-age font and clip art for this. If not, photocopy the invitation onto stationary with a space theme, or embellish it with stars and other stickers. If your child can do it, show him how to fold each invitation into a streamlined paper space shuttle.

Decorations

  • Look in crafts stores for wood or foam starts, rings, and balls in assorted sizes; hang them from the rafters, curtain rods, ceiling and doorways.
  • Use a black tablecloth that you've decorated all over with silver sticky stars.
  • Put up a poster of a satellite view of the earth.

Flying Spaceships Party Favor

What you need:

  • Disposable foam or paper plates, cups, bowls
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Stickers: circles, stars, and patriotic themes
  • Colored PVC tape
  • Quick-setting craft glue
  • Permanent-ink markers, crayons
  • String

Let the little rocket scientists create their own intergalactic transports. Suggest using a disposable plate as a base to fuel a spinning spaceship with flying power, or using string to pull a vertical rocket - mechanically minded kids might even show you how to set up a string pulley system.

Activities

  • Spaceship launch. Let kids send their spaceships on voyages across the room or yard. Make sure the glue is dry first!
  • Saturn Ring-Toss. Set balls of different sizes all over a playing area. Have the kids try to toss hula hoops or smaller rings made with cardboard strips over the planets.

Reader's Tip: Moon-Rock Magic

For my son's sixth birthday, we had a space theme, and the big hit turned out to be my moon-rock hunt. I took 50 rocks (about the size of lemons), sprayed them with silver-glitter paint, and hid them around the yard. The kids were delighted not only to find the rocks but also because they could bring them home. We had a space-shuttle cake, and the goodies included pencils decorated with planets, alien-themed notepads, star stickers, and Milky Way candy bars. --Denise

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