Cooking Fun

Ages 5 and up

Budding chefs are sure to appreciate this birthday bake-off. Choose simple foods that are easy to prepare -- and quick to cook.

Cookie-Cutter Invite

Supply everyone with her own cookie cutter in advance with this adorable invitation.

What you need:

  • White craft paper
  • Animal-shaped cookie cutter
  • "Admit One" rubber stamp
  • Ink pad
  • Fiskars "Stamp"-pattern paper edger
  • Ribbon
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch

To make:

Cut craft paper into 3"x5" rectangle. Create "Admit One" tag using rubber stamp. Decorate blank space with a circus-themed image, such as a big top. Trim edges of tag using "Stamp" paper edger. Write invitation information on back of tag, punch hole in one end, and tie around animal cookie cutter with ribbon. Mail in a colored padded envelope or a small gift box filled with crinkle wrap. Ask the post office to hand-cancel.

Craft-supply sources:

Admit One rubber stamp ($10), from Plaid; call 800-842-4197 for information.

Pizza Pizzazz

Purchase ready-made pizza crusts and let the kids decorate them with grated cheese, tomatoes, veggie slices, and pepperoni.

Mad Science

Set up fun science experiments and serve ice cream sodas that fizz by mixing green sherbet ice cream with ginger ale.

Make Your Own Cake

Instead of one big birthday cake, make plain cupcakes. Let kids frost and decorate their own with an array of colored fostings, sprinkles, and small candies. Give everyone their own candle to blow out -- reserving an extra big, special one for the birthday boy or girl, of course!

Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the April 2002 issue of Parents magazine.

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