Note: If you're joining us from Amy Atlas, please read on for many more details and lots of photos.
Desserts are great and all, but, after a few awe-struck minutes, children really aren’t very interested in looking at pretty labels on a dessert table, so we had lots of fun, Spiderman-inspired activities for them too.
When the children arrived at the party, they were given a set of Spiderman-shaped crayons and a Spiderman coloring book to keep them busy while we waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. I made the Spiderman-shaped crayons! Stay tuned for a tutorial. I also made speech-bubble-shaped name tags for the all the children too, so Spidey would know all their names!
We had Spiderman (who was actually a girl!) come to the party to “teach” the children how to be super “Spider Children”.
The children had fun just hanging out with Spiderman in the backyard.
We then played a series of party games designed to "hone their spider senses".
The first game, "WEB SLINGING" was a big hit with the children! I found a Spiderman glove that shoots out silly string (at Target) and I used it to create a game where the children took turns shooting at Doctor Octopus, Venom and Green Goblin on the spider web targets that I made.
The second game, "WALL CRAWLING" was supposed to involve an obstacle course race--the children were supposed to race up the rock climbing wall on our outdoor playground, down the other side, through a series of zig-zagged cones, and end with throwing a water balloon at a "bad guy" target. What actually ended up happening was that the children discovered the water balloons first and chased Spidey around the back yard throwing water balloons at Spidey! As long as they had a great time, I consider the game a huge success!! :-)
"WEB SPINNING" was a fun, indoor craft activity, in which the children wove their own spider webs using black wool and paper plates!!
I love classic games (with a thematic twist), so we also played "PIN THE SPIDER ON THE WEB" and "WEB JUMPING" (musical chairs, but with web-shaped mats instead of chairs). The mats for the web jumping game were actually the place mats that I made for the table, which I "recycled" to be the mats for the game.
We also had a spider web "FACE PAINTING" station, which the children loved (not sure about the parents!)
Finally, the children (and adults!) had a blast playing dress-up in the mock “CITYSCAPE PHOTO BOOTH”, which was another building backdrop (similar to the one for the dessert table), lots of old Halloween costumes and dress-up clothes, and speech bubble signs. We had Spidey takes lots of photos with all of the children in the photo booth.
At the end of the party, each child was awarded a BACHELOR OF SPIDER SCIENCE, with "Marvel-ous honors" (for having honed all their spider senses) in a mock graduation ceremony from Spidey’s Superhero School.
Stay tuned for Part 4: Decorations, Part 5: Food & Drinks, Part 6: Party Favors, Part 7: Daily Bugle Staff!!!