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Bug Party Decorations
Bug Party Decorations
All sorts of stuffed, rubber or plastic creepy crawly creatures should be strewn about to make the party room feel alive. Look for flies, worms, spiders, beetles, bees, caterpillars, butterflies and other delightfully gross critters that fit the bug birthday party theme. Balloons, streamers and other party decorations should be in colors of nature such as green, brown, and yellow and orange.

Drape spider webs made of black yarn in the corners, doorways and between furniture. Draw or paint large pictures of bugs and plants on poster board to cut out and hang on the walls, and dangle "flying" insects on string from the ceiling or hanging from helium balloons.

The tablecloth and tableware can be printed with a bug theme, or choose napkins, plates, cups and utensils in brown, green, purple and black. Cover a brown tablecloth with slivers of green streamers that looks like untamed grass and spread a swarm of rubber and plastic creatures as a centerpiece. Make a caterpillar balloon bouquet to hang over the table by stringing or taping green and yellow balloons together. Use construction paper for the feet and antennae, and draw a cute face on the head with magic marker.

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Bug Party Activities
Bug Party Activities
It's very easy to play bug versions of popular kid's party games. Buy a piñata in the shape of a bumblebee or spider. Try "Pin the Bug on the Flower" instead of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey." Play a variation of "musical chairs" with large leaves cut from poster board or fabric. While the music is playing your little bugs "fly" around the room and once it stops they have to find a leaf or they're out!

Whether the party is indoors or outside your guests are sure to enjoy a bug hunt! Hide plastic or rubber bugs beforehand, then hand baskets out to all of your guests and see how many bugs they can find. If the party area is swarming with creepy crawlies, make the object of the hunt a specific type like ladybugs or spiders. Award a prize to the child who finds the most and let them all take the bugs they found home.

If your party is being held in spring or summer, why not send the guests on a bug watching expedition? Research the kinds of insects common to your area beforehand and prepare a guide with images gathered on the internet or from books at the library. Give each of the children a checklist and a magnifying glass and see who can spot the most!

Create a caterpillar obstacle course, using couch cushions, chairs, tables and whatever other non-breakable items you have handy. Divide the children into teams and to crawl through the course wrapped with blankets or sleeping bags. If they slip out of the cocoon they have to start over.

If you're having a slumber party, gather the kids in their sleeping bags at the end of the night in front of the big screen TV to watch a theme appropriate movie like "A Bugs Life."

Finally, you may want to consider making your bug party an educational experience by taking a field trip to see the insect exhibit at a natural history museum. Most have reasonable group rates for children's parties, and may even have a private party room for presents and cake.

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Bug Party Crafts
Bug Party Crafts
Set aside time for crafts at your bug birthday party! Your guests can decorate plastic or terra cotta flowerpots with non-toxic paints, then fill with potting soil and a flower seeds. These make great gifts to take home to their parents!

Or, simply bring out their artistic sides by creating bugs both real and imaginary using any art and craft materials you can think of. Cut bug-like shapes and parts beforehand from construction paper that they can glue together and paint, or let them make bug sculptures use Styrofoam balls, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and modeling clay.

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