Birthday Party: Superhero Theme (Ages 2 to 10)

* Host an Action Hero Olympics. Prepare a series of challenging feats, varying the games so that everyone has a chance to win. Include long jumping, fast running, long-distance ball throwing, balance-beam walking, obstacle course challenges and relay races. Be sure to have plenty of adults on hand to supervise.
* Play Super Hearing. Have the guests identify mysterious tape-recorded sounds.

* Play Super Tasting. Blindfold the kids and have them sample and guess foods.
* Play Super Smelling. Blindfold the kids and have them sniff a variety of aromas and name the sources.
* Play Super Vision. Have the kids look at enlarged or reduced pictures and everyday items and guess what they are.

* Make Power Portraits. On construction paper, trace and cut out two body outlines of each guest. Have the kids decorate the outlines -- one as a front and the other as a back -- using felt-tip pens, crayons, scraps of fabric, puffy paints and glitter. Staple the sheets together, leaving the opening at the top. Stuff the 'bodies' with batting or newspaper then seal the head and prop up around the party room.
* Make your own action hero comic books. Have each guest draw and color a panel featuring his or her favorite action hero character. Assemble the panels to make a funny story.
* Make fabric capes. Have the kids decorate the capes with glitter and stars.
* Have an adult friend come to the party dressed as your child's favorite superhero for a surprise visit.

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