- Sticker art: Office supply or toy stores carry many kinds of space stickers, from iridescent stars to rockets. You can also find Earth stamps and multicolored ink pads to help decorate your party invitations.
- Top secret invite: As you create and write the invitations, visualize your preschooler's party as a top-secret mission. Sprinkle in teasers about planned space activities and whet the curiosity of your guests.
- Starry decorations: Your preschooler can help cut stars out of tinfoil and glue them onto the invitations. Or you can buy star confetti and pour it into the invitations for a special surprise.
- Include a map: When drawing the map to your house, include landmarks along the way such as Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury.
- Private badges: Print out admission badges that permit your astronauts to attend the birthday mission. If you have pictures of the invited guests, place them on the badges. If possible, laminate them and attach a safety pin through the back. Include badges with the invitations.
Activities and Games
Preschoolers love activities and games and are a very imaginative group. Here are some great ideas to keep them entertained:
- Space stories in a sack: "Shellie," a ParentsPlace.com community member, offers this great suggestion for a preschool party: "Cut out a hodgepodge of magazine pictures. Paste each one on a separate piece of cardboard. Place them all in a bag and then take turns selecting a few at a time and linking them in a story." This idea can be used for any theme, but for a space party, be sure to include pictures of planets, astronauts, Martians and space monsters to keep it exciting! "Don't forget to use a tape recorder to save your tales," she adds.