Party Themes. Time Machine Party.
It's fun to rediscover old stuff that you've long forgotten. This
time capsule party will transport the kids from the present to the past-but it
won't happen until the future!
- Write the party details on a scroll, burn the edges of the paper, roll it up,
and tie it with a ribbon. Mail the scrolls in padded envelopes or hand-deliver to the kids.
- Borrow baby pictures of each guest, photocopy them several times at a copy
store, and write the party details on the backs. Mail to guests.
- For added fun, make a collage of all the guests' baby pictures, and make copies to use as the invitations.
- Have the kids come dressed as babies or toddlers.
- Ask the kids to bring something special from the past, such as blankets or
teddy bears. Provide pacifier necklaces and decorated juice bottles when the kids
- Have the kids come as they may look in the future.
- Display baby items throughout the party room. Include bottles, diapers,
pacifiers. baby equipment, and so on. Borrow items from friends with babies if you
don't have the items on hand.
- Check a poster store for funny baby pictures to hang on the walls, and display
baby pictures of the guests.
- Secretly borrow some old toys from the kids, and feature them on the party
- Enlarge recent pictures of the kids, cut off the heads, and paste the heads
onto new bodies. It's fun to select actors and performer, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Display the kids' baby pictures, and have them try to guess who's who.
- Find some baby pictures of Hollywood stars, and have the kids try to guess
- Put a bunch of baby items into paper bags, and have the kids feel inside the
bags to guess the items.
- Show the kids magazine ads for baby products. Cut out the product names, and
have the kids try to guess the products.
- Hold up each item you've borrowed from guests' homes, and ask the others
players to guess to whom the toys belong.
- Put together a group time capsule. Have the kids decide what should go into the
capsule. You might want to include a newspaper, a popular toy, a class picture, a
comic book, an article of fad clothing, and so on. Seal the items in a small metal
box, and bury it in the backyard. Tell the kids you will all meet in five or ten
years, dig up the box, and see what's inside!
- Feed the kids mashed up favorites, such as applesauce, pureed fruit, mashed
potatoes, and other baby-like food. Serve everything in baby food jars.
- Let the kids drink from baby bottles, too!
- Bake a round cake according to package directions; cool.
- Frost the cake with white frosting.
- Using frosting tubes, draw the face of a clock, with the numbers and the hands.
- Use different color frosting for the number that reflects the child's age (if
making this cake for a birthday).
- Give the kids baby bottles filled with jelly beans or other treats.
- Give each kid a diary to keep track of the upcoming year.
- Hand out scrapbooks so the kids can keep time capsules of their own over the years.
- Visit a history museum where the kids are likely to see objects from the past.
- Compare museum items to things from the present, and have the kids project what
things might be like in the future.
- If possible, visit a futuristic museum.
- Be careful with original photographs. Copy stores can make color copies of
precious photographs, so you can borrow the kids' pictures, have copies made, and
return them immediately, with little risk of loss.
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