Kid’s Birthday Party Activity

It’s a party game, it’s a craft, it’s a group project…  It’s a great Kids’ Birthday Party Activity for toddlers and preschoolers!

We had a birthday here in the daycare today, and to celebrate, we decorated a 3 foot “birthday cake” for the birthday girl to take home at the end of the day.  The hooligans enjoyed this activity so much, they stated at it for the better part of the morning.  I think this would be a terrific activity to set up at a little one’s birthday party.  The kids could work on it together during the party, and then the birthday child could take home this colourful memoir, and hang it on a door or wall in her bedroom.

3 foot birthday cake craft - birthday activity - birthday party game for kids

I didn’t really have a plan other than the drawing and the foam stickers, and therefore, no real idea of what the finished project would look like.   It all just played out, with several of the ideas, like the “icing” and the “candles” coming to me as the kids were creating.  So when the hooligans finished up, just before lunch, I was thrilled with how it all turned out, and that our just-turned-three-year-old would be taking such a great keepsake home with her!

3 foot birthday cake craft that kids can decorate

You know what else I’m really excited about?  The versatility of this activity.  It could be a group activity at a kid’s birthday party, or you could make smaller one or two-tiered cakes for preschoolers to decorate individually.  Cupcakes would also be a cute and easy version of this craft too!

Provide a blindfold, and you’ll have a kids’ party game similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey!

Because we were working on a vertical work surface , I wanted the hooligans to use materials that wouldn’t require glue, and with the exception of the tissue paper and craft sticks, I did.

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How we made our giant Birthday Cake Craft:

I started by drawing (in pencil) a very basic three-tiered birthday cake.  You don’t have to get fancy or worry about any imperfections because the kids will cover much of it with their decorations.

Then I traced over my pencil lines with coloured Sharpies.  Then I tacked the cardboard to the wall, and let the hooligans get to work.

Birthday Party Idea for kids - decorating a giant paper birthday cake

They got busy sticking stickers and dabbing dabbers, and licking and sticking the Magic Nuddles (if you’ve never heard of them, check out the link I provided above – they’re awesome!).

TWO hours of fun and creativity!

The hooligans were positively in their glory, and are you ready for it?  They were at it for close to TWO hours!  Yep.  Two hours.  They LOVED it.  This was one of the reasons I was so excited to share this with you!  If you little ones like crafting, having a huge canvas like this to work on will keep them happy for a good long time!

The Icing:

tissue paper icing for birthday cake craft

To make the “icing” look puffy, we used tissue paper.  I tore full sheets of coloured tissue paper in half, and the hooligans gently twisted and crumpled the pieces.  They then “painted” some glue onto the “icing” area of the cake, and then I helped them crunch and stick the tissue paper onto each of the tiers of the cake.


The Candles:

craft stick candles and yellow foam flames

While the kids were busy sticking and dabbing, I painted 3 craft sticks (I trimmed one end to a point), and I cut three “flames” out of yellow adhesive craft foam.  The birthday girl stuck the flames on the candles, and I used a glue-gun to stick the candles to the back of the cake.

When the hooligans finally decided they were finished, I cut the cake out of the cardboard.

And here it is, as tall as the birthday girl! Isn’t it awesome?


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  1. naby33 says

    Comment:well my first comment disappeared somewhere so i’m trying this again.
    I tried this for my daughters 2nd birthday and boy was this a hit with the kids. from the moment i mentioned ‘crafts project’ they were very excited and we literally had to pull them away after 1.5 hours so they could eat something! instead of a cake i told the kids (ages 9-4) to make a giant birthday card and not only were they busy and happy, my daughter now has a beautiful picture that she sees everyday and is reminded of the love that went into it. i wish i cud post a pic of it, its truly beautiful and creative. this was a great idea thank you very much for this inspiration. and to keep the creativity flowing, instead of candy as party favours each kid got a white cardboad sheet with the same craft supplies to create something at home. they. yay!

    • happyhooligans says

      I just found your comments in my spam folder! So sorry! I got your comment on my fb page the other day though, and I was so happy to know the kids enjoyed this activity so much at your party. The only reason I can think that might explain your comment being flagged as spam is because of all the periods in the last sentence maybe? It’s possible that my spam filter saw that as suspicious. So sorry! :)

  2. Michelle (Shell) Morehart says

    Going to try this for my little artist’s birthday! Thanks for the genius idea. I think it would be fun to hang it outside on the tree or place in the front yard.

  3. Clair gillespie says

    This looks great:)think i will do this at my wee girls 2nd bday party in 2 weeks,have shared alot of ur guys ideas on my f.b page,they are all brill.i was a nursery nurse 4 over 10 years before i stopped work to have my very lucky that i am able 2 be a full time stay at home mummy and we have done several of ur actitivies :)

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks so much for sharing my activities, Clair! How wonderful to be at home with your little girl! I’m so glad you’re using some of our ideas to get creative together. Enjoy this one! And Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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