To celebrate my daughter’s first birthday we threw a circus-themed party. I had a photo booth and a basket of various circus and sideshow props to entice adult guests, kiddos, and adults holding babies to take pictures, but I had another photo opportunity and activity combo that not only kept the kiddos entertained but also made for some great photos. I originally planned to have kids make animal masks but decided all the cute faces should be visible so I did a mask/face paint combo that worked out perfectly, and I got some lovely pictures of everyone except the birthday girl, go figure!
Tables were decked out with paper plates, popsicle sticks, construction paper, markers, scissors, glue, and tape, and the kids made the animal masks with adult supervision. I printed some pictures of various circus animal masks so that kids (and parents helping kids) had some ideas, but the kids and parents had lots of ideas on their own. After the kids cut out the center of the plates, they decorated the plates and then applied face paint. I bought a circus tent from Ikea and took pictures of the kids in or in front of the tent.
It was a great activity for the wide age range of the kids. The older kids helped with the face paint and cutting, and it was nice and necessary to have the extra hands and help. Tips: my sister suggested face paint pencils and they were easy to apply with less mess. A baby wipe proved best when removing the face paint. It helped to include step-by-step instructions and sample masks so the hostess didn’t have to explain repeatedly and/or constantly supervise the activity.