Friday, 20 January 2012

Friday Fun - Make your own princess and pirate treasure map

Hi there everybody,

In order to celebrate today's special offer of a party box for 10 children for only £60 (plus p&p) here's some instructions on how to make a treasure map with the kids. These are included as standard in our kids party boxes as part of the craft kits. As it involves cold coffee and hairdryers some parents choose to leave this until a rainy day after the party. Don't panic though as part of our party boxes the children all get at least two things to make and decorate as well as the instructions on the treasure map.

All you'll need cold coffee or tea (about 1/2 cup), piece of white paper, a hairdryer, a little imagination and some markers.

1. Take a piece of nice white paper and rip off all the edges (don't cut them with scissors, rip them!)  If you rip the paper a bit more than you meant to, it doesn't matter.

2. Crumple the paper up as tightly as you can into a ball.

3. Flatten the paper out again and put onto a large plate or baking tray.

4. Pour cold coffee or tea over the paper.  Swoosh around with your hands to make sure it covers everything.

5. If you're doing this with a large group of smaller children, you may want to get it to this point and set them aside for a couple minutes (get the children arranged at the table for drawing their maps).  Then pull out some finished, dried sheets that you premade.  It keeps the children from having to sit through the "waiting" parts of the project.

6. Let it sit for about 5 minutes (if you're doing it with a group, you don't have to let it sit so long... 2 minutes is enough to give it some colour)

7. Pour the coffee off into the sink.

8. Dry with a hand held hairdrier on high for about 5 minutes (leave it sitting on the plate while hairdrying or it will tear to pieces).  When it's pretty dry (and starts to lift a bit) switch the hairdrier to low to finish off (about another 2 minutes).

9. Get some markers and draw your map.   There should be a big X in the middle, a dotted line trail that winds around and maybe a title that says "Treasure Island" and a North, South, East, West arrow in the corner.

10. Once you've drawn the trail and X you can draw and label some "obstacles".  Some ideas are for the girls might be; Princess Beach, Waterfalls of Delight, Prince rock, Magical Mountain, Fairy Garden, King’s Cave (King's Cavern) and Butterlly Pass. Some ideas for the boys might be; Bloody Beach, Waterfalls of Doom, Skull rock, Monster Mountain, Skeleton Jungle, Captain's Cave (Captain's Cavern), Serpent Pass.

Hope you enjoy making your treasure maps. Me and my daughter had great fun when we made maps with these instructions.

Don't forget for today only you can get a 10 children party box from Life's A Celebration for only £60 (normally £100). Our party boxes have absolutely everything you need to celebrate a kids party; plates, cups, napkins, tablecloth, table confetti, balloons, decorations, games, prizes, craft kits, party bags, music and loads more. It couldn't be easier!! We're here to make your life easier. If you want to take advantage of this massive bargain just email me on and tell me how many princesses you have coming and how many pirates and I'll do the rest!
Anyway my friends,

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