Pick a color for a theme and see how easy it is to do! Just choose a color your kids like–and go with it! This ‘Purplicious Theme’ for a party or child care program is an example…
‘Purplcious’ for a girls’ party…or…
‘Operation Purple’ for an all boys’ or ‘boys and girls’ celebration or theme…
NOTE: Be sure to also visit the “PURPLE PEOPLE EATER” theme!
- Balloons: Purple, violet, lavender, and white
- Crepe Paper and/or paper chains: Make them in colors of purple, violet, orchid, lavender, pink and white
- Purple paper plates, cups, and napkins
PUT UP PURPLE ‘COLOR BLOCK ART’ or PAPER ON WALLS
Paint and color large sizes and shapes of paper in shades of purpl. Hang them on the walls in art gallery fashion. Several identical and very large purple paintings would look great going across a wall in gallery-wall style.
You could also mount purple fabric or paper!
- Hang PURPLE YARN BALLS described below in crafts…
- Have kids/guests come DRESSED, in purple, violet, lavender, orchid or white!
- Have PURPLE MAKEOVERS with purple eye shadow, purple lipstick, purple nail polish, purple hair ribbon, etc.
- USING FACE PAINT– paint purple stripes, hearts and stars on face and hands
- MAKE EDIBLE PURPLE FRUIT LIP GLOSS
Grape Flavored drink mix
1 cup vegetable shortening
Small container such as a film container
1. Mix one packet of drink mix with shortening.
2. Add in a few drops of food coloring that matches the flavor. ie: yellow for lemon.
3. Pack in small container, such as a film container, and you have wonderful tasting and smelling lip gloss. Of course the lip gloss is edible should some accidentally be licked off.
- PLAY ACTIVE GAMES USING PURPLE BALLOONS OR BALLS. See many balloon games in the Races, Relay, Balloon and Bean Bag Category. (Balloon games are towards the bottom of the page.)
- Watch a movie and count how many purple things you see
- Have a scavenger/treasure hunt for purple items (Purple crayons, ribbon, fabric swatches, small nail polish, pony tail elastics, etc.)
MAKE PURPLE PLAY DOUGH (Grape) NO COOK
This is my favorite play dough because–it’s fast–no cooking–easy ingredients and smells good—tastes bad. The original recipe calls for 1 cup of flour–however just having made it–we added another two or three cups of flour. When making play dough, you can always add more flour if it is too wet and a little more hot water if it’s too dry! My 4.5 and 6 year old grand-daughters thought it was the greatest thing ever! (Barb 10/3/10)
2 1/2 c flour, sifted
1/2 c salt
3 T cooking oil
1 or 2 pkg Grape Kool-aid (unsweetened)
1 c very hot water
Mix together flour, salt, oil, and Kool-aid.
Add the cup of almost boiling water. Mix well.
Knead the mixture until it forms a soft dough.
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Your play dough will be the scent and color of the Kool-Aid!
*Any other unsweetened, powdered drink mix may be substituted.
*There may be colored hands but it washes off. (My own experiences have never produced colored hands–hower some have said theirs did.)
ICE CUBE PAINTING
PURPLE POPSICLE PAINT
2 tsp. purple powdered tempera paint
1/3 cup water
Wax-coated paper cup
1. Mix paint and water together.
2. Pour the mixture into a wax coated paper cup.
3. Cover the cup with plastic wrap, then insert the craft stick through the plastic wrap in the center of the cup.
4. Place the cup in the freezer and freeze until solid.
5. Remove the paper cup and plastic wrap from the Freeze Pop Paint.
6. Dip the paint into water and paint on white paper.
MAKE A ‘PURPLE THING’ COLLAGE
Material Ideas: Purple fabric scraps, purple paper, purple tissue paper, purple yarn, purple buttons, purple cotton balls, purple milk jug caps, purple confetti, purple paint chip samples from the paint or hardware store, etc.
Beautiful collages can also be made by clipping ‘purple images’ from magazines and cards! Clothing collage made by Abby in Grand Rapids for Polyvor.com
THUMB PRINT GRAPES
On finger-paint paper, draw or copy a lot of grape stems.
Using purple finger-paint- have children use their thumbs to fill the page with “purple grapes”!
Dip sponge pieces into thick purple paint. Print on sheets of white or light blue paper. Tip: Clothespins can be clipped on the sponges and used as handles.
PURPLE SCRATCH AND SNIFF WATER COLORS
1 Tablespoon purple powdered unsweetened drink mix
1 Tablespoon warm water
Several small containers
1. Mix the water and unsweetened drink mix together in a small bowl. (Make tints of purple (grape) and also mix red and blue to make purple)
2. Pour blended mixture into containers. (Muffin tins or film canisters work well.)
3. Repeat this with each “color” you’re making, pouring them into separate containers.
Paint with ordinary paint brushes, cleaning the brush between colors. Allow artwork to dry overnight before scratching and sniffing.
PURPLE KOOL-AID PAINT
2 packages unsweetened grape Kool-aid
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons oil
Mix dry ingredients together, then add wet ingredients. Paint.
PURPLE SILLY PUTTY
4 TBSP of white Elmer’s glue
2 TBSP of liquid starch… Add liquid starch slowly to the glue
If it is stringy–add a drop of glue.
If too hard– add more starch. Mix in a couple drops of purple food coloring-or red and blue.
(Caution: the food coloring mixed into the glue and starch concoction–WILL stain hands. Be sure to have good soap near water source. Color should come off in a couple washings)
Chill for at least 2-3 hours. It becomes runny when too warm.
PURPLE MILK PAINT
Mix one cup condensed milk with a few drops of red and blue (or purple) food coloring.
SHAVING CREAM FINGER PAINT
1 medium ziploc bag
white shaving cream
1. Place a palm size dollop of shaving cream into the ziploc bag; add a few drops of blue and red food coloring.
2. Zip up the bag, removing all the air you can before sealing. The kids can “knead” the bag to mix the colors – red and blue make purple!
Give each child finger paint paper.
Add red and blue food coloring to shaving cream and have the children mix it to see what colors it makes.
Sprinkle Kool-aid crystals onto a piece of paper. Have children spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. Use grape mix as well as blending red and blue.
SHADES OF PURPLE
Put out shades of purple paint, from dark purple to lavender at the easel or art table.
PURPLE SAND ART
1. Give each child a piece of construction paper, and have them draw a picture or write words with the glue. Make sure that they do not put gobs of glue in any one spot.
2. Before the glue dries, with the hand, pour/put sand onto the glue. Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake off the excess sand.
3. It should dry flat for about a half an hour depending on how much glue was used.
DRY SAND PAINT WITH SHAKER
Take 1 cup sand and 1 T. powdered paint. Mix and put into a shaker.
Put glue design onto paper-Shake sand onto the glue.
SENSORY TABLE: MAKE ‘PURPLE SUDS’
Add red and blue food coloring into the water table. Squirt some liquid detergent for wonderful purple suds
PURPLE YARN VASE (See photo of Red Vase on crafts page)
A glass bottle
1. Cover about 1″ of the bottom of the bottle with glue.
2. Wind the yarn around the bottle, tight but not too tight. You can use different colors of yarn to make stripes on your vase.
3. When the glued area is completely covered, push the rows of yarn closer together. Tuck in the beginning of the yarn with a toothpick, add a little more glue there and press down for a minute.
4. Keep repeating steps 1, 2, and 3 until the whole bottle is covered with yarn. Glue will dry clear.
PURPLE PASTA NECKLACE
Make necklaces out of dyed wagon wheel pasta.(See directions for dying pasta in “Pasta Category” or page bottom of ‘Art Recipes’.
The children use tipped yarn and thread on the wagon wheels.
PURPLE GLITTER SPARKLE BOTTLES
1. Remove the label from a clean, clear 16 oz. plastic soda bottle.
2. Pour at least 1/2 cup of light corn syrup into the bottle. Add a few drops of purple food coloring and some glitter and/or confetti.
3. Hot glue the lid onto the bottle.
Swirl and shake the bottle to watch it’s movement.
TIE DYE T-SHIRTS with colors of purple! See directions and tips for tie-dye-Click Here… T-Shirts are half-way down the page of ‘Crafty Gifts’.
PURPLE YARN BALLOON BALLS
Blow up a balloon to a size of a softball or larger; cut about a 2 to 3 foot of purple yarn (depending of size of ball) and put it in bowl of Elmer’s glue. Take out the yarn and begin wrapping it around balloon. Hang the balloon to dry for 24 hrs or till the glue is dry. Pop the balloon and carefully remove it. You can hang this yarn balloon from the ceiling, branches or ______!
Click here to see winter-time finished ball!
You could also make PURPLE YARN BOWLS! Directions and photo are on Page 2 of Art Activities page-near page bottom.
Make PURPLE TISSUE PAPER COVERED CANDLE JARS. Directions in crafty gift category. (There is also a sample photo of jar made with red tissue paper)
After filling AN ice cube tray with water– add drops of red, and blue food coloring in the compartments.
After cubes are frozen, place a red cube and blue cube in a glass.
As the cubes melts, watch what happens!
PURPLE GOOP/SILLY PUTTY
Add 4 TBSP of white Elmer’s glue to 2 TBSP of liquid starch. Mix together…if it’s too stringy, add a drop of glue. If too hard, add more starch. (The play dough ideas up above in ‘Art’ is also science!
- For each child mix 1 tablespoon Epson salts and 1 tablespoon water in a baby food jar or a clear plastic glass.
- Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of purple food coloring.
- Have children observe over the next few days as the water evaporates and small crystals begin to form.
- Keep a magnifying glass handy for closer examination.
Cut the bottom of celery stalks and set them in glasses of PURPLE tinted water; the longer the stalks are in water, the deeper the color will be. The stalks will absorb the color and then the kids can eat them!
ANOTHER CELERY IDEA: Mixing Colors
- Take a stalk of celery and slice it up the center leaving it connected at the top. Place the celery stalk in two containers of colored water. Example: To get purple, put one side in red, and the other in blue.
- Leave it for a day or two and watch how the veins in the celery turn color as it takes up the water. You can also include a discussion of plant life with this activity.
- PURPLE FRUIT SALAD
Make a purple fruit salad with a selection of purple fruit. Purple fruits include:
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, plums, Purple and red grapes, cherries.
- Make Grape JELL-O
- Make Peanutbutter and Grape JELLY/JAM SANDWICHES–cut with cute cookie-cutters if desired.
- Grape POPSICLES
- Purple JELLY BEANS
- Add purple food color to a sour-cream base DIP — and serve with veggies. Putting veggies on tooth picks and inserting into an EGGPLANT would add to the purple theme!
- Make Purple PIES (Blueberry Pies)– Bake pre-made pie shells and have kids fill with blueberry pie filling…
- Serve CREAM CHEESE ON CRACKERS –Tint cream cheese purple (blue if can’t find purple) and spread on crackers.
- Make purple or blue POPCORN balls tinted with food coloring and blueberries.
- Tint melted butter with purple food coloring before drizzling – then let the kids mix well)
- Make EGG SALAD sandwich filling (tinted with food coloring)
- Frost a CAKE OR CUPCAKES with frosting tinted with purple food coloring. Or–have kids FROST PLAIN SUGAR COOKIES with purple colored frosting. Decorate with purple sprinkles and candy.
Have the kids make Berry Smoothies!
BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE #1
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup blueberry yogurt
1 cup washed, stemmed blueberries
honey to taste
Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth
BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE #2
1 pint fresh blueberries or 2 cups (10 oz.) frozen blueberries, slightly thawed
1 cup pineapple, orange and strawberry juice blend or pineapple-orange juice
1 container (8 oz.) blueberry or vanilla yogurt
2 teaspoons sugar
In the container of an electric blender, combine blueberries, juice, yogurt and sugar. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Serve immediately in tall glasses.
For other Smoothie recipes Click Here…
MAKE PURPLE ICE-CUBES #1
Add a small amount of food coloring to the water before putting in ice cube trays and freezing. Add a grape to each if desired.
PURPLE ICE-CUBES #2
Freeze grape juice or soft drink in ice-cube trays.
PURPLE COW #1
¼ cup unsweetened grape juice
1 cup milk
1 sliced banana
Mix all ingredients together in a blender.
Makes 4-6 small servings
PURPLE COW #2)
2 oz. of grape juice
1/4 c. vanilla ice cream
2 oz. of lemon-lime soda
Blend juice and ice cream– add soda.
POEM TO GO WITH ‘PURPLE COW’
I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one…
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.
Grape Soda Pop or ICE-CREAM FLOATS
Grape Healthy HOMEMADE POP
100% frozen grape concentrate juice, Carbonated water (amount required on juice can)
Make frozen concentrate juice by the directions on can, substituting carbonated water for the regular water.
Pour into cups and enjoy.
Serving size 6 oz.
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