Creepy Crawly Party

How to Throw a Creepy Crawly Party for Your Kids
by: Ame
If you’ve been looking at kids party ideas, you will have seen lots of information on how to throw a princess party, and how to throw a pirate party, but what if your kids really love bugs? Who can blame them? From beetles to ladybirds, the bug world is fascinating, so why not throw your kids a creepy crawly themed party, filled with songs, dance, crafts, and perhaps even a few science experiments, too? If you’re feeling particularly spirited, you could even learn how to make ice cream with fake bugs in it!

You will need:

  • 2 glasses or plastic cups
  • 5-6 gummy worms (or gummy snakes)
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • scissors
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The gummy worm experiment: Part 1

Gummy worms are the ultimate tasty creepy crawly, but for older kids they can be a bit tame. So how about livening them up a bit? Start by slicing the worms in half lengthways so you have long strips. It’s best to do this part yourself to avoid accidents, but the kids can easily help out with the next stage, which is mixing 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water, and popping the worms in. The worms need to stay in the mixture for about 15 minutes, while waiting, look for some kids’ activities to do for your next free time!

The gummy worm experiment: Part 2

When the worms come out of the mixture, they need to be put into a cup of white vinegar. It’s best to use a clear glass or plastic cup for this so it’s easy to see what’s going on inside. Immediately, the worms should start forming bubbles as the baking soda and vinegar react, and soon they’ll be slithering to the surface, like they’re really alive! It’s important not to add too many worms at once because they clump together, so if you’re entertaining lots of children, it’s a good idea to set up a few cups so everyone can see.

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Creepy crawly activities

If your kids and their friends love to have a good boogie, then the Ugly Bug Ball is a great song to have on the stereo. A game of ‘pin the leg on the spider’ is a good alternative to a classic party game, or you could set up a craft table with everything the kids need to make some bug masks. If you know how to make ice cream, that can be some quick and easy hands-on fun, too. Before you know it, it will be time to take the worms out of the baking soda mixture and continue with the next stage of the experiment.

Delicious grub

What you’re left with may look like an interesting concoction to wolf down, but make sure the kids know not to eat or drink from the cups — they won’t taste very good, and could cause tummy aches. Instead, to satisfy those rumbly tummies, how about serving up some fizzy lemonade and ice cream with gummy worms inside? If you haven’t got time to learn how to make ice cream, don’t worry! Simply chop the gummy worms up into bite-size pieces and carefully mix them through some softened vanilla ice cream.

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