What You'll Need:
- A Shoe Box For Every Guest (You can ask each guest to bring their own shoe box on the invitations!)
- Construction Paper
- Glue or Tape
- Firefighter-Themed Stickers
- Party Favor Bags (optional)
If you plan to give out favor bags at the party, prepare them ahead of time. Find a suitable table for all of the children to work on this craft, and cover it with newspaper for protection. Gather all the decorating materials you need before the party, and set them out on the table. You will want plenty of red and black markers, paint and/or construction paper, as well as other colors so that the children can get creative!
At the Party:
As your guests arrive, have them set their shoe boxes on the craft table you have prepared. You can do this craft at any point during the party, but it's best to allow time for the shoe boxes to dry if paint is being used. (Note:
For a minimally-messy activity, use red construction paper to cover the boxes instead of paint.)
Have your guests sit down at the table, each with their own shoe box in front of them. Tell them they will be turning their shoe boxes into fire trucks, and show them all of the paints, markers, construction paper, stickers, and other decorations that they can use.
For younger children, you may want to elaborate on what makes up a fire truck. Tell them to choose a front and a back, and say that the lid should be the roof of the truck. Point out that the windshield and headlights go on the front, a bumper can go around the bottom of the entire truck, and that they can paint or draw one or more ladders on the top and sides of the truck. If they wish to add stickers, they should do so after any paint they use has dried. You should also make sure your guests write their names on the bottoms of their trucks before leaving the table and letting them dry.
If you prepared favor bags earlier, you can place them inside each shoe box truck after the trucks have dried. After the party, each guest can take home the truck he or she made along with a favor bag!