**Before I begin though I must point out that popcorn is a choking hazard – especially for children under five.**
Wondering what we did to celebrate National Popcorn Day? Look no further!! With an hour or two and a few supplies, you too can have this much fun!
So, what is a party without dancing?
We started off our party with dancing popcorn. Well, it was more like swimming popcorn but the kids enjoyed it nevertheless.
Next was the popcorn eruption.
Again, not as memorable as one might think, but the kids found a way to make it more enjoyable!
Then as we prepared the popcorn for sculpting…
…the kids munched on various flavors: sugary popcorn, Parmesan and spices, and peanut butter popcorn.
The recipe for popcorn sculpting is a lot like making Rice Krispy Treats. However, for some reason, our popcorn was so sticky it would stick to our hands but not to itself! We thought maybe it is because we made it in a popcorn machine with oil, or maybe it needed to set before the pieces would stick together well – but if you throw candy in front of kids and you are never going to get complaints.
We used three types of jello as suggested and the big bowl at the bottom of the picture was made with the multi-flavored mini marshmallows.
Options to decorate with were pretzel sticks, Skittles, mini marshmallows, red hots, celery, carrots, and raisins. I was so pleased that most of the kids ate some of the veggies!!
Once we had a snack it was time to make a snack for the birds.
We made a bird feeder out of popcorn. It was no surprise, most of the boys ran off and the girls remained. This was pretty simple – only real supply needed other than popcorn was floral wire. Luckily my friend had some to bring. It was a little tricky threading the popcorn on the wire – if you push too fast the popcorn breaks in two. But there were a few people patient enough to finish the project. I guess there will be some happy birds (or squirrels). My kids got silly and added leftover celery to their bird feeder. I would not let them hang it outside though for fear of what might come to munch.
I think the kids had a great time – lots of food and lots of fun! Even the toddler enjoyed combing the floor for any candy that might have fallen.