Archive for February, 2011

Secret Agent Party Pt3 – Party Day

Secret Agent Party by Natalie Meza

It’s been a month since we had the party and the boys at Avery’s school continue to tell me how fun it was 🙂  I’m just happy it came together & that the Birthday Boy had a great time. I made everything myself &/or reused or repurposed items I already had. The goody bags were probably the biggest expense at about $5 p/child.

– Invitations are here>
– Age appropriate party activities are here>
– If interested in more details about how to make something, leave a comment.


February 25, 2011 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here are some things we did at the studio for Vday…

class: Pee Wee Art (Age 2-3)

Pee Wee Art at Averyboo Arts

heart art and parent/me hand project

class: Little Picasso’s (age 4-6)

Little Picasso's at Averyboo Arts

Learned about mixing tints & shades with red, blue & white.

class: Beginning Art (Age 6-9)

Beginning Art at Averyboo Arts

Repetition, alignment, pattern, mixing tints & shades w/ red, blue & white.

Workshop: Valentine’s Day Party 2/12
The party was sold out and lots of fun. Unfortunately I didn’t really get a chance to take any photos. It was only an hour, so I was too busy with the kids to take pictures. We painted heart pendants, assembled our necklaces, made open-ended Valentine wall art, decorated blueberry muffins, open studio time, and ended with the story Hug Time, which the kids totally enjoyed.
Valentine Party at Averyboo Arts

February 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Secret Agent Party Part 2 : Activities for 3-5 yr olds

My son really wanted a Secret Agent Party, but the challenge was to make the activities doable for 3-5 year olds. They were are all too young to “crack codes” or solve mysteries… most can’t read yet, so I decided that learning to be a Secret Agent at a special academy would be fun.

Here are the activities I came up with:

secret agent party by Natalie Meza

Magnifying table - find the hidden images.


secret agent party by Natalie Meza

Pass the dynamite game


secret agent party by Natalie Meza

Security check, finger printing station


secret agent party by Natalie Meza

Secret Agent Badges - what's your code name?


secret agent party by Natalie Meza

Make your own binoculars station


secret agent party by Natalie Meza

Disguise Techniques


secret agent party

Obstacle course

Next… Part 3:  Party Day, Final Mission & CAKE!

February 10, 2011 at 8:20 am 5 comments

5 Year Old, Secret Agent Party, Part 1

If you do a search online, you can find a lot of ideas for a Secret Agent or Detective themed party… for big kids. I really loved the idea for my son’s 5th Birthday and came up with a unique theme & activities appropriate for 3-5 year olds.

—- edit 09/18/11—-
Warning – it has been over 6 months since my son’s party and he’s STILL playing “secret agent” almost every day…. This party idea may make your child obsessed with spy missions & set the bar very high for your next party! 😀

Part 1 – Invitations

secret agent invite by natalie meza
1) To save time & money, I used up a stack of old, blank note cards to make mini file folders.

secret agent invite by natalie meza
2) Avery & I had a secret agent photo shoot in the studio parking lot… Our favorite shot was converted to B&W then printed from our home computer.

3) The” Agent Profile” and party info were also created on the computer. I used a type writer font to give the invite an authentic feel.

secret agent invite by natalie meza
4) Each recipient also received a small envelope with a tiny message & magnifying glass inside. The message read, “Remember this password to enter the secret agent academy…’Babaloo’ “.

Part 2 – Secret Agent Party Activities for 3-5 year Olds

February 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

Rubin’s Vase / Illusion

Class: Little Picasso’s (Age 4-6)

I decided to add 2 more Little Picasso classes to the schedule after our Tues class had been full for 6 months. We now offer this class T/TH and SAT – see class info page for more times, & info.

Rubin Vase

We recently talked about how we can use art to play tricks on the eye. I showed the class examples of  “Rubin’s Vase” and discussed the word “Illusion”. Once the younger kids were able to see either the vase or the face, it was hard for them to focus in on the second image, but it was still interesting.

Next we made our own Rubin’s Vase using our own face!
The kids had fun and the parents loved having this special keepsake.

Picasso Class at Averyboo Arts

First I traced their profile onto a folded 9x12 piece of black paper.

Picasso Class at Averyboo Arts

Then we cut the profile line & opened the paper to reveal our vase.

Picasso Class at Averyboo Arts

Students drew colorful flowers with oil pastels

Picasso Class at Averyboo Arts

Then cut out the flowers; exercising fine motor muscles.

Picasso Class at Averyboo Arts

Glued everything together & violå!

February 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

February 2011

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