Give each child a pillowcase
and a piece of cardboard. On each pillowcase they will write
their name and a special message to that person. This craft works
best if the children begin by writing their own names on their
pillowcases, then you can help keep track of whose pillowcases
are whose. Have the children write their names all in the same
place such as in the right corner.
Also have some pads of paper
handy because some children may want to practice drawing their
message or a special doodle that they like to draw, to be sure
they get it right. It may also be a good idea to purchase several
extra pillowcases in case someone does make a large drawing error,
because with permanent markers there is no way to erase your
While drawing their name or
a message on the pillowcase, have the child place the cardboard
in the pillowcase to keep the message from coming through on
the other side. You can also use a bunch of sheets of paper;
at least five sheets of paper should work. Have each child work
on a flat surface like a table, hardwood floor or even the seat
part of a chair.
Permanent markers now come in
a rainbow of colors no longer are we stuck with just red,
black, blue and green. You can write your message in permanent
marker in pink, orange, purple, silver, gold, light green, lavender,
deep purple pretty much any color. Be sure to use permanent
markers because the design will remain on the pillowcase through
Once every child has drawn a
message on the pillowcases they are done. The children can then
use the pillowcases at the sleepover party they are attending,
and they can also take them home.
Design & Doodle Nightshirts
This is a great craft to do
in the beginning of the sleepover party. Make sure to do these
at least three hours before the children will actually wear them,
so that they have ample time to dry. (Hanging them in a warm
and dry room will speed this process up also).
For this project you will need:
- Large white or colored t-shirts
- Fabric paint
- Fabric stamps
- Permanent markers
This project the children will
have their name in large letters on the front with a stamped
design and then autographs and messages from their friends on
the back. You may also want to put on the top of the back of
the shirt the date and the occasion Jamies 10th birthday
party July 11th.
Give each child a t-shirt and
some permanent markers. Have them write their name on the front
of their shirt in a special and fancy way. This will also
help to keep track of whose shirt is whose. Then have each child
write a message and a doodle to each other on all of the shirts.
Put cardboard between the shirt so that the message does not
Once the children have completed
the back, it is time to stamp a design on the front. Put fabric
paint out on large paper plates and give each child a fabric
stamp. Designs that circle the name are probably best.
After the shirts are completed,
lay them to dry flat or hang them as long as the fabric paint
does not drip.
Sleepovers are always so much
fun. These projects may lead you to create others, or may inspire
other projects for your children to enjoy.