The issue kicks off with some ideas for theme parties, but suggests you look to your own kid's interests and passions as inspiration. If you're inviting high-energy kids (is that redundant?), you might want to consider channeling their energy into an obstacle course with Olympics-style cookie medals as prizes. Are they obsessed with creepy, crawly insects? Your kids will bug out with chocolate parfaits designed to look like the layers of the earth and specimen boxes filled with rubber insects. These bug cupcakes look intricate, but they're surprisingly simple to pull off yourself.
And you don't have to be, well, Martha to conquer these projects. The party hat below is made from just paper and string and can be made by party guests themselves.
Some of the projects in Good Things for Kids can be found at the Martha Stewart website. The whole she-bang is available on newstands for $3.95.