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Fairy love

London lady entertainer Diane gets a hug from Fifi the Fairy .

We all know that girls love fairies.

Can I let you into a secret? Boys do too.

Well at least the boys I meet at puppet show parties  do.

Even  older boys in primary school workshops fall head over heels with her .

They start off by pulling faces at the prospect of meeting a fairy but after meeting her,

they are  more keen to get  a bit of ‘Fifi love ‘( she gives a mean high five and cuddle) than most.

We all need love and affection in our lives and someone to tell us we are special.

That is Fifi the Fairy’s magic gift to children.

Want some?

‘St’ Diane and the Dragon

In honour of St Georges Day, here is Diane and her Dragon. She is a fierce but peaceful Pearl Dragon who lives on the dark side of the moon. She keeps watch over precious things and keeps the peace. She breathes fire when provoked.

Diane loves telling stories in her puppet shows especially at birthday parties. This dragon is the one of the beautiful hand made puppets Diane made for the story The Pearl Dragon and the Little Bird that couldn’t fly. To find out more about this show and Diane’s puppet shows for birthday parties click on this link.

Disclaimer, obviously Diane is not a real saint.

Diane is the Easter Bunny!

London Children’s party entertainer and puppet show provider, Diane, is painted as an Easter Bunny! Why don’t you try it too?

How to face paint an Easter Bunny

Bobby Bunny introduces me as I take you through step by step of how to face paint a simple Easter Bunny.

It is really easy when you know how!

Why not give it a go this Easter?

Easter Bunny Games

In my time as a  London Children’s puppet party entertainer I’ve played many a game. The sort of games I prefer, that fit with my non-competitive party ethos ( surely everyone wants to have fun at a party?It’s no fun to be a loser….)are usually singing and circle games. Many can be adapted to fit a theme.

Here are a few Bunny games:

Sleeping Bunnies

( All children lie on the floor. Make sure everyone has plenty of space around them and remind the children to think of their friends around them and be careful not to bump or kick each other. Be aware of any feet near faces !)

See the little Bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon

Shall we wake them with a little tune?

Oh how still …

Are they ill?

Wake up…

NOW! ( Everyone jumps up and hops)

Hop Little Bunnies , Hop hop hop.

Hop Little Bunnies , Hop hop hop

Hop Little Bunnies , Hop hop hop

Hop Little Bunnies, Hop hop  hop!

(Repeat until the Bunnies are puffed out.)

Bunny Bunny EGG!

This game is a variant on the popular game, Duck Duck Goose.

Everyone sits in a circle ( start with ring a ring a roses for a quick circle making song)

One child is “IT’ and leaves their circle space and walks around the outside of the circle, tapping everyone on the head and naming them Bunny. At some point the child who is “IT” will name someone EGG and when they do , that child will chase “IT” until they reach the space that was left at the beginning. If the person who is “IT’ reaches that space first, the EGG person takes over  and becomes “IT’, starting the game over. If they get caught before the space is taken,  the person who is “IT” continues in the role until someone can’t catch them.

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Everyone stands in a circle and one person is nominated to be Little Bunny Foo Foo. Everyone claps as the song is chanted  and Bunny hops around the circle, bopping people gently on their heads.( You could have a special soft ‘bopping pillow ‘ prepared beforehand) When bopped on the head, the child sits down on the floor.

It would be  fun to make some rabbit ears from paper and a headband for Foo Foo to wear and a have a fairy wand and wings ready for the person nominated to be the Good Fairy.

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said ( One child is chosen – perhaps by the birthday child- to be the good fairy and says:)

“Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head.
I’ll give you three chances,
And if you don’t behave
I’ll turn you into a goon!”

The next day:

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said

“Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head.
I’ll give you two more chances,
And if you don’t behave
I’ll turn you into a goon!”

The next day:

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said

“Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head.
I’ll give you one more chance,
And if you don’t behave
I’ll turn you into a goon!”

The next day:

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said

“Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head.
I gave you three chances
And you didn’t behave
Now you’re a goon! POOF!!” ( Bunny Foo Foo acts out their interpretation of a goon. Expect lots of monster type actions!)

The moral of the story is:
HARE TODAY, GOON TOMORROW

Pin the Tail on the Easter Bunny

This is an adapted version of the classic game , Pin the tail on the Donkey.

First get yourself a large sheet of paper ( lining paper is a good and cheap option) or white card and draw up this simple bunny shape. Get the children to decorate it at the beginning of the party with crayons or marker pens. Use your imagination, cover it with flowers, or Easter messages or patterns.

Next you will need some cotton wool balls and double sided tape. Cut small pieces of tape and stick onto each piece of cotton wool. ( One piece per child). Remove backing tape and arm the child with sticky tail. Blindfold the child, spin them round in front of the Bunny and let them stick on the cotton tail where they think fit. Write the child’s initials to identify the tail.

The child who gets the closest to the Bunny’s actual tail, wins.

An Easter Egg would make an appropriate prize.

Don’t forget the traditional Easter Egg hunt to end the party!

Happy Easter folks!

An invite to a free London Puppet Festival

It’s not often that you get owt for nowt.

Coinciding with my birthday each year, ( serendipity rocks!) the beautiful St Paul’s  Covent Garden ( The Actors church, where Gwen Stefani married, incidentally) hosts the splendid May Fayre.

It’s FREE folks! Yes you heard it right, FREE.

A whole day of entertainment for the kids ( and for those young at heart) celebrating the art of puppetry.

So , the 36th Annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

at St Paul’s Church Garden , Bedford Street WC2 on Sunday 8th May 2011  from 10.30am -5.30pm .

ADMISSION FREE

If I’m not at a birthday party, I shall be there.

My Easter Bunny and the chocolate seeking dog.

The Easter Holidays are rapidly approaching. For most, the Easter Bunny visits bringing gifts of Chocolate Eggs. ( I’ve never quite got the connection between bunnies and eggs, well, apart from the fertility symbolism, but you know what I mean)

In our humble abode ( a two bedroom London flat with no garden) the Easter bunny was forced to be creative, finding places to squirrel away ( oops mixed metaphor) his eggs. Miniature eggs would be hidden on top of door frames, on ledges , behind picture frames but what was most important was that it had to be high up, away from our dog’s chocolate seeking super charged nose.

      

Tiny the dog is sadly with us no more, having had to be put to sleep two years ago around Easter time. He was severely epileptic, despite being on various strong medication, and after nine long fits in one night it was decided the time had come.

I had to really be professional that afternoon at a lovely child’s birthday party, putting on my happy face and hiding my tears. The show must go on.

We miss you Tiny dog.

But my Easter Bunny is still with me. He hops along all year through at children’s birthday parties, bringing year round joy and giggles to countless boys and girls ( and some grown ups too!)

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