At a Diane’s Puppets party there is always an option of a simple craft session as part of the entertainment.
I will design the craft around a theme of the clients choice or to complement the puppet show or story session.
Recently I entertained at a lovely four year old girl’s birthday party where we made our own finger puppets as part of the entertainment session.
Finding a craft that can be easily done in 20 minutes and is not too messy and do-able for tiny fingers isn’t always that easy.
Fifi the fairy
My friendly piggy policeman
WitchyPoo the birthday witch.
I drew up simple characters from my fairy puppet show and copied them on to card. Cut holes in the bottom for fingers and cut around the outside.
I brought along feathers, yarn and sequins and self adhesive jewels and stickers.
The children were encouraged to colour the pictures in and stick on their own decorations. With a little help from the mummies, this was easily achieved.
Everyone produced their very own lovely puppets which they proudly took with them at the end of the party to show to Daddy.
A beautiful card isn't hard to make.
A great way to save money when it comes to children’s birthday parties, whether you are attending as a guest or are the host, is to have a go at making your own birthday cards and/or party invitations. Now before you all shout at me : “But I’m not artistic!” there is no need to be that creative in order to end up with a really lovely card. What makes a card special is personalization. Find out what the recipient really likes, be it fairies or cars , superheroes, animals or pirates and let that be your starting point. The Internet is a fantastic source of imagery. Find a suitable starting image and print it out and trace it off . Decorate with felt pens, inks, glitter glue and let your imagination rule the way. Include the child’s name and age for a special touch. Cut out your images and glue them onto a folded piece of card or for real ease of use, blank card sets are available at most good stationers and from many internet suppliers.
When it comes to invitations to parties and you have booked a children’s entertainer, do remember to ask the entertainer if they can supply you with invitations. Most good entertainers will be happy to send you a pdf file invite that you can print off yourself at home.
Come on, don’t be scared of being crafty! You may even find you end up with the crafting bug. I know I did.