By Andrea Tomkins
One of the nicest birthday parties we hosted for our youngest daughter was a ladybug birthday. It included the following buggy components: ladybug invites, a red and black table setting (layers of black and red tablecloths and red polka-dot napkins), and a ladybug cake made by yours truly. We also asked the guests to dress in red and black if possible and we distributed hairband bug antennas upon their arrival.
I prepared this little ladybug beanbag craft for the party and it worked out really well. It was a relatively quiet—not to mention calming—activity, and no one hot glued their fingers together—not even me!
What you’ll need:
• Soft black fleece (Check the sale bins at your local fabric store. I bought a small bundle of it on sale and had a ton leftover for other projects.)
• Sewing machine, or just a needle and thread
• Dried split peas or lentils
• A few pieces of red and black felt
• Googly eyes
• Hot glue gun
Quantities obviously depend upon how many you’re making.
Luckily for me this craft does not involve advanced sewing skills. I was easily able to do all of the prep and sewing before the party. Phew.
The sewing part (before the party)
1. Fold the fleece in half. Use a small bowl and the chalk to trace a circle on the fleece for the ladybug’s body. Keep in mind you need a little bump out for the head. Cut out both layers so you end up with two identical pieces.
2. Pin and sew around the edge of the circles, leaving a small gap. Fill with the dried peas and sew closed.
The assembly (during the party)
3. Have the children cut wing shapes out of the red felt, and the dots out of the black. Depending on their ages you may want to help them with this part. You can also draw the wings and circles on the felt beforehand.
4. Hot glue the dots to the wings, and then the wings to the body. Glue the eyes on last.
Partygoers can use their ladybugs to play games like hot potato (er, hot ladybug?), or a simple game of beanbag toss, and the end of the party they get to fly away home with their little lady bug friend. Now isn’t that a nice little thing to do at a birthday party?
Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at CF.ca every Friday.
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