Throw a Craft Party With Your Kids for Winnie the Pooh's 90th Birthday
With the Winnie the Pooh movieout in theaters, it’s already been the Summer of Pooh around this house (snicker snicker -- God, I’m so 12). But when I heard that August 21 is the original Winnie the Pooh’s 90th birthday, I knew we’d have to have some sort of fanfare for our pal at our house.
Edward Bear, the inspiration for the bedtime stories that became the Winnie the Pooh books, was given by A.A. Milne to his son Christopher when he turned 1 year old -- on August 21, 1921. He now lives at the New York Public Library, along with Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger (suck it, Lottie the Otter), and they’re throwing a party for him this summer.
so I moved away and can’t go. But we decided we could still celebrate
and send in some cards and crafts. See if you aren’t inspired to join
First, I explored the web for printables. I found a bunch at the Disney website, and settled on a mask and a honey pot.
The mask ... didn't happen. Not with a 2-year-old, plus I didn't have
the requisite million different colors of construction paper. But the
honey pot came out very cute, and served as a centerpiece while we were
Bonus: When I was doing something the kids couldn't join in on, I
handed them the safety scissors and the leftovers from the template to
keep them busy.
Next, I printed out some party invitations and let the girls add their own "messages." I sure hope the NYPL has a good translation service!
While they were doing that, I found some original illustrations on
Google and typed in some text from the books. I was glad to find I still
knew a bunch of the poems by heart.
Inspired by other crafters,
I got busy with a little card-stock, a little Modge-Podge, a little
construction paper -- and soon I had a few options to show the girls.
Signed, sealed ...
and ready to go!
Meanwhile, I got a wild hair and printed some of the illustrations
onto iron-on T-shirt transfers. I used leftover fabric from another
product, a sort of rough muslin ...
... and mounted them on $1.50 embroidery hoops to hang. If I get
inspired, I'll add some actual embroidery, but in the meantime, I think
they're quite nice as they are!
If you and your kids have your own Pooh party (final snicker!), you
can send your cards along to Winnie (note: they become property of the
NYPL, can't be returned, and might be used in their publicity):
Winnie the Pooh c/o Children's Center at 42nd Street The New York Public Library 476 Fifth Avenue, Room 84 New York, NY 10018
How will you celebrate Winnie the Pooh's 90th birthday?