Throwing a party centered around a relatively new kids’ show, Wild Kratts, meant doing just about everything DIY-style! I’ve already had a few emails & questions about how we made certain things, so without further ado, here are some details/directions on how we made everything for our Wild Kratts Party!
We opted to make creature power suit vests for each of our little party guests, just like the Kratt brothers on the show!
They were inexpensive to make & relatively easy–even “no-sew”! Full directions on making the creature power suits can be found here: http://www.momendeavors.com/2012/04/diy-no-sew-wild-kratts-creature-power-suits.html.
Creature Power Discs
For the party, I spent LOTS and LOTS of time scouring the internet for various ideas & resources I could use for the party (since there is almost no Wild Kratts merchandise available). Somehow, I discovered two sites with mamas that know how to use Illustrator/Photoshop really well and did an amazing job of creating some creature power discs!! It was extra awesome that their discs are SO similar in colors and appearance. The first set of discs was found here on Aurora Wells. And, the second set was found here. Aren’t they perfect?!
Once you save the file, you can use it as a template or resize as you like (within reason–if you try to go too large, they will look pixelated). We resized them a few different ways–which was perfect for the number of ways I used them!
For the actual suits, we sized each file to take up about a full piece of copy paper–it made each disc just shy of 3 inches or so. Then, we cut out all the discs we wanted to use (I ended up using 4 from each file). For the discs to stand up to use by kiddos & be able to be reused, we laminated the discs. I have this Scotch Thermal Laminator with laminating sheets and I LOVE it! It’s perfect for projects like this and really easy to use. I could fit 7–8 discs per laminating sheet and the process was so easy that Big Brother even helped! Then, we had lots and lots of creature power discs to cut out!!
Once the laminated discs are all cut out, place a small piece of velcro on the back of each disc (we opted to put the soft loop side on the shirts and the hard hook part on the discs). Each guest then received a baggy with a set of creature power discs in it.
You can use the discs in many other ways too–we printed out a few more copies for just some general decorations and made some that were a bit smaller that were perfect for cupcake toppers!! I just used my circle puncher on them & taped them to lollipop sticks! It was great for creating a Wild Kratts look without having to go “all out” on the cake and cupcakes!!
We had 3 organized activities (all centered around our creature power discs) that required very little work/prep (or $$). Here’s what we did:
1. Bug Hunt:
This was so easy to organize–you just need bugs & something to collect them in. I wanted something that looked kind of like a jar, but certainly didn’t want glass. So, I opted for the plastic storage containers with the twist on lids–perfect and inexpensive. And, we found a decent assortment of plastic bugs at the dollar store. Here’s a little sampling of what we found:
The quality of the bugs wasn’t quite as good as some I’ve seen, but it was the best cost per bug ratio that I could find! So, each kiddo got their “bug container” which already contained a plastic butterfly & small magnifying glass (found at a party supply store) and then we did the bug hunt. Here’s a zoomed in photo (not the greatest quality) of the “bug jars” all lined up with some “cheetah tails” on top!
This activity was SO simple! The kiddos donned their cheetah creature power discs and ran around–they had to move quickly to try to grab each other’s “cheetah tails” off! For the tails, I was thrilled to find these animal print pipe cleaners (which I didn’t realize wasn’t the “PC” term–and they now say “chenille stems”) at Hobby Lobby.
Each bag contained multiple stems of each print. So, I just took all of the like stems from each pack (I only needed 2) and twisted them together. Then, we just lightly attached/tucked in the tails to the kids’ pants. Easy peasy!
This one was a little more involved (but not bad at all) and was definitely the crowd favorite!
Because of the directions though, it will be getting it’s own post. So stay tuned for that. This activity would be great just for something fun to do over the summer too! *Update: find directions for the fishing activity here!
The favors and activities really was where we did the most with the party. For general decor, we had some balloons, a bit of crepe paper (the zebra print crepe paper was a fun find), and really just used a lot of our plush & plastic animals. That was perfect for decorating the dessert table.
Brown craft paper works great for a party like this–you can cover tables, use it for backdrops, and vines!!
Making the vines is SO easy! Basically just tear/cut some strips, then crumple and twist. If you need a better visual, you can check out this little tutorial on Family Fun.
The animal cut-outs was about the only decorating we did outside–it definitely added to the animal theme feel out there!!
So, that’s how we did everything for the Wild Kratts Party! If you have any other questions, let me know!
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