Obviously, keeping the kids entertained is one of the top priorities at any good children’s party. You need a craft that is interesting and new, but not too complicated for them to handle with minimal help. For this week’s Ballet Party theme, we’ve found a craft that meets all these needs. I recommend it for agest 5 and up, although you could do younger if you have some moms to help out.
You will need:
Acrylic Craft Paint (or markers)
Step 1: Paint hair, a leotard, and a face on your clothespin. If the kids are doing this, you might just want to get some vibrant paint pens or markers. It will make cleanup easier.
Step 2: Take a drinking glass and create a “donut” template on your cardboard. Cut out two identical cardboard circles for each ballerina. I used a cereal box out of the recycling bin for this – it was sturdy enough for the craft, but still easy to cut through.
Step 3: Place both “donuts” together, and wrap with yarn until covered. If you want to make a striped or ombre skirt, consider changing yarn colors partway through.
Step 4. Insert your painted clothespin into the center of the yarn-wrapped donuts. Using sharp scissors, cut the yard around the edges of the two cardboard donuts.
Step 5: Gently separate the two donuts – moving one towards the ballerina’s face and the other towards her feet. Tie a length of yarn firmly around the ballerina’s waist (between the two separated cardboard donuts).
Step 6: Fully slide the donuts off of the ballerina. Fluff the tutu, trim any loose yarn pieces, and start playing!