Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Our program was done in celebration of Winnie the Pooh's 75th birthday, but these ideas could be adapted to any type of Pooh program!

Approximately 50 children with parent(s) in tow attended our program at the library. The vast majority of participants were pre-registered. Several showed up and were not aware of the pre-registration, but there was enough room, as we had several no-shows (not unusual).

Participants started out watching a short movie, "Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore". After that, they were dismissed to either craft or game areas. The two games available to play were "Pin the Tail on Eeyore" and "Pooh's Pinecone Toss". The Eeyore game was essentially "Pin the Tail on the Donkey", except the donkey was a large colored pattern of Eeyore. The Pinecone Toss consisted of a large-mouthed crock and actual pinecones that participants could try to toss into it.

In the crafts area, six different crafts were available to do. They were:

1. Make a Newspaper Hat--This craft was simply folding a large piece of newspaper to make a hat. I had a example display showing the folds for the hat.

2. Make a Pooh Bear Hat with Ears--Ear patterns were run off on brown construction paper and then cut out. The hat part consisted of strips that went around the child's head and across the top to make an area to which the ears were affixed. These turned out to be very, very cute!

3. Pooh's Sweet Spot Bookmark--These bookmarks were cut out, folded, and laminated. A hole could be punched in the top to accomodate yarn or ribbon, if desired.

4. 3-D Hanging Pooh--This pattern of Pooh was colored, cut out, and assembled to make a hanging item. Yarn was added to the top.

5. Pooh Coloring Page--This page was just simply a coloring sheet.

6. Make a Pooh Birthday Card--This card was colored and folded.

Snacks were also served as part of the afternoon. They were: cupcakes, Teddy Graham snack crackers, ice cream, and fruit punch. Door prize drawings were also held.

Handouts and puzzles were also available to take.

We heard many positive comments on the party from both parents and children. The only downside was that there were some children who were simply too young to do the crafts or the games effectively.

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