Expecting a house full of folks under four feet tall for the holidays? As important as I think it is to have your kiddos involved in the preparation, everyone needs a little break on those social days, and it can feel overwhelming to think of something on the spot to keep them occupied for just 10 more minutes.
Not only that, having a few activities planned for the little ones is a lovely way to welcome your guests and make them feel extra comfortable. With a little preparation, some felt, and craft glue, kids and parents alike will feel right at home and leave with a sweet little party favor.
Felt Animal Pins
- 5-6 felt sheets, color of your choice
- Sandwich bags (optional)
- Felt or craft glue
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Craft pin backs
- Sketch out the animal faces beforehand, and then use these as a stencil when cutting out the felt animal heads. (You could also use a cookie cutter or print out a few cartoon silhouettes for this part). For our woodland creatures we chose a rabbit, fox, and bear.
- Turn on a show and whip out the scissors — no stencil needed here, just enough eyes, ears, and noses for each animal. We added some cheeks and fur accents, too. I recommend having one of each animal ready for the kids to work from as an example.
- Keep each animal’s pieces together in a plastic bag. If you’re having a larger number of kiddos, it might make sense to pre-package each pin’s pieces in an individual baggie.
- Let the little ones lay out the pieces on the animal head and help with gluing as necessary.
- Once the felt seems dry, secure a pin to the back of each animal head with hot glue. (Make sure an adult is in charge of this part.)
- Wear proudly to your holiday feast, and then take a note from these woodland creatures and have yourself a great big nap afterward.
Note: If you’re not totally comfortable with a pin, feel free to swap with a hair clip. This might make more sense for especially tiny guests.