Party bags for kids with big imaginations

If your child has a big imagination then they will love our craft party bags.  These little craft kits have no instructions included which means your child is free to create whatever they like with the cool crafty bits.  It’s known as open-ended play and the only limitation is your child’s imagination.

We love it when happy customers send in ideas and pictures of the things they made. Here is Oglee Poglee’s pick of the best ideas for things to make with our craft party bags:  

Special Cards

Each little kit includes two little cards to be decorated. Who would you love to surprise with a lovely card? Perhaps it could be a thank you card for the amazing person who brought you the craft kit. These cards are so small that they are perfect for the tooth fairy as she finds big cards very heavy. They are also great for slipping into a parent’s pocket as a fun surprise note.

Storytime

All our craft kits are themed and each one tells a story. Will the octopus prevent the pirate from reaching the treasure of will they use their map to discover a cave to hide in? Can you create a picture or book that tells the whole story. Or how about sticking some of the stickers onto the lollipop sticks and making a puppet show.  You might need the help of a friend or sibling to act some of the other characters. Perhaps the whole family can take part.

Think Bigger

Add some of your own art supplies from home like felt pens, big sheets of paper, sticky tape etc and the possibilities are endless.  Can you create a whole world for Oglee Pip to live in?

Let’s decorate

How about making something cool for your home and sharing your creativity with family and friends.  What about a special door sign for your bedroom or a colourful picture for the hallway to welcome guests.

Let’s Pretend

How about getting your toys involved in the fun too.  Perhaps your favourite cuddly friend deserves a certificate for all their hard work or could you make them a special medal for their bravery.  Or maybe design a menu, or create tickets and invite all your toys to a tea party.

Thinking outside the box

I know all the crafting bits inside the box are very exciting but don’t forget that you have the box to use too. Can it be transformed into a home for a pom pom monster, a new handbag or a puppet show booth for your creations?

We would love to see what you made with your craft party bag.  Send your pictures to us here or share them with us on Instagram with the hashtag #ogleepoglee  We will include them in this blog post and your ideas will inspire others, how cool is that!

 

10 Ways to Keep Your Kids Art & Crafts (Besides the Fridge Door)

It’s lovely when our kids get arty and proudly bring us their creations. But we’ve all faced that moment when we’re not entirely sure what to do with their latest masterpiece. There’s only so much room on the front of the fridge and it’s hard throwing stuff away. Here are our favourite alternative ideas of how to treasure their creative works:

Turn it into a book

I love seeing how different children visually represent their favourite things and tell stories through illustration. A photo book is a brilliant way to keep these interpretations for years so you can enjoy them together in the future. Just scan or photograph and then order a professionally printed photo book online. Brilliant for resizing larger works to a more manageable size too.  For a more bespoke service send Doodle Nest all your kids artwork and they will professionally photograph and photoshop each individual piece into an amazing book that you and your children will cherish for years to come.

Doodle Nest

Create a gallery wall

If you want to incorporate their art into your décor, try creating a gallery wall to suit your interior style. Pinterest is full of fab ideas on how to carry this out. Whether you use brightly coloured frames that you can peg their artwork inside or pick a blank wall in your house and put up their artwork with washi tape.

Laminate as placemats

How about turning their artwork into something practical you can use and look at every day? Laminating pictures and painting is a great way to do this! Use as placemats or cut to shape and use as coasters or hanging ornaments for around the house.

Upload to an app

If you’re short on space, keep their artwork forever in the digital realm. There are numerous apps to pick from to do this, whether you opt for a simple file storage system like Dropbox or an artwork specific app like Keepy.Me

Use as wrapping paper

When you’re children are happy to get rid of their artworks but, you don’t want to simply bin them, make them into wrapping paper next time you give a gift.

Recycle

Keep the creativity going by thinking about how can you repurpose their artworks to make another. For example, paper drawings and paints could be ripped up and make a collage or used for paper mache.

Hold an art sale

If you don’t want their art projects any more, maybe someone else in the family will. Holding an art sales is a fun way to foster an entrepreneurial spirit in your child and make funds they can save or give to charity. If you do plan to hold an art sale, why not let people bid on the chance for your child to do a bespoke painting or drawing for the winner!

Make into greeting cards

Turn those charming pictures and paintings into cards you can share. You can either cut up artworks and add to folded card or upload photos of their favourite pieces and order professional prints.

Create a unique gift

Imagine how excited your child would be to see their creation turned into a real product.  Send Cuddlies a drawing and they will sew a soft cuddly toy to match it.  I would have loved that as a kid!  Or check out Happy Art House who can turn your child’s imagination into cool t shirts and gifts.

Cuddlies

Frame them

Don’t have room for a gallery wall? Keep artworks for longer by framing your real favourites around the house. You could also alternate pictures and paintings by uploading scans/photos to a digital photo frame which plays a slideshow of them all.   Articulate and My Little DaVinci are two great frame options if your child creates lots of art as you can change the pictures really quickly.

Make into party bunting

Another way to cut up and re-use their paper creations: cut into triangles, add ribbon and hang up as party bunting. A lovely way to celebrate your child’s creativity as party of their birthday celebrations or over Christmas.

If you like this blog you may also like our blog: Brilliant Kids Books to Encourage Creative Thinking

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Homemade Party Fun: Amazing DIY Kids Party Decorations

Planning a party theme and organising the decor is a great way to get the family together and be creative. Here are our favourite DIY party decoration ideas to both get the kids involved or set-up as a fun surprise:

Cardboard tube birthday banners

Tube Letter Party Decoration by Super Make It

Empty cardboard toilet tubes are the creative parent’s secret weapon! They have so many uses, and if you’ve got a party coming up then here’s a fab one: colour and cut to create a 3D message banner.

Giant cardboard structures

Cardboard Fairy House by Oglee Poglee

We love cardboard in all shapes and sizes at Oglee Poglee, but the bigger we can get our hands on the better! Giant painted cardboard structures add lots of fun and imagination to fit any theme. The best bit, kids can use and get involved with making things from cardboard too. We use MakeDo screws to secure our structures together.

Lego number sculptures

Make use of all that Lego and get your little builders involved too with a birthday number sculpture. You could also try creating a message like ‘Happy Birthday’ or your child’s name.

Birthday balloon door avalanche

This isn’t strictly a ‘decoration’ but definitely a fun birthday activity to try! Use a roll of tissue or crepe paper to create a web that will hold balloons against the outside of their bedroom door, then watch their faces as they open to a big birthday surprise (you may need to get up early to capture it!).

Another good one is filling a cupboard or wardrobe with helium-filled balloons, so as the birthday child opens the door they’ll float up and out as a surprise part of their morning routine.

Sewn paper garlands

Easy Paper Garland by Evermine

Have you ever tried sewing paper or card? It’s a fun, fast and easy way to join together birthday garlands. These simple, colourful spots make a fab, playful addition to any theme and could be kept and reused for grown-up occasions too. Or, get your kids involved in cutting out themed characters and shapes – monsters, fish, cars etc. – before stitching them together for them.

Rainbow balloon trail

Rainbow Balloon Welcome

Forget the traditional balloon on the garden gate, try a rainbow balloon trail along your driveway or around the door frame.

Paper plate birthday hat

Paper Plate Party Hats by ArtBar

Paper crown making is a fun craft before or during a kids party! Set them up with plain paper plates, lots of coloured paper, pom poms, sparkles, stickers etc and watch as they let their creativity loose.

Toilet roll themed characters

Toilet Roll Characters by Molly Moo Crafts

Another brilliant use for toilet rolls, making mini people and characters to suit your party theme. Invite your children to make them themselves and bring their own creativity and imagination. Pop them around the venue, next to the birthday cake, on the party table.

Paper birthday banners

Forget expensive banners, you can have a lot of fun making your own, and it doesn’t need to be complicated. Even toddlers can get involved with making paper banners. Use a single piece of paper per letter and paint with bright colours or materials and stickers to suit your theme.

 

If you liked this blog, have a read of our other post: How to Host a Birthday Party Both Kids and Parents Will Love

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