All my book launch parties up until now have been in-person, but this year is different! This year I’m having a virtual party, but one that I hope will feel just as fun as the in-person version. To give it that “in-person” feel, I’m keeping all the elements of an in-person party including a story time (of course!), games, a snack (virtual of course) and a craft!
I’ll explain about the snack as we get closer, but I wanted to share the craft today so you can be sure to have all the items on hand for the party. The materials are easy to gather and if you are local, it’ll be extra easy because I’m putting together party craft kits which you can pick up at The Town Book Store in Westfield, NJ starting later this week.
Now for the craft:
PARTY TIME CRAFT: MAKE YOUR OWN FLUFFY LITTLE EWE!
Inspired by illustrator Tommy Doyle’s sweet rendering of Little Ewe with a red kerchief, our launch party craft will be to create our own Little Ewes.
To make one, each child will need:
- a cut out of lamb body (approx 2.5” x 1.5”) from card stock with three holes punched for legs and bow (as shown)
- two cotton balls
- two six inch-long chenille sticks
- a piece of yarn or ribbon (about 8 inches)
- markers and glue.
Here are the steps:
Begin by coloring in Little Ewe’s face on the cardboard body. Be sure to color in both sides.
Next, have each child thread the yarn through the hole at the top and tie into a bow. This will be Little Ewe’s “kerchief”.
Next, fold each 6” chenille stick in half and gently twist together to create sturdy legs, as shown.
Let each child thread a twisted strand through the front leg hole. Stop half way, then bend in half and twist (like you would a twist-tie) to secure in place. Adjust the ends to form two short legs. Repeat for back leg hole.
Stretch and fluff the cotton balls. Then, using fingers or toothpicks, apply tacky glue to the front and back of the little lamb body and press. Let dry.
Baa-ahh! Your fluffy Little Ewe is finished and ready for a game of “Oh,where is Little Ewe?” (Rules for that can be found in the activity kit.
As a closing reminder, this is the adorable craft that I’ll be presenting at the Little Ewe Book Launch Party which will take place LIVE on my Author Facebook Page on Thursday, February 25th at 7pm eastern. Here’s the event link for that or you can just “like” my Facebook author page and then you’ll be sure to get all the updates for this and other bookish things.