around to friends and family to see if they have any scrap
pieces of wood that are weather worn (such as from an old
fence, etc.) These are GREAT for making signs to post around
your party area. Some signs to consider are "Pooh's Howse"
and "Rabit's Garden". Be sure to have a couple of
the letters written backwards just link in the storybook!
a way to link the different activities you have planned for
the party, give each child a photo copy of a coloring book
page or story page to collect as the party progresses. In
this way, by the end of the party they will have collected
all of the pages to the story. Have some construction paper
available at the end to staple the pages together with a cover.
the weather is good enough, seriously consider making this
party an outdoor party. You can make a large sign saying "100
Acre Wood". If you have a garden, be sure to include
a sign saying "Rabit's Garden" (with a letter or
two written backwards.) If you have a tree house, be sure
to put a sign saying "Owl's Howse." As all of the
stories take place outdoors, this would really give the feeling
of being with Winnie the Pooh.
as many ceramic ice tea jugs as you can from family and friends.
These are very similar in style and shape as a honey pot!
On a half sheet of paper write in a child's writing the word
HONEY and tape it to each of the honey pots. These look GREAT
for table centerpieces!
the Pooh LOVES honey. Be sure to have at least ONE snack for
your party guests that feature honey (honey grahams, honey
graham crackers, honey oats cereal, etc.)
an activity of planting some vegetables as part of an activity.
Give each party guest their own plastic cup or bowl to plant
their carrots, etc. Rabbit would be so proud!
actual tales of Winnie the Pooh are actually a collection
of stories. For a down time during the party, consider reading
one of the stories. For added fun, assign different party
guests the different characters so that as you are reading,
the guests can be acting out the different scenes. Be sure
to cast the most energetic party guest as Tigger!
as many copies of the Winnie the Pooh storybooks as you can
from your local library. These make for GREAT looking table
top decorations or centerpieces, especially when propped up
if you aren't planning on providing time to watch any of the
Winnie the Pooh movies during the party, consider playing
the movie anyway but with the sound turned off. It provides
for a dynamic form of 'decoration' that's free.
your invitations, detail that Winnie the Pooh is throwing
a surprise party for Tigger and the guest of honor (i.e. whoever
is having the birthday, etc.)
a roll of brown postal packaging paper, create a large tree
trunk at the entrance to your party (around the front door,
for example) to allow your party guests to 'enter' when they
arrive at the party. Add a sign on the outside that says "Pooh's
Howse" with an arrow pointing to the door.