Another year, another party! We repeated a couple of our crafts this year, since we had some leftover supplies, but we had some great new ones too!
We have a new addition (or maybe edition… since we’re a library… book jokes, I know, terrible) to our library family this year: Norbert the Norwegi-no! the Bearded Dragon. Norbert (named of course for the dragon that Hagrid hatches in Philosopher’s Stone) hadn’t been sorted yet, so we thought we’d let him try on some house colors and see where he felt most at home.
He liked Slytherin. He’s a reptile, I guess it was to be expected.
One of the most striking parts of the Harry Potter world is, no doubt, the moving pictures. This year, we created a “Have Seen This Wizard?” sign using a a big piece of thick bristol board, along with a variety of hand-held props. We used the “boomerang” app to make quick little loops, and voilà! Wanted posters. (Note: in Instagram, we were able to trim the videos around the poster, so you couldn’t see our legs, but wordpress won’t embed Instagram videos – can’t win ’em all!!)
Flying Key Chains
Think back to Philosopher’s Stone, when Harry, Ron and Hermione must find the right flying key to get through to the next challenge (this would be after the Devil’s Snare but before the Wizard’s Chess match). I was able to find the cutest little key charms on Amazon, and bought a whole whack of empty key rings. We used some needle-nose pliers to attach the charms to the rings. Surprisingly, this was the hardest part of our prep. Once we had them attached, we provided a variety of things: pipe cleaners and craft wire, craft petals and feathers, to create the wings and let the kids get imaginative. Some of the kids preferred to make a flying key necklace, which was great, since it removed the step of attaching the key ring!
Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that make just THE BEST crafts. For these guys, all you need is a paper bag and a pair of scissors! Well… and a few other bits to jazz them up – but that part is optional.
Always fun. This is a picture from my “Quidditch for Teens” program. I always like to do separate programs for kids and teens, so that the teens can get a bit more aggressive. This year we had a small group, and played four on four. I was never athletic. I hated team sports with such a passion. I was so afraid of being the worst person there that I refused to try anything. There is no worst in Quidditch. The added bonus of a broom between your legs means that no one will look coordinated, no one will not look silly. It’s amazing how quickly we can move from absolute anxiety over “sports” to absolute hilarity over running around with a broom between your legs trying to throw a half-deflated red ball.
Handy, we are not. This year, for added fun, we built a maze! It was… not so successful. We built the structure out of 1x2s and 2x2s – we tried to seat them right into the ground, but the ground was dry and parched and did not want to give at all. We made the walls out of plastic table cloths from the dollar store – in house colors of course! The bit we really, really didn’t anticipate: the wind. It wasn’t particularly windy, but even a slight breeze threatened to pick the whole maze up and blow it away. In any case, with a lot (and I mean a LOT) of duct tape, staples, sweat and tears we made a small maze. The kids loved it! Even the older kids, who ran through it in 2 seconds, loved to run back through, and find all the monsters hidden within! I guess it just goes to show: kids and adults have very different eyes.
I have a lot of Harry Potter stuff… some might say a ridiculous amount. But hey, I make good use of it!