Special occasion sleepovers can be a headache for parents can’t they? A big part of that headache is thinking of a suitable activity for the guests to participate in and tweens can be particularly awkward to entertain! They’re not quite old enough to be relied on to entertain themselves but they do enjoy some degree of independence.
If you’re planning a crafting party or birthday sleepover for your kids, one of the best supplies you can buy to ensure they party goes with a swing is Duck Tape.
Both Boys and Girls love the bright colours and the fun prints and because Duck Tape is easy to manage, the skills necessary aren’t great as long as you stick to beginners’’ projects.
Presenting your activity
The best time to introduce your craft is before your little guests have eaten but after they’ve gotten over their initial excitement. If you’re hosting a sleepover, it’s nice to arrange a craft to take place before they settle down for a movie.
Pile a table with supplies; arrange the Duck Tape in towers and provide a selection of complimentary crafting supplies. The most useful are listed here;
- Hole punch
- Glue sticks
What to make
Duck Tape bookmarks
Bookmarks are fun and simple to construct with Duck Tape and can be managed by children as young as 5 with assistance. If the children are under 8 it’s a good idea to pre-cut bookmark shapes from cardboard in advance.
- Selection of Duck Tape
- Hole Punch
- Cut a rectangle from card
- Unroll a length of Duck Tape which is slightly longer than the card
- Lay the card neatly on the Duck Tape and smooth out any bubbles
- Turn the card over and repeat
- Trim excess Duck Tape
- Punch a hole in one corner of the bookmark
- Thread some beads onto a length of yarn
- Thread the yarn through the hole you punched and tie securely
Duck Tape beads
Duck Tape beads are great for older children and can be constructed into funky necklaces and bracelets.
- Duck Tape in a selection of prints and colours
- Plastic drinking straws
- Clasps (optional)
- Begin by cutting some strips of Duck Tape which will be long enough to wrap around the entire length of a straw.
- Cut the strips in half lengthwise to make narrower strips.
- Place a straw on the edge of a strip
- Begin to roll the straw so that it is wrapped in tape
- When it is covered, smooth out any air bubbles
- Cut into beads of your chosen length
If you want to, you can supply your guests with fine thread and clasps to make their necklaces and bracelets more professional.
Duck Tape crafts will not only keep your guests busy and happy for quite some time but also provide them with a ready-made gift bag to take home as a souvenir of a fun activity with friends.
Duck Tape Crafts for Smaller Children
Whether you’d like to offer your services at playgroup, early years school or nursery or maybe you’d like a fun craft to enjoy with your child during the school holidays, Duck Tape is an incredibly versatile material which can be turned into all manner of wonderful objects to both educate and fascinate smaller children.
Little fingers can manage the sturdy tape well and with some assistance, even under-fives can create amazing things.
Here are some ideas for educational and beautiful Duck Tape crafts.
Natural Duck Tape Bracelets
A fabulous way to help your child or a group of children understand more about the world around them, natural bracelets have the added joy of being a two-part craft and involving some outdoor activity in addition to quiet indoor crafting.
- Duck Tape in a selection of colours
- A selection of flowers, feathers, pebbles, shells and other natural materials
Take your child or group of children into the garden or even the beach if you live close to the sea and help them to gather a selection of natural materials. They can choose flowers, leaves and grasses, smaller pebbles and shells, berries and twigs and even little acorns. Whatever takes their fancy is fair game when it comes to making natural bracelets with Duck Tape.
Once you have your supplies, ensure that everything is clean and safe to use and return indoors to begin crafting!
- Cut out strips of card which are 2 or 3 inches wide and long enough to slip over a child’s hand when the ends have been stuck together
- Stick the edges together with a strip of Duck Tape
- Cover the bracelet with Duck Tape so that the sticky side is visible
- The child may now stick his or her found objects in any design they choose to cover the surface of the bracelet
Children love this craft because it offers instant gratification; as soon as their bracelet is complete, they can wear it. No waiting for glue to dry!
Duck Tape Sailing Boats
Small children love playing with water and given the chance, they will splash about in the bath or with toys in a tub of water outdoors for hours. Of course, they should always be supervised whilst engaged in water play but when it comes to boat races with these fun Duck Tape Sailing Boats, most adults will agree that they’re more than happy to join in!
- Duck Tape
- Scouring sponges
- Wooden lolly sticks
- Craft knife
- Prepare each sponge for the children by cutting the front end into a point so that it resembles a basic boat
- With a sharp craft knife cut a small slit into the centre of each sponge; don’t go all the way through
- Cut out “sails” from card in the shape of a 4” X 5” rectangle
- Help your child to choose Duck Tape in their favourite colours and stick the Duck Tape to both sides of the card sail
- Using a craft knife, slit the sail an inch from the top and an inch from the bottom
- Thread a lolly stick through the sail
- Place the lolly stick “mast” into the sponge
Now enjoy some boat racing! This craft does require a lot of adult assistance because of the craft knife and scissors but children will love participating in sticking down their chosen Duck Tape as well as placing the sail into the sponge and most importantly playing with the finished product!