The Captain Underpants books already were flying off our shelves thanks to summer reading, but with the movie out, we knew we had to celebrate so we hosted a Captain Underpants Party! We hosted a fun mix of games and crafts to keep our active superhero patrons busy. This event was an hour and a half and patrons could come and go as they pleased so having activities that were open-ended and adaptable to almost any age was the goal. From the feedback we got from our 150 guests, the things we planned achieved these goals! The best part? These are things you could easily recreate if you are having a party, whether it is for 5 guests or 150! Read on to see what we put together.
Professor Poopypants Name Changer
As people came into the event, we had them start by finding out there Captain Underpants name using Professor Poopypants’ Name Changer. This was a downloadable from the Scholastic site.
Because we wanted a more colorful sign, we just typed recreated it in Canva which worked very well. Kids quickly wrote their new name on a name tag and off they went to the next station.
Since capes prove tricky in regards to expense (and sometimes liability), we opted to have a mask station where are patrons could create a mask to go with their new Captain Underpants identity!
Personally, I’ve always loved when George and Harold hypnotize Mr. Krupp for the first time. The image of him on the desk pretending to be a chicken before he becomes Captain Underpants just cracks me up! That said, we knew we had to have a station with the Hypno-Ring. We created a giant hypnotic swirl on paper and attached to what is usually a ship’s wheel decor piece from our summer reading. We then thought up some super silly actions for kids to act out. We created slips for each task, cut them apart and threw them in our handy dandy cauldron. To get “hypnotized” kids had to stare into the swirl while pulling an action to act out from the cauldron. Honestly, I was worried some of the older kids would play the too-cool card and walk past this station but it turned out I was worried for nothing. We had some super silly actors of all ages at this station pretending to be a hot dog about to be eaten, an angry chicken, a cat taking a bath, and more!
Toilet Paper Stacking Challenge
This station was a lot of fun and definitely easy for any age! Kids could test to see how high they could stack the toilet paper without it falling and how fast they could stack. We actually posted a volunteer at this station to time kids. She also helped with our Pin the Cape Station!
Pin the Cape on Captain Underpants
We blew up and painted a large image of Captain Underpants himself for this version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Kids would put the blindfold on, spin three times, and then try to pin (er, tape, to be accurate) the cape to Captain Underpants’ neck. I’m sad to say I don’t have an after pictures of this station because this guy was covered in red capes!
I’ll be honest, this station went best with a parent or grown-up willing to be silly! The objective? To stand behind the long red line and fling a pair of tighty whities as far as you could. From that line to the first shorter line was about 4 feet. Each red line after took you another 2 feet. A lot of kids got to see a whole new side of their grown-ups that day as they were learning to use the elastic waistband to launch the underpants! Even if they didn’t get the concept of how to fling them with the technique we were thinking of, a lot of kids were giggling as they threw giant underwear around the library.
Turbo Toilet 2000 Turd Toss
Yeah… you read that correctly! The Captain Underpants books are well-known for their toilet humor and we couldn’t help help but go there! Using a toilet seat, round trashcan, card stock, and some good ole’ duct tape, we created our own version of the Turbo Toilet 2000. We then created “turds” from scrunched up newspaper covered in wrinkled brown construction paper that was wrapped up in packaging tape so it was durable but gave a squishy feel. Kids had a chance to see if they could get 5 turds into the toilet before their turn was done. Hands-down, we got the BEST feedback about this station from parents and kids alike!
Jerome Horwitz School Sign
We have a magnetic pillar in our department that we have done some fun stuff with in the past, but this may have been my favorite! We created a school sign like in the books and put out magnetic letters for kids to leave their own silly messages! We had tried to use smaller letters but the magnets didn’t quite cut the mustard so we ended up with large foam letters instead and the kids still had fun with them!
Coloring and Activity Pages
These printables were all free on the Scholastic website.
Have you ever tried Doodle Stations before? We throw them up at events periodically because they are a HUGE hit with patrons, young and old. Basically we cover table tops with white craft paper or butcher paper. We set out colored pencils and leave a note letting patrons know we want them to draw on the paper. We get some awesome art work doing this! Check out these examples!
The activities you just scrolled through are located all throughout our department. It prevents congestion and chaos in a main meeting room and still encourages people to check out the collection. It also meets the needs of kiddos with special needs or families with very young children. We keep more challenging crafts or activities where materials could be messy in our Children’s Program Room. For this event, we had three activities in our program room. We had the fidget spinners craft we gave you in our sneak peek, a Captain Underpants Bookmark, and a Playdoh Poo station set up for kids to explore at this event. Even the big kids LOVED the Playdoh! And who doesn’t love a fidget spinner these days?!
Throwing this together during Summer Reading was not an easy task, but it was worth it! Our community absolutely LOVED our Captain Underpants Party!
So we have an amazing Captain Underpants Party planned and ready to go for tomorrow night. Let me tell you, planning this during summer reading has been no easy feat, but I think it will be totally worth it! There will be a post coming soon on what we are doing for this cool party, but today I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into one of our party projects… DIY Fidget Spinners!
As most of us librarians do, I took to Pinterest looking for great spinner ideas. I found some that were absolutely amazing, but many of them catered to small groups of children and had either pricier components or too many steps to be assembled and walk out the door with in the time frame we have to work with. We are expecting at least 150 kids to come through and it is only an hour and a half drop-in event so time and cost were very important factors.
Then I stumbled on this gem of a blog post from Maggy over at Red Ted Art. She has some AMAZING ideas on her blog so I definitely recommend clicking over to see her stuff! Her blog inspired me because it didn’t have the expensive components so many others did. After seeing her cost effective spinners, it got my mind racing to create spinners that fit our needs. What you see below are the instructions to what I came up with.
These may not be the sturdiest spinners you will ever find BUT they definitely will prove fun for a while and are easy to recreate when one fizzles. Fingers crossed the kids at tomorrow’s party are as excited about them as I am!
Summer Reading Club 2016 is almost here! Don’t miss out! Sign up starting June 4th to earn prizes, read awesome books, and see amazing performances. The fun will last through July. Below is a sneak peek at some of the fun coming your way! We can’t wait to see you this summer! Check the Moline Library Website for more information and online registration or stop by and see us!
We had so many outstanding entries in the Critter Contest this year! Hopefully you got a chance to see them on display during the month of July. Now that the summer reading program has ended, we have our winners on display in the kids department. Take a moment to stop by and check out these three cute critters!
For the last week of Summer Reading, Foxy has returned home to the Children’s desk! She’s looking forward to helping hand out prizes!
We’ve made it easy this week! Just stop in at the Children’s desk, take a moment to complete our survey, and get your final raffle ticket(s)! We can’t wait to see you!