I am so excited to share wit you, a fun craft that goes along with one of our family favorite kiddy books – Skippyjon Jones!!!!
Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat, but if you asked him he would tell you that his name is El Skippito!
Skippito Friskito, the great sword-fighting Chihuahua!
Skippyjon Jones has a VERY active imagination. He journeys through his closet into old Mexico! There, he meets a mysterioso band of Chihuahuas, Los Chimichangos! In this place he battles Alfred Buzzito (El Blimpo Bumblebeeto Bandito).
Ready for a fun craft to go with Skippyjon Jones?!
Our craft today is a Bumblebee Piñata!
This was a messy, sticky, and giggle time! We loved it, so much!
How to make Alfred Buzzito, El Blimpo Bumblebeeto Bandito!
- Balloons of your choice (depends on how big you want it)
- Yellow and Black Paint OR (I had yellow)
- Yellow and Black Streamers (I had black)
- Old News Paper (we picked up some for free at our local gas station, they give away “yesterdays news”)
**To make the “paste” that you will dip the newspaper in, you will need to mix 1 part flour + 1 part water. I doubled this recipe and had some left, but I don’t think one batch would have been enough.
**Cut your newspaper into strips. I suggest making a few that are smaller to use towards the end of the balloon – makes it easier.
We then kind of took it to the next level and hung our balloon from the ceiling. This made it easier for the kids to work with the balloon. Plus, I just couldn’t figure out how to do this while the balloon was sitting on the table. Hanging it made sense, and since we used the punch balloons – we already had the rubber band to help us out!
We did one round, let it dry a bit (not fully), and then added another layer. I wanted to make sure it would hold the candy, and since this was my first time making a piñata – I played it safe by going with two layers! I would have felt more comfortable with three, but we left it at two this time.
Once it dried (which was pretty quick for what I was expecting!), the kids painted yellow stripes and glued on the black streamers. If I were to do this again, I would probably go out and grab some yellow streamers in addition to the black ones.
Then, we added candy :)
My hubby then held up the piñata with a small rope, but that little firecracker of ours knocked it down pretty quick! And then went to town while the Alfred Buzzito was on the ground! (sorry she’s a blurr, I promise this was the best picture I could get…she was determined to get that candy out!)
This is what was left of Alfred Buzzito, El Blimpo Bumblebeeto Bandito, after she was done with him…
We enjoyed the candy too :)
This is the first time I’ve done something like this for Skippyjon Jones. But since it was SO much fun, I think we may do it again in a few weeks!
This post is part of a blog hop iHomeschool Network is hosting. If you would like to find more crafty things to go along with other childrens books, head on over and check out the other ladies participating in the blog hop!