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  1. Bored Kids? Top 5 free ideas to beat the school holiday boredom!

    August 9, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    “I’m boooooorrrrred!”

    Children often complain of being bored when they’re off on their school summer holidays! And parents don’t often have the time or money to take them on expensive day trips, sports activities, cinema and so on.

    Here are our top five FREE ideas to beat the boredom!

    1. SCAVENGER HUNT

    Free Printable Kids Scavenger Hunt

    Give your kids a list of fun items to gather and tick off, or fun challenges. You can hunt outdoors in a garden, park or forest (natural items, creepy crawlies, litter) or indoors (“5 items that are red”, “exactly 50ml of water”, a screwdriver). You can even create a photo scavenger hunt and have kids photograph a list of things and present them to you when they’re finished. Scavenger hunts are great because they can be played in any location, and individually or in a group.

    We have a free kids’ outdoor scavenger hunt that you can print off at home, and it comes in three designs.

    Click on the links below to download!
    Monsters Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
    Birdie Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
    Nautical/Pirate Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

    2. PAPER CRAFTS

    There are tons of free printable paper crafts for kids available on blogs, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Here are just a few:

     

    You can find more free kids printables on our Pinterest board.

    3. MONSTER HUNT

    Monster Hunt Printable Game

    A free printable game by Faffy Tea!

    Hide our cute monsters around your house, garden or outdoor area and get the kids to find them all!

    There are 12 numbered monsters to print and cut out. Each Monster prints to an A4 page, so you can use normal printer paper or white card.

    Find out more & download

    4. FREE BOARD GAMES

    Rain and Rainbows Free Board Game Craft

    There are also lots of free printable board games for kids available around the web.

    Kids will have so much fun cutting and crafting a board game that they can play afterwards! Here are just a few:

     

    You can find more free kids games on our Pinterest board.

    5. BOREDOM BUSTER JAR

    Boredom Buster Jar

    This is a fab idea – a jar full of suggestions/tasks of things to do whenever kids complain that they are bored!

    Why not make your own at the start of the summer holidays?

    Or you can download a set of free printable activity cards to add to your jar, and then decorate / prettify it to create a boredom buster kit.

    Find the free printables over at While He Was Napping Blog.

     

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  2. Channel Surfing TV Bingo Game – Printable party game that uses your television!

    March 9, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    We have a new product on Etsy – A Channel Surfing Bingo game!

    Printable Party Bingo

    This fun party game has printable bingo sheets for up to 12 players/teams of all ages. Surf through the channels of your TV so that players can try to spot items from their bingo sheets on the television screen! Items can be spotted in TV shows, commercials, news, children’s television, shopping channels… anywhere and everywhere.

    Stay on each channel for 5-10 seconds, and cycle through the channels as many times as is needed for somebody to win!

    Normal Bingo rules apply – so the first player to complete a row on their sheet wins a small prize, and then everyone plays again to try and get a Full House (all items on their sheet) and wins the whole game.

    Television Bingo Printable Game

    pointing handBUY CHANNEL SURFING BINGO GAME £2
    (+VAT for EU Customers)

     


  3. Woodland Gnome Party Ideas: Decorations, food, DIYs & costumes for some gnome-y fun!

    January 29, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    If you need an unusual, creative theme for a kids’ birthday party this year – you could choose a Woodland Gnome theme!

    Over on Pinterest we’ve been searching for decorations, DIY crafts, woodland-theme party food, costumes and cool stuff to help you throw your Gnome-y party! We will be adding to the board constantly so why not give us a follow?

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board Woodland Gnome Party! Inspiration, Decorations, Food, Games & Gifts on Pinterest

     


  4. Christmas “Minute to Win It” Game Ideas and Free Printable Scorecard

    November 17, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    It’s getting all cold and festive! If you’re throwing a Christmas party, here are some ‘Minute to Win It’ game ideas that all guests will enjoy.

    There’s also a free printable scorecard (using our “Christmas Village” theme) that you can download to keep note of guests scores in the games.

     

    1. CLIFFHANGER
    Place 8 Christmas cards in the middle of a table, standing so that the fold of each card is horizontal and the folded edge points upwards. One-by-one guests have one minute each to blow on the cards to move them slowly and gently so that as the cards fall off the edge of the table, one side of the cards keeps them hanging on. It’s tricky!

    2. JINGLE IN THE TRUNK
    Use an empty tissue box and tie string or ribbon to it so that each guest can tie it around their waist. Boxes should be positioned at the bottom of the guest’s back. Fill the tissue box with jingling bells, cotton wool balls and/or polystyrene balls. Guests have one minute to shake their booty, jump and wiggle to get as many items out of the tissue box as they can. No leaning back!

    3. STOCKING FIDDLER
    Get a Christmas stocking and fill it with 15-20 objects. You can use anything you like such as Christmas decorations, household and kitchen objects, and toys (although nothing breakable). Tie up or stick down the opening of the stocking so that nobody can look inside. Guests have one minute to feel the stocking and write down as many of the objects that they think are inside the stocking as they can.

    4. RUDOLPH NOSE BEST
    Purchase some red pompoms (once for each guest… for hygiene reasons!) and tie/glue a short length of string to them. Give each guest a blob of petroleum jelly on the end of their nose. Guests then bite on to the non-pompom end of the string, and have to use their heads and bodies to swing the pompom and get it to stick to the petroleum jelly. See how many times each guest can do it in one minute. Voila – Rudolph’s red nose!

    5. BAUBLES SWING LOW
    In a corridor or large room that has a carpet, create a track along the floor by taping some edges or laying down string. Attach a plastic bauble to string / ribbon just at the right length that it can swing between guests’ legs and reach the floor. You can also use another piece or string or ribbon to tie the bauble on string around guests’ waists. each guest then has one minute to swing their baubles between their legs and hit a ball along the track, just using the movement of their bodies (no hands!). If they hit the edge of the track their turn is instantly over, so they must go carefully and slowly. After a minute, measure the length they have achieved!

    6. SNOWBALLS ‘N’ STICKS
    Find two Christmas biscuit tins (or similar vessels!) and fill one with cotton wool balls, then decorate some chopsticks to look all festive. Guests have one minute to use the chopsticks to move as many cotton wool balls from the full tin into the empty tin as they can!
     

     

    Free Printable Christmas Game

    Here’s a free printable scorecard that you can use to make note of all guests’ scores for the 6 “Minute To Win It” games above.

    The scorecard is a JPG image file so can be printed from any home printer.

    It will work best if it’s printed at A5 size – e.g. use the Windows Print Pictures feature to print two copies on an A4 sheet of paper or card:

    Pointing hand DOWNLOAD FOR FREE
    (JPG FILE)

     


  5. Christmas Trivia Questions – Christmas themed quiz questions and answers for festive parties and games!

    November 6, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Christmas Quiz Questions

    Last Christmas we had a quiz as part of our holiday party, with 70 Christmas-themed trivia questions.

    We thought we’d share the questions so that you can put on your own quiz or use the questions as part of another party game! Please note that some of these are UK-centric.

    70 Question Quiz for Christmas

    1. Name 5 of Santa’s 8 reindeer from the “Twas the night before Christmas” poem (Rudolph doesn’t count!)

      Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Donner

    2. Who played the main character George Bailey in the film “It’s A Wonderful Life”?

      James Stewart

    3. What date is St Stephen’s Day?

      26th December

    4. In Charles Dickens’ novel “A Christmas Carol”, who was Scrooge’s dead business partner?

      Jacob Marley

    5. London’s Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is traditionally given by which country?

      Norway

    6. Which Christmas carol includes the lyrics “…to save us all from Satan’s power, when we were gone astray…”?

      God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

    7. The character Jack Skellington appears in which 1993 Tim Burton film?

      The Nightmare before Christmas

    8. What is New Year’s Eve called in Scotland?

      Hogmanay

    9. How many maids were a-milking in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song?

      8

    10. Who is officially credited as the author of “Auld Lang Syne”?

      Robert Burns

    11. In the song “Winter Wonderland”, who do we pretend the snowman is?

      Parson Brown

    12. In which film does this quote appear – “Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.”?

      Home Alone

    13. What red-blooming Christmas plant came originally from Mexico?

      Poinsetta

    14. Which actor is the narrator in the 2000 film “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”?

      Anthony Hopkins

    15. Pine needles are said to be a good source of which vitamin?

      C

    16. What is the zodiac sign of people born on 25 December?

      Capricorn

    17. “Christmas Crackers” was the first Christmas edition of which popular British sitcom?

      Only Fools and Horses

    18. What was Queen’s 1984 Christmas single called?

      Thank God it’s Christmas

    19. How many lords were a-leaping in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song?

      10

    20. Jackie Wilson’s re-issued song “Reet Petite” became the 1986 UK Christmas number one after helping to advertise what brand?

      Levi’s

    21. La Befana is the legendary character who delivers Christmas presents to children in which European country?

      Italy

    22. Before the tradition of hanging stockings up at Christmas what did Dutch children hang by the fireside?

      Shoes

    23. Who banned Christmas in England between 1647 and 1660?

      Oliver Cromwell

    24. Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean is a territory of which country?

      Australia

    25. Child star Jimmy Boyd sang which hugely popular 1950’s Christmas song, which was initially banned by the Catholic Church in Boston?

      “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

    26. What is the name of The Simpson’s pet greyhound?

      Santa’s Little Helper

    27. Born on Christmas Day in 1954, she had hits with such songs as “Walking on Broken Glass” and “No More I Love Yous”, what is her name?

      Annie Lennox

    28. Which word, often associated with Christmas songs, stems from the Greek word for circle dance?

      Carol

    29. In which country is St. Nicholas called Sinterklaas?

      Netherlands

    30. In 1983, who was UK Christmas Number One with “Only You”?

      The Flying Pickets

    31. Everyone remembers Band Aid, what year were they Number One in the UK charts?

      1984

    32. Which Christmas word means “turning of the sun”?

      Yuletide

    33. How many pipers were piping in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song?

      11

    34. In which city is Kevin left “Home Alone” at Christmas (the first movie)?

      Chicago

    35. What do George C. Scott, Daffy Duck, Patrick Stewart, Michael Caine, Fred Flintstone and Jim Carrey all have in common?

      They have all played Ebeneezer Scrooge

    36. Which Christmas song contains these lyrics – “for yellow and red ones let’s stop all the fight”?

      “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon

    37. The traditional English Father Christmas was not dressed in red. What colour did he wear?

      Green

    38. Who sang the 1997 Christmas hit “I believe in Father Christmas”?

      Greg Lake

    39. What fruit is used to make a Christingle?

      Orange

    40. Which wrestler starred in the 1996 film “Santa with Muscles”?

      Hulk Hogan

    41. Who played Fred Claus in the 2007 movie of the same name?

      Vince Vaughan

    42. What was the name of the boy in the TV film “The Snowman”?

      James

    43. Who was the first British monarch to broadcast a Christmas message?

      George V

    44. What is a baby turkey called?

      A Poult

    45. Which English Victorian cook wrote the definitive Christmas cookbook?

      Mrs Beeton

    46. In a traditional mince pie, which ingredient would make it unsuitable for vegetarians?

      Suet

    47. In whose Christmas special did various BBC newsmen perform “There is Nothing like a Dame”?

      Morecambe and Wise

    48. Who wrote the book that became the cartoon classic “The Snowman”?

      Raymond Briggs

    49. What was the name of Tiny Tim’s father in “A Christmas Carol”?

      Bob Cratchit

    50. In the film “Jingle All The Way”, what toy was Arnold Schwarzenegger searching for?

      Turbo-Man

    51. The plant “Viscum Album” is better known as which Christmas decoration?

      Mistletoe

    52. In which fictional land is it always winter but never Christmas?

      Narnia

    53. In the Christmas song “Jingle Bells”, how many horses pulled the sleigh?

      One

    54. Which American male comedian plays Kate Winslet’s love interest in the film “The Holiday”?

      Jack Black

    55. What is the name given to Father Christmas in France? Hint: A direct translation!

      Pere Noel

    56. Which boyband had the last UK Christmas number one of the 20th century?

      Westlife

    57. Which Hasbro children’s robot action figures were the most popular Christmas presents in 1984?

      Transformers

    58. At which of her homes does the Queen traditionally spend Christmas?

      Sandringham

    59. In the rhyme “Christmas is Coming”, what is getting fat?

      The Goose

    60. In cockney rhyming slang what are ‘eyes’ called?

      Mince Pies

    61. What is Aladdin’s mother called in the popular Pantomime?

      Widow Twankey

    62. “Driving Home For Christmas” was a hit single for which singer in 1988?

      Chris Rea

    63. The same song was Christmas No. 1 in 1975 and 1991. What was it?

      Bohemian Rhapsody

    64. What kind of animal delivers gifts at Christmas in Syria?

      Camel

    65. Who composed the music for the festive season ballet “The Nutcracker”?

      Tchaikovsky

    66. There are three days of the year when Americans consume the most food. One is Christmas, what are the other two?

      Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday

    67. What’s the name of the Christmas carol about evergreen plants?

      “The Holly and the Ivy”

    68. What colour of Christmas did Elvis Presley sing about?

      Blue

    69. Which author, most popular for his children’s stories and poems, wrote the very first Christmas Speech by King George V?

      Rudyard Kipling

    70. Name Two of the Three Wise Men that visited Jesus?

      Caspar, Balthazar and Melchior


  6. Free “Monster Hunt” Printable Party Game for Kids – 12 cute monsters to hide around your venue

    August 24, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Today we have created another free kid-friendly party game to match our Monsters theme!

    Monster Hunt Printable Game

    There are 12 cute, numbered monsters to print, cut out and hide around your venue. Get the guests to find all of them! Each Monster prints to an A4 page, so you can use normal printer paper or white card.

    Game options:

    • Split guests into teams and make each Monster Hunter Team collect photo evidence that they have found all 12 monsters on a phone, camera or iPad.
    • Get guest to work together to collect up all of the monsters in the fastest time possible
    • Put a prize by each monster so that the more monsters the guests find, the more prizes they get to keep
    • Write a clue on the back of each monster, that leads the guests to the next monster, so that the game becomes a treasure hunt!

     
    Kids Monster Themed Party Game

    Pointing handDOWNLOAD FOR FREE (PDF FILE)

     


  7. Monsters Art Prints Set – Printable artwork for a nursery or bedroom with cute, monstrous characters!

    June 12, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Monsters Art Print SetRAAAWR! Everyone loves cute monsters!

    For cheap and easy wall decorations for a nursery or kid’s bedroom, you can download our printable Monsters art prints and then print and frame them yourself.

    The Monsters artwork set would make a lovely inexpensive gift too – perhaps for a baby shower or first birthday? The set of six is just £4.00, and you can download instantly from Etsy.

    The prints are all 8 x 10 inches, and provided as A4 size files, so you can print from a normal home printer and put in standard-sized picture frames (white frames would look lovely!).

    pointing handBUY MONSTERS ART SET

     


  8. Unusual kids party theme ideas – very unique and fun themes for children’s birthday parties!

    May 11, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Here are our top 5 unusual and memorable theme ideas for kids’ birthday parties:

    1. Mad Scientist Party

    • Have a green, orange and black colour theme
    • Have your guests come dressed in labcoats and goggles!
    • For party food include popping candy, gold and silver edible glitter, and green jelly
    • Entertain guests by getting them to do science experiments (baking soda volcano and so on)
    • For party favours, fill test tubes with sweets

     

    2. Art Party

    • Use all the colours of the rainbow for decorations and tableware
    • Decorate your venue with frames, easels and paper ‘splats’
    • Get guests to decorate their own cupcake dessert, with edible paint, sprinkles and sweets in a plastic art palette
    • Let guests scribble on the tablecloth too!
    • For easy party favours these could include pens, a mini paint set, face paints and so on

     

    3. Enchanted Garden Party

    • Decorate your venue as a fairytale garden – use fake ivy, gold glitter, swans and butterflies
    • Get guests to make their own miniature garden!
    • Have a tea party theme for party food – with dainty sandwiches and cakes
    • Make a centrepiece using wellington boots and fake flowers
    • For party favours, give all guests a pair of fairy wings or butterfly wings to wear and take home

     

    4. Space Puppies Party

    • Why not amalgamate two completely different things that your child loves?
    • Decorate with stars, planets and rockets… and then mix in puppies, bones and lots of googly eyes
    • Give your guests unusual ‘space age’ food – marshmallows, sherbet, edible glitter and so on
    • Let guests play with glow sticks and glow bracelets (turn down the lights)
    • Use a puppy toy with a paper-mache spaceman helmet (made from a balloon) as the centrepiece

     

    5. Detective Party

    • Turn your venue into a detective headquarters – decorate with suitcases, drawers, clipboards and binder clips
    • When guests arrive give them their own detective glasses and magnifying glass
    • Entertain guests by setting up a treasure hunt for them to solve clues
    • Decorate party food with edible paint fingerprints
    • Serve doughnuts, drinks in takeaway “coffee” cups, moustaches and edible rice paper ‘notes’

     


  9. Cheap Party Decorating Ideas – Top 10 craft / DIY ideas to fill your party venue

    April 15, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    At Faffy Tea, we always try and keep the budgets for our parties as small as possible. Sometimes it’s very expensive to buy or make enough decorations to fill a large room or venue. Even balloons are expensive these days, typically £1-£3 for 10 balloons, especially if you need a certain colour scheme.

    Here are our top 10 tips for the cheapest DIY and craft decorating ideas – the best ways we have found for filling large party venues with low cost or free craft supplies.

    Paper Chains 1. Paper Chains – for covering lots of wall or ceiling space

    You would be surprised just how much little scraps of paper go a long way if they are made into paper chains.

    Use magazines, newspapers, bits and pieces from a craft box, brown paper, even printer paper!

    You can also buy bundles of cheap coloured paper from the children’s craft sections.

    DIY Giant Party Swirls2. Giant Spirals – for filling big empty spaces

    If you can find some cheap A3 card (or larger) from a pound store, cut out a circle, and then cut a spiral going inwards.

    Hang the swirl up from the centre of the circle and “ta-dah” a giant swirl decoration!

    The kids can help make these too.

    Fern Garland DIY Party3. Foliage – for free, rustic decorations

    If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, or a nearby outdoor space such as a woodland, go and see if there is anything you can use for indoor party decorations.

    • Twigs can be spray painted and used in a vase
    • Leaves or ferns can be tied on to twine for bunting
    • Branches, if pliable enough, can be bent into hearts or wreaths for hanging on walls


    Picture © www.designlovefest.com | LINK

    Book Pages for Party Decorations4. Book Pages – for shabby chic weddings, baby showers & hen parties!

    If you have books that you no longer want, the pages can be used in loads of ways to create vintage, shabby chic or literature themed party decorations

    Pages can be hung like bunting (as they are or cut into flag shapes), stuck together to create a collaged table runner, or even use as a wall backdrop for the buffet table. Very “Alice in Wonderland“!

    Cheap Party Decorations5. Drinking Straws – for the easiest and longest DIY garlands

    Thread string through cheap plastic drinking straws to create metres and metres of coloured garlands.

    Criss cross them when hanging up to create a luxurious and colourful effect.

    You can even used them to make shapes such as flags and stars. Take a look on Pinterest for some more inspiration.

    Picture © www.greenweddingshoes.com | LINK

    Wrapping Paper6. Wrapping Paper – for the cheapest papercrafts of all

    From a cheap card store (e.g. Card Factory) or supermarket, wrapping paper can be cheaper than rolls of white paper, and much more decorative.

    These thin, cheap wrapping papers can be used for as a very inexpensive table runner or wall backdrop for decorating your party.

    Pretty!

    Free Party Decorations7. Toys – for decorating with what you already have!

    Instead of spending money buying new decorations, why not use things that you already have?

    String up some toys that you or your kids already have to make a “temporary” garland or even a ‘chandelier’.

    Plastic toy soldiers, dinosaurs, action men, my little pony, cowboys… you can base the whole party theme around these toys too.

    Picture © www.tarawhitney.com | LINK

    DIY Cheap Party Decoration8. Junk – for ‘upcycled’ party decorations

    For a couple of months before a party, save some of the junk that you would otherwise throw away or recycle:

    • Egg carton can be used to make flower garlands
    • Any glass jars or jam jars can hold tea lights or paper flowers or foliage for a pretty display
    • Toilet rolls can be made into favour boxes (see here), garlands, crown party hats (see here)


    Picture © buzzmills.typepad.com | LINK

    Paper Plate Party Decorations9. Paper Plates – for getting creative

    For leftover paper plates from your last party, or for cheap Pound store plates, you can use the plates’ circle shape for some lovely easy DIY decorations.

    Make buttons for a shabby chic party (see example)
    Make jellyfish for a sea, mermaid or pirate party (see how)
    Make huge flowers for the wall (see how)
    Make a hungry caterpillar garland (see example)

    Picture © johnsonsfirstcomeslove.blogspot.co.uk | LINK

    Monsters Party Pack10. Printables – for everything else!

    There is a huge amount of party printables available on the web, including full party kits, bunting, games, photo booth props, gift boxes, buffet decorations and so on. You can find printables for all themes and colour schemes imaginable.

    For just the cost of printer paper and ink, you can have a beautiful themed party.

    Some printables are completely free, and some charge a small cost. Go explore on Etsy.com, or search ‘party printables’ on Pinterest.com. You could also visit Faffy Tea of course!

     


  10. Free Kids’ Printables for Rainy Day Fun

    March 19, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    This rainy time of the year is such a bore!

    Over on Pinterest we’ve been collecting together completely free digital downloads & printables from across the web for kids (and big kids!). There are loads of games, crafts toys and activities – perfect for doing on a rainy day.

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board Free Printables for Rainy Day Fun on Pinterest.