Good morning! This week I will be finishing up the DIY project tutorials from our recent Woodland Animal Book Party! Today I am sharing my favorite DIY project from the whole party – my storybook party game! This project topped my list because I made it with the help of my son, Bugaboo. I was initially inspired by a picture I found on Pinterest by the Quirky Bookworm and loved the idea of this game! I knew Bugaboo would have fun with something like this because he loves talking about the characters he reads about in books. He chose each character featured on the board from his favorite books. I knew all of them except I had to look up the character Rosie. He kept telling me we needed to include Rosie because she is a little sister, but I had no idea who Rosie was! I finally figured out Rosie is Caillou’s little sister! Our guests had fun guessing the names of the characters, and Rosie definitely stumped most of them!
Below is the tutorial for this storybook game as well as a few free printables should you want to make this game for one of your own parties. Storybook parties are so popular right now, especially for baby showers, this would be an adorable game for that occasion!
Supplies Needed for Storybook Party Game!
- Free printable game header
- Free printable answer sheets
- Patterned paper (I used paper from the DCWV My Sunshine Stack)
- Storybook characters printed from the internet
- Letter stickers
- Bulletin board or magnetic board
Step One: Create the backdrop for your game with pretty scrapbook paper. I used paper from “My Sunshine Stack” throughout the entire party which was perfect in giving the whole thing a cohesive look. I simply layered two pieces of paper from the stack to fit the height of my board and then taped them together.
Step Two: I flipped the two pieces of paper over and then filled in the gaps on either side with striped paper. I pieced it all together to fit the size of the board and then taped the pieces from the back. The entire game is removable from the board, which is great if you are using a board from around the house (in this case we borrowed the board from our daily calendar) and will need to remove it after the party.
Step Three: Choose the characters you want to use for your storybook party game. You can print them off from online. I Googled each character my son told me (more like excitedly yelled to me) and picked the image I liked the best. I threw the images into Photoshop just so I could fit more than one to a page and then printed them off. I didn’t worry about making each character the same size. I just tried to get them in the same ballpark.
Cut out each character carefully. This can be time consuming so I’d recommend doing it while watching a little Netflix and just taking your time. It is putzy, but I think cutting each one out really looks nice when they are placed on the decorative paper.
Step Four: Lay out all of your characters on the board to get an idea of how you want to place them. Don’t forget to print off and place the Storybook Guess Who? game header at the top of the board. Once you have them nicely arranged, go ahead and glue them down! Add the letter stickers next to each character.
Step Five: I designed little answer sheets to look like library check-out sheets. Print them out using the free printable under “Supplies Needed” and trim them down using a paper cutter. Fill one out yourself and use it as a Key.
The game is all finished and ready for your party! I love having games like these that guests can do on their own during the party. I did something similar at Bugaboo’s Winnie the Pooh party and had a Tigger guessing game. Guests can play these games while snacking on food or when everyone is mingling. Towards the end of the party, you can collect the answer sheets and find out who won! For our party we handed everyone back their answer sheet and had them mark how many answers they got right as my son read off the names of the characters. It was a cute way to include him and he had a lot of fun shouting out the answers!
Yay the storybook party game is complete! It was such a fun game to play at our party and was great for kids and adults. Our party had a lot of adults and they all enjoyed guessing the names of the characters they remembered from when they were kids and also guessing the names of the newer characters they had no idea who were!
I’ll be back again this week with two more DIY tutorials from our Woodland party and then it will be all wrapped up. I didn’t realize how much I crafted for the party until I started writing up these blog posts! All these DIY projects definitely gave our party a personal touch and were great ways to keep our party to a reasonable budget. Plus, I love crafting, so any excuse to get creative and I’m there!
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