Tuesday, 25 February 2014

An Octonauts Third Birthday Party

When Hamish turned 3 his favourite show was The Octonauts.

In truth it was all of our favourite show and, nearly two years later, it still is.

I love the show's ethos of exploring the oceans, rescuing sea creatures in danger and protecting those creatures and habitats in need of a little help.  It's a truly wonderful message to be sending our children.

I also love that it has promoted a lot of imaginative play with my boys.  They like to drive their 'gups' (usually cardboard boxes), rescue creatures and apply bandages where necessary. 

So, it was a no-brainer to throw an Octonauts party.
 
Our party decorations always start with balloons on the mailbox.  The blue thing is a whale.  The wind was not cooperative.
There were a few decorations inside.  We made a seaweed wall with Jellyfish...
We dressed up as our favourite Octonaut.  Liam was the swashbuckling Kwazii Kitten...
I made an underwater mural and set up a colouring in station.  
The children chose their favourite Octonaut to colour and then glued in on to the mural when they'd finished.  I never did get a shot of the after, here's the beginning...
We had quiet reading available in Professor Inkling's Library...
There were a few sea creatures that required medical attention in Peso's Infirmary...
 
Luckily we had some caring medics...
 
Outside we set up a mini beach and ocean...
 
With many sea creatures to explore and rescue...
Simple backyard fun works best with this age group too...
I think my favourite part is definitely the food.  We had Dr Shellington's Clam Cookies...
Captain Barnacle's favourite- Kelp Pudding...
Caramel Bunnies for Tweak...
Fruity fish for Kwazii Kitten...
Mini "squid" in honor of Professor Inkling...
Tunip's famous Fish Biscuits...
and some Crabwiches (a hungry Octonaut seems to have nibbled a claw)...
I found some cute crab and fish shaped plates...

The food was a hit...
Rohan, however, was not overly impressed with his Vegimal costume...
I was super pleased with how the cake turned out.  White Polar Bears are nice and easy to decorate with fondant!

My cheeky 3 year old...
We sent our guests home with Peso's Medical Bag...
 
...and filled them with a personalised colouring book and crayon, balloon, lollypop and homemade jelly sweets and chocolates in the shape of shells and sea creatures.
Do your kids love the Octonauts as much as me mine?!



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