If you do not know about Sarah & Duck and have kids under 5, you are missing out. We just love this cartoon done by BBC. Don’t worry, it is also on Netflix’s so you don’t need cable to get in on the fun.
The main role is Sarah who is a fabulous little girl who is smart, kind, and curious. Her best friend is her pet duck and they go on adventure and explore the world together. The stories are sweet, the music is chill, and the visuals are calming.
When thinking about my daughter’s 2nd birthday we knew it had to have a Sarah & Duck theme, since it is the only cartoon she asks for. Plus it was going to be so much fun planning and getting crafty.
Thankful for a summer birthday and had the party at our home in the back yard. There we set up several activities for the kids who ranged from 1-5 years old.
We had the following:
- Red Umbrella Bubble Station (love this guy in the cartoon)
- Water-beads Sensory Table with Little Ducks
- Chalk Area
- Sensory Bottle-making Activity
- Ball Pit
- Crawl tunnel and Playhouse Area
- Coloring Table with Sarah & Duck print outs
The big winner for the big kids was the ball pit. I had it in the shade at the edge of our yard and they hung out and and had a lot of fun in there.
It was nice that so many of Elia’s friends have older siblings and Deklan had a bunch of kids to hang out with.
It was fun having such a rang of kids but it was a little more challenging to plan activities and age appropriate gift bags.
Sensory Bottle activity was also a big hit with the littles. I ended up hiring some local teen girls to help with the activity. BIG help since I didn’t have to worry about it at all and got to enjoy more of the party. The helpers did a great job and I like that we could involve the community around us. These days we all have professional grass cutters so it’s nice to find a job we can give to some local teens. I think they also had fun being teachers.
I found a few things and some different options for the kids. It included plastic gems, Lego, glitter, and other things that won’t soak up water.
Before the party I tried a few different sensory recipes to find the perfect one. The first one I tried was from a recipe that uses vegetable oil.
The one they did looks great with the dark blue color; however, when you add a lot of glitter like I did, it doesn’t look so great. The green glitter clumped and it made it really hard to see. I was also not a big fan of the yellow coloring of the oil.
The other sensory bottle recipe I tried and loved (on the right) used baby oil and glitter glue. I modified the “Spring Sensory Bottle” recipe and I think it worked great.
Sensory Bottle Recipe
Step 1: Add 2 tbs of glue (clear or glitter).
Step 2: Add warm water all most all the way to the top.
Step 3: Add fun stuff, like buttons, plastic toys, food coloring, or more glitter.
Step 4: Add a small amount of baby oil all the way to the top.
Step 5: Add rubber cement glue and screw on the top and shake.
The little kids loved the sensory stuff. The water-beads were a huge hit and everyone wanted to know where I got them. The great news is they are non-toxic and can even help water your garden. I got them on Amazon. (Fair warning, although safe to leave in y our garden or grass, they do become VERY slippery. Be safe!)
There is not a lot of Sarah & Duck merchandise in America so we had to be creative and make up some of our own. If you know the show you might recognize some of the characters, like the shallots.
My husband did a great job making Sarah and Duck out of white cardboard. Turned out so great and survived the party we used them to decorate my daughter’s room.
He also made some low tables we used for the party. We covered the grass with blankets and covered the table with cloth and some small flowers pots. It worked out great so I didn’t have to worry about chairs and enough seating.
We had a lot of fun decorating and even made a “make your own goodie-bag” station with toys and treats that reminded us of events in the cartoon and would be a good mix of big and little kid items. From Etsy, I got personalized stickers saying thank you and pins to adorn the yellow reusable bags.
Also on Etsy, we got homemade fondant toppers. We had Sarah, Duck, and the Red Umbrella. Used some of them to decorate the cupcakes and the small lemon cake. We just loved the and they came on time and ready to go. Doing this again for sure!!!
We got these small yellow cups with chalkboard area to write names on. It was a hot day so lots of water was on hand and I was thankful we had a big pitcher for everyone to self-serve. These little cups are great so the kids could keep track of their cups.
Sad I didn’t get a great photo of the whole family, but there was just too much going on. Elia was ready for nap at the end and all in all it was a great party. I had so much fun putting it together and can’t wait for the next party. * L