Category Archives: Ballet Craft & Play

Ballet Forfeits for Pass the Parcel

This week we thought it would be fun to help you out with some more ballet themed party ideas. Have you ever thought of doing a ballet themed pass the parcel? Well we’re here to help! Below are some handy forfeits you are free to use to wrap up into your parcel. Whatever kind of party you’re organising (birthday, Christmas etc), any kids who love the world of ballet will have great fun with these forfeits.

So, are you ready? Here are your forfeits, cut and paste as you like (the last 5 are Twinklesteps themed ones – find out more about her here):

  1. Tell this ballet joke: “What is a ballet dancer’s number one priority? To always get right to the pointe!”
  2. Do a princess walk around the circle.
  3. Do Good toes, Naughty toes.
  4. Tell this ballet joke: What is a pigs favourite ballet? Swine Lake!
  5. Have a go at a pirouette.
  6. Can you do Second Position (ask someone else to help if you don’t know it).
  7. Tell this ballet joke: “Why did the ballet dancer cross the road? Because she had to practice on the other side!”
  8. Have a go at an arabesque (you can do it!).
  9. Tell this ballet joke: What do you call a dancing lamb? A baa-lerina!
  10. Try First Position (if you don’t know it ask if anyone can help).
  11. Can you raise your arms up like a ballerina?
  12. Do ballerina steps over to one of your friends and tickle them!
  13. Tell this ballet joke: “What is a ballet dancer’s favourite number? Two-two!”
  14. Tell everyone your favourite ballet show.
  15. Show everyone your best ballet move.
  16. Point your toes, just like Twinklesteps.
  17. Wave a magic wand, as if putting a spell on the Growling Goblin.
  18. Imagine you have magic flying wristbands on like Jett and fly around the room.
  19. Pretend to be the Growling Goblin and grumpily move around the circle.
  20. Imagine you are Twinklesteps and practice a ballet move (don’t forget to point your toes).

So there you go. We hope you enjoyed our ballet forfeits and find them helpful. We’ve even attached them as a PDF so you can just print them out and cut them up!

Click here to print out the forfeits: Twinklesteps Ballet Forfeits

If you’re stuck for a ballet themed prize for the middle, how about our ballet adventure book?

Twinklesteps ballet adventure birdsong book front cover

You can buy it here, along with lots of accessories to put in each layer of the parcel or to give out as extra prizes.

Enjoy your ballerina party and don’t forget to let us know how it goes over on our Facebook page. We also have lots of other ballet themed party ideas here on our blog.

Happy pass-the-parcelling, love from The Twinklesteps Team. x

 

Twinklesteps and Jett’s Dance Dares

During spring and summer we’re used to getting lots of the wet stuff as well as the hot! Whatever the weather, we thought it was time to head outside with Twinklesteps and Jett’s Dance Dares. Do you dare…?

Twinklesteps and Jett's Dance Dares

Our first dare is easy peasy – do you dare dance outside?

Wear whatever shoes you like (or no shoes at all) and have a go at dancing outside. We’re big fans of this and can guarantee you’ll have fun with all the space of your garden or park to play in. Practice your ballet moves or make something up. Dance alone, with a friend, a parent or even a pet.

Samba the Dog

Jett dares you to do an arabesque with a leaf between your toes…

This one’s a lot of fun. Find a leaf and put it between your toes (don’t go for a prickly one!). Now try and do an arabesque…is it easy or hard? If it’s super easy why not try with a leaf between every toe!

Twinklesteps dares you to make a dance obstacle course out of outside objects

Collect some twigs, stones, leaves (or anything else you find), arrange them on the ground and then make up a dance that weaves in and out of them. Add in some leaps and jumps and you’re away.

Twinklesteps and Jett dare you to dance as if you can fly.

Twinklesteps has wings and Jett has magical arm bands which help him to fly. Can you make up a dance and pretend you can fly too? Do some long graceful leaps and you might even start to fool the birds! If you’d like to make some flying wristbands of your own you can follow our craft activity here.

Practising ballet in the garden

Finally…

Twinklesteps and Jett dare you to dance using a stick as a wand.

Everyone loves a stick and Twinklesteps and Jett are no exception. Find a good stick and pretend it’s a wand. Use your wand to help you as you dance amongst the flowers and trees, sending magic to the plants to help them grow.

Well done for giving Twinklesteps and Jett’s Dance Dares a go. We hope you enjoyed them. If you have ideas for any more Dance Dares do share them here on our blog or on our Facebook page.

Here’s to lots of sunny days, from the Twinklesteps team.

 

Twinklesteps Ballet Themed Party Ideas

We love birthdays here at Twinklesteps and know that ballet themed parties are a great way to celebrate a love of ballet and dance with all of our budding ballerinas out there. So this week we’re delighted to share with you some ideas for a Twinklesteps themed birthday party. Yey!

First off we wanted to put together some fab making and moving activities your young party goers will love (Pssst…don’t forget to scroll further down for party bag ideas from our shop).

Twinklesteps Party Activities:

1) Decorate your own ballet shoes (read more and download the template for free here).

Twinklesteps ballet shoe craft

2) Make a Twinklesteps dancing puppet (read more and download the template for free here).

Twinklesteps Dancing Puppet

3) Get everyone up and moving with these magical flying wrist bands just like Jett’s (get this craft activity here).

Flying with magical wristbands

4) Make an imagination dance mat to get your young party goers exploring as a team (find out how here).

Dancing on the imagination dance mat

Twinklesteps Party Bag ideas:

Now you’ve got your activities sorted, we have all sorts of party bag ideas for you. From little purses with hair bobbles to take to ballet class, to a ballerina necklace and fairy wand. View these goodies and other fun party bag ideas over in our shop.

Twinklesteps ballet party bag ideas

For a really special present for the party bag our ballet adventure story book ‘Twinklesteps and the Disappearing Birdsong’ would make a great present. You could also read the story out at the end of the party as a lovely finishing touch before home time. Click here to view it in our shop.

Twinklesteps ballet adventure birdsong book front cover

We hope your child has an amazing party full of fun and excitement. Let us know how it goes and what other ideas you come up with by commenting below or over on our Facebook page.

Happy Birthday to all our ballet and dance lovers out there. Love from the Twinklesteps team 🙂

Ballet Craft: Decorate your own Ballet Shoes

We have a super duper new craft activity for you this week – decorate your own pair of ballet shoes complete with butterfly 🙂

This craft activity is ideal for a ballet themed party or for an afternoon of crafty fun with your children. The PDF template below prints out at A4 size so children could either colour it in as it is or stick the template onto card and decorate with tissue paper, glitter, sequins, stickers, string, ribbon and fabric scraps.

Twinklesteps ballet shoe craft template

Then simply punch a hole in the top of your decorated shoes and hang them onto a door or up in a bedroom with ribbon as a beautiful decoration. Here’s a couple we’ve just added to this blog post crafted up by one of our Twinklesteps fans and her mum – guess who did which 🙂

Twinklesteps ballet shoe craft activity for kids

Download for free hereBallet Shoe Craft Template

We hope you enjoy this Twinklesteps craft activity and we’d love to see what designs you come up with so do share your creations on our Facebook page. If you’d like to see our actual real life light-up ballet shoes you can check them out in our shop here. If you’d like to find out more about Twinklesteps you can find out more on our blog.

Here’s to crafty fun and ballet inspiration, love the Twinklesteps team.

Make a Nature Ballerina

The summer sun is shining (well, sometimes!) and flowers are multiplying in the garden. If it’s not enough to make you want to dance with the birds like Twinklesteps, it might be sunny enough for some outdoor ballet inspired crafts. Today we thought we’d share with you how to make a nature ballerina with your kids. This is great fun and is an activity to try anywhere – in your garden, on the pavement, in the woods, in the park or even on the beach. All you need is a space to hunt for found objects and a bit of imagination.

How to make a nature ballerina

1) Collect petals, stones, shells, twigs, grass or little outdoor treasures.

Make a nature ballerina

2) Assemble them together to make a ballerina.

Making a nature ballerina

3) Step back and admire your work! Here’s some we made earlier 🙂

Nature Ballerina 1 Nature Ballerina 2 Nature Ballerina 3 Nature Ballerina 4

Have fun collecting garden treasures and make sure you post your creations on our Facebook page. If you need some ballerina inspiration here’s Twinklesteps dancing in the garden.

Practising ballet in the garden

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Spring into Spring with a Fairy Ring

Yipedeedoo! We’ve now officially bounced into spring and we’re all very excited at Twinklesteps HQ about the lighter days, flowers exploding into colour and those exciting glimpses of warm sunshine. The fairies are starting to yawn and stretch and make an appearance in the garden, so maybe it’s time to discover your fairy name, dream up some magical powers and get out there and join them. We have a fun new play activity to get your going. Find out how to Make a Fairy Ring below…

The sun is shining and there’s so much to do out there in the garden. The birds love to watch Twinklesteps when she practices her ballet moves, I bet they’d love to watch you too!

spring into spring

Can you dance like Twinklesteps in the garden to entertain the birds? You could wear ballet shoes, boots, trainers or even dance barefoot in the spongy new spring grass. For extra magical effect dance in our light-up ballet shoes, which really encourage dance, imagination and play (more here).

To make things even more magical in the garden why not Make a fairy ring?

You will need:
Long ribbons, tulle or strips of material
Bamboo canes (or use existing trees)
That’s it!

Weave ribbon in and out of trees or push a few bamboo canes in the ground and let your child make their own magical space to dance or play in – they might need help to make a doorway. Here’s one of our Twinklesteps fans making a fairy ring. These can create hours of fun and could be as big or small as you wish – the simplest ideas are the best 😉

Fairy Ring magical play

Pssst, Easter is coming. Try our Ballet themed Easter Hunt here.

Have fun, from the Twinklesteps Team.

Twinklesteps Dancing Puppet

CRAFT ACTIVITY: Today we have a fab craft resource for you! It’s a Twinklesteps dancing puppet and it’s super easy to make. All you have to do is download the following PDF and print it out. Roughly cut out Twinklesteps and stick onto card (an old cereal box will do). You then cut around her more carefully and also cut out the two circles on her dress. Then poke your index and middle finger through the holes and you have a fabulous puppet to dance across the table, around the room or up the stairs (Psssst! She likes dancing in the garden too). Guess what? You can even colour the picture in if you like too! Or why not put on some music to dance your puppet to? Hehe what fun.

Download the puppet PDF here: twinklepuppet.pdf

We hope your enjoy our little craft activity – it might be a good one to beat the wet weather blues 😉

From the Twinklesteps Team

Fun Halloween activities to do with your kids

Scary fun is just around the corner. That’s right, Halloween is coming…and we thought we’d share with you a couple of fun activities to do with your kids! 

The first is our NEW Twinklesteps Halloween-themed colouring in sheet which has just gone up on our website in time for Halloween. With Twinklesteps dressed up in a witches hat dancing in the thick of the action, holding a pumpkin, surrounded by a ghost, spider and bat it’s just the thing to get your kids in the Halloween mood.

Halloween ballerina Twinklesteps

Download the colouring in sheet from our website here: http://twinklesteps.com/colouring/. We’d love to see your child’s pictures so do share them on our Facebook page and we’ll repost to all of our fans.

If your child fancies dressing up as a Halloween ballerina you could have a go at making your own Halloween tutu using orange, white and black tulle. Pick some up from your local scrapstore or fabric shop and tie around a loop of elastic for an easy costume idea for your child. They can also help you tie the tulle strips around the elastic so it’s a fun activity to do together.

Halloween home made ballet tutu costume

Add a black leotard and tights and a black bow to your child’s ballet slippers and they’ll be dancing all the way to the Halloween party! Don’t forget to check out our blog post ‘Ballet inspired Halloween‘ for more ballet-themed ideas on dressing up this Halloween. After all, with fantastical plots, magical themes, dark characters and the other worldly feel of ballet there’s a wealth of ideas from the world of ballet to inspire you this Halloween.

Ya-ha-haaaa and have a ballet-inspired Halloween from the Twinklesteps Team 🙂

Garden flower ballerina games

Have you got ballerinas hiding in your garden? If you look carefully you’re sure to find some, you might find they even dance in the breeze! A great game to play is looking around the garden and seeing how many different flower ballerinas you and your child can find. If you have lots like these fushias, why not pick a few and play with a whole fairy ballerina family. You could watch how the flowers move in the breeze and ask your child if they can move like a fairy ballerina too: light, airy and gracefully.

Fushia ballerina.jpg

These flowers might not look so much like a ballerina, but they do bare a resemblance to a tutu. Maybe your child will be inspired to put on a tutu or a swooshy skirt and dance like a flower ballerina. Imagination and inspiration brings out some very expressive dancing 🙂

Flower ballerina tutuIf those flowers reminded you more of a pancake tutu, these ones might remind you of a Romantic tutu:Flower fairy hat

I wonder if the designers of Marie Taglioni’s beautiful Romantic tutu were inspired by nature?

Marie Taglioni wearing a 'Romantic Tutu'

Marie Taglioni wearing a ‘Romantic Tutu’

Do you think Twinklesteps skirt looks like a flower? – she is a nature lover after all and likes nothing better than practicing her ballet in the garden with the birds.

Practising ballet in the garden

Have some fun in the garden looking for flower ballerinas and dancing using movements and dressing up inspired by nature. Don’t forget you can buy our sparkly tutus and ballet adventure book (which the image above is taken from), in our shop here.

Have  fun dancing and exploring outdoors, from the Twinklesteps team 🙂

Ballet themed Easter egg hunt

It’s almost Easter and we’re soooo excited. If your kids love ballet we thought it would be really fun to have a ballet theme to the Easter egg hunt. Let the egg hunt begin!

1) The Easter bunny was feeling in a lively mood today

so this egg hunt is ballet themed, are you ready to play?

Your first clue is hidden beneath the kitchen table

show us first position before you find this new clue label.

2) The Easter bunny said he’d like to see an arabesque

then off to find the next clue beneath the computer desk.

3) A princess walk is needed with lovely pointed toes

straight to the princess’ bedroom where the sleepy princess goes.

4) The final clue is resting upon the bathroom rug,

can you show us fourth position before you run to look?

5) Hurrah, you’ve found me! Now I guess you’d like your prize…

you’ll find it in the garden, in a special shoe it lies.

Easter egg ballet shoe pic.jpg

Hopefully you’ll hear squeals of delight as your children find that the Easter bunny has left them some chocolate eggs tucked into one of their ballet slippers. Whoever knew the Easter bunny loved ballet!

Add more clues, make up your own or print out ours. Most importantly, have fun!

Happy egg hunting, from the Twinklesteps team 🙂