If your child is a Pout Pout Fish fan then it’s possible that you’ve got a Pout Pout Fish party in your future. So I’ve teamed up with Elmer’s and their #LetsBond initiative to show you how Kayla and I made some cute, inexpensive Pout Pout fish party favors.
Do you have a Pout Pout Fish lover on your hands? I sure do! In fact The Pout Pout Fish has become my new favorite children’s book for its invaluable lesson that at the end of the day you make a conscious decision to be who you are. Happy or sad, pouty or delightfully puckered and ready to spread the love. Kayla at 6 years old she can fully grasp the concept. Blake at year old loves the repetition and saying blub, bluuub, bluuuuuub over and over before breaking into a big grin.
We have both the hard cover and board book version so Kayla and Blake each have their own copy, we can read them all together and Blake can turn pages like a crazy person. It’s pretty neat to see them both enjoying the same book despite their large age gap.
When thinking about what kind of party we would have for Blake’s first birthday a Pout Pout Fish party seemed like an obvious answer since Blake hasn’t really taken to anything else in particular. Kayla was all too excited to get involved and help make decorations and favors for her baby brother and I felt pretty proud that there didn’t seem to be any jealousy of the fuss being made about her brother.
If you’re familiar with the story then you know the Pout Pout Fish goes from being a sad, pouty fish to a more optimistic kiss kiss fish. So I thought making Pout Pout Fish party favors with chocolate kisses seemed appropriate. I found miniature glass candy jars (you can also use these jars) and thought of a cute saying to create a printable for. I came up with “kisses from our kiss kiss fish” and Kayla approved.
To make these Pout Pout Fish party favors you’ll want to download my printable first (simply click the link, right click the image that opens and save it) and print it on some card stock. It gives you six per page and if you’re using the same size squeeze punch I did you’ll want to print it scaled to 19%. Next, if your child is old enough, they can cut off the margins and use the squeeze punch to create the little cutouts for the jars. Kayla could do it, but needed a little bit of help to get things aligned.
Next you’ll want to let your child fill the jars with chocolate kisses. Of course we took a minute to enjoy a few and giggle over what felt like some super on the down low chocolate consumption. Next, have them screw the lids on the jars. This way when you go to apply the labels to the jars they will face forward versus looking crooked when the jars are standing up.
I love using glue sticks for projects like these because they get the job done, are fairly mess free and kid-friendly. My favorite glue stick is the Elmer’s Xtreme glue stick. I have used these for years on a ton of other projects including my DIY cupcake costume. It really gets the job done and nothing falls off. This costume from 2013 still lives fully intact in my storage shed because I refuse to part with it.
Let your child use the glue stick to swirl a few circles on the jar lids, stick the labels on and you’re all set! If you’re watching your budget I’m going to estimate that these cost $2-3 each to create. Normally I’d be more conscious of giving candy but I figured since it was a first birthday these were really more for the parents and grandparents/relatives.
I like that this craft is very simple and easy to execute so you can give an older sibling ownership over most of the creations of these Pout Pout Fish party favors. Kayla felt like she contributed to her brother’s party in a meaningful way. I had been asking her what she wanted to give Blake as a present and realized letting her help me with some party setup and party favors was actually a much better way for her to show her love for her little brother through an activity she enjoyed.
One of my favorite things about Elmer’s is not only do they make great products I really use in so many of my projects, they also have a strong belief in helping parents find ways to empower their children and bond with them through art and creative projects. When I think back to my own childhood I hardly remember any of the birthday presents I received, but I distinctly remember working with my mother and my aunt to create decorations and bake cakes for my own parties and my siblings’ parties. All of us around a table, passing the scissors, creating as a family. Those are the memories that have stuck with me. In fact they are probably what ultimately led me to find my passion in this career. I really hope that when Kayla and Blake look back one day they will have similar memories.
If you’re looking for some creative inspiration (even I feel stuck every once in a while!) go sign up for the Elmer’s Parent’s Club. They’ll send you occasional emails with great ideas for DIY projects you can do with your own children. It’s completely free and totally worth it!
Planning a party but not quite ready to make these? Just pin the image below and it will be waiting for you when you’re ready!