Read 'n Play: Throw a Party With This Book!

Caterina and the Perfect Party inspires loads of activities and fun far beyond reading the story!
By Rachael Taaffe
May 13, 2013

Ages

4-7


May 13, 2013

Caterina and the Perfect Party by Erin Eitter Kono 

Little brown bird Caterina can’t wait to plan her first-ever party. She makes invitations, whips up appetizers, and checks off all her to-do lists. But when bad weather rains on her shindig, she learns that her list of friends is most important of all. Use Caterina’s ideas to plan a perfect party with your child! Penguin, $17. Ages 4 to 7.
 
1. Help your child make a friendship nest. 
Caterina makes a list of friends to invite to her party. Draw a bird’s nest and put friends’ names on eggs inside — include what they like the way Caterina did. 
 
2. Build a pinwheel together.
You can follow author Kono’s paper-craft tutorial, which she used to create Caterina’s decorations in the book. Visit caterinascorner.com and click on “Crafts” and then “Perfect Pinwheel.”
 
3. Design party invitations.
Take a trip to your local creative paper store together to find supplies like rubber stamps, ribbon, and stencils. Or try out Paperless Post from home: paperlesspost.com.
 
4. Document your fête. 
When it’s over, make your own mixed-media illustrations that show how your party went. Hang them up on the fridge to relive the fun memories!
 
 
Photo Credit: Mark Lund
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