If your birthday girl/boy loves creating, coloring, story telling, and bursting out into laughter, then flip books have to happen at their party. I was able to create my flip book for FREE which always gets me excited since I am on a budget. Feel FREE (ha!) to use whatever you can find in your home – your supplies don’t have to match my supplies so don’t feel like you have to go to the store and buy exactly what I have. Save time and money by using your goods at home.
What I used for my flip book:
- Paper – 2″ x 6″ strips.
- Paper cutter or scissors – to cut paper into strips.
- Crayons – Crayola crayons are my favorite drawing utensils.
- Twine – for binding my book together. You could also use metal binder rings.
- Hole punch – to make an opening for the twine (can use scissors).
Before the party, cut the strips of paper so they’re ready to go for the antsy ones. When you’re ready to have a flippin’ good time, give every guest three strips of paper. Instruct guests to draw eyes on one strip, a nose on the next, and a mouth on the last. Encourage everyone to think outside the box and make the silliest animal, robot, monster parts they can imagine.
Once drawings are done, gather drawings and make a hole on the left center side of strips (center photo). String twine through the holes and down the side. You could also cut two 6″ x 6″ pieces of paper, placing one as a cover and one as a back so you don’t have to tie the length of the book like I did in the far right photo. Once book is done, display it for everyone to see and take turns flipping through to mix and match the silliest and most unique creatures!
*If you want to add words to the flip book, have guest write on the backside of their eyes, nose, and mouth drawings. Using names of other guests (Sarah), cool places (circus), or words to describe the birthday boy/girl (silly) are just a few ideas. Have fun with it Silly Circus Sarah!
At the end of the party, the birthday guest of honor gets to keep the flip book and all the memories and laughter that went along with it. A simple idea + a simple party = a happy birthday.