Wild Kratts Birthday Party: Part 1: Invitations & Creature Power Discs
My daughter has been obsessed with the Wild Kratts for two years now. I wholeheartedly support the obsession. Those Kratt brothers are changing how an entire generation and their parents view wildlife conservation. And let me tell you, it’s so cute to hear a 3 1/2-year-old spout off a bunch of college-level animal facts to you. If you aren’t familiar with the show, the Wild Kratts teach children (and adults) everything there is to know about certain animals in a show that is both live-action and animated. During the cartoon portion of the show, the Kratt brothers inevitably go on an adventure that involves saving an animal from one of the animal-expoiting bad guys. They do this by turning into animals via Aviva’s amazing creature power discs (that give the brothers the animal’s many creature powers).
In this first part of my Wild Kratts birthday party adventure, I’m going to share the invitations and creature power discs we used (as well as some printable discs I’ve created for you).
I did not design my own invitations. I sometimes do, but not this time. Instead, I saved time and energy for other elements of the party and used perfectly acceptable invitations from the parents section of the pbskids.org website. Thanks to this party, I now know that PBS is a great source for printables and party ideas. You may find these Wild Kratts invitations here.
Creature Power Discs
I spent so many hours just searching for the perfect power discs. I wanted to have a nice variety of animals, including my daughter’s favorites of course. I also hoped to find that someone had squeezed as many to a page as possible to save on printing costs. Mostly, however, the perfectionist in me really wanted each creature power disc to look exactly like the one created by Aviva in the show. Apparently, I have problems, because I couldn’t find any that fit all of these criteria. So what did I do? I then spent days learning basic photoshop from my husband to fill these needs (when I probably should have been making the creature power suits). We ended up with the following for the party:
Many of the discs I printed and used at the party were discs created by other people from other blogs. The ones I provide for distribution below will be different. You may find the discs from these images on the following websites:
- PBS Kids.org creature power discs bunting
- Blank discs from Christian Eigenheer
- James F’s Picasa Gallery (T-Rex)
- Adventures with my Geeklings
- my little corner (lion, honey badger, and hippo)
- Google search (sea turtle)
Once designed, the discs are extremely easy to assemble:
Since the party, I have spent many more days relearning photoshop and redoing much of my work. These discs are provided to you below. I recreated them because I did not want to use discs that belong to others- with one exception. I am still using the creature power discs bunting I found on PBSkids.org (see bottom 9 discs in Neat Discs Page 1). I resized the PBS discs to fit more than 2 to a page and changed some colors for authenticity. I believe they created very large discs and used the colors they did for a more attractive bunting. I then used the PBS discs as a base for the black images I found in screenshots from the show that I then cleaned up a bit.
The top 3 on Page 1 and top 6 on Page 2 feature some of our favorites, and are from the show. The bottom 6 on Page 2 are ones I made up. Again, I used blank power discs and black clipart that I found after doing Google image searches. I created them to get my oldest boy involved. He is not quite as impressed by the world of Zoology as my other two. Included here are the lesser-known creature power discs for Princess Unikitty, the kraken, a dragon, and (of course) the majestic pug. The sloth and koala have been featured by the Wild Kratts, but these discs are not from the show. I don’t think Aviva even created a disc for the koala in “Koala Balloon,” which is a darn shame. For a good laugh and to understand my point of view, see
True Facts About Marsupials
Note: While researching disc colors, I discovered that some of them have multiple color options because they were changed during the show for some reason (firefly comes to mind). Please feel free to alter the colors if you are so inclined.
Below are a couple of pages with blank discs, so you can include your children’s favorites or make some funny ones yourself. You don’t have to have access to Photoshop to do this. Honestly, drawing the animals or gluing little black cutouts of animals would be fine. This might be a bit too time-consuming, though. I recommend simply opening these discs in a basic drawing program and then adding black clipart you’ve found and saved ahead of time from Google image searches. I found that the Open Office drawing program works beautifully for this purpose. After opening the blank discs:
- Insert> picture> from file
- Select your clipart file.
- Position the clipart over correct disc.
- Resize. Just remember to hold down shift while resizing the clipart to keep the image’s correct dimensions.
- Repeat 11 more times.