Pygmy Puffs are the adorable pets that the Weasley twins stocked in their joke shop. I think of them as the wizard equivalent of a hamster crossed with a baby hedgehog. They aren't actually crucial to the plot of a typical Harry Potter story, since they don't cast spells or taste good or sort anybody into any kind of magical fraternity/sorority but they are somewhat cute and fluffy and have a normalizing effect on an otherwise otherwordly boarding school experience. I mean, the most evil villain in the history of the known universe was at large and declaring war on a world of innocents, but aw, look! Fred and George just got these fluffballs in! Do you want the pink or the purple?
Obviously Emily had to have them at her party.
Rather than hand everyone a ready-to-swoon Pygmy Puff, however, she thought her guests might have more fun making their own. So she made a bunch of two-tone pink and purple pompoms, very similar to the kind we made for Kate's bunny party some years ago,
and bought white pompoms from the craft store - 1.5" for the heads and 1/2" ones for the feet, to make a kit.
This is what you need to make one Pygmy Puff:
- one large pom pom (pink or purple) for the body
- one 1.5" white pom pom for the head
- four 1/2" white pom poms for the feet
- two small black circles of felt (about 1/4" diameter) for eyes
- one small pink bead for the nose
- two small white felt triangles for eyes
Emily printed out joke shop labels, turned them into stickers
and stuck them on regular zip top sandwich bags. Everything but the body pom pom went into that zip top bag.
When guests came to "buy" their Pygmy Puff kit, they got to pick out a pom pom from a basket,
and pick up a zip top bag of supplies.
During the activity, we set out saucers of Tacky glue and Q-tips (cotton buds). We've learned from experience that this communal-glue method was much better than passing around bottles of glue for guests to take turns.
Finished Pygmy Puff!