My kids like tuna and gobbled the Crab Croissants up, but you could also fill them with chicken salad, egg salad, or lunch meat. All you need to turn a croissant into a crab is a couple of sandwich picks with 8mm googly eyes hot glued to the top.
Moana-Inspired Tomatoa Party Activities & Crafts
When the guests arrived for our Tomatoa Party, we made a couple of quick crafts. First we made crab mittens that they could wear while dancing. These are so simple to make using my free printable template. There is a RIGHT and LEFT template, and you’ll want to print a set on cardstock for each guest (actually just normal paper will work too, just slightly less durable). Stack a black piece of paper underneath the left-hand template, and cut out along the cutting guide lines. Staple around the edges to “stitch” them up, leaving the end open for the kids to insert their hands. Repeat for the right hand.
Another option: you could make the crab mittens before your Tomatoa Party, and stitch them up on the sewing machine. Cardstock sews just fine… in fact my sewing machine has probably seen more paper than fabric LOL!
We also colored Te Ka tiki faces with highlighters so they would glow. Fill out the form at the end of this post for instant access to the Tomatoa Party Kit with the Tiki Mask and Crab Mittens templates.
After cutting them out, we attached them to tongue depressors to make masks. I had not planned to cut out the eye holes, because I figured we’d just make these hand masks at the Tomatoa Party. My son insisted on wearing his mask, so I used a craft knife to cut out the center of the eye, and punched a hole (using a mini hole punch) on either side of the mask and tied on an elastic cording strap, and the mask stayed on really well.
I used the Scotch Advanced Tape Glider, which dispenses a thin line of super-strong, double-sided tape to attach the mask to its stick. By the way, I first found out about the ATG gun last January, and it has quickly become my favorite adhesive tool. The initial setup is tricky, but not if you follow the instructions (sometimes I don’t LOL!). After reading the instructions and becoming familiar with it though it is such a cinch to use, and there is literally NO mess. Seriously its the most unfussy adhesive I’ve ever tried, and it’s got a crazy strong hold. The ATG is a professional-grade adhesive glider, supposedly the same tool trophy makers will use to attach the metal plates to their wood bases. I actually used it on a Valentine’s project to hold pencils, and it was almost too good. If you’re looking for a permanent hold with no mess, the Scotch ATG is what you want.
At our Tomatoa Party, we had a blacklight setup over the trampoline as well as one hung in the house. The kids spent most of the time dancing to music inside or bouncing on the tramp. All the glowing goodies and bubbles added to the fun.
Please be sure to pin this post, and don’t forget to check out my Ultimate Black Light Party Glow Guide.
Sources & Free Printables
Here are quick links to the supplies and tools I used for my Tomatoa Party. Also be sure to check out my Glow Guide for which blacklight I used; plus an overview of the blacklight reactive toys I used on the Tomatoa Table.
6-foot folding table
Floor-length purple tablecloth
Gold sequins table runners (I used 3)
Scotch double-sided tape
24-inch Purple Balloons
Lion Brand Homespun Yarn – Petunia Stripes
Command Party Banner Anchors
Maui’s magic hook
DIY Heart of TeFiti
Blacklight Lightbox Glow
Glass Tilt Bowls
Slanted Footed Bowl
Gold glitter placecard holders Gummy worms
Octopus Sour Gummies
8mm Googly eyes
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider
Mini Hole Punch