Sheffield-based children's entertainer creates letterbox sized craft packs allowing kids' parties to continue during lockdown

Even as lockdown eases, there will be restrictions on the traditional birthday parties enjoyed by children and their friends but a Sheffield-based children's entertainer has adapted her arts and crafts party business to fit perfectly through the letterbox.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 11:27 am

Through 'My Busy Box', children's birthday parties can continue during lockdown; parents can order a Busy Box for every ‘attendee’ within their bubble, along with a party bag, and the letterbox-sized craft boxes will be sent directly to their doors.

Zoe Bell, Founder of My Arty Party and My Busy Box in Sheffield said: "When lockdown started, my original business, My Arty Party, had to stop as face-to-face interaction was prohibited and I couldn't deliver any of our parties, workshops or public events. Naturally, we missed the children very much, and we came up with the idea of taking our activities into children's homes through a letterbox-sized box - 'My Busy Box' was born.

After working with children for more than 15 years, Zoe Bell from Sheffield established My Arty Party with her daughter to provide bespoke arts and crafts experiences and activities for children aged between 5 and 12 years old in and around Sheffield.

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My Busy Box creative craft pack.
My Busy Box creative craft pack.

Zoe added: "I'm absolutely passionate about encouraging and inspiring children to learn new skills whilst having fun. When children are given the opportunity to be creative they learn and grow in their own individual ways. It's so exciting to see for parents and children find real joy in their new-found abilities too."

The boxes include all of the materials and tools needed to assemble the creations – meaning no last-minute orders on the Hobby Craft website.

Through the letterbox-sized projects, the family-run business is once again able to bring the excitement of their arts and crafts events to children right across the UK.

Social gatherings have been halted this year due to the pandemic, but the current restrictions in place will start to ease according to the Government’s roadmap plan.

From Monday 29 March, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) are allowed with up to six people present.

For more information about the craft packs, visit

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