Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hearts and hats

Valentine's Day happened as scheduled last Thursday (but it was followed by yet another extended weekend - four days off - so no time to write!)... And as scheduled, I was in charge of the class party.  Unfortunately, it was also a grand success, so I fear being called upon again.  Thanks to everyone who sent me suggestions!

We landed on the following:

  • Craft #1: newspaper hats for the kids to decorate
  • Craft #2: salt-dough ornaments for the kids to paint
  • Game: plucking candy hearts out of a bowl of rice... with chopsticks
  • Snack: red foods
Three hours and a bottle of wine later...
The salt dough ornaments were actually really easy.  2 parts flour, 1 part salt, 1 part warm water.  Mix, knead, roll, cut, bake.  The Bug's unstoppable sweet tooth led her to taste the dough, which looked to her like cookies.  Do yourself a favor and don't ever do that.  This is pretty good craft, too - the kids did a lovely job painting them, and they really didn't take me that long to make, all things considered.

The hats were hysterical.  I made them the night before, and it took hours.  No joke.  But it's kinda funny to have a bunch of privileged kids wearing newspaper on their heads. 

The game, also pretty funny.  A couple of the kids were big cheaters.  A couple absolutely could NOT get the hang of it.  Generally, though, they cheered each other on, they had fun, they weren't mean.  Plus, easy to set up.

The snacks.... who knows?  The punch looked horrific, the fruits looked pretty tasty.  But I missed snack center entirely trying to monitor the game. 

In other news, the Bunny's little class of 3-year-old boys + her voted on what they wanted for their party.  Basically, the boys agree with anything she suggests.  So they had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with strawberries.  Whatever will she do when she's not the only girl in class and therefore no longer pulls all the strings?

So, yeah, back to the party: total success.  Will I do it again?  Hopefully not.  But if I do, expect to see the New York Times plopped on your kids' heads. 

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