Super Hero Party 101

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In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the popularity of the Don’t Eat Pete game. We’ve made various versions to go with different parties and this one is no different. Introducing the Don’t Eat the Super Hero game. Alphabit cereal pieces go on each picture and while one of the children hides his/her eyes, we choose which one is it by pointing. “It” gets to eat a cereal piece one at a time while we wait for them to pick our choice. We can name the letters as they eat each cereal bite for our letter/sound recognition. Makes learning fun. We then holler “Don’t Eat the Super Hero/Pete/Cat/ or whatever our theme is. They A.D.O.R.E. this game! Lots of smiles and great chance to eat a little snack. What does it teach??  Taking turns, memory, speaking in unison, teamwork, color recognition, picture recognition (after all we sometimes don’t remember Thor from Flash Gordon for example).

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This is a photo of our Shields. We upcycled cereal boxes and in the next photo you’ll notice the handle I fashioned for each one. This creates a one size fits all and there’s no taping anything to mess with. Simple is the best way for Early Childhood.

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On the back of each Shield is a super hero movement suggestion. You may need to improvise when someone isn’t developmentally ready to do a somersault for example. The Children are very quick to make a suggestion for their friends in these instances. It’s such a sweet thing to observe humanity at its best.

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We drew a circle on the sidewalk as well to jump in and out of for the jumprope rhyme. You don’t have to have a jumprope. Improvise these great childhood rhymes and make them your own. We jumped in the door, out the door, did a wave out the door, flew out the door. The possibilities are huge.

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With my phone tunes (usually Elvis or Hank Williams Sr just because that’s who soothes the baby. tee hee) we marched around holding our shields and stopping when the music mutes. It’s then that the actions on the shields come into play.

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Here’s the crab walk. Our birthday boy led the group with the ‘dark green’ cape. It’s his favorite color in case you didn’t know 🙂

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Using some chalk, they decided to do some tracing on different surfaces. My young friend here chose to try out the landscape timber to trace his shield. He’s 2 by the way. Capes, shields, chalk, stickers, cereal, music, and a camera. That’s all you need to be a SuperHero!!!

Camping Party

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A June highlite for all you partiers out there! This one is for preschoolers so you may move along if it doesn’t appeal to your age group 🙂 We came upon our theme with the purchase of Flat Stanley Goes Camping.

IMG_2516 (2)This creation was our impromptu ‘campfire’. There was much safety talk before the festivities began as we took a time for that Teaching Moment.

Games to be played around the campfire…..

  • Campfire stories of course
  • Marshmallow toss (we used cotton balls)
  • Musical campfire

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A little outdoor play with the parachute is mandatory when weather permits with our rendition of “How Many Do You Want to Be?”(a counting game) As well as our “Weather of the Day”, after all, camping is greatly impacted by the weather, right?!

IMG_2528 (2)We have to send a big THanK YoU! to Weston’s mommy for providing our camping-style treat. Ice Cream Sundaes. Topping choices were chocolate, strawberry syrup, whipped topping and sprinkles. Yummo!


Jesus Loves Me

If I’m well by the time this post airs, I hope to let you listen to the children in my home daycare sing Jesus Love Me to you. I have had the stomach bug 3 times this season. A record. And an occupational hazard I have learned to live with. Anyhoo, My policy says no ‘faces’ of children on my blog to keep them safe online. But we can add sound and show you our “Jazzy” party ideas.

This set of party ideas is for a 1 year old & I’m showing it ‘in photos’.IMG_6374a

Conversation starter….What will they be doing in 20 years?

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Body tracing (we had to tape some paper together) Everyone helps decorate. And then we played musical hats. When music stops, you put one on. We had a little trouble that time with ‘someone’ who wanted to stomp hats. Never a dull moment. haha

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This is a homemade game using wallpaper book samples. We picked an Action Flower and then performed the action as a group. Glad there’s not a video of that! lol

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The stickers are for Pin the Jewel on the Crown. We use masking tape over sunglasses because some children are afraid to be blindfolded. It is an awesome solution!

The grand finale is making personal pizzas. Under each bagel pizza is a name written in black marker so they know they are getting “their” pizza. Possession is 9 /10ths of the law right??!!  Early minds quickly grasp that theory. Don’t believe me? Watch a pair of 2 year olds playing side by side. Or watch a pair of parents going through child custody. Same difference.