Friday, May 15, 2009

A Night with the Mums

This week we celebrated Mothers Day at the youth group I volunteer for. We invited our mums for a night of fun and games. The kids planned the program, cooked the food and made the invitations last week. This week there was much excitement as the mums arrived.

We played games, served supper and had a chat. The kids and mums had a great time. At the end of the evening a number of mums approached me for more game ideas. They had had a wonderful time and wanted to play the games at their children's birthday parties. It seems the at home birthday party is back.

Its probably a sign of the economic times but apparently the 'activity' birthday party is losing favour and kids are rediscovering the fun of at home parties. The hard economic times do have a brighter side - people are rediscovering simple pleasures, that has to be a good thing.

One of the games we played last night is like Pictionary with playdough. Its fun and can be played by anyone.

Divide into teams, any number in the teams, it doesn't matter. One person in each team starts with the playdough. They are given a secret object to make with the playdough. The other teams members must guess what it is. Once the team guesses correctly the playdough is passed to another team member who is given another object to make. The first team to guess all their ojects wins.

Make the objects to guess appropriate to the age group playing. Mix in some simple things with harder to guess objects. Examples include: chair, table, flower, tree, dog, kangaroo, a smile ....

Playdough Recipe
2 cups plain flour
1 cup cooking salt
1 cup of water
food colouring

Combine all ingredients, mix well. Add more flour if the mixture is sticky. You should have a smooth dough. This will keep for weeks in a sealed container in the fridge.

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