Well we had the forest school party at the weekend and I can happily report that no children broke any limbs or spontaneously combusted!
The party worked really well, My eldest shared it with one of her friends from school, so we as parents could share the burden a bit!
We're lucky here as there is a village hall type building about 75 yards away, so for any parties we tend to use that. We got all the children and parents to meet us there(I live in fear of a children party where the parents leave their children for me to look after!), before I lead them over to the far field where the girls and I had set up the log circle. I'd roped my brother into manning/guarding the bonfire which worked really well (and his wife helped looking after our little boy who wasn't as happy as he could have been...)
|Leaf crown on the birthday girl!|
We'd set up a few activities for the kids, so they split into groups.
The one activity was a treasure hunt I'd made up in the bottom field. Around the field I'd left different cards with pictures with animal tracks on, each track had a letter which they had to match up to a sheet they'd been given. Five different animal tracks with five letter to make up the word "Field". It was great and as I'd spaced it right round the field (with one well hidden one) they were all running all over the place, burning off lots of energy. When they got them all they got a packet of sweets as a reward.
Around the fire the children could roast some marshmallows and my brother had cut some fresh willow sticks to roast them with, we had set a limit for each child but I think there were a fair few that had more than their quota of marshmallows!
There was also crown making with some cardboard crowns with sticky backed tape around the outside, the kids then collected leaves and grasses to stick on them. They all seemed to enjoy all of it, being outside and running about in the open space.
We then headed back to the hall for party food (I'm going to have a major rant and moan/vent about something to do with this later in the week), all the kids were all great and really well behaved, whilst all the parents had a good chat and warmed up a bit by the heaters.
Both the birthday boy and girl had their cakes (I had to make a second strawberry cake for this!) and blew out their candles.
It all went really well, kids went home happy, but I was really happy when it was all over! A lot of preparation, planning and baking went into it!
We ended up with three very tired children and two very tired parents by the end as well! I was cream crackered!