This year, instead of a big party, Moonpie opted to have a birthday lunch with a handful of friends. We have learned from past parties that she overwhelms easily in a large group. Oh how I understand this.
Ages ago I saw a post on Oh Happy Day! about some invitations that she had created for a bookworm themed birthday party. I tucked that idea in the back of my head, hoping that one day one of my children would like the idea of a bookworm themed party. When I mentioned this idea to Moonpie, she loved it!
This left lots of room for activities we could do. I dusted off my elementary school teacher brain and set to work on some games!
They all attempted to make bleached letter t-shirts (inspired by Ashley Anne). I say attempted because I used natural bleach. You know, the kind with no chlorine in it. Mmm-hmm. Genius! When we pulled the shirts out of the drier a friend said "hey, what happened to my letter?" Good question!
We hunted for eggs in the backyard with words inside of them. After all were found the kids pieced the words together to form sentences. Some of the sentences were scripture and some were quotes from children's books.
We played sight word bingo, using gummy worms for markers. They appeased me by sitting through one game. Then they couldn't resist the urge to eat their gummy worms!
We then, of course, played pin the worm on the book. This was Moonpie's idea and she created the whole activity herself.
My favorite part of the day was when we sat down to eat lunch (alphabet soup, of course!). I started a discussion about favorite books. I loved hearing them talk about the books they treasure most. One child stated that she just couldn't think of her favorite book because there are so many good ones.
I couldn't agree more.