The ‘Bobbing for Worms’ Game

‘Bobbing for apples’ with young kids has never appealed to my inner ‘health and safety nut’ … But this could be a worthy alternative. It’s pretty much a case of ‘what it says on the tin’… An ‘ick’ game that my boys will probably both love and hate in equal measure, but ups the ante for older kids at Halloween.

Having done the ‘Dangling Doughnuts’ game, I thought it’d be good to up the ante this year.  The plan is to cook the spaghetti and put it on plates with a touch of olive oil, so that it doesn’t congeal when cold

After it cools, I’m planning on adding the ‘jelly snakes’ into it, then putting it into big bowls.

Then, the challenge for the kids will be to try to pick the jelly snakes (‘worms’) out, only using their mouths.  I may try it blindfolded first and possibly do it as a timed challenge: ‘how many worms can you get in 1 minute?’ as my guys like the thrill of competition…

The ‘Hunt the Skeleton’ Game

My kids asked me if they could do a treasure hunt, a bit like the one they did at Easter over Halloween.

We’d previously done the ‘Hunt the Halloween Letters’ game and I thought I’d do a different one this year as they’re a bit older now and would like a puzzle and chocolate to boot…

So this is what I came up with.  I drew the bones for a (very out of proportion!) skeleton on white card, named the pieces on the back and drew round them in pencil on a piece of black paper to tip them off on which bone goes where (but you could up the challenge by getting them to also work out how it goes together… harder than it looks when you have a pile of bones!).

On the back of each of the bones I’ve taped some Halloween-themed chocolates.  I was going to get them to build a skeleton each, but I’ve settled on doubling-up the chocolate on a single skeleton as there are quite a few bones to find/hide.  As I doubled-up the paper when I cut it out, I have another skeleton they can do with their friends if they want to do it in teams as a race.

When we do the game, I’ll stick the black paper to a door and the guys will have to hunt around the house for the bones, divvy-up the chocs stuck to the back, then stick them in the right place. Hopefully it’s something they’ll find fun and gives us a new decoration at the same time 😉

 

DIY Roald Dahl-Themed Party

As the 13th September was Roald Dahl’s birthday, the fab people at Roald Dahl HQ created a whole host of party and dressing-up ideas to celebrate the great man and raise money for his eponymous charity. If you’ve not seen the website, it’s definitely worth a look – it’s got brilliant ideas for teachers too.

…We did our own celebration, with the main event being the food:

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… to be fair though, it was more ‘concept cooking’ (or ‘assembling’) than haute cusine.  Here’s what we served (and what the labels said):

  • “The Fleshlumpeater’s favourite snack” – an entire baguette made into a colossal ham sandwich, which was then cut into individual portions at the table
  • “Miss Honey’s favourite sandwiches” – normal sandwiches!
  • “Danny’s Dip of Champions” – humous
  • Labelled as: “Imported from Giant Country” – long, thin breadsticks
  • “From The BFG’s vegetable patch” – raw carrots, peppers, tomatoes, served BIG
  • “Snozzcumber (does not contain human beans)” – partially peeled, hollowed-out whole cucumber, with cream cheese inside (cut into portions at the table)
  • “The Enormous Crocodile’s toothpicks” – ‘French Stick’ crisps
  • “The BFG’s dream jar” – a Kilner jar, with mandarin pieces suspended in different coloured layers of jelly
  • “Wonker’s Chocolate (mixed by waterfall)” – chocolate fondue with strawberries, marshmallows and honeycomb for dipping
  • “Whizz-popping Frobscottle” – bottle of sparkling apple juice (relabelled!)

After lunch we had some party games, starting with the Quiz from the Roald Dahl Party Pack, along with ‘Hunt the Dream’, where the kids were told in letters from the BFG to help him hunt for the golden Phizzwizards (sweets wrapped in gold paper) around the house.

Then we played some home-made games, starting with Bingo, made using Gobblefunk words that I found online, boosted with some characters and other memorable phrases. The answers were all put in a mixed bowl, so the Bingo Caller could also play.

… one of the Bingo cards:

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Everyone then took turns to act out a character in Charades, which worked well (until my youngest refused point-blank to be Mrs Trunchbull!).  The following characters were written on individual pieces of paper and mixed up in a bowl for us to pick at random:

  • Mr Victor Hazel
  • Mr. Willy Wonker
  • Matilda
  • Mrs. Trunchbull
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Enormous Crocodile
  • The BFG

It was pretty quick and easy to do and there seems to be loads of mileage in Roald Dahl’s books for different games and fancy dress.  In fact, I think I’ll find out when Lewis Caroll’s birthday was and perhaps do an Alice in Wonderland-themed one – although with two boys, I’ll have to call it “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” to get any takers!!

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DIY Superhero Party

We decided to hold the ‘Superhero Games’, where would-be superheroes were invited to come, (fancy-dressed, ready for action) to test their skill, strength, speed and stealth.  All the activities were a superhero-spin on traditional party games.  Whilst we didn’t get round to doing them all, I thought I’d share the ideas we had:

Individual Games:

  • Superhero style – Black Lace’s ‘Superman’ is a corker as a soundtrack for asking the children to show their best superhero moves
  • Musical islands, superhero-style. I just printed superhero pictures out and stuck them onto brightly coloured A5 cards, then removed cards when the music stopped and children were ‘out’

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  • Kryptonite hot potato – I put green finger lights in white balloons and blew them up to create small, glowing balls. The game then worked like a reverse-version of pass the parcel.  Superheroes who were holding the balls when the music stopped were ‘out’ until we whittled it down to the winner!

Team Games:

I made the following bollards by covering cardboard boxes in paper, with pictures to keep with the theme:

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  • Villain attack – a game of skill, where superheroes have to throw bean bags over the bollards of the baddies into buckets

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  • Bean bag attack – we then removed the buckets and lined the bollards up to ask the superheroes to see if they could knock them over with their mini bean bags

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  • Strongman challenge – superheroes test their strength whilst weaving around bollards of the baddies. This was done in teams, where each team was given a number of empty cardboard boxes which had pictures of heavy weights on them.  They then needed to weave in and out of the bollards, to the end of the line and then pass the weights on to the next member of their team without dropping them.  The process continued as a relay, until the first team completed the whole challenge.

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  • Speed – What’s the time bat man? A superhero-take on ‘what’s the time Mr. wolf?’
  • Speed – Superman Tag. Basically British Bulldogs.  Children have to run from one side of the room to the other and try not to get caught by the ‘catcher’ in the middle.  When they are caught, then they join the ‘catching team’ and have to try and catch others as they run across the room and back.
  • Limbo – All kids seem to love this, they don’t stick to the rules mind you, as you can see, they just crawl or roll-under, but it’s all fun for them.

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I hope you like some of these ideas and that you have a fun time if you are hosting a similar party.  Things never go according to plan, but the more noise, chaos and laughs the better, as long as the kids have fun!