Daisy’s Days Youtube channel visited and reviewed our Dino Disco Adventure Challenge interactive children’s event that we held in Manchester in April 2018. See her review of the event here….
You child’s party is an important and potentially costly affair; so you want to get it right!
If you have decided you want to stay away from the play centre / trampoline centre type party and want to do something more memorable and imaginative getting the right entertainment can be a challenge. These questions should help you determine the quality of potential entertainment providers and get the best quality and value for money, and not end up with a 16 year old in a bad wig who can only lead musical bumps!
1/ “What is the party theme but more importantly what is the content that will be delivered to keep the children engaged?”
It’s all very well to have a ‘Snow White’, ‘Elsa’ or ‘Spiderman’ character come in their costume but if the entertainment then consists of a couple of mediocre Disney songs being warbled and a game of musical statues then you could have a lot of crazy disengaged children running around the place.
The best companies will have a clear theme (or theme offerings) that are more than a dressed up character and should be able to talk you through / send you the itinerary of games, activities, show in detail. Steer clear of anyone who can’t do this! A good party needs to be planned and structured to the minute in order to keep engagement and control of the kids. To quote Monica in Friends “Rules control the fun people”! This is not to say that the rules create a regimented and inflexible party- quite the contrary – as anyone who works with kids will know, kids respond to structure and a well-structured party with an entertainer who is in control will keep the kids engaged throughout.
2/ “Who will be the party entertainer, how much experience do they have and the best question……..”
Party entertainment companies vary enormously in that you might be speaking to a one man band in which case the person you speak to will be doing the entertainment. Alternatively you might be speaking to an agency or company who have entertainers deliver for them. In which case I would ask what the experience is of their entertainers. Our entertainers are all experienced in performance which is important for being able to carry off a character and entertain in front of people and crucially they are also experienced in working with (and entertaining) children. This might sound obvious but you’d be surprised how often a student gets drafted in, they may have done drama at college and have a younger sibling but has little experience of being in control of a group of children and most importantly engaging them, conducting them and creating a magical time for them. Its an art AND a skill and take practice, training and passion. And so experience of both performing professionally and working with children are an absolute minimum requirement for our entertainment staff. And this leads me onto…
The absolute best question you can ask here…..
“What are they good at?” This isn’t a question we get asked much , because it’s probably perceived as quite direct and also you assume that their entertainers will be good at entertaining. Not always….. a good entertainment company will know their teams strengths and be able to talk passionately about each one; whether they are particularly good at making children laugh, creating a magical character, wowing them with song and dance or conducting amazing games and play with them! If a company cannot talk with passion and confidence about what is good about their team and individual members then I would steer clear.
3/ “What space do you need to deliver a party?”
Depending on how many kids you will have at your party and the specifics of the party you are booking will depend on the exact space requirements. However this is a useful question to ask to judge how genuine and experienced the company is. If you say you will likely have 30 children and they say they can deliver it in a normal house loving room I would be wary! A good party needs space for the children to move and be active and for the entertainer to be able to run games, activities or their show. Unless there are very few children or it’s a sit down show only then generally a space of a village hall, community centre or a large back garden is usually needed. If they say they can do it anywhere then the chances are the quality of the party isn’t the most important thing!
4/ “What do you need to know?”
The company / entertainer you are speaking to should at the very least want to know the name and age of the birthday child (the most important thing as its their birthday!!) as well as practical logistics such as your location, the space of the party, how many children and any special requirements. If you haven’t volunteered this information and they haven’t asked then again they are not putting you, the customer at the centre of the conversation.
You should feel like they are treating your child’s birthday party with the greatest importance – because it is important to your child, to you and it and it’s our business as entertainment companies for it to be the important thing to us too!
5/ What themes / party offerings do you have?
If you get told that they can do whatever you want then be careful…! It actually takes a lot of work, planning, rehearsal and training to come up with a good party structure and content. Even more so if it is themed and includes activities and displays. And so a good company will have some tried and tested formulas that work. As much as this ay sound prescriptive it actually means you are getting a tried and tested party that has been professionally developed and will be sure to be successful. It’s the entertainment’s company business to know what works, come up with the ideas and execute it well. So if a company asks you to tell them what you want I would be doubtful of their experience or proven capabilities. You also may get something that is thrown together rather than professionally created. This is why we have party themes that we have spent time and investment developing, we have written songs, scripts and activities and have trained the entertainment staff in best quality execution and delivery. This is not to say we cannot be flexible and insert ideas or meet specific requirements or interests. But we always start from a base which works.
6/ “When discussing price, is it a final package price or are there likely to be extras?”
It’s worth checking what the price quoted includes; does it include travel for example or are there additional activities, add on’s that might be charged for? Is there an option for food or party bags?
7/ “How long do your entertainers do and do they manage the compete party or only part of it?”
It can vary from entertainers making a character appearance, to doing a 30 or 60 minute show to running a complete 2 hour party. So it’s worth asking this from the outset so you know how much you have to run as the parent! Our packages are for the 2 hour party and are structured as 45 minutes entertainment, followed by 15 minutes calm down craft type activity. At which point we suggest you serve food and do the cake. After which we run another 30 minutes of entertainment right up until the party close. This means the only part the parents have to be involved in is the food! It also means that by leading another session of structured entertainment after food you keep the children controlled up until the end and don’t have the post food, sugar high, running around madness that often can occur at parties! This is worked off in the second half of the entertainment and the party ends on a real high, rather than a sugar come down!
8/ “How flexible are you with numbers of children?”
When booking this type of party you are often inviting a whole class or significant numbers, usually between 20 and 30. Often siblings will be brought along and so there may be additional children on the day that had not been accounted for. It’s worth knowing how much flexibility there is in this. Generally most entertainers will be flexible with this, we certainly are and we always carry enough resources to allow for additional children, but it helps for your peace of mind to know this in advance.
9/ “What back up do you have in case the entertainer due to be delivering the party is sick?”
Obviously this would be a rare occurence and we have never encountered this thankfully, but we do have a back-up plan in case of this where we can at short notice call on another member of the team to be able to deliver the party, even if they are travelling from another area, this will be done at our cost to ensure your party goes ahead as planned! Reliability is a key part of our company ethos and we will do whatever it takes to ensure your child has the birthday party they have been promised!
10/ “What makes you a great party company?”
A good party company will be able to tell you succinctly and easily what makes them successful and stand out. In our case it’s because we have professional performers who are experienced and love children. We have exciting and imaginative themes which incorporate storytelling, music, challenges and activities. These have been developed, tried and tested to result in the best parties which engage active and imaginative children, providing a party that truly involves them, captivates them and that they will remember!
The school holidays are upon us again and unless you are travelling or holidaying away then there is the usual predicament of entertaining the kids, managing to still get work /house / errands done, making sure siblings don’t kill each other and trying to spend some quality time together too, without taking out a second mortgage!!
So here are our top tips for achieving all this and coming out the other side feeling like an Easter flower in bloom rather than a cracked Easter egg!
1/ It’s all in the planning.
As much as it might sound militant it actually helps everyone to know roughly what it happening and when. Not just for you as parents but it’s good for children to have an expectation of ‘we will have one day out at this point in the holiday’ so that they don’t start badgering half way through to spend every day at a different theme park!
2/ Balance; ratio of planned activities and free play.
It’s not realistic to have a day out every day of the holidays; but it is nice to have a couple of special trips or adventures planned! It’s a good idea to involve the kids in the planning of the days out. I ask each of my kids to come up with 3 ideas for a holiday activity that they would like to do and then I choose one from each of their lists.
3/ Don’t fear free play.
Free play is a critical part of childhood. Nowadays kids have less free-play than previous generations had as they have so many entertainment options. But encouraging them to just play with toys, be around the house and in the garden and make their own entertainment actually teaches them much more than any structured activity! They learn to be creative, imaginative, independent, problem solve. If they have siblings it also helps to reconnect them, as often siblings can lost that sense of play together as they are focused on their own activities, screens and friends. Unstructured time together helps them to reconnect and help with skills such as co-operation, leading and following. And if they argue that’s fine too – they are learning to co-operate (or not!) but it’s a critical part of child development!
4/ Set screen time rules on day one and stick to it!
Especially if you want them to get better at free play than you need to give the expectation and rule for screen time per day and be strict on it! We all know it’s far too easy to be busy and getting on and the kids are quiet because they are on their devices so not giving you any bother. But actually it’s not doing them any good and is of very little benefit to them in both the long and short term. However they don’t have the ability to understand this and are just engrossed in their device / game / video. So if you suddenly tell them to get off them because it’s been too long; that’s when the tantrums come! However, if you have set the perimeters at the start of the holidays of ‘one hour per day’ or whatever it is and make sure that is agreed at the time, then when they ask to go on their device you can remind them they have an hour max, make sure they understand and agree to this and set an alarm. It is far easier to get them off it then because they were expecting it. It’s when children are not expecting sudden rules to be enforced that they kick off! Generally if they know something is coming they are better at dealing with it!
5/ Use holiday clubs
There are all manner of school holiday clubs and activities and its worth utilising them if only for 1 or 2 days or when you are working. The children enjoy it, it gets them out, active and socialising. It’s also a good way to get them to meet new children and also try a new skill or activity that they may not have previously have tried as there are lots of specialist holiday camps, such as tennis, arts and crafts and drama.
6/ Make sure chocolate eggs are counteracted with activity!
We all love an Easter egg or two! But it’s a good opportunity to help children to understand the correlation between food choices, exercise and how your body and brain performs. Therefore if they are going to have some of their Easter egg ask them to counteract it with a run around the garden, bouncing on the trampoline or 100 skips with their skipping rope!!
7/ Involve the kids in jobs
Holidays are often a time when parents are off work and also want to get jobs done around the house; some spring cleaning, sorting out clothes and chucking old winter clothes that are too small or tidying the toy boxes! So get the children involved; you can make it fun by giving them an age appropriate objective (for the young ones find all the socks that pair together, find all the trains in the toy boxes, for the older ones, go through the clothes and put to the side the ones that don’t fit or organise the books into alphabetical order) Usually there is something fun that can made out of jobs and especially if you put a timer on, some music, sing while you sort and have fun! And then have a treat together at the end whilst surveying the job well done!
8/Explore the fun in your own square mile
It’s amazing how many things are happening in our own community that we don’t know about. We don’t always have to get in the car to find something fun to do for an hour with the kids. From exploring new areas of where we live, going to a different park or taking a bus to the next town; to finding small scale events happening on our doorsteps at schools, charities and libraries. Often these are free and can be a good way to while away an hour or so and be a change of scenery. And if you bump into friends and end up with an impromptu playdate for the kids even better!
9/ Set them a challenge
Give the kids a challenge that you want them to complete over the holidays. This could be a project that can be done across a number of days; such as an art or craft project (make a series of greeting cards or decorations for their room) or it could be getting them to practice their football skills (be able to do 10 ‘keepie-uppies’ by the end of the holidays) or it could be getting them to write a story or poem. Something that they can do a little bit on every few days and have as a focus for their down time whenever they moan “I’m bored!” Obviously it needs to be something of their choosing so they are motivated. But if you ca give them a platform for their achievement at the end (sending their greeting cards to family, performing their show to family, printing and binding their story)
10/ Appreciate the time
If you look at the big picture there are not that many periods of time that you will have with your kids to just enjoy being together in the holidays. Before long they will be teenagers and wanting to spend their school holidays with their friends or off doing their hobbies on their own! So make the most of the time, enjoy some Pyjama mornings and don’t worry about what you ‘should be doing’ do what you want to do!
Spring feels a long time coming but finally Easter is around the corner and with school holidays and family time to enjoy it’s time to get cracking and see a round-up of the Easter family activities in the North West; here’s our pick of the most egg-cellent children’s events!
Egg-citing Easter Fun at Tatton Park
Friday 30 March – 2 April
There’s entertaining egg-themed activities to enjoy in all the attractions, plus magic, puppetry and face painting for the kids in the Stableyard. Drop into our Easter Fair (Saturday – Monday) and Tatton shops to pick up last minute Easter gifts! Each child receives a bag of Nestlé Smarties chocolate eggs when they visit the Farm, Mansion or Gardens.
Easter Biscuit Decorating at Bents
Monday 9th April & Wednesday 11th April.
Let your children get creative this Easter! Learn how to decorate Easter shaped biscuits and take away two of their very own creations. Online booking is required, book online at bents.co.uk. Places are limited.
Egg-cellent Easter Fun at Greenwood Family Park
24th March – 15th April.
Make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride, Jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Children will love discovering the super bouncy and newly refurbished Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail or aiming for gold at Archery.
In the Forest Theatre, you’ll find extraordinary entertainment this Easter holiday, including Erwyd the Jester, Smarty Marty the Clown and Harley’s Showtime – they just can’t wait to make you laugh. Or get creative in the craft area where you can see local crafts people and make something unique to take home with you!
Keep a look out for the Easter bunny whilst they help you on the FREE Easter Egg Hunt and spot the giant Easter Eggs in the Trees.
Family Easter Egg Hunt at Cholmondeley Castle
April 1st 2018
Let the children run free in the gardens hunting for the hidden bunnies. Find the bunnies and collect your Easter Treat. With the extensive grounds, children’s play areas, lakeside walk, adventure Den, and Tea Room there are lots of things to keep the family occupied. Cheshire Wildlife Trust will also be in attendance with lots for children to enjoy. Easter Egg Hunt clue sheet will be available between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm whilst stocks last.
It’s Easter at Ness Garden’s
Easter Family Trail Saturday 24 March to Sunday 15 April – Who’s egg is it? Fun family trail to find out more about eggs, big and small with a few jokes or is that yolks! Complete with a chocolate treat. Trail takes about an hour. Daily 10am-4.30pm.
Look at Those Seeds Grow -Drop in to the Coach House 1-3pm and make a recycled paper pot, sow vegetable seeds, and prick out seedlings to take home and grow: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th April
Easter art sessions for families at Manchester Art Gallery
This Easter join in the creative activities linked to the new mindfulness exhibition And Breathe…
In these artist led sessions you will create tactile taking notice tools to take home. And if you’d like too, learn how to practice fun mindfulness techniques together as a family.
There will be two studios open for you to explore, one for early years children and one with activities for older children.
All sessions are free. Drop in anytime between 1-3pm. Sessions run Wednesday – Saturday. April: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th
Easter adventure quest at Beeston Castle
Calling all valiant adventurers! Go on a hunt for legendary dragon eggs. Set off on a quest to crack the clues, meeting characters from the past along the way, then claim your chocolate reward. Fri 30 Mar – Mon 2 Apr 11-5pm
Dino Disco Adventure Challenge
If you’re on the hunt for a fun-filled family activity this Easter then look no further, as the Dino Disco Adventure Challenge is stomping its way to The Great Northern in Manchester. Guaranteed to capture the imaginations of children aged between two and eight, this unique experience immerses them in a prehistoric playtime full of fun and games. Watch your child become a Dino hunter, and take part in energetic jurassic themed games with Gus, their dinosaur hunter host. This GRRRReat family activity will be available on Saturday 7th April and Sunday 8th April with sessions running from 10am – 3pm.
The Easter Bunny Hunt at Norton Priory Walled Garden.
2nd & 3rd April
Catch the Easter Bunny on a fun Easter hunt around the Norton Priory Walled Garden.
Family fun stories, trails and activities!
11am – 4pm.
Bluebells and Butterflies at Quarry Bank
3rd – 13th April 2018
Quarry Bank comes to life with the arrival of spring. Enjoy being outdoors with lots of activities and wild adventures this Easter holiday. Look out for the signs of spring!
Bluebell Family Walks At Rode Hall
28th April – 7th May 2018
Experience one of the finest Bluebell Walks in the North West at Rode Hall & Gardens in Cheshire. Families can enjoy Rode’s carpets of ancient bluebells as well as daffodils and azaleas.
Easter Classical Family Concerts at Heaton Hall
1st & 2nd April
The Classical Concerts feature graduate singing stars from the Royal Northern College of Music; Jenny Carson (soprano), Thomas D Hopkinson (bass), Dan McDwyer (tenor) and the Vine Quartet conducted by Alex Robinson. The Classical Concerts will reveal the story of the Egerton family’s musical past at Heaton.
St Ann’s Hospice – Easter Egg Hunt
Wythenshawe Park and Heaton Park, Manchester
St Ann’s Hospice is holding Easter Egg Hunts at Wythenshawe Park and Heaton Park.
As well as an Easter Egg Hunt there will be a range of stalls, crafts and activities.
Tickets are £3.50 per child and each child receives an Easter egg.
Plus there will be a very special guest – the Easter Bunny.
All the proceeds from the event go to St Ann’s Hospice.
Running a kids birthday party is no mean feat! And if you are running it yourself and trying to keep costs down, you know you need good party games to keep the kids engaged and enthralled!
Here we have rounded up some great birthday party games that will work for different ages and party types,, making your birthday party a hit without having to spend much extra money on supplies….
The party games that do require supplies can be common objects found around the house or in your wardrobe or picked up cheaply at the supermarket.
Also don’t be afraid to improvise if you have a similar object or you can still play that game with a slight variation. Guests don’t know what the game originally should be; as long as it works and is fun. Just use these party games as inspiration and make them work for you!
These birthday party games are great for all ages and you can often add variations to make them work for adults or even younger children. They’d be great for family birthday parties too.
1/ Treasure hunt
A treasure hunt is a winning game for any birthday party and can adapted to be age and space appropriate. If you have a huge field to do it round, great, but equally if you want to do it just around the lounge it can work as well.
Depending on the age of the child you can give them written clues or picture clues. You can divide the party guests into teams and an adult can help each team. You can do riddles to fit the theme of your party or can set picture challenges. For younger children they can simply be told to go and find as many objects of a certain theme that you have hidden around the area. Or a good variation for younger children is to hide toys around the space which e ach has a piece of paper with a letter on it. They have to find all the toys and collect the letters to be able to spell out the word that gives them their prize.
A lovely version for outside involves the children working together to solve the clues and the end clue revealing a treasure box full of snacks and drinks.
No matter the age, setting or level you pitch it at a Treasure hunt goes down well at any party!
2/ ‘Fruit’ basket (or ‘Dinosaur’ basket or ‘whatever your theme’ is basket!)
Have as many pieces of paper as there are guests, minus one. Then tape each piece of paper to the floor so they are around in a big circle and have each party guest stand on a piece of paper. The party child can stand in the middle of the circle (not on a piece of paper)
Have 4 group names; you can work these within you theme. If your party is a dinosaur theme you can have each group be a different dinosaur, or Disney character or colour, or you can rely on the old stand by and give each group a fruit name like: apple, banana, pear and grape. O around the circle alternately giving each child one of the 4 names.
Once everyone knows their group name, the player in the middle calls out one of the group names. Each member of that group must now move to a different place marker, while the person in the middle seeks to steal a place. The player left without a place in the outer circle stands in the middle and play resumes.
The ace in the hole is if the person in the middle calls out ‘fruit basket’ (if you are using a non-fruity theme you may select a different phrase such as ‘Dinosaur Roar’!). This means that all players must change places. Let the mayhem begin!
Children will love being dinosaurs or princesses. The older crowd will like the fast paced nature of the game. Bottom line no matter if you are a fruit basket or a hoard of African mammals your party goers will love this game.
3/ Dress up relay race
Fill two suitcases or boxes with dress up clothes (hats, scarves, jackets, skirts, gloves, boots, and so on – they must be able to fit all players) and place them at one end of the room / birthday party space. Divide the players into two teams and have the team form two lines at the opposite end of the space to the suitcases.
At the word go, the first player from each team runs to one of the suitcases or boxes and dons all the clothes in it over the clothes he’s already wearing. Decide ahead of time whether buttons, zippers, and so on must be fastened. When a player is completely dressed, he then quickly removes all the dress-up clothes, puts them back in the suitcase or box, and runs to the end of his team’s line.
The next player then takes a turn and so on until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish wins.
4/ Pass the bag
This is a variation on the above relay race dress up.
Fill a large rubbish bag with a variety of clothing items such as aprons, men’s and women’s shoes, scarves, hats, socks, ties, shirts and skirts. To play, have guests form a circle and pass the bag around as music plays. When the music stops, whoever is holding the bag must take something out and put it on. No searching! They must take the first thing their hand touches. Continue until the bag is empty and all the kids are dressed in ridiculous outfits. Take pictures of the funny results!
5/ River crossing
All the children stand in a line, with two sheets of paper. They are supposed to reach the other end of the room, without stepping on the ground. Each child must first step on one sheet, then on the other and pick up the previous sheet and place it in front of him or her. In this way, the children reach the finish line. The child who reaches first, is the winner!
6/ Animal capture
This is ideally played in a large space, outdoors. Divide the kids evenly into two teams. Explain the layout of the field (or back garden or living room!). There should be a safe zone for each team on either end of the field. You could define the safe zones with a rope or hose. Have the teams sit on two straight lines near the middle of the field but at least 10 feet apart from each other.
Choose one team to go first. Team A huddles up in their safe zone and quietly decides on an animal to imitate. They then return to the starting line, and on the count of three, everyone on Team A silently acts out the animal they chose. For example, if they decided to be monkeys, they might hop up and down and scratch their armpits.
Meanwhile, Team B is watching from their starting line. Team B members raise their hand if they have a guess as to what animal is being acted out by the other team. An adult calls on one child with his or her hand up and asks them to guess. If the child guesses correctly, that gives the green light for Team B to charge across the field and try to tag the players from Team A.
If Team A players make it to their safe zone without being tagged, they stay on Team A. If they get tagged, they become a member of Team B.
Now, it’s Team B’s turn to huddle up and decide on an animal to mimic. Repeat the steps for as long as the kids are having fun. There’s no end or winner. If an entire team ends up being tagged, start over with even teams.
7/ Guess How Many……
This game works well when party guests are arriving. Fill a jar with many small items and have each child write down how many items they think are in the jar, along with their name, on a slip of paper. The child who guesses closest to the actual number wins. You can choose colourful sweets or small toys, or items that match your party theme.
“How low can you go?” Choose some lively music, and lower the bar as guests dance under. A broomstick works well as a limbo bar. Remind players they must face forward and lean as far back as they can. Whoever manages to go the lowest is the winner.
9/ Please Mr. dinosaur may I cross the mountain? (also known as Please Mr Crocodile!)
All of the players (except one who is chosen as ‘Mr Dinosaur’) stand side by side at one side of the yard or room, facing the other side. Mr Dinosaur stands in the middle of the yard or room.
The players chant, “Please Mr Dinosaur may we cross the mountain? If not, why not, what’s your favourite colour?”
Mr Dinosaur calls out one colour name and any of the players wearing that colour are safe to cross past Mr Dinosaur to the other side of the field /room. For example, if Mr Dinosaur calls, “Blue,” anyone wearing blue is safe to cross.
Once the safe players are across to the other side of the space, the players not wearing the selected colour must try to run across to the other side of the
yard/room without being caught by Mr Dinosaur.
The player that is caught becomes the next Mr Dinosaur and the game starts again.
10/ Lego relay
Build some simple Lego models, make the same amount as number of teams you will have. Create a box for each team with the blocks needed for the demonstration model plus some extras. Place the boxes half way along the room and the demonstration models at the end. The first child in each relay team must run and get the first piece (usually the base plate) to start the model. They must then look at the model at which is the next brick needed, so they must run back and tell the next child in the team which brick they should get next and the next child goes and finds that brick and builds the next piece of the model. And they continue until the first team finishes the model correctly.
Divide the children into two teams. Have two batches of identical cups / plant pots (at least one per child, so if 30 children in total need at least 30 cups / pots) and place then around the space with one batch turned right way and the other batch turned upside down. The children are given 90 seconds during which Team A must turn all the right side cups upside down and Team B must turn all the upside down cups right side! At the end of the 90 seconds the team which has managed to have the most cups / pots there way wins! Its complete mayhem and loads of fun!
12/ Dodgeball with Beach balls
And to finish a simple game with a simple twist. Dodgeball done with beach balls is not only fun, it is significantly safer and great to do with younger kids.
Whatever theme and games you decide on for your birthday party have loads of fun! And if you want help with delivering the themed entertainment contact us now, we’d love to come and deliver birthday party entertained that will delight your child and their friends!
On Mother’s day; I would rather have a creative child with glitter and glue to clear up than a tidy house and a child glued to a screen!
Happy Mother’s Day – and it’s a day where traditionally we mums get to put our feet up and not do any house work!
I was blessed to be woken up with not only a delicious pancake cooked by my 8 year old but a plethora of artwork which has been painstakingly created over the last week, largely involving glitter, cutting and glue!
As you can imagine this has resulted in a large amount of tidying up and clearing of glitter which is likely to adorn various surfaces in her bedroom for weeks to come! This could result in me as a mum being cross that I have to do these jobs on a day that apparently (according to the greetings cards!) I should not be partaking in domestic chores! But conversely I get great pleasure from this tidying – not because I am a clean-up freak – far from it I am nowhere near being domestic goddess and tidying and cleaning is about as far from my idea of fun as sitting in an ice cold bath! HOWEVER I am ecstatic to do this particular tidying job because it means my daughter has spent hours upon hours in the last week using her imagination, being artistic, creative, problem solving (when she didn’t have any skewers for the sticks to hold up the bunting on her Mother’s day pop up card she improvised with toothpicks stuck together!). She has been busy with her hands, her mind, her imagination, her vision. And she has loved doing it. And most of all she was passionate to do it. Over the last week every time I have walked into her bedroom she has been huddled under her bed busying away on one of these amazing creations and I have been urged “not to look”!!!
So the upshot is that I do have mess to clear up and jobs to do on Mother’s day, but I also have this amazing looking mantelpiece, full of my daughters creative juices . I would rather this result than a minimalist mantelpiece, a clean and tidy house and a child who is glued to the computer screen. Maybe I am old fashioned in that view but I truly believe she will be at a greater advantage in her life as a result. She will have learnt many more valuable skills with these physical projects than she would playing on endless computer games and apps in a virtual world! And yes I might have more work to do as a result but I’d rather she live in a real world that is full of colour, creations, imagination and art!
So I am celebrating the glitter and the mess today and celebrating my children for which I am truly grateful for! And here’s to all the amazing Mummy’s clearing up their children’s mess today……….let’s rejoice in it!!!