Truck-themed game for boy birthday parties: Find the tools a truck driver needs and collect a token

Posted under Games

25Feb
tokens for truck game

  I’m busy planning my son’s 5th birthday Dinosaur party.  It’s in less than two weeks and hopefully the new baby won’t make a surprise entrance before then!   But last year, Ned had a truck-themed do.  This was another game we played. My husband drew seven truck-themed pictures (keys to start the truck, lunch for the truck driver to…

Easter Bingo

Posted under Easter, Games

12Mar

If you are looking for some Easter fun beyond scoffing chocolate, why not play Easter Bingo? All you need to do is to make up some bingo cards with Easter-themed words on them, one card per player.  Be sure to have one word on each card that is exclusive to the pack, ie: not appearing on more than one board…

Parent Tip: A Christmas game for giving and receiving

Posted under Christmas, Games

19Dec

I love Christmas.  I love the decorations, the lights, the Christmas cheer and the Christmas spirit. I could watch my favourite film of all time, While you were sleeping, over and over and over again.  I love dressing up in red even more often than I already do. I love Christmas trees and pantomimes and parades. I love relaxed social…

Jacaranda Tree circle or transition game for home, playgroup or kindergarten

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22Nov

Something new!  Oh, what fun!! MamaMoontime readers often ask me for audio and video footage of games, songs and stories I share. Now, I can do it! This is my favourite Jacaranda song.  Every year, when the jacaranda trees bloom in these parts, this song jumps right back into my head. I dare say I’ll probably be singing it in…

Crystal Treasure Hunting Game for party fun

Posted under Games, Party, Play activities

21Sep

This is my new all-time favourite of things to do with little children…. A Crystal treasure hunting game!! Small circular carpet mats were placed on the table and in the centre of each mat sat a small pile of tiny stones, an upturned clam, paua or pretty shell, and a little pair of tweezers. The object of the ‘game’ was…

Unique circle games and party games for toddlers and preschoolers

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15Mar

Here are some games you might like to try! (Also, great for use in family day care, childcare, preschool and the early classroom years at school) Why not use a game to make your way from dinner to the bath, or lunch to rest? The fun of the game, especially when played at the same time each day for a…

Planting the Magic Rainbow Seed Circle Game for home, kindergartens and playgroup use by Amber Greene

Posted under Games, Storytelling

20Feb

Planting the Magic Rainbow Seed Circle February 2011 Movement is a key element of helping children and adults to switch on their memory, and also aids in building the synapse pathways in the brain.  Movement suggestions are in bold. Props: A plain silk ribbon attached to a wand stick is wound up, and tied with a rubber band. A bunch…

A Valentine Love Heart Game for little children

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14Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Our Valentine Tree. Actually, I was going to use a real branch. But I bought these ‘sticks’ on Saturday for another project to come, and when I was about to pull them apart, I saw that I had actually purchased a cone shaped trellis! Wonderful!! The love notes hang around the tree, ready to be given to…

Water Spray Bottle Summer Fun!

Posted under Games, Outdoors, Play activities

26Oct

I love a simple thing that can keep children occupied for hours. For less than $2, you can buy a spray bottle. Fill it with water and it is one of the cheapest, most loved ‘toys’ you can buy. Then, later, you can add the bottles to your felt making tool kit. They might need you to point them in the right direction!…

Farm themed ideas for children’s parties

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19Oct

 Ned and I celebrated a birthday with our friend Lakoia, turning 2. Her mum, Tania, one of my dear friends, is a SUPER-crafter! I don’t know where she finds the time, but find it she does.   Tania created a Farm-themed birthday celebration for her 2 year old. There was the duck invitation…. cute….   and upon arrival, we spotted…

Springtime Flowers and Butterfly Game by Jana D’Arville and Kellie Dean

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14Oct

We recently had a chance to make up our own game. This one, by Jana and Kellie, was the favourite of the night. You might like to use the tune to “In the Springtime Garden” from the Wynstone’s series as they did, or make up your own tune. In the springtime garden Where we sing and go Butterflies are fluttering,…

A Starry Winter game for home, playgroup or kindergarten use

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23Aug

Winter is drawing to a close in our region.  Actually, we don’t really have a true winter at all, but our mild evenings and cooler days are already retreating and soon the full force of spring will be upon us. The birds are already out and about, and so are many of the flowering blossoms. Beautiful, it is true, but…