Monday, August 23, 2010

Back to School party!

As some of you might know, I'm an organizer of a local mom's group.  This year, we have the majority of the kids going to one school or another.  We decided it may be fun to have a back to school party to get the kids ready.  We decorated pencil cups, bookmarks, and had fun coloring pages.  I read stories, and ate a pencil cake.  The cake idea came from Family Fun magazine.  If you haven't checked them out yet, you should.  They always have age appropriate crafts, story ideas, food, travel, toy suggestions, and party planning.  The pencil cups were just cans that I saved from the meals I cooked.  I washed them out, let them air dry, wrapped 2 layers of masking tape over the top lip of the can (so the kids didn't cut themselves on anything), and covered in just plain construction paper.  I gave the kids stickers and markers to help them decorate with.  The bookmarks were donated foam bookmarks that we also decorated with stickers and markers. 

The two great stories we read were: 

D.W.'s Guide to Preschool by Marc Brown  and 

First Day by Joan Rankin

I highly recommend both of these.  They were both well written for the age group and were very funny!

Pencil cups all ready to go!
Pencil cake.  Not exactly how I intended it to look, but not bad.
Our finished pencil cups. 


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