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In the Garden Party
Food set up in "trees": Pass a card to those
attending containing directions. "take the path that winds through a garden; where
the trees are laden with wonderful fruit and the bushes are hung with goodies. At
the Fountain of Youth drink deep, but beware of the Tree of Knowledge"
Goodie bags and prizes:
Games and activities:
Craft: purchase plastic visors and stickers of garden items and bugs. Let the kids decorate them.
Butterfly Waltz (preschool): Need balloons with butterflies drawn on them. Music. 1 balloon per child. Kids keep the balloons in the air until the music stops, then freeze with their balloon when off.
Ladybug Jitterbug (elementary age up): Red water balloons, badminton poles and net or line, two sheets. form teams, each team gets a sheet. Place one "ladybug" in the center of the sheet that is being held by one team. The object is to fling the "ladybug" over the net for the other team to catch. A point is scored when a team misses the bug and it splatters.
Bee Boogie (all ages): Make a large daisy type flower on a thick stem, cut out center of flower. Attach flower to a stake or stick that can be stuck into the ground. Need ping pong balls, can draw bees on them. Give each child 3-6 balls, depending on age group/ability, have them toss into the flower center.
Garden Scavenger Hunt (all ages if younger kids are split up on teams with older kids): Have a list and bag ready for each team. Let them find-
Flower pedal, a bug, green leaf, brown leaf, weed, nut or seed, piece of grass, small white rock, twig, piece of trash found on ground, brown or green rock, feather, pine needle, pine cone or other cone, more
Gardener Relay (all ages): Make teams of 3-4 members. Need for each team, a garden trowel, seeds, water can with water. Have kids line up with their garden items. 1st takes the trowel and digs a small hole at the 'finish line' and runs back leaving trowel, second takes seed, plants it, covers it, third runs down with water can and waters the planted seed and leaves the can. Fourth runs down and picks up everything and brings it back. Can leave off the fourth if you only have three members per team, just have each player bring back their own item.
Bug Boogie: Have all the kids line up. This will be
a game like red light / green light only they must move and act out like a bug called out.
Rose Race: Make two dozen paper roses from tissue paper and attach to a dowel/skewer. Plant them three feet apart, twelve in a row. Racers go in two's and gather all the roses and return to the starting point in the quickest time. Replant and go again.
Garden Fairy Search. (variation on scavenger
hunt). Print a map with clues and a poem
to guide them to each location. At each location they will
a garden or fairy related prize they can keep as trinket (Oriental
Company has lots of stuff). Use feather masks at the first location
"Now you have your masks to play like
me...put them on and see if you can find me..."
"Sometimes we disguise ourselves as butterflies. This way we can fly around with our little disguise. Over by the bushes of the mailbox you will find...something to remember me by."
"By the Children's playhouse we often peek. To see their great games of make-believe."
"We have enjoyed the music and laughter
you have shared...Now we must run and hide
in our secret garden...but we leave behind a flower for you...that you
can enjoy as the wind blows through...now run to
the front of the house and see...the
games we left for you and_______"
Pin the Flower on the Flower Pot. Use a big piece of gray felt and printed flower pots on card stock and flowers on card stock. Attached Velcro strips to the back of the flowers and had the kids pin the flowers on various flower pots (which can be rubber cemented on the felt piece.)
Piñata: Purchase a round Piñata that allows you to attach a picture to the front and paste on various fairy pictures to the front inter-mixed with flowers (all clip art)
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