Posts Tagged ‘kids party’

Happy Ivy and Bean Day!

If you have girls age 6 to 10, you are probably familiar with Ivy and Bean, two seven-year old girls who’s antics and adventures are caught in the early chapter book series by Chronicle Books aptly entitled Ivy and Bean. My seven-year old daughter recently discovered them and loves, loves, loves the series. I reviewed their first book during this weeks Write a Review Wednesday post.

In celebration of the sixth book in this series, Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance, we’re hosting a little Ivy & Bean Day celebration.

Ivy & Bean Doomed to Dance (book 6) After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want…well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not include karate chops and roundhouse kicks to the villain’s heart. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire ballet course! When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out of it without breaking their promises. (synopsis from Chronicle Book’s website)

You can also checkout the book trailer for Ivy & Bean Doomed to Dance

I think one reason my daughter loves the Ivy & Bean books is because the two girls are just like her; they like adventures and playing crazy games (which of course don’t feel crazy to them). One of my daughter’s favourite games right now is those cootie catcher games. You know the ones that you fold in paper and pick numbers. Well Ivy & Bean have created their own Double-Dare Cootie Catcher which you can printout for yourself (a pdf file).

Perhaps you want to learn some of Ivy & Bean‘s tricks, like hanging spoons on your face or setting a record for the most straws in the mouth or making your own potions in your bedroom lab (one of my daughter’s favourite things). Well you can find out how to do these and more (a pdf file).

Think you know everything about Ivy & Bean? Test your knowledge with this Ivy & Bean Quizz (a pdf file).

Looking for more Ivy & Bean fun, checkout their website. You’ll find more information on all the books in the series, including the ability to read the first chapter of each book. And don’t forget to become a fan of Ivy & Bean on Facebook.

All this is fun, but the best way to celebrate Ivy & Bean Day is to pick-up a copy of one of their books. That’s certainly my daughter’s idea of celebrating.

Brownie anyone?

Wasn’t it just last week I was talking about my son and his long anticipated jump into Beavers? Now it’s my daughter, my oldest daughter. She’s been a Spark for the last two years. I guess it was bound to happen. But my daughter is getting older. And with getting older means transitions, moving on, moving up. My girl is now a Brownie, the step after a Spark and before a Girl Guide.

My son and younger daughter enjoyed staying up late and celebrating.

My son and younger daughter enjoyed staying up late and celebrating.

Seeing my daughter getting her Brownie pin reminded me of my Brownie days. Like my daughter, I loved being part of Girl Guides. I loved hanging out with my friends and camping and learning new things and earning badges (even though I burned a batch of rice krispie squares). Of course my daughter wasn’t as lucky as I was. We got to wear those lovely brown bag dresses as uniforms.

Myself (left) and sister (right) proudly displaying our Brownieness

Myself (left) and sister (right) proudly displaying our Brownieness

Summer reading club finale

You know summer is coming to a close when the libraries Summer Reading Club program comes to an end. All three of my kids have been participating in this year’s Secret Agent 009 reading program. We’ve participated in the past, but this is the first year we’ve actually completed it. So to celebrate we attended the finale party.

Only my two oldest finished their books but all three kids received participation awards. Anyone who read at least one book as part of the program was given an award, which was great for my youngest.

An award for all

An award for all

After the awards the real fun began. And no party is complete without a magician. The great thing about this magic show was that it was based around the secret agenct theme. He also had lots of participation from the kids. Some kids were called upon to be secret agents to help the magician detective. Others were called into bad guy roles to try and capture the magician detective. The show was enjoyed by adults and kids alike.

We're watching the detective (magician)

We're watching the detective (magician)

Enjoying the show

Enjoying the show

My oldest daughter trying to figure out the tricks

My oldest daughter trying to figure out the tricks

Near the end of the show, the magician had magnifying glasses to give to all the kids for their own secret missions. My oldest daughter was selected to help hand these out, but first she needed a secret agent name. Secret Agent White Meatball (colour + food) enjoyed her important role.

Secret Agency White Meatball at work

Secret Agency White Meatball at work

Then came the ice-cream and random name draw for prizes. My son was thrilled to have his name picked and walked away with a secret agency pen (it has a light that flashes at the end). And all three of my kids were on the winning trivia team so they all received a free book.

When my daughter found out the person who read the most books received a bag of books as a prize, she vowed to read the most next summer (ah, a girl after my own free book giveaway heart). It was a great way to end the summer reading program.

Pin Party

pin tradngIn less than two weeks we leave for Disney. We’ve been before and I’m the kids are really excited about going again. This trip the kids wanted to try a little pin trading. But if you’ve every been to Disney, you’ll know the pins there are expensive, anywhere from $7.oo to $14.00 US. So my husband jumped onto ebay and bought a box of one hundred random pins, working out to be a fraction of the cost.

It may seem crazy, buying something without knowing what it is (we didn’t know what pins we were getting). But that’s the whole idea. If the kids ended up selecting pins they want to keep they’ll have nothing for trading.

A friend of mine is also going down to Disney with her daughter so we thought we could include them in the pin trading fun. So here it is two weeks before our trip. The pins have arrived. What better way to amp up everyone’s excitement then by hosting a Pin Party.

My oldest got right into it. She made a sign for the door. She also found a recipe for a fruit drink in her Girls Book of Flower Fairies. This same girl, the one I have to drag out of bed, was also up at six in the morning to go party shopping with her dad.

The kids drank their fairy drinks and they played in the backyard. We had a great BBQ outside. Even the rain held off (a few showers don’t scare my kids easily).

Catching up in the hammock...

Catching up in the hammock...

...and hanging out with zombie comic books.

...and hanging out with zombie comic books.

Over cupcakes and fruit the Pin part of the Party started. We gave each child their own lanyard to wear around their next and display their trading pins. Then we went from youngest to oldest child and they reached into the pin bag to choose a pin. Each child ended up with 25 pins. Some the kids were excited about and others they didn’t recognize.

Yummy cupcakes

Yummy cupcakes

Crazy friend faces

Crazy friend faces

Pin Parties are for boys too

Pin Parties are for boys too

Reaching into the pin bag

Reaching into the pin bag

Once all the pins were distributed the real fun began. The kids were allowed to trade with each other. My son has decided he wants to collect and trade for pirate pins. And since some of the girls had pirate pins he was eager to trade with them. You should have heard the negotiating going on! At least at Disney there’s no negotiating. You ask a Cast Member (what employees at the Disney parks are referred to as) and they just give you the pin you want for the pin you want to give up. No worries on value or size, just a nice friendly trade.

Some pins the kids decided to keep and not trade

Some pins the kids decided to keep and not trade

Shhh...pin negotiating in progress

Shhh...pin negotiating in progress

The party was a big success. That night my kids went to bed with visions of Disney pins in their head. They’re all excited about some real trading. You’ll have to check back in two weeks when the real trading happens in Disney to see how it all went.

Pin parties are messy business

Pin parties are messy business