Monday, August 31, 2009

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Party Preparation

For Ranger's birthday party, we wanted a no tears craft that would engage kids from toddler through 5th grade. After considering at a number of very clever projects, we decided to stick with what we know.

I printed off the crown template I use for fabric play crowns. The day before the party, I traced six of them onto each of five sheets of white posterboard ($0.70 x 5= $3.50+ sales tax for 30 crowns). A wonderful friends brought loads of crayons. An adult sized and stapled the finished crowns. (Hint: Staple from the inside of the crown so the flat side of the staple is against the wearer's hair and the points are on the exterior.)

The levels of interest varied greatly. Some kids put major effort into their crowns and wore them throughout the party. Other kids (Ranger among them) were more interested in getting back to the dance floor and playroom.

That brings us to the Rock. Jim put together a party mix from some of Ranger's favorite tunes:

  1. I'm So Happy You're Here Blue’s Clues
  2. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song the Flaming Lips
  3. Mahna Mahna Cake
  4. Stayin' Alive the Bee Gees
  5. I Am a Paleontologist They Might Be Giants (w/ Danny Weinkauf) [free download- thanks, TMBG & Girlie Action! Thanks for the tip, Spare the Rock! *pre-order this great new album for the bargain rate of $9.99 on Amazon]
  6. The Hoppity Song Five for Fighting
  7. Mix Tape Jim’s Big Ego [free download courtesy of Jim's Big Ego!]
  8. A Little Less Conversation JXL Remix
  9. All the Small Things Blink 182
  10. Gotta Be Me Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
  11. Music Farm Xtatik
  12. Rockin' Robin Bryan White
  13. My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors Moxy Fruvous
  14. Family Tree Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
  15. Lovely Rita The Beatles
  16. Go Down Emmanuel Road Dan Zanes & the Rocketship Revue
  17. Silly Hat Blue’s Clues
  18. Flying Machine Father Goose
  19. King of Spain Moxy Fruvous
  20. Come Together The Beatles
  21. So Glad I'm Here Elizabeth Mitchell
  22. All Night Long Dan Zanes & Friends
  23. I'm Yours Jason Mraz
  24. So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh Dan Zanes & Friends
Feel free to don a crown and break out your boogie shoes.


Aimee said...

Great idea. It's been two days and Leah is still wearing her crown.

sara said...

great idea for the kiddos to decorate crowns! i love the playlist, lots of songs on there our household jams out to!
happy birthday to ranger!!