Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Minecraft Birthday Party for the Little Man

My Little Man is now six years old, I have no idea how that happened, he'll always be my baby.

He was my little surprise baby, I wasn't really expecting any more and after having fertility issues in the past I really thought I was fully blessed already. However, when I found out I was expecting again I knew it was meant to be.

My Little Man is funny, lovely and always thinks of others. He's great at making friends and talks to any child even if he's not met them before. We can be walking down the street and if we come across another child he'll say "hello, will you be my friend?" I think he scares some children with his forwardness.

He does have problems with his attention span and finds it difficult to sit still, or be quiet for any length of time. This is why he gets in trouble at school a lot, he needs constant stimulation. One thing that he will spend ages doing is playing Minecraft and other similar games.
So I was not surprised when he asked for a Minecraft party for his birthday.

There are lots of resources for Minecraft activities online but I didn't want to go over the top. In the past I probably would have done, I'd have dressed up the house, the table and everything would be themed. I'd plan tons of related games, and get lots of prizes in for the kids that came.

However, I'm not well at the moment and I had to limit myself to what I thought I could achieve. Plus, I've done parties for six year old's before and they can be hard work, sometimes it's better just to let them play.

The party was last Saturday and it was  a really hot sunny day. We've just had swings and a slide for the garden so there was already plenty of play opportunities. I bought a grass coloured table cloth and my partner stuck it to the side of my shed. Then using Minecraft printouts, I made masks by sticking them on to card and adding a lolly stick so the kids (And adults) could hold them to their face. The affect was really good and the kids (and adults) really enjoyed posing for me.



We played foraging for supplies like they do on Minecraft. I got the older girls to hide lots of little pictures of minecraft supplies like gold, meat, apples, carrots, TNT, cookies, redstone and bread all around the garden, then I gave the kids a little prize for bringing me five different pictures that they had found. Kids always love a treasure hunt.

Then we had the food. Apart from using Minecraft green tablecloth, plates, cups and napkins I just did regular party food like sandwiches and sausages rolls, party biscuits and other snacks. I did take a little time to make him a Minecraft Cake though and he was really pleased with it.



After they had eaten we played 'Pass the Parcel' not very Minecraft I know but it's always a pleaser at parties.

I gave all the children a pot of bubbles to play with in the garden. You can get Diamond bottles which is somewhat along the Minecraft theme.

Finally I gave all the kids a party bag to take home, I had bought party bags which had cards inside with a personalised Minecraft message. When most of the children had gone the ones left had a game with the Little Man's new cricket set.

I think the Little Man and his friends had a great day.
I've made a little video of his celebrations.

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