Play: “Chess” Birthday Party
My five-year-old is REALLY into chess, and when it was time to pick a birthday party theme, chess was his natural choice.
But what OTHER five-year-olds like chess? What was I going to do to make it special for Asante, yet fun for his friends? And to make it even more complicated, I was really hoping to combine Asante and Ada’s birthday parties together (she turned 2).
Soooooo, I decided that we’d mesh together chess and a medieval theme (you know, kings, queens, knights, pawns…. :)).
Here’s the invitation we sent. Simple to make, but definitely chess-oriented. I got the idea from YesterDay.
The first activity we did was make castles out of graham crackers. I chose to do this at the beginning because I thought maybe the kids would have the most patience at this point, plus it’d give the iciing time to dry before transporting the castles back home.
I used this iciing recipe and it worked REALLY well.
For decorations, I put a tray out of mini oreos, mike and ikes, raisins, gummy bears, hershey kisses, and dots. And we used different kinds of ice cream cones for the turrets.
As a transition after the castles were finished, I had all the kids go outside in the backyard to play while we cleaned up all of the castle decorating supplies and set out the next round of activity- making crowns.
I found the foam crowns at Dollar Tree, 2 for $1. I was going to just buy poster board and cut out crowns, but when I saw these, I knew the few extra dollars would be worth the time. We set out pompoms, markers, gems, glue sticks (and a few bottles of glue), foam letter stickers, and giant foam sparkly stickers.
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