|Happy Birthday Nathan!|
Many weeks back I was sitting around the table during lunch with my kids and the topic of birthday parties came up. Nathan's birthday was the next in line so the kids were asking him what kind of party he wanted. Did he want a pirate party? A train party? Muppets? Cars? He listened quietly and then sat up and said "I know! I know! A chicken party!!" Seriously, is it any wonder this child is my favorite? That is, of course, if parents had favorite children, which they don't, but he might be high on the list if there was such a list, but of course I don't have a favorite.
For the next month Nathan told people that he was going to have a chicken party and he's been very excited about it. I started looking around on the internet to get some ideas.
Turns out that not many people have chicken themed parties. Weird.
Here are some of the things we came up with for our chicken baby's chicken party.
We started with a rousing game of "Duck, Duck, Chicken", but it was hard for the new 3 year old to remember to say "chicken" instead of "goose".
We followed that with a round of "Musical Nests". Turns out this isn't a great game to play with a 3 year old. He didn't see why he had to sit out and why someone else was sitting on his "nest", so we abandoned it and instead just danced the chicken dance. The kids liked that a lot.
Next we did an "egg and spoon" race with some plastic eggs. The kids got in 2 lines and we did it relay style. Funnily, my 3 year old dropped the egg fewer times than my 9 year old. He's got skills.
The last game we did was "hatch the egg". I had put some little erasers inside some white balloons and the kids had to sit on them and pop the balloons to get them out.
We then had chicken cake and ice cream.
As our cousins left, Nathan passed out the chicken party bags. The party bags had a cookie, some chicken feed (candy corn), some farm foam stickers, and an egg shaker which I had originally planned to have the kids shake to music during the party.
Some other chicken games we had thought of but didn't end up playing include:
hiding easter eggs and having kids find them and put them in the nest
doing scratch art
tossing (candy) corn into a chicken cutout mouth
playing "fox and chickens"