When she told me she wanted a dolphin party, I was not enthusiastic. I tried to talk her into many other themes which I thought would be much more fun and much easier to plan. I even came up with an awesome foot themed party that I thought would be hilarious, but she was less then thrilled with that idea. However, we came up with some fun activities and I think everyone who came had a good time.
When the partygoers arrived, they drew on our traditional "mural on the hallway wall". This is a great opening activity because it gives the kids something to do while they are waiting for the other kids, and sometimes kids go back and do more on it during the party.
We started the dolphin party by practicing to catch fish in our mouths, ya know, like dolphins do. I gave everyone a cup of goldfish and they all practiced. It was fun to watch. Some were quite incapable of tossing the goldfish anywhere close to them. After a while, they all sat down and took turns demonstrating their fish catching prowess, if they wanted to.
Then we put the dolphins aside and decided to throw ourselves through the hula hoop. I got our gymnastics mat out ($5 at a yard sale, such a great deal) and the kids who were interested took turns jumping through the hoop. Some even did rolls or spins through it. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
|This picture makes me laugh for 2 reasons - first, my little 2 year old decided|
to lie down and be dead with the other kids, and second, it looks like Maren's
friend Josh is stepping on him.
|I used sprinkles around the bottom for the sandy ocean floor|
|This dolphin was on top of the cake. I thought it was pretty cute.|
It turned out to be a great party, but I'm still going to try and get her to do a foot party someday.