Posted by: Marita on: May 7, 2012
Annie’s Trash Pack party was a huge success according to the birthday girl. You can click on all the pictures to open bigger versions.
We kicked off with a rubber duckie toss on the basketball court, which left the hall free to set up food.
The goal was to throw the rubber duckies into the bucket and see how far back you could stand and still get your duckie in the bucket.
We wrote each childs name on the bottom of the duckies and everyone who had a go got a smiley face badge.
Inside we had an area set up for Recycled Art, this proved FAR more popular than I had anticipated and the table was surrounded by children for most of the party. I had been saving up boxes and bottles and any bit of useable recycling I could for weeks before hand. A trip to Officeworks resulted in lots of regular sticky tape, masking tape and a really cool bundle of red, green, yellow, black and blue coloured packing tape and a pack of sticky foam letters. There was a couple of scissors and the almost 40 children there on the day did a great job sharing them.
There were some amazing creations made on the day:
On one side of the hall we set up a game of bowling, thank you to my friend S for loaning her awesome bowling set.
The other side had a little courtyard with seating and I set that up as a ‘Chill Out Zone’ with a bubble machine… which did take a while to get working as we didn’t pack the mini screwdriver to open the battery compartment. This was where anyone who was feeling a little overwhelmed could go for some quiet time out from the party, vital when you have kids with autism.
I had a couple of other structured type activities planned, the Pass the Trash Can (pass the parcel) style game didn’t happen as the children were all very content doing their recycled art, so I left them to it. After a while the mini wheelie bins we had used to hold some of the recycled materials got repurposed for a rousing game of dodgem bins (thankyou J’s mum for loaning your bins and being such a good sport about the dodgem game), once that started to get a bit out of hand we distributed individual bottles of bubble mix and sent the children outside to blow bubbles – a very calming activity with all that deep breathing.
The other structured activity was a Trash and Treasure hunt. Annie really wanted to toss trash around the amphitheatre and then hide the treasure among it, however the idea of cleaning that up was not appealing to me, so we just hid little packets of treasure (bags with 2 jelly babies & 2 chocolate freckles). Everyone seemed pretty happy with that in the end.
I’m glad I spent some time brainstorming activities for the party, thank you to all my friends online and in real life who put up with my endless Trash Pack Party Game discussions and helped me out with shopping and loaning stuff for the day. Annie had decided last year that she wanted a Trash Pack Party so truly I have been boring my friends with my anxiety over how to make this work for many months.
Huge thank you to everyone who came on the day and had Trashie fun with us.
Watch out tomorrow for Trash Pack Party Food.
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