Our house is small. Many days it feels too small for the normal daycare group size, but we make do. We stick to a routine, and have a nice set of rules and everyone does great. When we add in some excitement and extra kids with brothers & sisters, it doesn't work so well. This year, I decided to rent the community building up in the park. BIG room, BIG kitchen, not in my house with the small space and brand new carpet! Win-Win for all of us!
And it was great! They all had tons of room to run around and even play ball - they loved it!
We fed them pizza and apples and... pop, yep - I gave them carbonated sugar. But only 1 cup and only at dinner and they loved it!
We made chocolate-dipped pretzel rods,
wagon-wheel pasta wreaths,
did some coloring in Christmas coloring books,
and made "Magic Reindeer Food".
We played musical chairs - and they loved it and actually played following all the directions!
We snacked on cookies and fudge bars! (Sorry parents, I did give 'em sugar at 9:00pm!)
(Baby B was SO Tired but still wouldn't cave and loved that fudge bar!)
And the best thing I did - recruit my 13 year old daughter, T and a friend of hers! Four extra hands! Never again will I do this without the help of teenagers!
Or without the help of my bestest, goodest friend, Laura! She was a God-send. And her two oldest daughters she brought with her were good as gold!
There were a ton of kids there last night! We had 14 little ones all together, plus the 2 teenagers! After a little finagling, we got them (minus Miss G, Laura's oldest who wasn't too keen on being in the picture) all grouped together for a lovely picture!