Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Busytown art party!

More pumpkin and Halloween pics wait in the wings, but I’m interrupting our autumn theme for an event that reaches back to February… Luke’s third birthday party!

We finally got in gear for two little parties for our precious boy, just after he turned three and a half. Smile Of course decorations were in order, and Luke had just the tool to help us blow up balloons.

Eleanor helped too.

While we made a few other preparations, they tested out the party activities. First up was coloring some Busytown vehicles that can be cut out, folded, and glued into little cars and trucks. These came from a terrific out-of-print activity book by Richard Scarry.

On the other side of our back room was the second party activity: bean bag toss! Featuring a hand-painted beanbag board by Luke and Eleanor.

After the game, everyone went outside for some easel time.

Next up was an art snack-tivity. Grape and apple toothpick sculptures! Check out Eleanor’s apple car with balloons.

Then came cake time. Luke drew all sorts of expressions in icing on the ‘Bananas Gorilla’ cupcakes.

Eleanor approved!

We ended with some open playtime. {More pics here.} Happy late late birthday Luke! It was so much fun to throw a party with and for you. I love how you’re developing your own opinions and can think through decisions with me. This party tapped into your long-standing love of painting and Richard Scarry books, and recently we’ve been watching the Busytown Mystery cartoon too. Now Luke and I are always solving mysteries in imaginative playtime together. I think Luke chooses his identity based on the characters’ vehicles and most admires the red motorcycle. So when we play, Luke is always Sally and I’m Huckle! Eleanor gets to be Lowly or Goldbug. It’s a mystery!

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