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children's parties: good ideas? well, lili!!!

updated mon 23 jan 06


marianne kuiper milks on sun 22 jan 06

Now, Lili my dear friend, I have an issue with this last email of yours.
Not what you wrote as much as the message within (as I perceive it):
- playing right into the hands of the insurance companies
-being a dooms-day sayer
-you're NOT FUN enough!

Mevrouw's view: (private joke, others ignore)

If one must be negative, give a solution or at least a suggestion at a solution.
Don't be so negative: that's for OLD people, not for any of us!
- require that the party-givers give YOU proof of insurance.
-tell them what/what not to wear for this occasion and what to bring.
- have the party at your place, still requiring proof of THEIR insurance
-go visit someone who will demo a firing or at least allows them to drive their tricycle through an empty kiln :-)

About the clay:
- I didn't read anyone who suggested (maybe I missed it) using an air-drying clay as a first experience. it is forgiving, less expensive (not FIMO..costs much-add it up!) than the real thing and very satisfying and doesn't turn kids into scaled, green monsters. (wonder what chemical did that!)
Comes plain white, and others in colors. Many schools now start out that way, gaving kids courage and a "feel" for the clay.
Kneeding clay inside a plastic bag gives them a (different, but still) feel also before getting hands dirty later on.

Come up with a really cool, sure-fire project challenging/satisfying for all ages.

Then perhaps add a little real-clay demo, play on a wheel if available and show a SHORT, exciting video about firing. Or clips of several styles. Then play music in the dark (Vivaldi is good) and give each a flashlight to draw the music on the ceiling, since the lights are out anyway.

With my kids I even ended once with a flour-dough clayball fight. Outside. Hose ready.
In short: happy thoughts are good thoughts. Your thoughts are good, mine a little happier. Time to play.

Back to the original question on what to friend here who does this stuff all the time charges $40 per child, all included with two snacks and drinks. We live in a rural area. You can charge more or less, depending on your financial environment. Charge less if it's at their place and you don't have to clean up and do the snack part. Make it either 1 or 2 hours and stick with it. (haha)

Good luck, be a child and have a blast. Marianne


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