First Annual Dirt Party!

The sun is shining on the snow and melting it (slowly). I can actually see some dirt. And I hear the birds returning:). This all reminds me of how much I want Spring to come and of a fun party we hosted last June...

I was looking for a fun excuse to gather the kids and their cousins for a day of activity and adventure last  Summer. Being a girl, my thoughts naturally gravitated towards girly themes with a heavy helping of flowers and the color pink. However, we have a number of boys in the family and I made an effort to design a party theme that would be a little more...earthy. After 5 whole minutes of intense consideration, I stumbled upon the idea for a Dirt Party.

We kicked off the day with a Mud Pie making contest. Participants were given buckets, shovels, a tin pie pan, and a name marker with which to identify their pies.





Here are some kiddos gathering items for their pies. I placed a marker in the middle of the path in the woods to indicate how far they could wander. If you go beyond this stick with the cup on it, you will be eaten by wild coyotes...














Button working on her masterpiece. For some this was a very serious undertaking. Others just really had fun playing with mud. Jellybean, please stop eating the plant life...







 Next, we washed up and headed inside for lunch which consisted of "Mudwiches" (Sloppy Joes), "Dirty Leaves" (tortilla chips), "Veggie Garden Pizza" (my creative SIL adapted a veggie pizza recipe to look like a garden) and "Dirt Cups" (Oreo dessert with gummy worms).
Mommy, that really looks disgusting...











Then came making homemade "Dirty Soap" (using melt and pour with cocoa powder, oatmeal and vanilla). You think anyone will accidentally eat this, Mommy? 


The soap had time to cool in the fridge while we played... 







 ....Pin the Tail on the Pig.

At last, the finale event of our First Annual Dirt Party: The judging of the 
Mud Pies! The judges had labored during lunch to choose the best of the best. Amazingly, we had the exact number of categories as participants *wink wink* and all went home with a chocolate prize. Prize for Most Delicious Looking Mud Pie, Prize for Best Use of Plant Life, Prize for Managing to Make a Mud Pie Without Wearing or Consuming Any of It....



Savoring Victory!!!

Posted on March 4, 2010 and filed under "Summer party ideas", "homeschooling".