I had the perfect birthday party all planned out for my oldest boy. He’d wanted a mix of themes… Superheroes, Adventurers, and Minecraft. It was tough, but I found a way to kinda-sorta mesh them together that didn’t look utterly ridiculous (as long as none of the other parents came into the basement, anyway).
I planned a birthday party craft and some games.
- Superhero training and obstacle course. I set up a series of obstacles using Ikea tumbling mats, a tunnel, and red strings that were supposed to be lasers. The kids had to make it through that before grabbing a homemade superhero mask. The “laser” strings had to keep being re-setup. But I wasn’t about to glue that to my wall, so oh well.
- Superhero utility belt decoration station. The kids got to decorate their new masks and some tools (toilet roll binoculars and paper towel roll weights) to complete their Superhero outfit.
- Shoot the creeper head with nerf darts. I took a Costco animal cracker jar and plastered with green construction paper. Then I put on some squares to make the creeper’s face. In case you’re wondering, the creeper head didn’t survive the party. And I carefully monitored this because I didn’t want other parents quoting “A Christmas Story“* to me.
- And a bunch of other small games to fill the time. I had them written down somewhere, but… yeah, they’re gone. And I apparently didn’t plan enough, because we had 15 minutes left at the end of the party. Superhero movie to the rescue: The Incredibles.
But here’s the thing…
When you get out the craft supplies, you really need to double check everything that’s inside of the craft bin. Double check it. Then triple and quadruple check it. Because the kids were trying desperately to put their masks, binoculars, and dumbbells together… and it just. wasn’t. working. They were frustrated. I was frustrated. And the craft still wasn’t working right.
After a few minutes, my husband came downstairs to see how the crafts were going. He saw how frustrated the kids were. He saw how frustrated I was trying to help them all with the tape and some of the harder parts of the craft. And then he saw the problem.
We don’t have glue sticks.
That was the problem with this birthday party craft.
What we did have was a sunscreen stick.
No wonder the birthday party craft wasn’t working. I wanted to pause the party so I could bang my head against the wall a few hundred times. But a handful of kindergarteners weren’t going to sit still for a mannequin challenge, so we just used tape to try and hold the slimy crafts in place as best as we could.
And then we said a silent prayer of gratitude that the kids had really thought it was glue – because otherwise I’m sure they’d have been wiping it all over the carpet.
If you need me, I’ll be at the store buying actual glue sticks. And some more sunscreen sticks.
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