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#1 of 4 Old 04-06-2008, 06:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm looking for some ideas on a waldorf birthday party ideas. I'd love to get the Birthday book, but its a bit pricey. I tried searching the waldorf forums for this, but came up with nothing although I'm sure its been discussed here before!
Any help would be appreciated

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Well, I don't know if our party is going to be strictly "Waldorf' but, my daughter is turning 5 soon and we are a Waldorf family.

So what we are doing is...

A garden party. It's a 3 hour afternoon party in a local garden. I will ask parents to please bring picnic blankets as lunch will be a picnic which I will lay out on tables buffet style.
When the kids arrive they'll be given a clay pot to paint. When dry it will go into their goody bag with a packet of seeds. We'll do a bug hunt with the kids searching for bugs/fairies/gnomes that I will have hidden all around the garden. They will collect them in jars which will go home with them along with a little magnifying glass.
Other than the food, couple of games and maybe a big silk parachute to play with, I am looking into a story teller with a acoustic guitar who will play folk music during eating and tell a little story to wind up.

I am ordering little cotton bags for the pot and bug jar and will also include a bag of marbles and a packet of Tinti (http://www.myriadonline.co.uk/bath-time.php) as well as a couple of sweets to take home. I found some beautiful all natural flower shaped lollipops.

Personally, I am not keen on competitive games for kids this age so I'm sticking with activities that stimulate imagination where everyone wins. I also don't think they need too much structure but I do like to have a quiet beginning (painting) and a quiet wind up (story).
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I read on Mothering one issue this great idea of passing a candle around and asking children to give the birthday child a wish. This sort of takes emphasis off the gift giving if you will.
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I read on Mothering one issue this great idea of passing a candle around and asking children to give the birthday child a wish. This sort of takes emphasis off the gift giving if you will.
That's lovely. I am trying to find a creative way to get my daughter to forgo the gift giving part of the party.

I just wanted to post again with some additional ideas...

-Gnome/Fairy grotto
-Treasure hunt, nature or otherwise
-Storytelling, have kids come dressed as their favorite fairytale character
-Paint/dye playsilks
-Cooking/baking party
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