Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Northampton, MA
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For activities, we always do a treasure hunt. In your situation, I'd probably do two hunts, one for the younger kids, and one for the older kids. For younger kids, the clues can just be a drawing of the place where the next clue is hidden (i.e. a bathtub, a laundry hamper, a kitchen chair, etc.), and for older kids you can write little rhyming clues (i.e. "To find clue #5 look for something that's alive" and the clue could be in a potted plant). Always a huge hit with my kids. You can have a little treasure at the end if you want, but it's not necessary (this year's treasure is going to be rocks that the boys have found over the past year that we've decorated into little "guys.")
We're doing a puppet theme this year, so I'm going to put on a puppet show for all the kids (though we won't have more than 12 at our party!), and then they'll all have the opportunity to make their own puppet out of socks.
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 & 12) in a small house with a lot of love.