Thundercats Birthday Party

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When we seriously considered adopting a baby, one of our first concerns was: what cartoons will the baby watch. We tried to find all the good cartoons from the 80’s that we could find. Of course, Thundercats was included.

A few months ago we showed the oldest an episode of Thundercats just to see what he’d do. He took right to it. He loves the theme song. He loves the characters. He loves the weapons and the Cat’s Lair. Whoo hoo! We decided that his birthday would be a Thundercats party.

The Table

I wanted to have a practice run just to see what I could come up with. There isn’t a whole lot of 1980’s Thundercats stuff just lying around. These are photos from the practice run:

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I found these images online and decided to cut them out and use them to decorate the cupcakes.

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I found these red striped cupcake thingees online. A 20 pack was $3.

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I used the Criket to create the words.                                                                                      Found the Cat’s Lair online, printed it, cut it out and glued it together.

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Once the cupcakes were baked and cooled, I used a glue stick to attach them.

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I really liked the cupcake holders. I ordered some sugar printed Thundercats cupcake toppers online but I liked these better so I stuck with them. The Cat’s Lair ended up being smaller than I originally thought it would be so I decided to nix it thought I could have printed it a larger size at Kinko’s. I also decided to go a different direction with the words above the banner.

Here are some photos from the actual event:

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If I had to do it again, I’d have given the cupcakes more height. I loved the character cupcake holders though. I also really loved the packets of chips. It made it easy for the kids to grab a packet without touching all the chips. Score! I also loved the fruit tray as a quick and easy snack until the food was done. The banner from Vista Rrint pulled everything together.

 

 

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I ordered this Thundercats sugar sheet on Amazon. When I wanted to use it, I cut it out, placed it on top, and I think it looks great.

Overall, I was able to make almost everything from crafting stuff I had at home or print things up from things I found for free online. I did buy the Thundercats logo svg file on Etsy for $1.50, the banner from Vista Print, and a few odds and ends to tie it all together.

The Games

If you’re going to have a bunch of little kids at your house, it’s a good idea to have some idea of what you’d like to do with them. We decided that we’d:

  • Have Thundercats coloring pages available.
  • Play Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Snarf.
  • Have a “fight” for Thundera (a bubble war).
  • Find Panthro’s treasure (a balloon popping game).

I found the coloring pages by Googling “Thundercats book” and then downloading the paged from original Thundercats activity books that come up.

I found an image of Snarf that I liked and created the image below. I had it printed at Costco for $7. Feel free to do the same. I then printed the tails at home, cut them out, and used push pins to attach the tails to the image during the game.

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Here’s the image.

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Here’s the tail.

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Pin the Tail on the Snarf game in action!

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After taking a turn, each kid got this sticker.

I got the weapons that the main Thundercats use by being creative. I found nunchucks on clearance at Target (2 sets for $1) and used pool noodles for Cheetarah’s staff. We bought an actual Eye of Thundera sword for the birthday kid. We started to make the cat-o-nine-tails like weapon of Tyrgra but thought better of it. Lol

We were all ready to have the kids try to pop the bubbles with the weapons but once the bubbles came out …  the kids weren’t interested in using the weapons. The adults came over to play in the bubbles too.

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We never made it to Panthro’s Treasure (the kids have to pop balloons to find the one with the paper that tells them that they won) because everyone was having so much fun playing with the bubbles!

After the bubbles died down a little bit, we sang Happy Birthday to the kid and lined the kids up to hit the pinata that I made (yes, I made it from scratch).

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Getting ready to wack the pinata!

We planned a two-hour party for a three year old. We planned to change activities every 15 minutes and it went pretty much to schedule (which I love)! Everyone seemed to have a good time and it was pretty easy to put together. Every time my kid sees photos from the party he yells, “Happy Birthday Party!”

We had a great time and I’m ready to get started on the Wild Ones party for our daughter.

 

 

FREE Surf Lessons from Black Surfer Group (Nick Gabaldon Day)

Black-Surfer-Day-Santa-MonicaThe Black Surfers Collective, The Surf Bus Foundation, Los Angeles County 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Heal The Bay, Body Glove, Los Angeles County Lifeguards, the Santa Monica Conservancy, and the City of Santa Monica will offer a day of surf lessons, beach exploration, and more for young and old to commemorate the life of Nick Gabaldon (1927–1951). One of the first documented surfer of African American (mom) and Mexican (dad) descent in California..

All activities will be held at the historical African American beach site, formerly known as “The Inkwell” (At the end of Bay st. Santa Monica) and The Heal the Bay’s Aquarium at Santa Monica Pier.

Come join us on May 30th for a celebration of our California seaside, cultural and historical heritage, and outreach to promote surfing and ocean stewardship.

YOU MUST FILL OUT THE SIGN UP FORM TO GET A LESSON! So please do so. We also have a printable wavier form you can fill out and bring with you to speed up the process at the beach. We do need all the help we can get, so if you can volunteer for the day on May 30th in anyway please fill out the Volunteer form!

SURF LESSON SIGN UP-FORM:
http://tinyurl.com/qcfj5na

SURF LESSON WAIVER FORM:
http://tinyurl.com/n93bpfs

INSTRUCTOR SIGN-UP FORM:
http://tinyurl.com/oa4ojna

EVENT SCHEDULE:

9am: Welcoming Ceremony and Memorial Paddle Out in honor of Nick Gabaldón (at Bay Street/Ocean Front Walk) Bring a blanket and learn about this historical beach. Explore this sandy habitat with Heal the Bay naturalists.

10 am -1 pm: Free surf sessions provided by Black Surfers Collective and the Surf Bus Foundation (Surf lessons must be reserved in advance sign up: http://tinyurl.com/qcfj5na)

1pm – Lunch

 

Hawaiian Themed Birthday Party

Cover-Photo.fwSince we took the baby to Hawai’i to kick off his birthday celebration, we decided to theme his formal party Hawai’i as well. I went onto the internet to get some ideas and mixed them with the great ideas of a close friend and ….  viola!

Cupcakes-Surfboards.fwThe thing I’m most proud of is this surfboard cupcake tree. I made a batch of yellow cupcakes ($0.99 on sale), slathered some blue frosting on top (Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting – Aqua Blue from Target $1.80 on sale), used sugar surfboards (Sugar Decorations Cookie Cake Cupcake Swim SURF BOARDS 12 ct. $8.50) and glued a photo of the baby to a skewer as the decorative ornament. It looks amazing!

Everyone said that the sugar surfboards looked great and tasted even better. I’m really glad that I created something a bit unique that brought our trip to Oahu to our friends and family.

 

Drink-Deep-Blue-Sea.fwDrink-Island-Punch.fwThere aren’t very many blue colored drinks, so I bought two different flavors of Hawaiian Punch (did you see what I did there? Lol) and poured them in the drink holders. The special details that we added included the twine and seashells glued on and the little signs that we printed out and tied on with a ribbon.

Coconuts.fwWe had pineapples on the table, though they aren’t indigenous to Hawai’i, because many people think of pineapples when thinking of Hawai’i. It added a level of visual texture that was nice.

We also got some Whoppers chocolate candies and put them in a bucket labeled “coconuts”. I wanted to have some rock candy labeled “Lava” but they didn’t have it at our grocery store and I didn’t have time to stop by Party City. It would have been cute though.

Cake.fwI made another yellow cake, decorated it with white frosting and dropped some confetti on top. It was so windy, we were at the beach, that the candle wouldn’t stay lit. Lol

I’m really pleased with how it turned out and how easy it was to pull together in one afternoon. Everyone had a good time and it looked beautiful.

Tools to Help Toddlers in the World

How cool are these?!

Since we’ve been learning more about Montessori-inspired toddler rooms and what not, I’ve come across a few cute items:

The thingee to help your toddler wash their hands

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The thingee to help your toddler turn the light on and off

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Do you know of other helpful tools? Please share them in the comments.

Space, Trust, Time and Spare Parts: Letting Kids Be Kids

Kid-Smiling-GirlI don’t know if I’m a free-range parent, but I do believe in letting kids explore their world. I came across this article, “How schools ruined recess and four things needed to fix it” and I knew that I had to share it. It’s about how kids need time for free play and how one school has worked this need into a school setting. There are four basic things that make this model work:

Space – “He started allowing them to bring their scooters and bikes to recess as well. Children were allowed to climb the trees and the boundaries were extended.”

Trust – “By having the adults not take “center-stage,” children are more likely to come up with their own ideas and problem solve independently. Both are important life skills.”

Time – “Children need lengthier recess sessions in order to reap the full benefits from the play session. They need ample time to move their body, to explore, to tinker, to problem-solve, to work through their emotions, and to dive deep into their imaginations.”

Spare Parts – “The children use these items for hours on end, creating their own imaginary worlds. This allows the adults to step back and let the environment inspire the children to try new things.”

Read the whole article here.

Great Idea to Pay for Child’s Born Day Party

Money-JarDude!

I just saw the best idea I’ve heard to save up enough money to pay for your child’s born day (some say “birthday”) party! A parent on Facebook said that they use a jar to put spare change in for the year. When it’s time to plan the party, they crack it open and find out what the budget is!

This is a great way to teach patience, goal setting, savings habits and general financial education. My little one is too young to get the gist of this, but I’ll be filing it away for later.

Do you think that you could stick to whatever budget is set by the money in the jar? Would you cheat? Lol

Glowing Bath Water and Glowing Dough? Yes, Please!

Glow-in-the-darkI love, love, love making things, playing with kids and glowing things. Imagine my excitement to find these posts on Fun At Home With Kids!

One post is about making bath water glow with crushing up vitamins and other is about making dough that kids can play with that glows in the dark. Whoo hoo!

Our little one has been in the big tub since he was about 5 months old. Now, he’s swimming around by himself and blowing bubbles! I’m sure that he’ll enjoy the glowing bath water.