Yeeha! Time to roll up yer sleeves and don yer dungarees as we’re heading to the barnyard ya’ll!
You can really go to town with your invitations by drawing and cutting out a barn from red cardboard (with moveable cardboard doors) or you can keep it simple with animal shaped invitations.
Yellow, red and white are the name of the decorating game. Red and white checked tablecloths and animal cut outs on the walls and fences will really set the scene. Hang yellow, red and white streamers and balloons from the ceilings and scatter some hay and a few pumpkins around the garden. If you can, play tape recordings of farm animal sounds and songs… ee ay ee ay oh!
- Animal Sound Contest – Let the kids immitate the sounds of barnyard animals and give prizes for the funniest, loudest, shortest and loudest sounds.
- Musical Milk Buckets – The kids sit in a circle and pass a small milk container around the circle while the music is playing. When the music stops, the child who is holding the container goes out of the game (and gets a prize).
An adaptation of the old favourite. A supervising adult needs to have some music close at hand. All children are given a cushion to sit on in the castle. The music is played, and the children weave their way around the cushions. When the music stops, all children have to sit on a cushion. Then, one cushion is removed, and the music commences. When the music stops, one child will be left standing. That child should sit on the mat, and watch the fun. Remove a cushion each time, and the last one sitting wins. Just a hint, perhaps give the music responsibilities to the first person out, just to make them feel special, and make sure that all children play safely and fairly.