Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party

Finally I have found some time to put together Pebble’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party to share with you all. Pebble was the happiest three year old that ever there was, she had a wonderful day playing with her family and friends. Thank you so much to everyone who came along and shared the day with us, it was very special.

This party was created with the quickest and easiest options that I could think of. I am not one to sit up until all hours crafting bits and pieces. Especially not while 33 weeks pregnant! This week I’ll be sharing all the details of the party planning so that you can create your very own Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party too :)

For now, here are some photos from the day and a teaser of what’s to come this week on the blog. Are you ready? Let’s go on a Teddy Bear’s Picnic!

Click ahead to see more:

*Thank you to my sister, Skye, for taking so many photos on the day xx

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Party Planning Ideas and the Weekly Kids Co-Op

Kids Party Planning Ideas

Check out these gorgeous kids party ideas thanks to those who linked up with the Weekly Kids C0-Op last week. I’m a bit party mad right now as we are just recovering from Pebble’s 3rd birthday party. More to come on that soon!

1. The Chirping Moms Valentine’s Day Chocolate Making Party

2. Simply Home Blog’s Vintage Inspired Butterfly Party

3. Olive’s Originals Art Party

4. Z is for Zel’s Yellow Submarine Party

5. Mum Make’s Lists Party Tips

Finally, I can’t leave out this nifty party planning printable from Childhood 101. I will definitely be using it next time I plan a party… if there ever is a next time :P

Party Planning Printable

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{Guest Post} Afternoon Tea with Charlie and Lola

I’m away on holidays and have invited some of my blogging buddies to share one of their all time favourite posts from their blogs with Octavia and Vicky readers. Our guest today is Jackie Small from My Little Bookcase. Please make her feel welcome!

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The Little Book Adventure projects are designed to engage our children in books in interesting and wonderful ways. Project #4, Dining with a Book Character, most certainly encourages that.

Undertaking this project has honestly been the most wonderful activity my daughter and I have shared together. I won’t lie though; the project required lots of time, effort, planning and patience. I think the following post will prove that the time and effort involved was well worth it.

Getting started and helping a pre-schooler understand the task was probably the most difficult part of the project. As my daughter is already an avid little chef, I asked her if she’d like to create a special meal for someone from a book. I mentioned that we would choose a character at the end of the week from one of the books we’d read.

We didn’t even make it until the end of the week though. We were reading a Charlie and Lola book which Cam had personally chosen from the local library. As soon as we finished reading the book she announced that she’d like to invite Charlie and Lola to our house for afternoon tea.

From that point the project just flowed and so did Cam’s ideas for the afternoon tea. The rich and real-life learning that took place during the activity was absolutely phenomenal. Most importantly though, we had an amazing amount of fun in the process.

Writing and communicating: We wrote a letter to Charlie and Lola inviting them to our house for an afternoon tea. [The use of images (symbols) to replace words was used so that Cam could read the letter back to her dad. After all, that’s what alphabet letters are: symbols. Understanding that we gain information from symbols is one precursor to learning to read.]

Communication and understanding the postal system: We posted the letter in the mailbox. (Cam was quite upset and confused that she had to wait for Charlie and Lola to receive their letter. She wanted the afternoon tea NOW and didn’t want to prepare, shop and bake for the afternoon tea.)

Reading, comprehending and evaluating: We read through the book numerous times trying to find clues that would help us work out what Charlie and Lola would enjoy eating.

Reading and understanding different text types: We looked through our collection of children’s cookbooks for suitable recipes.

Writing and planning: Once we’d decided on the recipes, we wrote a shopping list. I created a shopping list with symbols for my daughter to use when searching for the ingredients in the supermarket. [See notes about symbols above]

Reading and shopping: We went shopping, keeping a record of our purchases.

Art, creativity and fine motor skills: We made personalised placemats for Charlie, Lola and ourselves. Lauren Childs uses collage-style illustrations in her books, which made this activity perfect for our Charlie and Lola afternoon tea.

Art, creativity and construction: We created our own life-size Charlie and Lola paper dolls. So eager was Cam for Charlie and Lola to come to our house, we needed to make them look as real as possible. I was thankful they worked. Cam was smitten with her new friends and couldn’t stop giving them cuddles.

Reading, measuring and cooking: We were busy in the kitchen, making Almond Crescent Biscuits (Little Kitchen –Around the World), Gingerbread Biscuits (Look and Cook) and Strawberry Smoothies (Women’s Weekly Healthy Babies)

Spatial awareness: We set the table

Imagination: We sat down at the table. I thought I had ‘fooled’ Cam with the paper-dolls. But, she quickly declared, “We can’t start yet. We have to wait for the real Charlie and Lola to come. These ones are just pretend. ” We had a long talk about books, characters and pretending. Thankfully, she was satisfied.

Dining etiquette, imagination, conversation and socialising: We thoroughly enjoyed afternoon tea.

Helping others: Cam helped Lola to eat her gingerbread biscuit because, “she can’t lift her own hand.”

Birthday Bunting ~ Free Printable

I need to confess. For an early childhood teacher I’m not very crafty. I’d like to be, but most projects are just way over my head. I can’t sew. Like, not even a hem. Or a button.

Two things that do work with me are: Paper and Computers. So when it came to Pebble’s birthday parties I decided to make my own simple decorations with those two tricky tools of mine. I had a little look around some favourite sites for inspiration and thought “I can do that!”.

One decoration that I LOVE is the bunting I made for Pebble’s second birthday. We still have the name section hanging up today, adding a little bit of pretty to her craft corner.

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Who doesn’t love a good bit of bunting? And who can resist a free printable? Well, look no further ladies and gents, because today is your lucky day! You can choose from two free printable buntings, Rainbow Pastel and Rainbow Bright:

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Each bunting has a white background so that you can choose whatever delightful colour or pattern paper that you want to print it on (see how I did that alternating colour card thing with Pebble’s bunting? Fancy, hey?). It includes the letters to spell HAPPY BIRTHDAY and one spare bunting triangle with pretty balloons on it.

To make the bunting:

  1. Print onto cardstock in the colour/pattern of your choice.
  2. Trim each bunting triangle into shape (or be a dare devil and use a guillotine to cut more than one at a time. I did!).
  3. Use a hole punch to (wait for it…) punch a hole in the top two corners of each piece of bunting.
  4. Thread a piece of ribbon or twine through each piece of bunting (in order – check your spelling peeps). Thread on top or underneath depending on whether you want the ribbon/twine to be a feature.
  5. Use nifty removable hooks to hang your bunting on the wall.
  6. Hide the unsightly hooks with some pretty ribbon or balloons.

Download your bunting here:

Free Printable Birthday Bunting: Rainbow Bright

Free Printable Birthday Bunting: Rainbow Pastel

Have you ever made your own birthday decorations? Oh, do tell!