July 29, 2009
No Manners 2009!!
the Professor is an outcome person, so he likes it best when it's all finished!!
These are not all original ideas...
I've compiled them and inherited them.
Hope this is great inspiration for all of your end of the summer celebrations!!
1. Bread and Condiments...
We played a game where I had a tray of condiments numbered with stickers, a basket of numbers on folded index cards and a loaf of french bread sliced. The kids picked a number and I wiped the corresponding number onto their bread. (They saved their bread so one slice lasted about 2 condiments.) We used the following condiments: mayo, mustard, jam, ketchup, clams, shrimp, tuna, relish, horseradish, soy, worchestire, salad dressings, season salt, caramel, honey, pesto, etc. I didn't buy anything except the bread, I just found things around the house.
2. Spaghetti, Sauce, Green Beans, Milk...
We serve everything with our hands, NO UTENSILS, except for straws and plastic spoons. You need plastic spoons to flick the green beans and straws to blow milk bubbles.
One year we let the kids decorate mom and dad with whip cream and peanut butter. That was fun. This year we just gave each kid their own canister and let them go to it. Even Drew, who hates to eat whip cream, wanted a canister to spray. I guess it's more about fun then food anyway.
6. Ewey, Gooey Face Game...
Similar to the condiment game, I just put lots of gross stuff on paper plates, had the kids stand in a line and one at a time had them stick their face in the plate. Usually they were slow as they brought the plate to their face so I helped them out with a good push. We used honey, syrup, ketchup, salad dressings, mayo, crisco, oil, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, flour (this was really fun!), etc... Be careful-- mustard stings!! Oh, and I had a baggy of cherrios and asked the kids who could get the most cheerios to stick on their face. You could do this with partners if you want to.
Note-- We eat outside or in the garage. No Manners Allowed. We recommend swim suits and hoses for clean-up. And, we also have an annual Fancy Dinner where we talk about fancy manners and take them out to eat, or use china and have our own Fancy Dinner at home. This is a fun, fun dinner and by far the most talked about event of the year at our house.