Back in the day of raising our young children, this video of Old MacDonald (1987 Best Live Action Video Award) was a go-to for restless siblings. And I report that some twenty five years later, it can still work it's magic on restless Grands.
We planned on giving our grown-up kids a night out while we hosted a little Valentine's party with their little munchkins. They arrived and played the KEEKEE THE ROCKING MONKEY game. That was good for a shorter bit of time than we anticipated. The food was in the oven but not quite ready. The kids needed something as a filler. So Wes got the old VCR recorder up and running. We set out the little chairs for a theater feel and the old tape worked its charms once again: we sang, stomped and clapped to the classic kid songs such as "Mulberry Bush," "Mary Had a Little Lamb, and "Shortenin' Bread."
Then the timer buzzed and the food was ready!
Being Valentine's Day, the food all had a heart theme. A low-maintenance heart theme.
Pizza was baked in a heart pan, hot dogs were cut lengthwise and boiled/curled while cooking, 6 oranges were peeled, separated unto segments and assembled into a heart shape.
The kids seemed to like the food.
Dessert was soon coming which is also a treat for our healthy-eating
Grands who are often encouraged to make fruit and veggie choices instead of sweets.
Yummy Costco shortbread black and white hearts!
(Katie D., do note the flowers in the center...they were from your shower cake!)
(Also note the painted Beast cabinet in the background that I had blogged about in January.)
Following the food we had gift time, bopping with balloon time, conversation hearts bingo,
coloring and a story.
Our Party Animals were zipping through the activities like air leaking through a popped balloon.
To calm them before their parents returned from time away, we may or may not have
reinserted the Old Mac video. What happens at MeMo and Papa's stays at M and P's!!