Around the lawn there were little play stations to keep them busy and engaged. There were some purple water beads and neon cups for scooping and pouring, a large tub of coloured rice and tape-wrapped cardboard tubes for turning into sweetie machines, churning out coloured sweets through the pipes! This was a really popular area, with the girls’ cousin ending up sitting in it to play for quite a while.
On a table there was some Wonka play dough with coloured buttons, candles, cup-cake cases and empty chocolate trays, for creating some fantastical and delicious sweets and chocolates to play with! You can also read this post about making weird and wonderful Wonka dough and ideas of what to add into it.
We ended up playing very few of the planned games in the end because there was no need, but we did play a couple.
Golden Ticket Treasure Hunt was a hit and everyone got a prize! I painted a large piece of cardboard with gold paint and cut it into tickets, adding numbers with glitter glue. These were hidden around the garden and each child given a number to go and hunt for. Once their ticket had been found, they traded it for a wrapped book in the prize bucket (The Book People sells sets of 10 popular children’s books for £9.99, so less than £1 each!)
The Golden Egg Race was simply an egg and spoon race, split into 4 runners at a time, using plastic gold eggs. My trusty chicken sat in her basket nest and watched to see if her eggs would be “good or bad” (I know, it’s a goose really but I didn’t have one of those!) Lots of simple fun!
Piñata: At the very end of the afternoon there was a number 4 piñata, filled with felt tip pens and plastic gold coins to collect after it was broken open, scooping the treasures into individual paper bags.
For take home gifts there were bags of Wonka’s Scrumptious Chocolate Play Dough and giant lollipops, as well as party hats and blowers. See how to make easy no-cook chocolate play dough here.
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