BigSmall’s social life continues at a far more exciting pace than my own, and he has not one but TWO parties coming up.
And I am starting to feel the present pressure a little now…
It would be quite easy to just make everyone a set of beanbags, but I think that would be cheating you all a little bit, and would make for fairly dull reading.
So with each party invite that BigSmall brings home, the pressure is on. And I spend the next few days deperately trying to think of something different and original to make. I usually end up consulting all the ingenious people of social media land, and they invariably come up with lots of great suggestions.
This time around, the first party is for a little boy, and he will be 4.
The boy in question is, I think, tractor and digger mad (seems to be compulsory for all Small boys), so I scratched my head for digger and tractor related things to make. The added difficulty comes with not being able to buy anything new-personalised cushions are a great present (although not sure how chuffed a 4 year old would be with it…) but I would have to try and find secondhand cushion inners that were in good/new condition-nobody wants dubious stains on their cushion inners.
And then I struck gold! We were returning a puzzle to a charity shop as it had only 18 of the necessary 42 pieces in the box (I naively assumed they checked this sort of thing. I did feel bad taking something back to a charity shop, and had it been 50p I probably wouldn’t have bothered, but it was £1.50, and also the principle of the thing), and we were invited to see if there was anything else we might like instead. This particular charity shop is fab for grown up clothes, but not so hot on things for the Smalls, but then my eye was caught by this big sack of……
And a cunning plan began to form.
Last summer BigSmall and I spent a happy afternoon making a marble run from a cardboard box and some cardboard tubes,
and we had lots of fun with it subsequently. So I I decided to make a new little drawstring bag (personalised with the recipient’s initial) for the marbles, (I roughly followed this tutorial here from from Purlbee.com)
and included a sheet of paper with some ideas of games to play/things to do with marbles:
It is too small to read, but the ideas included:
- make a marble run from junk
- have a marble race down two long cardboard tubes of equal length
- painting with marble
I have pinned more ideas to my new “Marbles” Pinterest board-check them out!
And then BigSmall made a card 🙂
I did have a bit of a ‘moment’ after making it, that it looked a bit ‘mean’. And that the birthday boy (or actually, I am more worried about the parent’s response-kids, as we know, are usually happy with anything!) would think it was a bit of cheapo gift. And it was-the marbles cost £1.50, and there were enough to mean that BigSmall could keep some too, but I spent an hour or two of one of my precious evenings personalising the gift, and that has to count for more than money. Doesn’t it..?