Published : 04/03/2009 13:39:42
Categories : Party Planning and Entertainment
My eight year old son has a group of friends that he has played football with for the past three years. The'’ve played in spring and Autumn outdoor leagues, and most recently played in an indoor winter league together. The boys do a lot together, and invite each other to family events and birthday parties. We parents have gotten to know each other quite well too, and enjoy each other's company.
One of the boys is moving away. His parents are changing jobs. The rest of us decided to throw a party for the family. They have two boys-one plays on the football team, and the other one is younger. Four of the team mates, my son included, have a brother or sister his age, so my entire family will miss this kid and his family when they leave. My son thought it would be great if we could give his family a gift to remember us by.
My wife found something called a Treasure Stone. It's made with flour, used coffee grinds, salt, sand, and water. We had a little party at home making the mixture. You can knead this concoction like bread dough, then roll it into a ball. Let the ball dry for three to four days, and it's hard as a rock. Our kids hollowed out the centres, and stuck small party bag toys inside. We also made some flat ones with hand prints from my son and my daughter. My wife contacted the other parents, and several of them also made Treasure Stones. We brought them with us to the going away party, and let the kids paint them while we were there. By the time the party was over, the paint was dry and the family had some very nice hand made gifts from the football team families.