HISTORIC BIRTHDAY THEME: WW II

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A theme best suited to children over the age of eight.

COSTUMES

For costume ideas, visit:

http://peopleof.oureverydaylife.com/childrens-clothes-1940s-10425.html

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/1940s-evacuee-costumes

DECORATIONS & OTHER PARTY ITEMS

If your local shops don’t carry anything that fits this theme, try:

http://www.partypacks.co.uk/1940s-world-war-2-party-theme-cid12582.html

FOOD

As always, be mindful of guests’ allergies & religious observances.

Milk

Homity Pie (http://www.historyextra.com/article/food/sams-historical-recipe-corner-homity-pie-how-to-make)

Wholemeal Sandwiches (preferably Spam or Dripping ones, which were the most common then)

Sausage Rolls

Baked Potatoes

Beans On Toast

Carrots On Sticks (the WW II substitute for ice cream!)

Scones

Plain Biscuits

Aeroplane -Shaped Cookies

As regards the cake, if you want to be really authentic, you can make an actual wartime one:

http://www.food.com/recipe/ww2-war-cake-1881

https://cookpad.com/us/recipes/329242-wwii-ration-chocolate-cake

Or just go with something suitably representative.

Evacuee Suitcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiVyjpmEzEc

Aeroplane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNNsj04JYgk

http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/airplane-cake-tutorial/

Tank: https://mercesantosbaking.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/tank-cake/

CRAFTS

Have kids create their versions of posters for popular wartime slogans like ‘Dig For Victory’, ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’, ‘Is Your Journey Really Necessary’,  ‘Keep Calm & Carry On’, ‘Do Your Bit’, ‘Make Do & Mend’, and the rest.

For other craft ideas, visit:

http://timetravellerkids.co.uk/uncategorized/make-a-victoria-cross/

http://www.john.curtin.edu.au/education/gasmask/index.html

GAMES & ACTIVITIES

Air Raid: Sound a siren. Have children scramble for shelter (under a table or in a doorway inside, perhaps a shed or designated ‘safe’ area outside) & stay there ’ until ‘All Clear’ is sounded.

Pack Your Suitcase (a version of ‘Memory’): Have cards with pictures of required evacuee items face down on the floor, such as a coat, shoes, a comb, a handkerchief, a toothbrush, a towel, soap, and a gas mask (at least six pictures of each). Kids take turns turning over cards, collecting the items required until someone gets them all.

Scavenger Hunt: Throughout the war, kids helped the war effort by collecting rags, rubber, paper, and scrap metal. Divide kids into teams and see which one can come back with the most within a set time. (Make sure there is a good supply in the immediate area.)

Sweet Shop: Sweets were strictly rationed during the war. Hide several ‘sweet coupons’ around the room. Children are only allowed one each, and can only redeem them for one sweet item from that era (i.e. a barley sugar, a lemon sherbet, a pear drop, a jelly baby, a toffee, a piece of liquorice, a square of chocolate, and the like).

As well as some games that were actually played at the time:

Beetle Drive: http://www.stpeterbardon.com/beetle.html

The Farmer-In-The-Dell

Hunt The Thimble/Slipper

London Bridge

Musical Chairs

Pass the Parcel.

Activity-wise, it’s hard to improve on this:

http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/world-war-2/world-war-2-day-ideas

 

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