Nursery rhymes and fairy tales have both been around for centuries, and can therefore  legitimately be considered ‘historical’, but unless teenagers or middle graders want to do it for laughs, this is for the eight and under set.


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

Punch & Judy Party Punch


Fish Sticks or Tuna Fish/Salmon Sandwiches (for the various rhymes with ‘fish’ in them)

Roast Beef Sandwiches (or all-beef hot dogs):  Have kids sit round the table and count them off using the Little Pigs rhyme, bestowing a sandwich on the little piggy who got roast beef, repeating with a different starting point until they all have one, and no little piggy has none.

Bread & Cheese wrapped up in a handkerchief – the standard ‘lunch’ of many fairy tale heroes.

Humpty Dumpty Eggs: hard boiled eggs perched on an on-its-side brownie ‘wall’ them so kids can knock them off to crack Humpty Dumpty.

Little Boy Blue Blueberry Muffins

Jam Tarts made by the Queen of Hearts.

Hot Cross Buns (and ‘pennies to buy them with)

Peter-Peter Pumpkin Eater mini pumpkin pies

Star-Shaped Cookies

Glass Slipper-Shaped Cookies

Cupcakes decorated to look like Toadstools

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And as regards the cake:

Little Miss Muffet


Humpty Dumpty


Fairy Tale Castle


Jack & The Beanstalk


Alice In Wonderland



Castle Building: Supply kids with large cardboard boxes, paint, and tape.

Mittens: Supply children with cardboard mitten shapes and decorating materials so kittens can have mittens.

Edible Three Little Pigs Houses: Supply kids with yellow gummy worms (straw), pretzel sticks (sticks), and chocolate squares (bricks).

Nursery Rhyme/Fairy Tale Mural: Have children draw and colour characters onto a mural, or colour in ready-made scenes to cut out and paste on a mural (several are available at http://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/color-index.htm)

Beanstalks: Children paint or colour paper towel rolls green & paste on green construction paper beanstalk leaves. (Visit http://www.dltk-teach.com/t.asp?t=http://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/beanstalk/images/cfeltboard.gif for templates to supply them with a Jack & other characters to glue on.)

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Theatrics: Have children act out nursery rhymes like ‘Little Miss Muffet, ‘Humpty Dumpty’, ‘Georgie Porgie’, ‘The Queen Of Hearts’, and ‘Jack Be Nimble’, and fairy tales like Goldilocks & The Three Bears, or The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Standard party games like ‘London Bridge’, ‘Musical Chairs’, ‘Hunt The (Glass) Slipper’, ‘Ring-Around-The-Rosy’, ‘The-Farmer-In-The-Dell’, ‘What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?’,

Bobbing For Non-Poisoned Apples

Sandbox Seven Dwarves Diamond Mine seeded with ‘diamonds’ kids can dig for.

Humpty Dumpty Egg ’N Spoon Race

Find The Sheep & Boy Blues: Hide small plastic sheep for little Bo-Peeps and Boy Blues to find.

If teens are doing this, challenge them to find the original meanings of some of those old nursery rhymes



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