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Choosing Tween-Appropriate Space Related Party Activities
I am not a creative person when it comes to party planning, so I asked for help in my favorite Facebook group of parents of gifted children and they came through with a lot of great ideas. I was excited by the idea of getting some new board games like Star Munchkins or Cosmic Encounter and having a board game party. Alas, Smarty firmly vetted this idea saying that she wants her party to be "fun and energetic". She was a lot more interested in Minute to Win It games like Defying Gravity and Junk in the Trunk. She also approved the idea of playing space themed charade games. What she really wanted to do, however, is to build and launch rockets.
Launching Paper Rockets
Smarty was lucky. She has an amazing STEM teacher in school whose hobby is to make things that fly. He has a company that produces high pressure air rockets. We've seen them fly at a local Makers' Faire, and my husband was very intrigued by them. Originally, he wanted to build his own rocket launcher, but then he weighed this new project against all other projects already on his plate and chose to give Smarty (and himself) an early birthday present of an air rocket launcher. The rockets themselves can be built from a single sheet paper rocket template, and they fly amazingly well. Smarty and her friends spent about 20 minutes building their rockets and another 45 minutes launching them despite the blistering wind.
Space Themed Food
The highlight of our snack table were these fruit rocket skewers. Smarty had more "space snacks" in mind, but we opted for traditional birthday fare - pizza, and, of course, cake.
We did not feel that Smarty's tween friends need more plastic trinkets, but they all got to take their paper rocket home together with their "moon rocks" and astronaut ice cream.
Did you throw theme birthdays for your kids? What kind?