Saturday, March 5, 2011

Baby Shower Week - Day 6: Games & Activities II

Baby showers are all about gifts, but not only gifts for the mother-to-be. It's nice when the guests get to take home some fun surprises, too. I started the party off by having everyone introduce themselves and tell where they were from and how they knew or were related to my daughter. Then I gave a prize to the person who had traveled farthest to come to the shower (all the way from Texas!) During the course of the afternoon I also gave prizes for the oldest mother, youngest mother, and the person whose birthday was closest to Sara's due date.

After having refreshments and laughing ourselves silly playing Mad Libs, it was time for something more challenging. The next game was ...

How Well Do You Know Children's Literature?
Below are excerpts from well-known children’s literature. Can you name
the book or story?  There’s a prize for whoever gets the most correct!

1. Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.”

2. “If you become a bird and fly away from me,” said his mother, “I will be a tree that you come home to.”

3. “I love you as high as I can reach,” said Little Nutbrown Hare. 

4. In the great green room, there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of... The cow jumping over the moon.

5. On Monday he ate through one apple.  But he was still hungry.

6. “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed,” wailed Baby Bear, “and she’s still in it!”

7. “I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me.”

8. “You just think wonderful thoughts,” explained Peter, “and they lift you into the air.”

9. But Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor’s garden, and squeezed under the gate!

10. I meant what I said. And I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful One hundred percent!

11. She picked three berries and dropped them, kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk, in her small tin pail.

12. “Why he looks just like my old Bunny that was lost when I had scarlet fever!”  But he never knew that it really was his old Bunny, come back to look at the child who had first helped him to be Real.

13. George promised to be good. But it is easy for little monkeys to forget.

14. “Please, Shiny New Engine, won’t you please pull our train over the mountain?  Our engine has broken down, and the boys and girls on the other side won’t have any toys to play with or good food to eat unless you help us.”

15. I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a ...

16. Here are Paul and Judy, They can do lots of things. You can do lots of things, too.

17. “Remember, Jack, she’s all we have,” his mother called after him.  “Be sure you get a good price for her.”

18. “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!"

19. They roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth.

20.  When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw.

Dig deep in your memory now - how many can you answer correctly? The winner of the game at our baby shower was my sister who had the decided advantage of being an elementary school school teacher for the past 30 years. Since everyone worked so hard on their quiz, though, I also gave prizes to the two contestants who were tied for second place. It was a lot of fun and brought back memories of all those days of sitting in a rocking chair with a baby on my lap, reading Pat the Bunny and Peter Rabbit. It won't be long till I get to do it again - this time with a sweet little grandson!
 
ANSWERS:
1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
2. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
3. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
4. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
6. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
7. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
8. Peter Pan by Eric Kincaid
9. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
10. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
11. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
12. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
13. Curious George by H. A. Rey
14. The Little Engine the Could by Watty Piper
15. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
16. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
17. Jack and the Beanstalk
18. The Three Little Pigs
19. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
20. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Tomorrow: The best part of the baby shower

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