D's birthday fell in the middle of the week, this year, and several of us were suffering from colds, so we decided to keep it a simple family party. Of course, simple can still be fun.
Besides the octopus pinata (click here, for how-to-make instructions)...
...and the fishing game, I mentioned this morning, as our stART (story + ART) post...
...we played pin the fin on the shark.
I've never drawn a shark before, at least that I can remember, but I found a terrific site, with very easy to follow instructions for drawing all sorts of cartoonish animals.
I had also planned a duck-duck-goose style game of shark-shark-minnow, but the children were anxious to try out the birthday boy's new Endless Ocean game for the Wii (review coming on that later), after a quick stop for a piece of cake, and a bite of ice cream.
I let D, pick the cake he wanted from Google Images gallery of fish birthday cakes. He picked about the easiest one out there, which is good, because I am not a cake decorator.
This one (click here, for full step-by-step instructions from Bake, Decorate, Celebrate), is about as simple as frosting a normal two layer cake.
Once, the frosting is on, you just run a spoon through to make swirly scales, and then pile on a few gum drops, and orange slice candies, and you're done. I think the total decorating time was about 15 minutes. About the same time it took the children to devour it, or at least, make a good dent it's side.
It's great to be a homeschooler.