Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pretend Play: Breakfast on a Cruise Ship.

Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely morning on a cruise ship...and didn't even leave home for it. A scrapbook-paper-porthole on the wall and a couple of clipart seagulls circling over the table helped set the scene. Then I donned my white shirt, black bermudas, white gloves, and became a Cruise Ship Attendant for our morning o' fun.

I confess my first-hand knowledge of cruise ships is pretty much...nil. I have heard that your towels get folded into all kinds of nifty little animals each time you come back into your cabin, but I do not have those kind of folding skilz. So I kinda had to wing it as to the whole Cruise Ship scene.

The table was set with white tablecloth, lots of glassware (gulp!), and cloth napkins. Definitely a first at my breakfast table! I dusted off some cute little juice glasses and prepared a carafe of OJ.

Our breakfast menu included boiled eggs served in egg-cups, toast & jam, cut up fruit, and a yogurt parfait bar for the kids to make their own concoctions. Huge hit! And it was all served with silly Cruise Attendant antics. Oh, I meant to play some perky classical music in the background, but forgot to start the CD.

The kids loved it! After serving their breakfast (pretending to walk on a ship that was rolling slightly), I told them some of the activities that were available for their enjoyment today...

First up...Bingo on the ship deck. Happily, we each won a round.

Next we tried a little Art activity. This was a Stained Glass Butterfly project, an idea I found

They turned out really pretty, and I learned a valuable lesson: washable markers are not as washable as expected when the one-year-old colors on the table and himself.

Finally, we left the ship on a little excursion and “rowed over” to a deserted island to enjoy a relaxing siesta. I made a blanket fort over a card table in our living room and set out books with special snacks and refreshing lemonade. We all piled in and read several stories together and talked about living on a deserted island. The consensus was that none of us would like it much...there was no access to ice cream.

It was such a fun morning! Have to confess, I don't always give my children a solid chunk of devoted, undivided attention and play time like I ought to—there's always laundry to throw in, floors to sweep, email to check. This Pretend Cruise was a blast for all of us.

...Even if there was not a single Swan towel in sight.

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