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Best Children's Birthday Party Game (Good for Yarn Hoarders & Spiderman Fans)

June 3rd, 2007 at 02:51 pm

Reading posts about childrens birthday parties and yarn hoarding, combined with the fact that Spiderman 3 is in the theaters now, jarred my memory of a really terrific and frugal birthday party game my mom did when I about 7. She took cheap little "prizes" and wrapped them up, one for each party guest. [I don't remember what the prizes were; the game itself was the main point, not the prizes.] Then she tied string or yarn around each prize and wove a gigantic "spider web" throughout the entire house, crossing and twisting all of these balls of string/yarn around each other, furniture, staircases, etc. Each piece of string/yarn ended at the front door (with little balls remaining for unraveling). When all of the guests arrived, each one got a little ball of yarn, and we had to then untangle and unravel the web until we reached our prizes. Imagine 10 little girls climbing through this giant web of yarn to get to a little prize ... Oh my, we had so much fun and we got good and tired doing it, which probably made the rest of the party easier on my mom! Smile

My parents did lots of other great, fun, and frugal party things (cupcake decorating contests, picnics in the park, etc.) but the spider web game was definitely the most memorable!

5 Responses to “Best Children's Birthday Party Game (Good for Yarn Hoarders & Spiderman Fans)”

  1. jodi_m Says:

    I read about this in the Tightwad Gazette and thought it sounded like a blast...I'll have to remember it for when my boys are a little bit older.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Me, too, in the TG. Always thought it sounded like fun but too much of a mess for me to do.

  3. mbkonef Says:

    I also read this idea in the Tightwad Gazette. I think it sounds like great fun but I just imagine myself trying to "weave" the web and all the contortions required to get myself out.

  4. scfr Says:

    This idea must have been around for ages ... My mom says she got the idea from my grandmother who did the same party game back in the 40's or 50's. I wonder what creative soul first dreamed it up?

  5. veronak Says:

    This is a great idea

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