There were 7 kids at Charlie Club this week for Chapter 7 Charlie’s Birthday. In this chapter, Charlie’s four grandparents lie in bed watching with eager anticipation as Charlie opens his one and only present, a bar a chocolate. So the kids returned to Ellen’s bed as Tara read the chapter.
While Charlie’s birthday in the book was not especially happy or particularly fun, the Charlie Club gave him a party he deserved. Starting with Pass the Parcel. Pass the Parcel is a very British party game, the kids pass a present that has been wrapped in many times, the person holding the present when the music stops gets to open a layer, and hopefully win a prize. The gift got pretty small as the game went on!
We then went outside to play Blind Man’s Bluff. In this game, the “blind man” must find a friend and identify them only by touch.
The kids had lots of fun outside chasing balloons, drinking lemonade, and blowing bubbles from cookie cutters.
There was plenty of time for free play.
Before everyone went home we sang happy birthday to Charlie and had some ice cream, complete with a candle.
Happy birthday Charlie!