Hide and Seek never gets old!

Hiding and finding seem to be basic to mankind, think about early mans need to hunt and gather.

The success of hiding games continues to bring great joy to children. They like to hunt and hide.

Find the surprise in this picture.hunting games

What hiding games has your child enjoyed?

April 25, 2015 at 6:05 PM Leave a comment

Party Themes for 8 Year Old Boys

Thanks for all the ideas!

Suggestions included: soccer, dinosaur museum, Lego, movies, model trains, construction,  rock climbing and a science party.

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January 9, 2015 at 11:05 PM Leave a comment

What themes have worked for your parties?

Someone is looking for a great theme for a party for an 8 year old boy.

Any suggestions?

January 6, 2015 at 3:03 PM Leave a comment

Bunko, fun for all ages!


A Game of Chance!  Try our version of the rules.  

Let us know if you have a favorite way to play.


Goal:  To reach a combined team score of 21 points. Once 21 points are accumulated by a team they call or yell or shout out “Bunko!”



Libby and Penny rules.  One game is six rounds. Number of players: 4 at each table, partners sit across from each other.  Each person takes a turn rolling 5 dice. During round one the objective is to count the number of 1’s rolled. Designate one person to tell everyone to begin. Each person rolls the dice until they do not roll any 1’s, then they pass the dice to the person to their right.  Each team continues adding to their partners score while keeping their own score.

Round one ends when a Bunko (21 points) is made by any team.

 Switching tables:  At the end of each round, team with highest number will move to next table and switch partners.  Lowest number stays and pairs up with the newest team that joins them.  The switching happens after each round. Switching creates new teams for the next round.  

If 4 are playing simply switching places at the table and create new teams. If 8 or 12 are playing the winning team can switch with the losing team at the other table for the next round.

Scoring:  Total all the points you have made throughout the rounds.  Rolling all 5 dice with the number that is being playing is a special Bunko, the player can be awarded a prize or extra points. Example: if it is round 4 and all the dice rolled are 4’s then you rolled a Bunko.

Play as many games as you have time.

Mini history: Bunko, was once linked with 1920’s gambling.  The police squads that raided the parlors, or a speakeasy,  were known as the Bunko Squad.









July 15, 2014 at 6:10 AM Leave a comment

eBook conversion in progress

We are working on converting, Planning Children’s Birthday Parties Libby and Penny’s Survival Guide, into an eBook!.

We welcome your ideas and input!

Libby and Penny truly appreciate your great ideas. Please send your suggestions: Libbyandpenny@cox.net  comment on Facebook or on our blog.

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There will be full color images, web links, additional photos, more ideas, and surprises!

June 1, 2014 at 5:02 AM Leave a comment

How to make crepe paper surprise balls

We have added photo directions to making Crepe Paper Surprise Balls to our website.

Click here to go to more photos and directions for this project

May 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM 2 comments

Planning a party for a pre-school child -guest list

The guest list for a pre-school party may swell beyond what you expect.  When considering who will be invited to the party keep in mind young children are often accompanied by their parents who anticipate and expect to stay. Parents of young children want to participate and observe their child enjoying themselves. Plan to have parents enjoy the opportunity of interacting with their child.  For every child invited expect one or two parents to attend. Also consider if siblings will be invited.

Number of guests at a pre-school party

Number of guests at a pre-school party

Plan activities ranging from high energy group games to low energy activities the parents can do with their child.  Have multiple areas set up so one or two children along with their parents can do an activity and move on to another. All the items needed for each activity should be  organized and ready to use: blocks, crayons and paper, cars and trucks, hair bows and crowns, balls and hoops, clay, etc.   Anticipate the short attention span of young children: have 5 or more activity areas available. When parents are interacting with their child the party will move along smoothly.


January 6, 2014 at 2:28 AM Leave a comment

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