Whoops – it appears to be Tuesday again, despite me spending the morning convinced it was Monday. And worst still, last week’s Ladybird Tuesday appeared to go AWOL. Apologies.
But, this is the last Ladybird Tuesday of the summer holidays here (noted by the torrential rain falling outside) so let’s celebrate with a spot of Party Games from the Ladybird Learnabout series 634. And first thing’s first – you can’t have a party without party hats.
Party Games was probably one of the last new titles in the Learnabout series that was published with a matt cover, coming quite late in 1982. It’s the ideal little book though if you’re looking to plan an old fashion party for children. The book is split into sections of games for 3 to 4 year olds, for 5 year old and for 6 to 7 year olds and upwards and many of them are ones that you’ll probably remember from your own childhood.
For younger children there are simple rhymes like Here we go round the Mulberry Bush and Oranges and Lemons, whereas older children are kept busy passing balloons along a line, using only their knees to hold them. It’s very much a book of its time, but that to me adds to its vintage charm.
If you want to go against the trend of paying a small fortune for your children to celebrate their birthday then this will definitely tell you what to do. Team with with the Party Food book from series 824 and it’s like your own personal 1980s party tutorial – complete with the tune for all the songs to sing!
Now you just need to dress your children in something truly awful and invest in some patterned carpet.
If you have a collection of old Ladybird books then please feel free to join in with Ladybird Tuesday. There are no formal rules to follow, just leave a link to any post you write in the comments below and if you’re feeling kind link back to my Ladybird Tuesday category here on Being Mrs C. Thanks!
Mum of One says
What a fantastic picture. Gotta love those carpets! What a great idea for a book though. I struggle to remember all those old party games.
Penny Carr says
A great reminder – and also a piece of social history I guess.
oh how cute and funny the kids look in the pictures. I think we should teach our kids some of these games.
Penny Carr says
Definitely – they actually all look really good fun!
That looks like a fantastic book, and the outfits are brilliant! I love the idea of holding a traditional party for the children! I joined in this week with The Postman and the Postal Service http://www.jenniferslittleworld.com/2014/08/ladybird-tuesday-postman-and-postal.html
Is the string game at the bottom, ring on a string? I played that last year at someone’s house I went to, completely new to me, but apparently it was a big games in the 70s/80s i do love this books, brilliant!
Sonya Cisco says
Those pictures look like they could have come straight out of my Mums photo album – love it!
Penny Carr says
I know – they do just look like they’ve come from someone’s family album don’t they?
Michelle twin mum says
I think I even remember this one! I used to have so many ladybird books, no meow sadly. Mich x