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The bobbing donuts game is based on a traditional, old Dutch game that is popular during kid’s birthday parties.
We played it during Q’s birthday party as well a couple of months ago, with the traditional Dutch type of gingerbread. Only to find out he didn’t like the bread…Oops #terriblemommoment
He does, however, like donuts. So we tried again and this time with success. And hilarious results
I’d picked Q up from school, together with C on a Friday afternoon. Since it was a Friday, I knew I had three choices:
- Accept chaos and arguments between the boys.
- Allow the boys to watch television for the remainder of the afternoon.
- Make sure I have some sort of game ready.
On Friday afternoon they are just too worn out from the week to do anything else.
So a game it was.
I had wanted to make up for the blunder at Q’s birthday party anyway.
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As preparation, C and I had already bought some donuts in the morning. So all that was left to do was to hang up a piece of string across the garden.
This is so great about the summer weather: we get to take the mess outside.
Once the string was hanging, I added two more pieces of string tied to two donuts and hung those up as well.
I told the boys to stand in their places. Hands behind their backs! And go!
First to eat and finish his donut had won. The second to finish his donut was the second winner
Items needed to play bobbing donuts:
How to play bobbing donuts
Tie a piece of string through each donut.
Hang a string across the garden (or other suitable area).
Tie the donut strings to the hanging string.
Hands go behind the back.
First to finish is the winner.
It’s allowed to help the kids if necessary.