Build it and they will come

At the end of February the Toddler group I started last year was 1 year old. To be honest I couldn’t believe that it had lasted a year as numbers had been so low up until Christmas. I had started to doubt whether it should carry on past it’s first birthday. But thankfully God provided and for the past 3 months numbers have been increasing steadily.

In order to thank the faithful ones who had been coming since the beginning and to praise God for the increase in numbers I wanted to do something special for our birthday. I wanted it to be different and I wanted it to be fun. Then I had a crazy idea. The more I thought about it, the more the idea grew on me. I mentioned it to hubby in passing and raising his eyebrows he reminded me that I would need permission from the church elders. There’s always one party pooper isn’t there?? Lol!!

I cautiously broached the idea with the elders and all 4 of them saw no problem with it at all. I truly am so blessed to work with the people I do. So what was the plan? The plan was to hold a beach party. But it was February so it would have to be inside 😉 I wanted to cover the floor of the vestry with sand and buckets and spades and let the kids build sandcastles.

Once it was approved by the elders I ordered almost a ton of play sand. Once ordered, I swayed between “A TON?? That’s way too much!!” and “ARGH!! I’ll need to buy more as it’ll never cover all the floor!”

It was due to arrive on the Thursday before so I cleared the room, swept and mopped and put down some tarpaulin. Then the delivery driver rang, he was 10 minutes away!! I couldn’t wait. I was lucky that the driver had a trolley to bring the pallet over the road and all the way up to the door. Hubby helped him push it up the small incline, (not that small when you are pushing a ton of sand up it 😉 ) I signed for it and it was time for the hard work to begin.

We had borrowed a gorgeous pink wheelbarrow from a friend and we began shovelling sand into the wheelbarrow, which hubby then bumped over the door step and into the church.

The first barrow of sand going down 🙂

The “beach” slowly started to appear in the vestry.

We shovelled and shovelled until there was no more sand left in the bag.

Then came the fun bit. Making it look like a beach.We bought palm tree decals (seen stuck to the doors) from the party aisle at my local What! store, we put up an umbrella and the little play tents.

Once that was all done I needed to cross off number 33 from my Day Zero List – Build a Sandcastle. It was the perfect opportunity. 🙂

The kids had an absolutely fantastic time and we also had a record number of attendees. I absolutely loved seeing their faces as they walked through the door and saw the sand. For some of them it was the very first time they had seen sand. Even the parents enjoyed themselves. It was the best 2 hours we’ve ever had and no one wanted to leave.

Well until I mentioned tidying up of course!!!!!

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