Party on a String


Party on a string is a fun activity -- especially for tween and teenaged kids. Get a huge ball of string. Run it around the yard. Occasionally wrap the string around a prize and hide the prize. Have your tween or teen follow the string to collect all the prizes!It never ceases to amaze me just many creative people there are in the world.  Like my nephew’s wife, Stephanie.

She did a little activity for my daughter-in-law, Lisa, that I thought was spectacularly fun.  I want to share it here (of course) so that you, my Dear Readers, could learn about it and adapt it for an activity to do with your grandchildren.

Here is what Lisa found recently when she came home from doing a wee bit o’ shopping. (Make sure you click on the pictures to see a larger version.)

This is what she found on her front porch.  The sign on the string said, “Follow me.”

So she did.

Party on a string is a fun activity -- especially for tween and teenaged kids. Get a huge ball of string. Run it around the yard. Occasionally wrap the string around a prize and hide the prize. Have your tween or teen follow the string to collect all the prizes!

Around to the side of the house and into the back yard.

Party on a string is a fun activity -- especially for tween and teenaged kids. Get a huge ball of string. Run it around the yard. Occasionally wrap the string around a prize and hide the prize. Have your tween or teen follow the string to collect all the prizes!

She followed the string around and around the backyard, from bush, to nook, to cranny.

Occasionally, the string held a special treasure.

Party on a string is a fun activity -- especially for tween and teenaged kids. Get a huge ball of string. Run it around the yard. Occasionally wrap the string around a prize and hide the prize. Have your tween or teen follow the string to collect all the prizes!

This activity made her day!

So take this idea, twist it on it’s head, and turn it into something that you can do with grandchildren. What do you get? Why, a party on a string, that’s what!

If you have only two or three grandchildren, you could have them do this activity together as a group.  If you have  more, divide them into teams.  You’ll have to make different sets of treasures on a string so that there is one set to follow for each group.  You might want to make sure that you have different colors of string so that it will make it easier for the groups to follow their own string.

It might be wise to do this in a big area if you have very many groups.  That way, the yarn from the different groups wouldn’t be overlapping very much.  (If the string did over lap, it might become a frustrating tangled knot for the grandkids — and grandmother!)

This could be a just-because party.  Or, it could be a fun birthday party for a grandchild.  Or, you could adapt it for holidays by having holiday themed special treasures (i.e. patriotic things for the 4th of July, Halloween things for a Halloween party, etc.).  You could also do this inside the house.  Wherever it’s held, it will be fun for grandchildren.

To top it off, you’ve just GOT to have some treat to eat.  (Of course.  Food = grandma.  At least that was the math that I learned in school . . .)  You might want to have S’more cookies, or Rollo Candy Treats, or Peanut Butter Cup Bars.

Or, you can stay tuned for my next posting to learn how to make a treat that is absolutely a scream!  (I’m just dying — I can’t wait to make them!!!)

Make it a great day!


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11 thoughts on “Party on a String

  • April J Harris

    What a fantastic idea! Kids love treasure hunts and a surprise one is even better. Thank you for sharing this fun activity for kids with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  • Michelle

    What a fun activity and to use for a party. I think I may steal a version of this to adapt for my class. Thanks for sharing.

  • DigiGram Post author

    Gramcracker – I would love to have seen the picture of your father-in-law without his teeth! That would have been a hoot . . .

  • gramcracker

    Fun. My husband’s folks did an activity like that one year for Easter. They live in a retirement park and got permission from some of their friends to place notes in their yards and trees. As you would expect, the kids had a blast. The end goal was to find the “keeper of the treats”. Well, the last photo on a string was a photo of my husband’s dad with his teeth out and his lips touching his chin. It was pretty hilarious.

    Thanks for the memory.

  • DigiGram Post author

    Grandma Shelley, your IOU idea is a fabulous idea! As are your other ones. Thanks for sharing.

  • grandma shelley

    What a fun idea! It would be a good activity for the grands to do for their parents too with IOU’s for little services along the way for let’s say Mother’s or Father’s Day.

    It would be really cute for Valentine’s Day too. But, I really like the idea of doing it for no reason but to brighten someone’s day.