As usual, I promise myself ‘never again!’ as I finally collapse on the sofa having hosted yet another traditional ‘at home’ style birthday party for six small boys! Musical bumps, pass the parcel, treasure hunts, they were into everything. Having annihilated the piñata, the inquisitive little tribe finally settled down with a box of old toys, pulling them apart, seeing how they worked and pushing buttons just to find out what would happen (a spell on the naughty step if they're not careful!). The indoor firework finale led to lively debate about what would happen if we …ate them? …breathed in the fumes? …ground them all up and set fire to the dust? These 8-year-olds were riddled with curiosity.

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