Robin Hood and Maid Marian
Maid Marian and some of her ladies-in-waiting.
Robin and his men honing their skills.
Once all the guests had arrived, it was time to search for the royal treasure, hidden somewhere in Sherwood forest.
Chuck read the announcement about the treasure. It was Robin and his men, vs. Marian and her ladies. There were very few rules, the main one being you had to have your entire team together to read a clue (there were some four year olds involved, we didn’t want them trampled
Oh, and I’ll let you in on a little secret, the treasure was buried (in a chest) in the stump Chuck is standing on. This was his little touch. He thought it would be hilarious to have the children start, right where the treasure was buried.
The girls off to find their first clue.
The boys reading their clue. The boys won, but only by a hair. It was neck in neck much of the time. Once they dug up the treasure chest, I asked them what Robin Hood would have done with the treasure. They immediately answered, “give it to the poor”. Right answer boys! We ended up using the loot for prizes, and dividing it at the end.
Next came the tournament. Once member of each team grabbed a lance (pool noodle) charged at the turn-about (swing hanging from a tree) then dropped the lance
and jumped the moat (turtle pool- and no one fell in!)
then they had to rescue a princess from the tower, and race back to the beginning.
The party was so much fun. Everyone enjoyed themselves. We served a snack of bread, raw veggies and cheese. These were set out in baskets and crockery, in keeping with our medieval theme. One of the parents attending said a neighbor had recently said, “you homeschool, don’t you?” and when she said yes, the guy shook his head and said, “poor kids”. Obviously this guy doesn’t read my blog
One highlight for me was realizing I have friends as crazy and creative as me. Some friends brought this gift for Judah, including a parchment, sealed with actual sealing wax and a seal! The parchment read:
Sir Judah Outlaw of Sherwood Forest
From the Outlaws and Maidens of the Shores of Silver Beach
We are pleased greatly to hear of thy birthday and glad to participate in the festivities. We are very thankful that the good Lord has preserved thee thus far through thy perils.