The excitement has been building for a few weeks. First the excitement of being selected as Sylvanian Families party hosts. Next sending out invitations to friends. Then the arrival of a very large parcel (H was fit to burst). Then the unpacking and assembly, plus all the other preparations. Finally, it was 4pm and time for guests to arrive.
We had a mix of girls and boys to our party and it was a roughly even split. They all really enjoyed playing with the campervan and treehouse. Both toys are very detailed and a lot of thought has clearly gone into designing them. Often I think Sylvanian Families are seen as girls’ toys, but there isn’t an excess of pink and our boys seemed to enjoy them very much.
The activities were fun too with memory games, a beetle drive style game, colouring and plasticine modelling. There were comments like ‘ I’ve never seen him so keen to do colouring’ – the children were clearly motivated to take part and excited about winning the fab prizes. Looking through catalogues is always fun and I think secretly many of the mums wouldn’t have minded a set or two themselves. The canal barge was probably the wish list favourite at our party.
If you’d like to see more Sylvanian Families, there are 40 works of art, made by children, being displayed at The Strand Gallery, London. It’s called Sylvanian Families: A Study In Art, and it runs from Monday 29th October- Sunday 4th November, which is half term week for many schools. At the end of the week, the art will be auctioned off to raise money for children’s charity, the Toy Trust.