The book is a 5th grade reading level and would interest kids 3-8ish. I’m a huge fan of this book. I kept expecting the plot to include Milly Molly Mandy making bad choices and dealing with consequences, and then the moral. But, what actually continually happened was that she chose the right way! It was wonderful and refreshing to read about a kid doing right.
If I had read this book before, I would have definitely planned the activities at my house. The book is full of parties. 🙂
We looked for a pink and white striped dress. But, that was pretty hard to do. My cousin just gave us one, that would’ve been perfect, but it’s a month too late! 🙂 But, a pink and white shirt and some jean shorts made for a modern Milly Molly Mandy.
I put some aniseed ball candy on the front table, with all the usual stuff. My daughter did not like these. I found them to be interesting.
We went blackberry picking. There were also strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
I set up a little area where they earned a penny for three separate activities.
One activity was cutting a paper person chain.
Another activity was to serve their parent or sibling a piece of bread with butter and jam or sprinkles. They go to be a waitress like Milly Molly Mandy. I had one family that had more than two kids, so I wrote out who serves who. I wanted to save the mom and the kids from any argument.
They started growing cress. I ordered the seeds online. They got a souffle cup, wet a paper towel, and put it in the cup. Then they sprinkled some seeds, and covered it with a lid until they got home. This is just a day later, sprouting already.
This is a couple weeks later.
This is her trying the cress on buttered bread like Milly Molly Mandy. She said, “It tastes a lot like plants.” 🙂
Once they earned their three pennies, they went to the “candy store” and bought one piece of each candy — raspberry drops, yellow candy stick (broken in half of course) and toffee (I had to get Heath bars bc I was too late to get this, more authentic toffee in time.
The tray below is where the kids went to make the bread for their mom or siblings. I also had party food. I got some poppyseed scones, grapes, carrots.
And sherbet punch. I was told once that the key to punch is to have something bubbly, sweet and sour. Then just combine them and mix. So, I got some 7-Up, pineapple juice and tropical rainbow sherbet. It was delicious!!
I also set up a blanket with some sea animals and an empty box for the kids to lay on and pretend to swim like Milly Molly Mandy did. (I got these when we did an ocean/beach theme. The kids love them and have used them a lot!)
And, I had a table for card writing.
For my inspiration, more ideas and resources for a more in depth look at the book, see my Book Theme: Milly Molly Mandy Pinterest Board.