One of our favorite things to do when the kids are learning about the letter B is talk about birthdays! One story we really like is “The Secret Birthday Message” by Eric Carle. In the story, the little boy has to follow the secret birthday message on a kind of scavenger hunt to find his birthday surprise! As some added fun, we print copies of the message and hide pictures of the book around the room. The children then get to follow the clues to find the surprise, just like the boy in the story!
In our dramatic play area, we set up a birthday party with pretend birthday cakes, party hats, paper party plates and cups, and balloons. The kids love taking turn pretending it is their birthday and having a party!
This year, I wanted to try something different at the art table for birthdays. What I came up with were these fun three-dimensional birthday cakes.
They are made from upside down paper bowls. To make the frosting, I mixed one part glue with one part shaving cream and then added a few drops of liquid watercolor. This concoction dries thick and foamy, and really looks a lot like real frosting! After spreading on the “frosting,” the kids decorated the cakes with foam shapes, candy sprinkles, and cut-up pieces of straws as candles. Of course, you could use any collage materials you have on hand to decorate the cakes. The kids really got into making these. I almost felt like I was watching Cake Boss there for a while!