Nina's perfectly planned birthday party gets flooded out at the T-shirt shop. Can Emily Elizabeth come up with a great idea to save Nina's birthday?

Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Work Together  Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Work Together

Sharing a common goal to make a surprise for someone else is more than's a learning experience! By giving children the opportunity to contribute to a team effort, the concept of cooperation with others is reinforced in positive way. The following activities nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • music and art appreciation and performance skills

Birthday Surprises!Birthday Surprises!

Sharing a surprise with someone special can be the best birthday gift of all! Here are some crafty and yummy ideas to help your child prepare a wonderful surprise for someone's birthday:

  • Tissue Pictures - Draw an outline of a balloon, birthday cake, gift box, etc., on poster board. Piece up 1" to 2" squares of colored art tissue. Wrap each tissue square on end of a pencil eraser. Dip end in glue and press inside design.
  • Surprise Pretzels - Mix 1 pkg. yeast dissolved in 1 1/2-cup warm water, 1t. salt, 1T. sugar, 4 cups flour, and 1 egg. Knead dough. Roll into letters, numbers, a name, or traditional pretzel knot. Place on greased cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 425 degrees until golden brown.

Banana Buffet!Banana Buffet!

With a Group:
Provide a banana buffet with all the fixings for your child and guests to create sundaes or banana splits. Start with bananas and add ice cream, cherries, pineapples, syrups, whipped cream, assorted fruits, nuts, gummy bears, candy, sprinkles, graham crackers, chocolate bits, etc. For extra fun, provide paper chef hats and aprons.

Happy Birthday Games!Happy Birthday Games!

With a Group:
Share these fun birthday games ideas:

  • Twister - Make your own Twister game by outlining large balloons on a white flat bed sheet. Have children color each balloon a different color with fabric paint or markers. Make a spinner that coordinates with the painted balloons. Next to each color of balloon, draw a small hand or foot on the spinner. Turn on upbeat music while children takes turns spinning the spinner until everyone's all twisted up!
  • Red Light, Green Light - Line up children. When you call out "green light," the children follow directions to walk, run, circle, crawl, skip, dance, roll, etc., until you call out "red light" and everyone has to freeze. The goal is for each child to cross the finish line for a big treat.

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