NINA'S PERFECT PARTY (Episode
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
Idea to Grow On: Work Together
Sharing a common goal to make a surprise for someone else is more than fun...it'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
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.
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
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.