You don't need a birthday to celebrate this theme!
This theme was so much fun. What child doesn't love a birthday party? I tried to make this week feel like a birthday party. We have two birthdays close to each other this week. We have my husbands and the following week we have our son's first birthday. So, birthdays have been the topic of conversation in our house anyways why not work with that.
Books We used
Cake Walk - I cut out about 12 circles writing one letter on each and put them in a circle around the basement. I told her about cake walks that people sometimes play at fairs and how you win a cake if they call your number. We played for play doh cakes that she had made. I changed the rules though. I played music and when the music stopped she had to flip her circle tell me the letter, the sound it made and a word that starts with that letter. If she got all of them correct she got a play doh cake.
Find the Missing Letters - I mixed banana gram tiles (you can also use scrabble tiles) into the sensory bin. She went on a hunt to find the letters. As she pulled them out one by one she wrote them down on dry erase.
Math and Number Work
Candle Play - If you read my blog during the summer you might remember, I love using candles as a math tool. In fact you can see the whole blog post here about math and candles. This week we used candles to count, sort, and make patterns.
Play Doh Birthday - Using dollar store number cards I had her draw a card write the number and add that many play dog candles to a photo of a candle-less cake. I google searched no candle cake to find the photo.
Birthday Bin - I put wrapping paper scraps, bow, tissue paper, and ribbon in our sensory bin. I added her scissors and tape to the side of the bin if she had the urge to "wrap" any of her toys. Which of course she did. However, she was mot excited to play with the ribbon.
Wrap Presents - Ok, this activity might be because I was so tight on time this week, but it was also a great lesson in cutting! She took a lot of pride wrapping her daddy's gift all by herself and she gained a lot of fine motor in the process. If you don't have a birthday coming up it's fun to just wrap things from around the house too. It's fun and gets kids practice with scissors.
Play Doh Cupcakes - Fine motor and creativity at play. She used cupcake pans, her toy kitchen and playdoh to create cupcakes.
Frost A Cake - Lucy helped me frost and decorate my husband's birthday cake. Great sensory and fne motor mixed with creativity here. If you don't have a birthday in your family doing this theme I recommend making a cake for fun! (Or cupcakes!)