- Develop their creativity
- Enhance their fine-motor skills
- Expand their social awareness
- Learn key language and literacy skills
- Books about birthdays, including Froggy Bakes a Cake by Jonathan London and Corduroy's Birthday, based on works by Don Freeman and B.G. Hennessy
- Large white drawing paper
- Markers and crayons
- Bookbinding materials, including a hole puncher and small binder rings or yarn
Step 1: Read a book about birthdays with children. Follow the reading with a book talk. Invite children to compare the information in the book to their own birthday experiences.
Step 2: Engage children in a discussion about birthdays. On the top of a sheet of chart paper, write the heading "Why we love birthdays" and record their responses.
Step 3: Invite small groups to the art area to create individual pages for a class book about birthdays. Give each child a large sheet of drawing paper and markers or crayons. Draw a line across the lower half of each sheet of paper, leaving an area to record dictated information.
Step 4: Develop an individual birthday "fact page" on the back of each child's drawing. This will include the child's full name, date of birth, age, and favorite type of birthday cake or food. Spend time with each child to complete the information page.
Step 5: Ask the class to think of a title for their book. Then invite the children to assist with the cover and binding.
Remember: Children need more space when making large drawings. Encourage them to work on the floor or push several tables together so they have enough room.
Birthday Block Graph
Give each child a small wooden block. Help them write their names on small sheets of paper and tape the paper onto the individual blocks. Then write the months of the year on pieces of sentence-strip paper and attach them to the bottom half of a wall area. Review the names of the months with the class. Invite children to place their name blocks under their birthday month. Engage them in a discussion about the information presented in their block graph. Develop a written summary with children to display beside their graph.
Let's Count the Candles!
Send home a math activity. Ask children to record the age of one or two family members. Next to the number, they can draw candles (lines) for each year. Then ask them to compare the number of candles. Who has more candles? Who has fewer? Who is the oldest?