Happy Unbirthday!

I needed a storytime at the last minute, so I decided it was time for our unbirthday party!  With a few balloons and streamers to decorate the children’s library, a birthday cake (felt), birthday hats (today’s craft), and some great songs, we were set. It was a silly day!

Kids had never heard of an unbirthday so we first talked about when everyone’s real birthday is celebrated. Most kids didn’t know their exact birthdays, but we eventually got everyone’s day figured out. We then sang both Happy Birthday and the Unbirthday Song!

Song: Unbirthday Song
Happy birthday not to me,
Happy birthday not to me,
Happy birthday to someone else,
Happy birthday not to me!
(I found this on the web somewhere!)

We then talked about what we need for a birthday party: decorations, invitations, presents, and cake! Let’s make a cake!

Action Rhyme: A Birthday
Today is everyone’s birthday
Let’s make a cake (form cake with hands)
Mix and stir, stir and mix (stir)
Then into the oven to bake (push hands out)
Here’s our cake so nice and round (make a circle)
We frost it pink and white (spread frosting)
We put five candles on it (hold up hand)
To make a birthday bright!
Credit: Addison Public Library (found on Storytime Katie)

I had the kids pick the frosting colors, instead of just saying pink, but included white for the rhyme.

The first book we read together was Froggy Bakes a Cake by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz (Grosset & Dunlap, 2000). These 20130525-214644.jpgkids love Froggy!

Our birthday was out of the oven now and frosted beautifully, so the last thing to do was add the candles.  I made two of each color candle so we could put them on in a pattern the first time. I found this counting rhyme that go along with my felt cake. This was a tricky one, but the kids figured it out by the time we got down to 4 candles. The visual of taking two candles away each time we blew out the flames helped immensely. We put the candles back on the cake any which way and then sang the song a second time.

20130525-214654.jpgFlannelboard: 10 Little Candles
Ten little candles on a birthday cake.
Wh!  Wh!  Now there are eight.
Eight little candles in candle sticks.
Wh!  Wh!  Now there are six.
Six little candles, not one more.
Wh!  Wh!  Now there are four.
Four little candles, red and blue.
Wh!  Wh!  Now there are two.
Two little candles, one by one.
Wh!  Wh!  Now there are none.
Credit: ACLD Storytime

With all of this singing, we had time for one more book. We decided on I Want Two Birthdays! by Tony Ross (Lerner Publishing Group, 2010). It’s a great story about why we don’t have a birthday everyday. The other books I pulled out for storytime were checked out and taken home to be shared one on one. Perfect!

20130525-214702.jpg Our craft was the final piece of the party planning- birthday hats!  This simple craft had kids hard at work.  I copied this template onto white cardstock so kids could cut out the hat. They then decorated the hats with crayons, markers, and stickers. Before bending and stapling the hat into the cone shape, parents helped kids staple streamers on the top. We used yarn to ties the hat on kids’ heads which worked just fine. Our library’s moose even got a hat for the party!

Once we had the hats made, we played my favorite party game- musical chairs. For storytime, we used the beanbags found in the children’s library and changed the game a bit. Each time I stopped the music, we took a beanbag away and kept all of the kids in the game. When the music stopped the next time, all of the kids had to squeeze onto the remaining beanbags. Eventually, all of the kids were piled on to one beanbag. Lots of giggles ensued, as you can imagine!  My music choice? Andy Mason, who will be visiting the library this summer from New Mexico.