We have a rather special birthday coming up on Sunday. Little Man and Little Miss are going to be 2! We have been talking about birthdays quite a bit recently, singing the Happy Birthday song, and reading books about birthdays. Two weeks ago it was my Dad’s birthday, and he popped round to see us in the afternoon. I had told the children it was his birthday, and when we opened the door to let him in, Little Miss said “Ha-ee Bur-day to you!”
I thought it would be good to continue this learning and let them explore making birthday cakes, using playdough. We used the glittery yellow playdough we had made for our Autumn Playdough, and I gave them some candles and some silicone mini cupcake cases.
They had great fun plunging the candles into the playdough, and Little Man told me the holes they made looked like eyes (by that, I mean he said, “eyes there”!)
We sang the Happy Birthday song and talked about blowing out the candles on the cake. Little Miss enjoyed doing this and did lots of blowing, something which is great for developing the muscles around the mouth needed for speech development.
Next, I added some sequins to their play. Little Man was really engaged in decorating his birthday cake – he was even planning what he was going to do next, saying ‘purple’ to me, and then fetching a round purple sequin to add to his creation.
Little Miss enjoyed playing with the sequins themselves, looking carefully at them and counting them too – “one, two, five, six, eight, ten!”
This is an activity I am going to use at their birthday party, which I’ll be writing about soon. After I’ve had the lie down which will be required after having seven sets of twins in my house for two hours!
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