Last week we got a little note from a fairy that read:
I have been thinking about you. I want to make all your birthday wishes come true.
Make a party poster with your birthday plan and I will make all your wishes come true with fairies from my land!
Frankie the Fairy
Getting a note from a fairy was a great incentive for my kids to make a poster of their birthday wishes. They got straight to work! They made checklists of presents they would like, a guest list, a list of wishes and even a menu request. As a STEM and art task I had Merryn and Nyella design their cakes. This spilled into an activity in measurement, capacity, fractions and properties of solids and liquids when we baked the base of the cake together.
Another activity that came out of the birthdays was writing cards and an Art lesson. Kids Art Hub provides great lessons from Kindergarten onwards on how to draw birthday cakes and treats.
After the parties were done it provided a great opportunity to write about the experience as a narrative. In Kindergarten you can have your child draw 2-4 pictures of the best parts of their day and write a sentence under each part. For Grade 1-3 I have them write 4 sections (First, Then, Next and Finally.) and write details for each part. Another wonderful follow-up writing activity could be writing thank you cards!
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.