Beverly’s Birthdays put the art in party to kick off the new year! The art party theme unleashed the kids’ creativity and brought some bright colors and joy to the long, grey January days.
A new feature we are going to include in these monthly blogs is a Beverly’s Birthdays spotlight highlighting a member of the Beverly’s Birthdays cheer squad. We are going to start with our Beverly’s Birthdays employee family. First up is our newest recruit:
Name: Mallory Michalko
Title: Greatest Intern in the World
Office spirit animal: Panda Bear
Mallory is from Philadelphia, PA and currently attends University of Pittsburgh for Applied Developmental Psychology. In her free time, she likes to volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, bake chocolate chip cookies, and watch reality television.
“For my third birthday we went to Disney World and we ate breakfast with Cinderella. Since then, I have loved anything and everything Disney, and that is my favorite birthday memory.”
Birthday Party Activities
Paint Your Own Canvas
For one of our January activities, we creatively engaged our kids by providing them their own canvas to paint. This not only allowed them to use their imagination to transform a blank slate into something magical, but also had the additional benefit of being a great take home favor from the party.
- Paint Brushes,
- Napkins/paper towels
- Water Cups
We placed a variety of different paint colors on the plates and filled the water cups. Every child received a paint brush, blank canvas, and napkin. They shared the paint plates and water cups to make their unique creations.
Create- a – Crown
For this fun activity, we got to wear our completed craft on our heads for the remainder of the party. Peeling the backs off the stickers helps facilitate the toddlers’ neat pincer grasp development and bilateral hand coordination.
- Crown kits
- Optional: additional stickers
Every child got to choose what color crown they wanted. We placed all of the different sticker sheets in the middle of the table, and let them decorate away. These particular crown kit stickers were in different shapes which provided a fun teaching/learning moment for the party attendees. This activity also helped us work on our sharing skills, as we were sharing the sticker sheets.
Fruit Loop Color Sort Game
We worked on our colors, counting and sorting skills for this game. This activity not only physically enhances a child’s fine motor skills, but is also a beneficial cognitive development activity because the kids’ must identify and then classify objects based on similar or different characteristics.
- Fruit loops
- Sorting mat
Every child received a bowl of fruit loops and a sorting mat. They then placed the color fruit loop on the matching colored circle on their sorting mat. Once they got the hang of that, we worked on counting how many fruit loops we had of each color. As a prize for doing such a great job, we got to eat our fruit loops when we were all done!
Beverly’s Birthdays staff