“Today you are you! That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
For all of our September birthdays we partied Dr. Seuss style! This month’s theme in particular is near and dear to the Beverly’s Birthdays staff. As Dr. Seuss once said, “You never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Through our celebrations, we hope to create moments that turn into lifelong happy memories for our children and families.
In providing birthday celebrations for homeless children and families in need, we interact with lots of people who are facing tough hardships. Because of their circumstances, both parents and kids feel constant stress which results in negative health outcomes including higher risk for anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. We aim to relieve them of some of their worries while we take a moment to pause from daily life and just party!
Research indicates that healthy self-esteem exists when we believe that we are valued, competent, worthy, admired, and accepted. Through our programs, the children we serve gain confidence and feel worth because of the attention Beverly’s Birthdays party staff gives them.
One question we get asked a lot is why do birthdays matter? As our Co-Director Josh likes to explain, think back to your childhood and tell us what your typical day looks like? We bet you can’t, but if we ask about your favorite birthday memory, most of us can come up with an answer. As one of our kids reasoned, “the great thing about birthdays is that you get one just for being yourself.” You don’t have to earn it in any way, everyone is special and deserves their own special day to feel like they matter because they do. Birthdays matter, smiles matter.
“Fox In Socks”
If you are looking for a fun craft to do with kids of all ages, then this Dr. Seuss craft is a great option! You only need a few supplies, and by the end of the party your little foxes will be able to rock their own unique socks.
Creative opportunities are not only fun for kids, but important for their self-expression and mental development. They are able to try out different ideas and implement their own unique visions.
- Plain white socks
- Fabric markers/Sharpies
Every child received a pair of plain white socks and markers. We intentionally didn’t provide any prompt on how to decorate their blank canvas, and the results did not disappoint! Every child had their own distinct, special design that showcased their amazing imaginations. Some of the children turned their socks into puppets, while others asked for a larger size to make them into a present for their sibling or parent.
“Hop on Pop”
After we got the creative juices flowing and the brain grooving, we wanted to get the kids’ bodies up and moving.
Physical activity is beneficial for people of all ages, but particularly for young children because it helps promote healthy growth and development including gross and fine motor skills. (Look out for more information on this next month!)
- 1/2″ (large) bubble, bubble wrap
We led the kids through a series of variations on how to progress through the bubble wrap line! (hop on two feet, hop on one foot, you can only use your elbows, etc.)
“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”
For some of our younger demographic, we used everyone’s favorite fish snack to help the kids along their Pre-K track.
Matching and sorting activities through play help children to begin to learn math concepts, enhance and support cognitive development, and practice their fine motor skills.
- Rainbow Goldfish
- Goldfish Printables
Every child received a pack of rainbow goldfish and printable. We first had them sort the fish into their correctly colored goldfish bowl. We then had the kids complete the patterns. After we completed both sheets, we got to eat our fishies.
Other Dr. Seuss Activities
- “Green Eggs and Ham”: Go on a treasure hunt for filled plastic green eggs
- Dr. Seuss Coloring Pages
- Dr. Seuss BINGO
Shout-out to all of our awesome volunteers! This month we saw lots of creativity from our cupcake bakers. Here are a few of our favorites:
- We had a HUGE opportunity to have a spotlight on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Thursday, September 21st. Watch the clip here!
- October’s theme is skeleton soiree. There are still volunteer opportunities available.
- The Great Birthday Bake (a kid’s cookie baking competition) application is now live. If you or anyone you know is interested in entering, attending, or learning more check it out!
Next month we will be discussing our skeleton soirees, lovebug baby showers, and how you can use your birthday to give back! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more news and information about Beverly’s Birthdays!! Don’t forget #smilesmatter.
Beverly’s Birthdays staff