For our crowns, we used:
foam stickers and numbers
Each child gets to choose their favorite color and decorate their own crown. For the older kids, this is great for simple scissor practice and all that sticker manipulation helps with building fine motor skills.
The kids also get to express their creativity with markers and foam stickers.
To make our crowns, I took a large sheet of construction paper (12"x18") and folded it in half hot-dog style ("lengthwise" may be the proper term for this. I fully admit that it's been awhile since I've conversed with adults about paper folding.) Then, I cut it along the fold in a zig-zag pattern. This would be a great time to have the kids do some tracing or draw their own lines and practice cutting. I happened to be making this one for my 1-year-old.
After the paper was cut, I ended up with two long pieces that I stapled together. This ensured that I would have plenty of paper to wrap around each child's head.
I went ahead and measured each of the crowns and cut off the extra (leaving some room for overlap). DO NOT STAPLE THE CROWNS YET, though. It's much easier for the kids to decorate them before they are stapled into crowns.
I wrote each child's name on their crown. As we worked, we talked about the letters in their names and the sounds they make.
What birthday traditions do your children have?
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