"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year" – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am lucky enough to see this smile every day (well, most of the day at least) because to him every day does seem to be the best day of the year. And it should be for a 5 year old! With some fun birthday games and activities, I made sure that there were plenty of smiles from all the kids. As the kids showed up I used some chalk to write their names on the whale tail of their goodie bag. I cut out the whale tail from chalkboard stickers I found at the craft store and added some blue paper for water.
As the kiddos showed up they would take their goodie bag over to the sand box. They dug for killer whale teeth and some ocean animals. We made the killer whale teeth from some white modeling clay. Dig in!
Then came the big hit of the party – Fishy, Fishy in the Brook. Instead of buying a whole bunch of little things for the goodie bags, I put a couple small things in them and then found some great ocean themed gifts from the DollarTree. Once again, the DollarTree came through for me! I also used blue plastic tablecloths and a fish net from the DollarTree to make our little brook/river/water….whatever it was, the kids got the point.
I posted the saying up so the adults could all have a cheat sheet. Just add the kiddo's name at the blank spot and read the rest….pretty easy J.
And, of course, with a bunch of 4-5 year olds you have to add some of their humor to the mix. Throw in some dirty diapers, dirty socks, empty toilet paper roll, etc and you are sure to get lots of laughs.
Who is behind that "water" anyway?
It was great to see them all so excited about what they would get as well as what their buddies would find in the brook.
So there you have it - A fun party for not much money. Now I'm off to plan for the little man's 1 year celebration.
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