Ben just turned two. The big kids and I were talking about possible party themes, when Evan made the brilliant suggestion: Signing Time!
Ben LOVES Signing Time. At any given moment, he will scoot to the TV or the laptop, point at the screen, then do the sign for "time." If you don't seem to get it, he will sign "Baby Time." For some reason, he never signs "Signing."
What tends to happen at our parties is that I plan several different games and activities, then the kids show up and play whatever they want for 2 hours, occasionally swinging by the kitchen to grab a snack. Sure enough, that's what happened for Ben's party.
Here are the games/activities/decorations that I planned:
"I love you" fridge magnets.
I bought a pack of paper hands from a teacher's supply store, pulled out some foam heart stickers, glue sticks, crayons and magnets for the kids. The idea: fold down the two middle fingers so that the hand signs "I love you." Decorate with crayons and heart sticker. Attach magnet to back. Voila! I just put all the supplies out on a craft table, and kids occasionally stopped to make one.
Pin the flies on Hopkins.
I don't know if Hopkins likes to eat flies or not (I've only seen him swallow a banana!), but we figured that would be an easy game. I drew a picture of Hopkins and hung him on the wall. We didn't end up playing with Hopkins, but Corrie liked the picture so much that she hung it up in her room afterwards.
Learning a little sign language.
I thought it would be fun to teach the kids a few signs. For example, "I love you" with the magnets, "frog" with Hopkins, "jump" with the bounce house in the backyard, "eat" for snacks, and "Happy Birthday." Not a whole lot, but a little something. Didn't happen. :) The only time the kids were all together was for the birthday song, and that was kind of spur-of-the-moment.
I just like to make cookies. These are mostly B's and stars.
Happy Birthday Banner
The pictures aren't very good, since the banner was hanging in front of the window, but I printed out the letters for "Happy Birthday Ben" in a sign language font and strung them up with a couple of the paper hands. It was cute! You'll have to take my word for it.
Corrie was the main cupcake decorator. We bought these clapping hands and stuck them in the cupcakes. Some cupcakes got lots of green sprinkles, some got none.
The birthday boy:
Ben is wearing an "I'm this many" shirt from ThingsVerySpecial on Etsy.
I don't have any pictures of the favor bags, but I printed out coloring pages from SigningTime.com. I also ordered some of these cute "I love you" crayons from an Etsy shop. This is not the shop I used, but these are the same basic crayons. I was surprised at how little they were, but they were packaged in sets of 3 and looked cute!
I want to have Ben's birthday party AGAIN, so we can do all the activities! It was a lot of fun. :)