We have spent the past month celebrating the famed and beloved author of all things silly; Dr. Seuss. Now it's time to officially celebrate some of our own ladybug birthdays, equally as silly! That's right, we had a whopping 3 birthdays in a one week stretch which we couldn't wait to celebrate. We shed some light on the months of the year, age, birthday decor, and many other aspects that all come with the thrill of a birthday. We were sure to incorporate all ladybug birthdays in a way that made us feel special as well as connected!
Cupcakes, ice cream, and balloons- oh my! This week highlighted some popular birthday associations in a meaningful and educational way. We kicked off this rainy spring week with our very own ice cream parlor. We are huge fans of dramatic play in any fashion, but food seems to always bring us together. There was an ordering stand, topping station, and of course cash register for payment. The conversations and actions at this center are always so heartwarming and genuine. So many "please" "thank yous", and other realistic mimicking taking place; too bad the ice cream wasn't as authentic as their laughter!
We know balloons serve as a fun decoration at birthday celebrations, but we wanted to learn more. There is a real science behind them if you look outside the box! We set up a balloon rocket station which allowed for some semi-competitive racing. We learned that the bigger the balloon/more air, the faster and farther it will travel! This has to do with the amount of pressure or force being exerted when the balloon is let go. Not to get all fancy, but we just Newton's 2nd Law of Motion to our preschoolers! It's off to college next!
We weren't about to deflate our balloons just yet. Balloons are also a great sensory tool when some mystery ingredients are added to the mix. We filled opaque balloons with items such as sand, beans, flour, water, salt, and rice to let the ladybugs make observations through touch (and some even used smell). It's really interesting how our senses all perceive something different depending on the individual! This game mixed both sensory play and logical reasoning skills when they had to identify which mystery ingredient they thought filled the balloon. Is it lumpy or smooth? Squishy or hard? Our scientists were determined to make conclusions by making use of the ingredients laid before them. I was blown away by how quickly they caught on to the mystery ingredient. Ask your child about what textures they felt inside the balloons!
Here are some other celebratory centers that enriched our understanding of all things birthday!
Thank you for celebrating with us! We are so excited for what April has in store. See you next week!