- Birthday Card with a special letter from each Mom and Dad, waiting on her little table to surprise her when she woke up.
- Birthday Shirt. I used Tulip fabric paint to draw a flower and the number 4 on one of Yummy's white shirts for her to proudly announce her age. (The paint conveniently covered up a few yucky stains.)
- Simple Decorations. I hung pink streamers and some rose balls I found at the dollar store (since Yummy is a current fan of the colour pink and roses), and taped some balloons to her chair at the kitchen table. She loved the balloons -we had to re-tape them several times when Dooter pulled them off for a closer inspection.
- Happy Birthday! written on the window (with Crayola window crayons) with her new age.
- A Special Prayer to bless Yummy and the year ahead for her.
- A Walk. Yummy loves to be outside and go for walks, so we made sure this was part of our morning fun.
- Read together. We started reading her new books. It's always a wonderful time to connect when Yummy leans against me and I read aloud.
- A Little Birthday Cake. In order to save my own sanity during this busy farming time and an upcoming party, I bought a little cake, just big enough for us four to share and enjoy.
What are some simple ideas you use to make your children's birthdays special?
Want, Need, Wear, Read
I think I first read about this idea on simple kids.net and the idea stuck with me as a nice guideline for keeping birthday gifts simple. Here is what Yummy got for her fourth birthday from her parents:
Want: Stella & Sam DVD. This is one of the rare kids TV shows that I really like. Stella is an older sister to a little boy, just like Yummy is to Dooter. Stella & Sam are always playing together creatively, mostly outside and both are curious and full of wonder.
Need: Soccer ball (I guess it doesn't really qualify as a NEED, but we've been kicking a basketball around the yard lately and it is hard on our toes!)
Wear: New-to-her dresses. I found a couple of summery dresses at a local thrift shop (where I seem to find most of the clothes that Yummy likes to wear). She's very into dresses lately, and these will get much use.
Read: My Father's Dragon series. I loved these books when I was young, and can still picture the images I created in my head while reading them. I recently saw them recommended on a list of read-aloud books for ages 4-8 and knew that I wanted to start reading to them to Yummy.
And of course, I made her the little mermaid dolls and blocks, which is a fun extra.