I don’t know what the expectation is at most preschools, but at the two that we’ve been enrolled, birthdays are a command performance. Nothing major, but snacks, story and/ or an activity seem to be the norm. This was last year’s celebration:
Well, Eleanor is gearing up for the big bad 4.0, and I booked my time in her classroom like a good parent. But what to bring and what to do… All Eleanor has said she wants is a fruit cake. NOT a fruitcake, but a fruit… cake. I have no idea what this means and neither does Pinterest. But for THIS portion of birthdaypalooza, I was going to try ice cream cone cupcakes. (She’ll lend a hand with prepping her actual birthday celebration next week.)
You all know the ones. They’re stupid easy and so cool and I never remember to do them and then I feel dumb for forgetting the awesome simplicity of the ice cream cone cupcake. But not today, kids… not today.
In a nutshell, get some flat bottomed ice cream cones (not to be confused with fat-bottomed girls), pour a delicious cake mix of your choosing 2/3 of the way into each cone and bake like normal. I frosted them and dipped them in jimmies to look like a real ice cream cone.
Snack? Check! Onto the activity. I’d learned from this Valentine’s Day activity that Eleanor’s teachers have a low threshold for mess so I skipped the Mod Podge for this project. Eleanor’s into ballet and fairies and wands and costumes and pink. I am not. So I try to humor her without going too far into the realm of frilly glitz and tiaras. Our compromise was DIY wands.
I bought some dowels (Home Depot sells 48″ ones for like $1.50 and I just cut them down to 12″) and some screw eyes and some ribbon. To keep it simpler for the kids in the classroom, I prepped the wands by screwing in the eyes (start with a nail so it’s easier to screw in the eye) and cutting my leftover ribbon into 36″ lengths.
In the classroom, I set out some simple craft paint with foam brushes for the children to paint their wands and then let them each choose 3 ribbons. I knotted the ribbons through the screw eye and set them out to dry for the children to bring home the next day.
The ice cream cone cupcakes were a big hit and the wands delighted my ballet fairy princess along with her 12 classmates! (And the teachers were thrilled that not a square of tissue paper or mod podge was in site.)
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