We had an activity night where we learned about birthdays and how other countries and families celebrate them. We talked about other special birthdays, like Coming of Age birthdays for different cultures, Sweet 16 and Golden Birthdays. We also took that oportunity to celebrate everyone's birthday all at the same time. Then the girls had a chance to talk about what their families do for their birthdays. Everyone enjoyed hearing about all the different birthday traditions all over the world and in different families.
To make this activity fun, I put up pictures of different countries on the blackboard and let the girls pick a country that looked interesting to them. They then read on the back of the page what some of the birthday traditions are for that country.
We also had a list of all the birthstones and birth month flowers and helped the girls find out which one was theirs and what it meant.
For snack we had (of course) a birthday cake and we all sang Happy Birthday to eachother!
If you would like a copy of the word document that has all the countries and birthday traditions I used that night, please feel free to contact me and I will send. The word document does not include the pictures of the countries, only the traditions celebrated there.