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March is an unforgettable month in my home. With two birthdays and Easter, we’ve been blessed with many opportunities to celebrate our wonderful family. This is the first year Samantha had a party with her friends, which she absolutely LOVED. When her actual sixth birthday came around, the pressure was on to come up with a plan to make the day special for her. Even though the plans were relatively simple, by the end of the day, Samantha exclaimed that she had the best birthday ever.
The Best Sixth Birthday
I started off the day with a simple, store bought face painting kit. This activity turned the morning into a festive celebration! My artistic skills are questionable, but no one minded. I followed an example and tried to get the whiskers where they were supposed to go. Samantha said that it was neat to have me be a part of the activity. When I painted Georgiana’s face, it was more difficult. She wanted to be a rabbit, and she refused to sit still, just like a rabbit would. I had to redo the rabbit teeth a few times. It was clear that age makes a big difference when you’re face painting. Six was the perfect age for trying a detailed, colorful face painting experience.
What better way for a tiger to spend the day than to hunt for fish? I watched Samantha’s face light up when she discovered that she was going to pick out her first pet. She chose a couple fish that glowed in her favorite colors, pink and purple. This was the best part of her entire birthday. Six is the perfect age for a pet because it’s when kids are ready to show how responsible they can be. She is so proud to feed the fish every day.
Samantha had a traditional, pink buttercream icing, marble birthday cake on her birthday with her friends. Celebrating the real 6th birthday called for a special cake. A chocolate cookie cake was different, and it was fun to try something new. Watching the cake topper was an unforgettable experience. When it was time to light the candles, I lit the center part shaped like a flower bud. Then, the flower opened up, sparkled, and lit the rest of the candles, while making a Happy Birthday tune.
Although getting a first pet was the best part of the day, Samantha thanked everyone as she opened all her gifts. She ended up with so many items that were on her wish list as well as some brand new toys she didn’t even know existed yet. Educational Insights sent us a bundle of toys that arrived just in time for the sixth birthday. Samantha smiled when she saw these neat new toys. The toy bundle made the birthday even more exciting.
The Design & Drill Sparkle Works toy was perfect for sharing with Georgiana. While Samantha had previously tried several different types of Design & Drill toys, this toy had more functions. One of the coolest features is the Sound Activation Mode. This means that the lights inside the activity board respond to music and sound. The light-up activity board has a pretty, gold frame. Both girls love using the kid-friendly, translucent power drill to help make their creations using the colorful charm bits.
Another neat toy was the Hot Dots Jr. Ultimate Science Facts Interactive Book Set. I’ve been trying to get Samantha more involved with science. She enjoyed the books about dinosaurs, the solar system, and sharks. Using the interactive Hot Dots pen made reading nonfiction an engaging experience. While reading the books, I helped with the more difficult words. Samantha was excited to actively respond to the book using the pen.
This past summer, Samantha helped me sample a class pack of Playfoam. The class pack is huge and provided a lot of fun, but I keep it stored away so it doesn’t get ruined. Recently, Educational Insights came up with individual Playfoam kits so kids can make their own small creations. Samantha received the Under the Sea Adventures Play Set and the Fairytale Friends Themed Set. These sets were the perfect size for her, and they provided plenty of entertainment. I liked that the packaging provided inspiration for how to design the Playfoam into a unique scene.
Trying out the Jack and The Beanstalk Educational Once Upon a Craft kit was a neat experience. As a teacher, I can see the difference in engagement when my daughter has a prop when she reads. Including a craft kit with a classic storybook gets kids more involved in the reading process. The kit came with a mobile craft and a growth chart. Both involved coloring, which Samantha loves to do.
Games were a highlight of the evening. One of the games we received was the Ready, Set, Woof! Board Game. Samantha loves dogs. One of the first questions she had when she found out she was getting a fish was, “Mom, when the fish dies, will we get a cat or a dog?” Having a puppy would be her dream, but in the meantime, games that feature dogs are a huge hit in our house.
The last item Samantha received from Educational Insights was the Brownie Match game. We played the game before bedtime. It was simple to setup. Samantha liked that the brownies had tasty-looking sprinkles. Each player spins a board and uses a spatula to pick up the brownie pieces. Using memory was a key strategy because under each brownie, there’s a number. Remembering where each number is can help you with your objective, which is to be the first player to get five brownie pieces. To make the evening a perfect birthday experience, Samantha ended up winning.
I love getting to share my goodies with my readers. To celebrate this big birthday occasion, I’m giving away one big bundle of all of the Educational Insights toys that I mentioned. The winner will receive Once Upon a Craft™ Jack and the Beanstalk, Playfoam® Fairy Tale Friends Themed Set, Playfoam® Under the Sea Adventures Play Set, Hot Dots® Jr. Ultimate Science Facts Interactive Book Set with Talking Pen, Ready, Set, Woof!™ Game, Brownie Match™ Game, and Design & Drill Sparkle Works. Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget to enter.
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