How about something new when one of your preschool aged children has a birthday – either at home or in the preschool classroom?
Use our bilingual version of the Happy Birthday song while encouraging the cha-cha-chas! Want the Boca Beth version for free? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the FREE MP3 version of that cool song (it even asks how old the child is in both languages in our version – again encourage them to hold up how many fingers they are or shout it out if appropriate). Simply put “Send me Birthday Song” in the subject line.
6-happy-birthday Click the link to the left now to listen in on the Boca Beth bilingual fun off our second of four bilingual music CDs for children ages birth – ten! Buy the CD today for a great holiday gift or birthday gift and enjoy free shipping!
Need some more Fiesta Fun Ideas? Here they are listed below from when I perform at children’s birthday parties (something I have not done in a long while since my fees shot way up!) No need to hire me, you can pop in one of our CDs or our new music videos can be playing on the TV as the children do the following fun activities!
Fiesta Time with Boca Beth
Based on the age of children in attendance Boca Beth recommends the following:
Salsa and chips.
Big Fritos with sour cream, chili & cheese and/or guacamole for dipping.
Make your own taco station complete with meats (chicken or beef), tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, taco sauce and shells.
Flan, dulce de leche ice cream, Tres Leches cake (available in many flaors these days) or galletas/cookies from a local Spanish grocery store.
Have the children make their own Mexican ponchos out of large brown grocery bags with paints, sequins, beads, feathers, foam shapes, etc to decorate.
Maracas can easily be made with two paper plates stapled together (adult supervision required), popsicle stick as the handle and rice, pasta or beans as the noise filler – children decorate the outside of the plates prior to assembly.
Having Fun at Boca Beth Birthday Party
· MUSIC & GAMES
Guessing Cup Game (PreK – elementary) This can be played with three non-see-through cups placed upside down over three individual objects (a blue, a red and a green plastic fruit from the kids’ play kitchen at home for example). Play the color song from “My First Songs in Spanish” Boca Beth CD first to have fun playing and learning about Spanish words for colors. Use props from the Dollar Store for interactive fun that show the seven (7) colors. This makes the song even more interesting if you can match the color with the animal name and elaborate on it a little more during the music. Allow the children to hold the props as they say the color word correctly in both Spanish and English without shouting (guide them in saying “Please, don’t shout/Por favor, no grita”). The children begin to get competitive during this song in order to be one of the chosen ones to hold a prop, but if you stick to your rule of no shouting – they will catch on that you mean it and will stop the unnecessary noise. After the song draw their attention to the cups and have the children sit nicely around the game area so that all children can see the cups as you mix them around for a few seconds quickly asking them to keep their eye on red (or blue or green) – trying to trick the kids. Then ask for a volunteer to raise their hand to pick where red is. Play again and again!
Where Are Ricardo’s Fruits? A fun game for children ages 2-8 using a puppet named “Ricardo” who you tell the children loves to eat fruits! Using plastic fruits from the children’s play kitchen area have a bowl of fruits for this game. Ask the children to look at the fruit and name the color in Spanish and English. Have them chant with you “Rojo is red! Rojo is red! Rojo is red!” Then pretend to start Ricardo’s engine like a car and say “Vroom – Vroom … ¡Mira! Watch!” and have Ricardo pretend to eat the yellow banana or red strawberry or purple grapes and chant “Ricardo eats rojo! Ricardo eats red!” laughing and being so amazed by it. Then have a child take the red fruit and hide it so Ricardo cannot see it. Do this again and again for many fruits so that many children have a chance to hide a fruit from Ricardo. Then ask at the end of the game “Where is Ricardo’s red strawberry? ¿Donde está la fresa roja?” (or if you don’t speak a lot of Spanish just ask where is Ricardo’s rojo? Just a little reinforcement will work just fine!) The children love telling on each other as far as who is hiding what where! A great game for Spanish word repetition and just plain fun!
Happy Educating! and Happy Birthday!