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Birthday Party: Nina’s 6! The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt 新菜、6歳のお誕生日会。学校版

Our little big girl Nina’s turned six in January.  She’s just changed school and we wanted to bring another book to the birthday party.  We picked the book that helped her get through that first few weeks of school.  See how here.

For the birthday book, we picked The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt.  The book has fun paper cutouts so we decided to have the kids pick their own two colors and make paper cutout page. Similar idea to The Missing Piece party, but this time, the art was for the kids to take home.

As usual, we started with Marc introducing and reading the book to the kids.  The kids were very excited to see Nina’s daddy and cheered when he came out with the book.

For this party, I had brought bunch of origami papers for the class.  First, we handed out the black solid construction paper.   The kids got to choose two origami papers.  One for the background and one to cut out shapes from.

Initially, I wanted to see if I can get the kids to associate colors to “emotion words” and to choose the colors they thought resembled their own personality but the scene quickly went into chaos mode with fifteen children, so I gave up on that.  Maybe I’ll do it with just my kids one of these days.

Marc and I split up and went to each table with about five kids to show them few examples on how to cut paper and they got to work.  All in all, we had some great art work from the kids.  Hope they had fun sharing the art with the parents when they got home.

Nina and Mila were very proud of what they did and has been mass producing these at home.

Thanks to our lovely helper for the rainbow cupcakes.  Nina has requested cupcakes every year from our helper and it’s sort of turned into a family tradition.  With the grandparents far away, we are very thankful to have extra loving adult around.

** The new school specifically requested that  pics from schools are not shared on the internet, so unfortunately, not many pics can be shared, but some posted for reference.

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新菜も一月で6歳。日本なら今年小学生。時の経つのは早いもんだ。本人が転園したいと言い出してから数か月、1月から新しい保育園に通い始めたのは、先日書いた通り。一番不安な時に助けてもらったこの本を6歳のお誕生日会のテーマにすることにしました。

子供の頃、紙を切って、遊ぶの好きだったな~、と自分の子供の頃を思い出しながら折り紙と黒い厚紙を用意して、いざ当日。

例年通り、マークがまず絵本の紹介。マークが本を持って出てくるとわっと喜ぶ子供達。この瞬間が好き。例年より元気なこのクラス、ちゃんと落ち着いて聞けたかな。

本の紹介が終わったところで5にんづつくらいの班に分かれてもらって、マークと手分けして、紙の切り方の基本を説明して、2枚づつ折り紙を配っていく。一回始めれば、子供の集中力はすごいもので、あっという間にアートがたくさん。

それぞれ作っては自慢気に見せてくれて、かわいかった。おうちに持って帰ってパパとママに見せてあげてね~、と言ったらにこにこ。

残念ながら、学校のポリシーで、写真は撮れるけど、ウェブには載せないでほしいとのことなので、あまりシェア出来る写真がないのだけれど、これはこれで楽しかった。それにしても、15人の6歳児はまだまだワイルドだなあ、と久々に思った。元気でよろしい!

今年もケーキはメイドさんの手作り。レインボーカップケーキをお願い、という無理も聞いて、かわいいカップケーキをたくさん作ってくれました。おじいちゃん、おばあちゃんが側にいられない海外生活のなかで、子供達を大事にしてくれる大人は多ければ、多いほど多分いい。パーティの間、ぐずる息子を連れて、あやしながらお散歩してくれたりしたおかげで私とマークは集中して子供達とたっぷりお話出来た。本当にありがたい。