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Photobooth Birthday Party Activities {plus free printables!}

If you’ve read here for a while, you might remember that, while I used to think themed birthday parties could be overkill, as I began planning parties for my kids, I found I love coming up with ideas my kids also love.

My boy is a born button-pusher. When he’s allowed to, he loves to get his hands on anything digital and just push buttons until he figures it out (which he usually does, so far!).

He also loves photos—of himself, of family, of friends, of much!

We thought this year might be a good time to get him a kids’ digital camera. (I never would’ve considered this without my brother sharing about it. Who knew they were so reasonably priced and, thankfully, hardy?!)

And what better birthday party theme to go with a camera than a Photobooth Birthday Party!

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Photobooth Birthday Party Invitation

I love making simple birthday party invitations that we can email out to guests. If you need it, here’s a fill-in-the-blank copy that you can edit with your favorite photo editing software to include your party details.

Photobooth Birthday Party Invitation printable {plus, see the post for activities and another free printable!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

Click here to download this free photobooth birthday party invitation! (The download doesn’t have the white banner over it.) Thank you for downloading! If you’d like to share, please link to this blog post rather than the direct file. Photo and design is copyrighted by me, so please do not host, steal, share, or sell this image elsewhere.

Photobooth Birthday Party Activities

We set up a snack area.

Photobooth Birthday Party and Activities {plus, two free printables!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

My fella is practicing pre-handwriting skills by drawing smiley faces and the beginnings of stick figures, so my husband made a stick figure “family photo” on the birthday cake.  We try to keep snacks easy-to-grab and relatively healthy.

We set up a very simple photobooth area with a sheet hanging over our mantle.

Photobooth Birthday Party and Activities {plus, two free printables!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

The photobooth props sat in a basket right beside the designated area.

If we did this again, we’d change a couple things. My husband wanted to rig up some awesome setup where people could place their cameras to take a photo, but we decided to go the simple route for preschoolers (and ran out of time). I also hung up a “Happy Birthday” banner in the photo area after I took this photo.

We kept it simple with just two main activities. In our invitation, we asked party attendees to bring their cameras, too, whether it was a kid-specific camera or one a parent could help the kids operate. Both activities explained below used cameras.

Photobooth Fun!

I found a few great photobooth prop printable sets for free! (Thank you, Pinterest!) I used some of the props from Oh Happy Day’s sets (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), and a few fall-themed props from the Thanksgiving printable set from The Dating Divas.

Photobooth Birthday Party and Activities {plus, two free printables!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

I went the simple route of just printing the props out on cardstock, then taping them to small craft sticks/wooden stirrers. This worked well for our party, and most of them lasted so we can use them again in the future! If you really want them to last, you can read Oh Happy Day’s directions for very sturdy props (see the links above).

Birthday Photo Scavenger Hunt

The second activity took just a little bit of instruction, but then worked beautifully! We had a variety of ages in attendance, so the bigger siblings helped the little kids with their scavenger hunts.

Each pair of children got a Happy Birthday Photo Scavenger Hunt checklist. The list had eight things to find around the house and take a photo of with their camera! To make it include a dose of problem solving for the preschoolers, some of the items listed were worded generally, like “find something that spins,” or within a category, “find a fruit.”

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Ugh, sorry for the dark lighting on this photo.

The kids did great, and I loved seeing the big kids help out the littler ones. And the littles loved taking photos of their findings to “check off” the list! We played for about 20-30 minutes.

We wrapped up with cake, fruit, and more photobooth fun!

Would you like a free printable of the Happy Birthday Photo Scavenger Hunt? Click here to download your copy. (Thank you for downloading! If you’d like to share, please link to this blog post rather than the direct file. This printable is copyrighted by me, so please do not host, steal, share, or sell this image elsewhere.)

Read our other birthday party ideas here, including an ABC Activity Party and “Have a Ball” Birthday Party!

For more great birthday party ideas (plus other special events), check out my Special Events board on Pinterest.

What’s your favorite theme for a preschooler’s birthday party?

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Good Morning Chart for preschoolers and early elementary ages {with free printables!} via Under God's Mighty Hand

Good Morning Chart for Preschooler and Elementary Ages {free printables!}

I already knew I operate more efficiently on a routine, so I honestly figured my children wouldn’t like a routine (because I assume it’ll be the opposite to provide more of a challenge, evidently).

But, my kids—especially my son with special needs—love a routine.

We’ve tried a few different “daily rhythm” ideas, but what I’ve eventually done is meld a few of my favorite ideas together to create something that works for us.

Good Morning Chart for Preschoolers and Elementary Ages

I wanted a routine that would:

  • give visual representation for my son (who thrives off visual reminders and activities),
  • introduce new concepts and knowledge,
  • provide accountability (for both the kids and for me!) to complete certain tasks in the morning,
  • and incorporate a “circle time”-type activity for the family to begin our day together.

This “Good Morning” chart does that for us!

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What’s On The Chart

You can probably do a prettier job than I did, but I just wrote “Good morning!” on the top of chart. We then include the following sections:

  • “Today is:” – When we discuss this part, I say “Yesterday was Tuesday. So, today is…” and my son signs the correct answer for today. I’ll often ask “What’s tomorrow?” after we put the correct day up.
  • “Bible verse” – We’re working on memorizing about one verse a month (in sign language since my son is severely speech delayed). The toddler has memorized this one, too! We use Homeschool Creations’ ABC Bible Verse flashcards plus any others we make ourselves.
  • “Today’s Weather” – This is my son’s favorite part. We run to the window and look at the sky together, then use Confession of a Homeschooler’s weather printables for the individual weather cards.
  • “This week’s sight word is:” – We concentrate on just one new sight word a week right now, but if you’re using multiple words, you can just add more Velcro dots in this section. (You should be able to fit at least three sight word cards in this section.) I’ve included over 60 sight word cards in the printable packet described below.
  • “I Can Help” – My kids are both at the age where they feel helping an adult is a big deal, and I love it. This section is really more for me to be more intentional with introducing new life skills and household tasks for them. We switch these tasks out every two weeks or so (and keep completing the old ones, too). We use the preschool chore charts from Homeschool Creations and these routine cards from Family Your Way.
  • “My Morning Routine” – I have these cards in the normal order we accomplish them each morning, but we switch the tasks around, too. The main goal to make sure we do each task every morning. I use a combination of the same cards listed in the “I Can Help” section above.

*Special note: In the free printable version of this (see below for details!), I also include a couple more signs, like “School Schedule,” “This month is,” over 60 sight words, days of the week signs, as well as multiple colors of each sign.

Chart Setup

Good Morning Chart for preschoolers and early elementary ages {with free printables!} via Under God's Mighty Hand

We have our chart on a half sheet of poster board hanging on the wall in the kids’ room. I used a Command poster hook and punched one hole in the top of the poster. This way, the chart is hanging high enough my son can’t get to it during the day (he’d destroy it in an instant), but he can read it at any point and I can easily take the chart down to let him switch out the cards.

All of the signs are affixed with Velcro dots so we can easily switch signs or even rearrange the order we complete our morning routine, if needed.

I store the extra “I can help” task cards, weather cards, days of the week, and sight word cards in pockets on this back-of-the-door organizer.

Good Morning Chart for preschoolers and early elementary ages {with free printables!} via Under God's Mighty Hand

We’ve been using this “Good Morning” chart almost every day (including weekends!) for about three months now. We love it, and the kids even ask to do it! (YAY! says the momma teacher.)

Want FREE printables of this Good Morning chart? Sign up for The Family Notepad, my quarterly resource newsletter for families and homeschoolers. (Yep, just quarterly! I don’t want to crowd your email inbox.) I reserve special printables (that take a lot of time) for subscribers, and these Good Morning chart printables are one of those.

Click here to read more, sign up for the newsletter, and then look for a link to these printables (and others!) in the “final welcome email” once you confirm your free subscription!

Need more ideas for calendar time? Check out my Calendar Time board on Pinterest for these ideas and more, including printables for older kids, too.

What about you? What does your family do for a morning time routine? I love hearing about more ideas, so please share in the comments below.

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ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

ABC Activity Birthday Party {ideas and printable packet}

My fella loves reading and loves to jump, play, and run.

So what’s a momma to do for a birthday party theme? Combine them, of course!

With my family fitness background, I created an “ABC Activity Birthday Party” for my boy!

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

Set up like a scavenger hunt activity with task cards, this activity gets hearts pumping in a cooperative and fun manner. The activities are geared towards ages 2-8, but older children will have fun helping younger ones.

This ABC party activity focuses on movement, letter and color recognition, pre-reading skills, cooperation, gross motor, fine motor, and following directions.

ABC Activity Party Setup

We held this party outdoors and set up all the activities in my parents’ backyard and deck. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!) Each activity was set up like a station with any equipment needed and enough space to complete the activity. Most of the activities can be done with normal play equipment or household items and just need a little space.

Twenty-six activities might sound like a lot, but we included different fruits and healthier snacks to represent some of the letters.

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The activities range from very fitness-oriented (“jump rope or jump over the rope for 10 seconds”) to fine motor (“Play your own song on the xylophone for 10 seconds”) to social (“Sign ‘friend’ to a friend!”).

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

We paired the kids up (usually an older kid or parent paired with a preschooler) and each pair received an activity task card.

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

After a few simple directions, the kids got started! Because the preschoolers were all paired with older partners, the kids could each go to whichever station they wanted to in whatever order. (If you were using this activity with a very large group or a classroom, I’d suggest rotating every minute or so or having a specific direction to travel.) I set a 20-minute time limit for the activities, but most of the kids wanted to finish their cards! (Yay!)

Our son has special needs and communicates primarily through sign language. Incorporating signs into our activity helped his friends learn ways to communicate with him, while reinforcing learning principles and physical activity. He loved having his friends come up to him and show him the signs they just learned!

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

Download the ABC Activity Birthday Party packet!

In this download, you will find:

  • an instruction sheet,
  • activity summary and equipment list,
  • one set of 26 alphabet letter cards (13 pages). Each card has a letter, alphabet sign, and associated activity.
  • a second set of 26 alphabet letter cards (13 pages). This set does not have an activity underneath each sign. This allows you to write in your own activities as needed or wanted! You can print out only this set and create all your own activities, or you can print out just the letters you need. (For example: If you want to change the letter “L” activity, print the “L” card from the second set and write your own activity in!)
  • ABC party task cards (2 pages).

*The equipment list can be modified if you change the activities! 

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Other Uses for the ABC Activity Birthday Party Packet

This activity can also be modified to be a large group/classroom physical activity or a sign language and movement game for homeschool!

I include a second set of blank alphabet sign cards in this packet. That means you can print out that blank set and:

  • write your own activities in,
  • use them as blank flashcards to teach fingerspelling,
  • write sight words or sentences on each flashcard for reading practice,
  • and more!

I have also included various modifications for equipment, groups, and special needs.

As a bonus, I’m throwing a sale at my Teachers-pay-Teachers store! The “ABC Activity Birthday Party” packet is 20% off from today through Saturday, July 6th! (That’s the highest sale I can throw at Teachers-pay-Teachers!)

Looking for a free birthday party idea and printables? Check out my “Have A Ball!” Birthday party activities and free printables here. I also gather lots of birthday party ideas from around the web (along with more activities for other kinds of special events) on my Special Events board on Pinterest.

Did you download the ABC Activity Birthday Party packet? I would love to hear how your family or group has used this packet. Please leave a comment, and I may be able to update this packet for future downloads!

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Spring Flower Sequencing Cards Free Printable via Under God's Mighty Hand

Spring Flower Sequencing Cards

Spring growth is an opportune time to see natural sequences in action. Sequencing can be a tough skill to grasp for some children. Sequencing cards allow children a tactile way to order events. The preschool and early elementary years are a prime time to develop sequencing skills to begin understanding the concept of time.

The more we discuss a topic or experience an event, the more my son understands it. On our daily walks for several weeks, my son and I kept talking about the buds and blooms on some trees in our neighborhood. As we watched the buds transform, I figured I could make sequencing cards out of the process. So, I’ve made a free printable for you (and us)! These simple sequencing cards provide practice for budding (haha) sequencing skills.

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How to Use These Spring Flower Sequencing Cards

This file includes one set of plain photo sequencing cards, one set of photo sequencing cards with text, and one set of text cards.

Print out the photo cards you would like to use (plain photo or photos with text). Cut out each card individually. You can use just these cards for a simple sequencing activity. Or, you can also print the text cards out, tape or glue the text cards to the back of the photo cards or print on both sides of the paper to make the cards two-sided. Attach the paper to cardstock and/or laminate the cards for prolonged use. Hand the cards to your child out of order and have your child put them in a row in the correct sequence. These cards can supplement a current study of plant growth or spur conversation about nature.

The text cards have simple sentences with basic information about spring flower growth. You can read these sentences out to your child, or your child can practice reading aloud (for early elementary ages).

We’re practicing with these cards over and over again. With verbal direction. With my son trying it on his own. With free play.  Spring Flower Sequencing Cards Free Printable - Under God's Mighty Hand

These cards are only to be reproduced for homeschool and classroom use. If you share about these cards (thank you!), please link back to this post on my blog (and not just the PDF file). The post link is: http://wp.me/p3c9Xf-bp

To download these cards, click here. When you click on the PDF link to open the file, either right-click on the document itself or choose “File” and “Save As…” in your toolbar. Then save the file appropriate on your computer. You can also download these cards from my Teachers-Pay-Teachers store.

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How did you help your child learn the concept of sequencing? If you use these sequencing cards, will you come back and let me know how you used them? I’d love for you to share your ideas in the comments!

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Easter Scripture Reading Resources

The week before Easter (Passion Week) begins this coming Sunday, March 24th. What better way to prepare for Easter than reading and reflecting on His Word, right?Do Not Depart button

Join me at Do Not Depart today for a free printable schedule of Passion Week Scripture Reading. I’ve rounded up some other resources for deeper study, too. I’d love for you to visit me at Do Not Depart and share your favorite Easter study resources!