I thought I'd post a little more about our birthday party preparations. Maia wanted to make a sign that said, "Welcome to my party," so we gathered our materials last weekend, and got started. First, we unrolled a length of paper from her easel to form the base of the banner, and got started with the words.
Maia wrote the letters out on colored construction paper. I finally found some construction paper that I like, by the way. It's called Tru-Ray Sulfite construction paper and I ordered it from Discount School Supply. It's not any more expensive than other construction paper, but the paper and color quality are both better.
It was my job to cut out the letters (according to Maia), something I was happy to do while she wrote.
After all the letters were cut out, Maia decided she wanted to paint her banner first. Here she's using tempera paint and her own patented color mixing technique (actually it's a technique that's probably used by children around the world!).
Once the paint was dry, we glued the letters on.
And hung the banner up in the living room to enjoy until party time! I love how involved Maia has been in planning and preparing for her birthday party. I don't remember ever being that into my birthday when I was a kid, but Maia's been talking about her birthday all year long. She's so excited!