Ada's 4th Birthday Party

Ada's 4th Birthday Party

Ada turned four back in August and I’m finally finishing up with her birthday posts. I’ve previously posted some of the main elements used during her birthday party but I wanted to post a general overview to link to the previous posts in case you want to follow a similar science theme. For Ada’s birthday party we decided to focus on the general theme of ‘science’. I purchased glass erlenmeyer flasks, glass beakers, plastic graduated cylinders, plastic beakers, and food-safe test tube to extend our science-theme.

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I wanted to create an umbrella post that contained an overview of what we did at Ada's fourth science-themed birthday party. I also linked to all of our science-themed food and sensory activities we had. I hope this helps whether you're setting up for a party, playdate, or finding something fun for your kids to do.

For the last several birthdays the kids have woken up with balloons grouped in front of their bedroom door to great them the morning of their birthday party. After they’ve had a chance to walk through the balloons and drag them along on the way to the kitchen table for breakfast I gather up a couple groups of two or three balloons to tie to our balcony railing for during the party while leaving the rest free for play.

All the balloons outside their bedroom door.

Outside Sensory Play

Our main science-themed sensory activities outside were baking soda and dyed vinegar color mixing explosions and frozen color mixing oobleck. Both activities were a blast

Images of the baking soda and vinegar station and the oobleck station.
Color experimentation was offered at both sensory stations although one had a non-Newtonian fluid play while the other offered fizzy explosions coming out of plastic graduated cylinders.

Like before, before Zoey’s party, I swept over the deck cleaning up the excess toys so the kids wouldn’t be overwhelmed I set aside any toys I thought the kids at the party may enjoy if the main science sensory stations didn’t keep their attention. Since I made signs for the main two stations Ada and I figured we had to continue the signs throughout all the stations on the deck.

Sidewalk chalk and puzzles.
As we cleaned up the deck all our sidewalk chalk was gathered together with our outdoor puzzle.
Sign for the chalk station.
With a cute sign to go with it.
I had our bubble mix wands still set up so I made sure all the wands were filled up with fresh bubble mix.
Bubble mix sign.
Along with it’s sign.

My personal favorite stations, after the two main sensory stations, was the adult station Ada wanted to create. I was originally going to collapse the chairs and leave them out of the way but when Ada was pressed for details on what an ‘adult station’ should consist of she told me “just chairs and adults sitting on them”.

The adult station... for sitting.
Since Ada wanted it… and it made sense… the station was set up. I gathered the kids’ chairs too since there was a chair section now.
Adult station sign: "Adult Station - Ada requested... just chairs and adults sitting on it".
And the simple sign… as what else do you need?

Buffet Table

Ada loved the idea of having a picnic in the kitchen (so we didn’t have to worry about kid seating) so for our lunch I pushed the table against the wall to turn it into a buffet table. The kids got to hang out all together on the picnic blanket laid out in the kitchen. For the buffet table itself I wanted to make it more science-themed and bring the science in from outside on the deck. I went on Amazon and through Karter Scientific bought a five-piece set of glass Erlenmeyer flasks and two 1000ml borosilicate glass beakers. For the beakers I decided to take advantage of their size and opacity by making layered Jello and a simple spin on the traditional seven-layer dip. The Erlenmeyer flasks were a harder story as they were bought because of their adorableness and potential future use rather than present usefulness. I ended up filling them with the snacks (goldfish crackers), desserts (marshmallows and Canadian smarties), and very last minute moved some Parmesan cheese into one in case anyone wanted to sprinkle it onto their pizza.

Erlenmeyer flasks.
The five Erlenmeyer flasks cleaned out and waiting to be filled.
Finished layered Jello and dip with some of the flasks behind.
I decided to keep the beakers and flasks simple and used masking tape to label their contents.

When we had gone out for balloons the local Dollar Tree was out of helium so we ended up splurging on more expensive balloons at the local Diddams. Ada fell in love with the airplane balloon so I turned it into a table decoration to keep it out of the way but still remain visible. We decided to keep the meal itself simple and ordered pizza (which ended up arriving late) so the table was simple with the dip and snacks. Later on we pulled out pineapple brownie cake for dessert which wasn’t science related but the Ghiradelli box mix brownies had become a birthday tradition Ada loves and we changed it up by adding canned pineapple (Ada’s idea).

Prepped birthday buffet table.
Buffet table prepped before the birthday party. Once we were ready to snack I pulled out the Jello and dip. Much later the pizza was added.

And then the birthday party was over and the kids headed home with their science-themed grab bags.

Bagged candy and playdough.
Science-themed favor bags

After The Party

After the birthday party Ada went out on the deck to play and after nap time both girls got to enjoy the sensory bins together before we cleaned them up. I saved a couple quotes from the after party play. At one point as Ada was standing in the bin of leftover baking soda and vinegar she dumped vinegar and said “bubbles. Oh my gosh! What happened to our feet?”. Later on while playing with oobleck Ada tossed some up and said “Look Zoey. It’s raining oobleck”… I may have jotted that one down as I told them not to throw oobleck. I touched on the actual cleanup process of both sensory bins in their respective posts: frozen color mixing oobleck and color mixing explosions.

I hope this helps you whether you’re planning a playdate or birthday party. If you want more ideas I shared previously about Zoey’s second birthday that included several non-themed sensory bins. I’d love to hear what you end up doing and how it went. Feel free to share in the comments below, on my Facebook page, or through Instagram. Hope your party goes great!

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