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Happy Birthday!

Age Range
3-7 yrs
Setup Time
No set-up time!
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Although arts and crafts often fit together, they are different processes, according to art therapist Anna Reyner, writing for the Earlychildhood News website. Art involves unstructured activities in which you can explore with your imagination, whereas crafts involve structured activities with a specific goal in mind.

When children participate in both arts and crafts, creativity and imagination receive strong stimulation, states the Americans for the Arts website. A child with a paintbrush in his hand suddenly has the ability to create vivid paintings and express himself boldly with color and brush strokes. The youngster can also learn about symbolic communication through the art he creates, choosing various colors to communicate feelings, for example

Your child will feel proud of his abilities, when he makes a card for his relatives and receives a 'thank you' for the special card!


  1. Start a tradition of making birthday cards for your relatives. Your toddler will enjoy making the card

  2. Help your child draw a picture and decorate it with stickers. With your help, your child can even write Happy Birthday

  3. Then mail the card by visiting the local post office!

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.