I decided that a good way to get my younger students back into the idea of school after 2 weeks off for the holidays, was to do a quick 1 day project that was simple, yet fun.
With the 150th Birthday for Kansas coming at the end of the month, I wanted to do birthday cakes. A few months ago my friend Katie, who I had classes with in college, and I were talking and she had this great idea, so I put it into action.
My K-2 students and I drew them together using 3 rectangle layers and candles. They were able to decorate and color them however they wanted.
I allowed my 3-6th grade students to have more freedom with the shape and size of their cakes. We talked about TV shows like Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, etc. Many of them had seen the shows and were excited for the freedom.
I displayed all of the birthday cakes outside of the cafeteria in one large birthday cake. There are 204 birthday cakes total, one for each of my K-6 students who were in class the first week back from break.
I have received SO many compliments on how cool this looks so far! And the kids think it is fun! :)