Friday, April 18, 2014

Ethan is 4! We Celebrated Lego Style!

Hey a new post! Well actually, I doubt this post would have made it to the blog except that I blog a twice a month on a friends craft blog. I just shared Ethan’s birthday party.  Since I happened to have this ready to go, I thought I would share it here too. I took out most of the crafty stuff, but if you are interested you can read more about all that on this post.
Ethan just turned 4 and he insisted on having a Lego birthday party. This was no surprise to me as he lives and breathes Lego's. He is obsessed! After he settled on the idea of  a Lego party, I may have made the mistake of letting him view other Lego parties on Pinterest. He ended up having some very specific requests like a Lego head pinata, Lego jello jigglers, Orange Lego juice boxes, and an Emmett birthday cake. Because my son was so excited about his Lego party he helped me almost every step of the way. He helped make the crayons, and the jello, and the pinata.Working with him was my favorite part of putting this all together.
E has never been a huge fan of coloring or doing any kind of art project. Until, one day we went to the library and checked out a book about how mini-figures are designed. The first step in the process is drawing out the design. Ever since he read that book he has loved designing and coloring his own mini-figures. I thought we would start the party by doing one of my son's favorite activities. I gave each child a stack of  blank mini-figure pictures, and to make it extra fun, some Lego shaped crayons.
My next idea for an activity came from the Lego Movie! What is Emmett's favorite T.V. Show?... "Honey, Where are my pants?" I thought it would be fun to finally find "Honey, Where are my pants?" man, his pants! We played pin the pants.
I found an image of the "Where are my pants?" man, and I had it printed onto a 16x20 poster. Then I printed out a pair of white pants for each kid. I also attached a label with each child's name to the pants. That way we could know who was closest. 
Our next activity, by request of my son was to have a Lego head pinata. I was super intimidated by this at first. I wasn't sure how I was going to make one. I found this great tutorial. It was actually really simple to make. Although, I made my pinata about 3 times the size of the pinata in the tutorial. The one they share is pretty small.
Then for the last activity of the party I gave each kid a Lego base with wheels. I let each of them build their own car.
Then we raced them!!! This was by far the favorite activity of the day. I could have let the kids sit around around the Lego table and build for the entire party, and they would have been completely happy.
After some car building we got to have cake! Ethan discovered this YouTube video about how to make an Emmett cake and that was all that he wanted and could talk about for weeks before his party. Even though the video lays out every detail about how to make it, I knew that it was still beyond my capabilities. I hired a good friend to make the cake. I am so glad that I did. It turned out to be the most amazing cake!!! My son LOVED it! I LOVED it! I didn't want to ever cut into it.
At the beginning of the party, every child got a goodie bag with their name in Lego font. They got to take home some Lego crayons, their mini-figure drawings, candy from the pinata, and as a Thank you I made some Lego cookies for them to take home.
And for a few other details. We also had orange Lego juice boxes.
I also used my Lego molds to make Jello jigglers.
My son had a blast at his Lego party! I'm glad that I could make turning 4 so much fun!


Happy Birthday

A few things about our 4 year old:

He is the most optimistic kid. I felt this is was a very appropriate choice of a birthday theme, because to him EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! He loves life and he loves to find any way to make life fun!

He is also extremely literal. Everything is exactly as it is. He will dress up as Ironman, but he never believes that he is Ironman. I’ll say, “Hey, it’s Ironman.” He’ll respond, “No, It’s Ethan in an Ironman costume.” Or he’ll play like he’s going on vacation. I’ll ask where he is going. He’ll tell me, “Nowhere. I am just pretending.”

He loves science. He is on a first name basis with Bill Nye the science guy. “Mom, I just learned from Bill that…” It cracks me up every time. This kid will talk to you about Volcanoes, the Moon, Dinosaurs or Clouds all day.

He clearly loves Legos. We call him our Master Builder. He will sit at his Lego table for hours and hours just building the coolest things. Although, don’t let him hear you call him a Master Builder. Remember his literal side… Since he wasn’t in the Lego Movie, he couldn’t be a master builder :)

He is the tallest kid. Literally! We just got back from his 4 year check up and he was 110% for height!

I love Ethan’s energy and enthusiasm for life! There is never a dull moment with Ethan! 

1 comment:

Lydia Story said...

Wow! Angie you are amazing! Going down in awesome birthday history!