We asked kids how they love to celebrate their birthday.

We hear from a little girl from Nairobi, Kenya getting ready to feel and look like a princess.

Her mom takes her to the hair salon where she chooses a hairstyle, picking colours of the beads going into her hair and the magical birthday feeling surrounding her!

How do you celebrate your birthday? 

DIY Wool Hair Doll: 

Materials you’ll need:  

  • X1 toilet paper rolls 
  • X2 googly eyes per toilet roll 
  • Black marker 
  • X1 wool roll 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 


How to make DIY Wool Hair Doll: 

** Remember to ask an adult to help you when using scissors and pins ** 

Step 1: Cut wool in folds at 30cm and tightly tie them all together with a wool strip in the centre so that there is 15cm on each side of where the wool is tied together 

Step 2: Dip 2cm into the glue and neatly squeeze the wool into the top of the toilet roll to form the hair. Wipe off any glue mess. 

Step 3: Once dry, draw a face on the middle of the toilet paper roll with a black marker. 

Step 4: Glue the googly eyes on the eyes and have fun styling the wool into any hairstyle you’d like! 

3D Birthday Card: 

Materials you’ll need:  

  • X2 colour cardboard 
  • Cotton balls 
  • X1 cupcake holders 
  • Glue 
  • Pen 
  • X1 toothpick 
  • Scissors 


How to make a 3D Birthday Card:  

** Remember to ask an adult to help you when using scissors and pins ** 

Step 1: Measure and cut out an A4 colour cardboard to 18cm (H) x 24cm (W) and fold down the centre to form a card. 

Step 2: Fold the cupcake holder in half and tuck in so the zig-zag edge forms a C-shape and glue onto the bottom front of the card. 

Step 3: Squeeze glue inside the cupcake holder and stick cotton balls inside the cupcake holder.   

Step 4: Squeeze glue on top of the cupcake holder and stick cotton balls on top of the cupcake holder to form a puffy cupcake icing. 

Step 5: Glue the toothpick onto the centre of the cotton icing. 

Step 6: Use the candlelight silhouette to cut out the candlelight on colour cardboard and glue it on top of the toothpick. 

Step 7: Write your happy birthday message inside and give it to a friend on their birthday! 

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