1 Birthdays

Birthdays

Begin by asking each person in the group what year they were born.  Some may be reticent to say so you can have them whisper it to you or write it on a slip of paper.  Then hand out a page showing what happened that year.  We used a web site called Dmarie –

www.dmarie.com/timecap but there are many out there.  Our pages had headlines, prices, popular songs, politics, popular toys etc.

Ask them if anyone would like to share what happened in the year they were born that surprised them or left an impression in some way.

Ask them to think about their own birthdays in the past now.  Pass out the first page below titled ‘Past Birthdays.’  Go over each prompt and have them write about what comes to mind.

Again, ask the group to share highlights of what they’ve written, let them talk for awhile.

Lastly, pass out the second page below titled “Fantasy Birthday” and go over those prompts as well.  Again, allow enough time for them to talk about what they’ve written.

Past Birthdays

As you remember past birthdays, what kind of cake was your favorite?

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Did you go somewhere special?  Can you describe your favorite birthday trip?

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What was your favorite all-time birthday present?  ______________

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Were you ever at a surprise birthday party?  Can you write

about what happened?  ___________________________________

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Write about your favorite birthday party for your children.

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Fantasy Birthday

On a separate page write about one or more of the following:

  1. Describe your fantasy meal and dessert you would have at your birthday.
  1. If you could invite anyone alive or dead to your birthday who would be the top 10 people you would have there?
  1. If you could go anywhere in the universe, in the past, present or even in the future, where would you have your birthday, how would you get there, what would you like to do once you got there?
  1. Who would be the last people you’d invite?  Write about who they are and why you would exclude them.
  1. If you could have all of the pets in your life to choose from, which pets would you invite?  Describe your pets and why you loved them.

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