BIRTHDAY IN THE BAG

Ever wish birthdays came more than once a year? This project may help. Gather friends to fill birthday bags, which parents living in poverty can give to their children on their special day. Ask each friend to bring about 20 small, inexpensive, new toys for kids ages 3-12, and have someone supply gift bags and ribbon. Bag assembly can be a fun, meaningful project for any gathering -- reunions, picnics, and holiday get togethers. Cheerful Givers has ideas for what to include in the bags.

Talk to your child: Why is it fun to help children celebrate their birthdays? What do you think is the best part of having a birthday?

Book to share: Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo by Diane deGroat. Ages 4-8. A young opossum figures out the perfect way to get back at the mean kid in his class on his birthday. Luckily, his mom saves him from himself and he learns a lesson in generosity.