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It's Birthday Party Time

Song: It's Birthday Party Time
(Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)
It’s birthday party time
It’s birthday party time
Hi ho the derry-o
It’s birthday party time

It’s time to blow out the candles
It’s time to blow out the candles
Hi hi the derry-o
It’s time to blow out the candles

It’s time to eat the cake
It’s time to eat the cake
Hi ho the derry-o
It’s time to eat the cake

It’s time to open presents
It’s time to open presents
Hi ho the derry-o
It’s time to open presents


Looking for another idea for this same prop? I posted a different song last week

I do want to acknowledge that not all people celebrate birthdays so that is something to be aware of and sensitive to as you plan programs in a public library but I did want to share an option since many of my blog readers come from a variety of settings where they work with children and it can be difficult to find a variety of materials on birthday activities. 

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