My family has always celebrated half-birthdays for us kids. Some might say it just spoils children but I like to think of it as "We love you so much we want to celebrate your birth twice a year" - and plus we were spoiled ourselves! I've continued the tradition with Kay. And yesterday she turned - sob - 4 1/2.
To celebrate, we made corn muffins - and Kay got to crack the egg. In fact she did most of the mixing and stirring herself. I was limited to smoothing out the lumps in the batter and doing the oven. Later she got her present.
I wanted to get her the Melissa and Doug mailbox, but that is $29.99, so I was looking for more frugal way. I took a shipping box from the recycling bin, cut a slot in it to put envelopes and a flap in the back to take them out again. Then I painted it blue, wrote U.S. Mail on the front, and voila, easy mailbox...that doesn't cost $30.
Then I made a little kit to go along with it, with envelopes, cards, stickers, stationery (blank paper stamped for decoration), fake stamps (cut from free address labels that come in the mail), a pencil and a pen.
She opened it and wanted to play with it right away - after I told her what it was! She seemed to love the fake stamps the best. She put several stamps on the envelope, "wrote" on the front, and forgot to put anything inside!