Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

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Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

Affiliate Links The latest picture book from Terry Border, creator of the photography site Bent Objects is HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CUPCAKE! and it’s a mouth-watering adventure using everyday-object photography. (Also, don’t miss his previous book, Peanut Butter & Cupcake!)

Never Before Seen Photograph from Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

Happy Birthday Cupcake

Cupcake wants to celebrate her birthday with all her friends but she worries that her party ideas won’t work for everyone. Like how fun would a beach party be? Except that some of her friends melt. So that’s out. In the end, Cupcake’s friends give her the best birthday party ever.

And, in big never-before-revealed news, here’s Cupcake reading her own picture book to her friends!!!

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

Isn’t Border’s photography amazing?!

Make Your Own Cupcake Book

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

1. Start by planning out your story. My daughter choose to use a plot pyramid structure. Get directions for how to do this here.

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

2. Plan a background and foreground. We like to use tri-fold poster boards and colorful paper. However, for this project we used cardboard boxes decorated with scrapbooking paper.

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

3. Set up each scene to photograph.

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

Helpful Tips:

* To make your cupcake’s arms, try using a paperclip or pipe cleaner.

* Use props from other toy sets — LEGOs or Barbies.

* Make your own sets using the how-to videos from My Froggy Stuff.

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

4. For each scene, take lots of photos from different angles.

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

5. Edit photos for lighting using PicMonkey or any editing program. Pick your best photos for each scene.

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

6. Insert your best photos into a Word document, leaving room on each page to write the story. Then, write the story and print out.

Good job! You just wrote your own Cupcake story!!

Do More Fun Cupcake Activities

Pin the Candle on the Cupcake
Cupcake Maze
Cupcake Birthday Hat

–>Check Out MORE Real-Object Photographs of Children’s Picture Books by Terry Border!!

How to make you own cupcake story

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! review and activity

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