I recently decided to change the way I display birthdays in the classroom. You may remember that for many years I used cute gift bags for each month that I hung on the wall. Inside each bag were craft sticks with the child’s name and birth date. When I changed the calendar each month I just took the sticks out of the appropriate bag and placed them in our pocket chart calendar. This was a great space and time saver that I absolutely loved. However, when we started using our ActivBoard for the calendar it no longer seemed necessary.
Not being a big fan of bulletin boards it took me a long time to brainstorm another way to display birthdays. My classroom theme the last few years has been flowers and growing since young children really do grow a lot in only one year. I have a garden themed classroom library and my bulletin boards all have flower borders.
Finally it dawned on me; I should create a birthday display involving flowers and flower pots. I finally came up with the idea pictured above. I cut 12 flower pot shapes out of brown construction paper and added labels for the months. Next, I used my Cricut to cut out colorful flower shapes and glued them to craft sticks. I wrote each child’s name and birth date on the bottom of the sticks with a permanent marker and placed the finished flowers in the correct flower pot. I titled the bulletin board “Blooming Birthdays”.
I really like this new bulletin board, what do you think? How do you display student birthdays in your classroom?