Ideas for Celebrating Student Birthdays in Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten
This is how we celebrate student birthdays in our classroom.
Birthday Bag Display
These small bags hang easily above the circle area. On the front of each bag is a month label. On the front of the craft sticks in the shape of people write each child’s name and birthdate, then place the sticks in the appropriate bags. You can take the correct bag down each month and add the important date to your calendar so you know when the birthdays are. You can download the free printable birthday bag labels HERE.
Class Birthday Book
This is a very easy book to make and the kids love it. Buy a cheap months chart from the teacher store, you can usually get them at the back-to-school sales.
Cut the chart apart and glue each month to a piece of cardstock. Laminate all the pages and bind into a class book, then write each child’s name on the correct page with a marker.
You can also add the student’s pictures to each page before laminating and create a cute book cover using clip art or birthday stickers.
I keep this book in our “Class Books” box in our classroom library and I also let the birthday child take it home in the birthday backpack.
Birthday Picture Books for Preschool
I have a selection of various birthday books that I allow the birthday child to choose from and then I read the chosen book to the entire class. If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff is also an excellent birthday book.
The birthday box is a very simple and easy storage solution that can hold your birthday supplies. I decided to create this birthday box when I ran out of storage in my classroom. It’s not only a great storage solution, it also makes a nice decorative and conversation piece. Wrap the bottom of a copy paper box in birthday wrapping paper, then wrap the lid separately, don’t forget to add a decorative bow on top! Inside the box there are birthday books, birthday vests, birthday cards and prizes, and a musical birthday cake.
My mom is very handy and she made me these cute vests for my classroom. I have leader of the day vests so it was only natural that I have birthday vests too. The birthday child chooses which vest to wear for the day.
I give the birthday child a birthday pencil and a birthday card. I also give a birthday book to each child for their birthday. I have accumulated enough free books through Scholastic bonus points that I can give each child a book for their birthday.
This musical cake is a big hit with my students every year, it plays the Happy Birthday song when squeezed! The birthday student wears the vest, sits in my chair in front of the class, and holds the cake as we all sing the song to the birthday child.
Birthday Bulletin Board
This birthday bulletin board goes along with the flowers and growing theme in my classroom. The title of the bulletin board is Blooming Birthdays.
The birthday child can take home one of our birthday bags. Inside each bag there is a book, a stuffed character, and an MP3 player with a recording of the story, as well as an instruction sheet.
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