I recently created a birthday can to replace my birthday box. I used the box pictured above for many years to store classroom birthday supplies like books, stickers, and pencils. The box worked well but I have limited storage space so I started looking for something smaller. The box was also too tempting for little hands; I would always find somebody trying to pick off the paper even though they knew it wasn’t a real present. I tried using a gift bag but it kept tipping over and spilling the supplies.
After weighing my options I decided on a birthday can. I used a clear paint container from my local craft store, but you could easily use a regular paint can from your home improvement store. I cut some birthday wrapping paper and placed it inside the can along with some matching tissue paper. I keep birthday pencils, cards, and our birthday vest inside the can for quick access. If you use a regular paint can you can easily attach the wrapping paper to the outside of the can with tape.
You can find more ideas for celebrating student birthdays on the Birthday Page HERE!