Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Student Birthdays!

When a student in my classroom has a birthday we like to celebrate!  Besides getting a birthday necklace to wear, they also get a birthday balloon like this:




My team gave me this idea!

The balloons are made with Pixie Sticks

I also send home a "Birthday Bag" to the birthday student.  They get to take the bag home with them and read the book, Happy Birthday To You by Dr. Seuss.  Then, there is a class book that they will add a page to.  The student will write about something they wished for on their birthday and draw a picture to match. The next day, that student returns the bag and gets the chance to read their page they wrote to the class.
Birthday Book Downloads {click each one to download}:


 While we are on the subject of birthdays...What do I do with the students who have birthdays while we are off track (year round school), on the weekend, or during the summer?  Well, we have an UN-BIRTHDAY PARTY, of course!  Basically we celebrate everyone's birthday all in one day (or one hour)!  I buy a cake, we exchange gifts (we draw names and each student brings a gift for whoever they drew for), and we play party games.  Oh yes, we also watch Alice in Wonderland (not my favorite movie, but it goes with the "un-birthday" theme).  Who doesn't love parties? It's so fun and perfect for the end of the year!  Click HERE to find out more!

What do you do for birthdays in  your classroom?

Clipart and/or fonts by Diane J. Hook and used with permission by djinkers.com

24 comments:

Natalie Kay said...

I love the cute balloon/pixie stick idea!! I don't do much for birthdays, unfortunately...

We sing a crazy version of Happy Birthday. Take the first letter of that person's name and change all the words in the song to start with that same letter. Example: Nappy Nirthday Nou Nou...

Also, right before summer break we do a end of the year/summer birthday party. We usually have a pinata and birthday cake.

Ms.M said...

Nothing as cute as what you do. I love the pixi-stick ballon idea.

Birthdays are a big deal to my students but I'm ashamed to say that I don't make as big a deal of it as I should. Currently we have a monthly cake on our calendar bulletin board. Everymonth there is a different cake with a different design to represent the month we are in. September had buses on it for back to school, October was shaped like a pumpkin, November has different Fall leaves with turkeys, you get the picture. Then I place a candle with the students name and birthdate on the cake. They love checking out the cake at the start of the month and are constantly asking me who's names are on the candles. However, the question I get the most is "when is my birthday?"

On the actual day of the birthday I give the birthday student a crown, cirtificate & sticker saying it's their birthday. The sticker may seem redundant but I do this because sometimes they take their crowns off and I like for them to feel like they have something special on. We sing the student happy birthday and ask them how old they are.

In addition to this they get to go to the media center/ library and pick out a free birthday book.

The Hall's said...

Love the pixie stick with the balloon. I usually just give my students a crown, a birthday bag, and we sing Happy Birthday. If we miss their Birthday because it is in the summer I do it when I do their Star of the Week.

ashley said...

I also love the pixie stick balloons! I'm like Natalie; us older grade folks don't do a lot for birthdays. Plus this year I have 3 kids who don't celebrate birthdays (or any holidays) due to religious reasons. But I really do love the pixie stick idea. Super cute.

Jon and Ashlyn Ellsworth said...

Whatever my classroom theme is each year I buy a book and a pencil and a treat and tie it all together. For example this year my classroom is a beach/ocean theme so my 1st graders each get a cute palm tree sucked and the book,"Junie B. Jones Aloha a Ha" Ive also done birthday books where we write a letter to each birthday kid and I bind the book and give it to them at the end of the day. I didn't do it this year though cause its ALOT of work!

Mrs. Nickerson said...

I am in love with this idea. Thanks for sharing! :)

Ladybug Teacher said...

That is the cutest idea! We have some sort of small party at the end of that week...my students are older too, but new to the country and it is often the first time they've been able to celebrate their birthdays in school.

Ms.Hobbs said...

I can not get the necklace to DL. When I click on it it goes to the class book dl page. Is there any way I can get to necklace page?

Jennifer said...

Yes! I would love to get that birthday necklace. Could you send that to me?

AbbyS. said...

I have birthday bracelets, stickers and pencils like most. I also got HUGE Birthday Girl and Birthday Boy buttons at the Dollar Tree that they can choose to wear or sit on their desk. We sing and make a big deal. I also let the birthday studnet pick their seat for the day. For summer birthdays I let them pick a day in May to celebrate their birthday. That way they all get thier own day. They usually pick the day of their bday just in May. So if my bday was June 12th we would celebrate on May 12th. However we have had 8 snow days so far this year so we may be in school until July this year and I may not have to do this! :)

Mrs. Neuens said...

Cute ideas! What do you make your birthday necklace out of?

vickia said...

I couldn't get the birthday necklace to download either. Could you please send it to me?

Thanks!

Rachelle said...

the necklace should be working now! :)

Jaymee said...

I love the birthday balloon idea!! So cute. I bet they REALLY love it! I wanted to download the template, but was unable to. Is there another way to get to it besides this link?
-Jaymee

pennies for luck said...

I love, love this idea! I definitely will be posting to share this idea on my blog too! Thank you!

Jennifer
Classic Crafter

Anonymous said...

Quick Question-- I know you said you do the un-birthday, which I love! But what about the special birthday bag from you...do those students get one too? Just curious! Love the Blog!

Rachelle said...

@Anonymous- Well, not everyone will get to take home
the birthday bag....but I do something special for them on the un-birthday party. They get to fill out the birthday book and they take turns reading the book that is in the bag all day. They never complained that they didn't get to take the bag home! :)

Queen of the Click said...

Rachelle,

Do you get all the pixie sticks at the beginning of the year for the whole class - if so, do they stay fresh.

I love the idea and I want to do it.

Queen of the Click said...

Thank you so much for your response! Now some Brooklyn students will have some sugar on their birthdays!

And thanks for allowing us all to stalk you from pinterest

Lisa said...

Love it! Here's links to posts about birthdays in the classroom (including this one) http://ateachersbagoftricks.blogspot.com/

Lauren Morse said...

I'm so excited to be trying this idea this year. I saw it last year, but didn't get them made before school started.
I was surprised at how cheap the Pixie Stix were from Sam's- like $12 for 50! I cut out my balloons last night. Now I've just got to assemble and find a cute vase or something to keep them in.
Great idea!
Lauren
justaddclipart.blogspot.com

Denise said...

Thank you for sharing the cute idea of birthday balloons. Got here from Deanna Jump's "Organization Station" bundle on tpt.

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