Celebrating a birthday in kindergarten is too much fun (sometimes they are so fun that you need an extra cup of coffee to get through the day)! I try to keep birthdays in my classroom simple and fun. I hang up a pennant banner that I made a few years back and tie a chair tag to the back of their seat. I reuse the chair tags so I had them printed at COSTCO and then I laminated them. Each student gets a birthday button (I make these with my button machine, but you could make them out of cardstock and pin them on) and a birthday Smencil from me. I prep all of this before the school year begins, so I can just grab it and go. Below is a link to the files for these items. Just click on the photo to download.
I also use my Silhouette to ease the cutting of these items. If you would like a Silhouette file for the graphic, just click on the picture below to download it.
The birthday tradition that is cherished most in my class is the birthday book. Each student completes a page during work on writing. At the end of the day I bind them and we present it to the birthday boy or girl. The kids LOVE it and can't wait to look at each and every page. I have different versions of the birthday page so that when students are more confident with writing they can write their own words.
Below is my birthday book freebie for you! There are a variety of pages to meet the needs of your little learners. If you download it, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
As for birthday treats, my approach may be different than some. I don't allow sweets (GASP)! I do allow parents to bring in something to share with the class, but it must be healthy. I let parents know about this at the start of the school year and I also give them a link to my Pinterest board with healthy treat ideas. To check out the board, click HERE. Surprisingly, most of my parents are happy with the rule and the kids love the fun healthy treats that have come in.
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