I wish I could say this is an original idea, but I've seen it before on *gasp* pinterest. On their birthdays, I give my kiddos a little bag with goodies in it, along with a certificate, sticker, etc. It's not extravagant by any stretch of the imagination, but they love having a little surprise on their special day!
My goal for today was to get my bags/ cards finished & organized....I accomplished it, in a round-about way! First off, assemble birthday bags. That would mean shopping for said bags & booty. YAY shopping! I hit the dollar tree to buy all the awesomeness that will go inside the bags. See all the junk I found....(yes, I'm a horrible teacher--there is candy in there,) but I spent less than 75 cents a bag--that's pretty rad! Now assemblage. Putting these together is easier said than done with all my "helpers" aka hungry dogs. I finally got them all put together and tied, and now I have one for each of my students. All I need to do is grab one on the appropriate day.
Here are the fruits of my labor....
And lastly, the illustrious birthday song. I actually borrowed this one from neighbor at school (thanks Uno,) and the kids love it! I have a poster of the song laminated, and the birthday kiddo gets to fill in the blanks with the first letter of his/ her name. Then we all sing them the silly song. So, if it was Kinley's birthday, the song would be "Kappy Kirthday Ko Kou." The kids find this hi-larry-us. It gets a little dicey if their name starts with a vowel, but hey--another teachable moment on vowel pairs!
Tell me....what do you do in your classroom to celebrate birthdays?
*cupcake clip art was a freebie from www.dreamlikemagic.com
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