If you’re an elementary school teacher, I’m going to go out on a limb and say you probably celebrate your students’ birthdays. At least, I hope you do. Birthdays are a huge deal when you’re a kid! There are many different ways to celebrate birthdays at school, but teachers are busy, and buying gifts isn’t always in the budget (even cheap ones). So, I’m sharing my favorite way to celebrate birthdays in the classroom. Best of all, it’s free!
Making a keepsake birthday book
This special birthday book is easy to make. It’s perfect for morning work on birthday days. Put on a fun CD with birthday music and let each kid fill out a page. Staple them together and send the book home with the birthday kid.
Tip: Run enough copies at the beginning of the year to have a class set of books. Paperclip (don’t staple) the sets together and put them in a file. Then, you can simply pull out a set whenever it’s time to celebrate a birthday. Also, during the last few weeks of school, you can make a birthday book for kids with summer birthdays. Then, send them home on the last day of school.
There are three different writing options so that you can pick the one that’s right for your class. There’s a fill-in-the-blank page that’s super quick and easy. There’s a writing page with space for a picture at the top and there is a full page option. The birthday kid colors the cover while everyone else is writing. Don’t forget to add a page in from you too! Kids love hearing all the nice things you have to say about them.
Have fun celebrating each student this year! (Psst…if you’re still virtual, check out these virtual birthday activities.