My favorite way to celebrate birthdays is to have my students pick out a brand new book from my treasure box. I love passing on a joy of reading to my students. After they pick out their book, I sign the inside with a birthday message from me. The best part about this is that I get the books for free with my Scholastic Book Clubs teacher points. It’s a win-win for everybody! You can get a treasure box at any discount store such as TJ Maxx or Marshall’s.
If you do not have any Scholastic points yet, another great place to find cheap books is the Dollar Tree. They have a surprisingly great selection of $1 books.
Another way that I celebrate birthdays is by having parents fill out a Birthday Menu using Google Forms. Click here to check out my Birthday Menu on Google Forms. The students can choose between options such as “Stuffed Animal Day,” “Extra Recess,” and “Pajama Day” to name a few.
If you are a virtual teacher, click here to check out my distance learning birthday menu from TeachersPayTeachers!
If you prefer paper over the digital options, I also have a printable birthday menu! Click here to check out the printable version.
Finally, I love having the kids make their own birthday hat. I found a great printable hat on TeachersPayTeachers that I bought for very cheap. Click here to check it out! I write a birthday message to them on my chalkboard (yes, I still have one!) and I take a picture of them in their hat and post it on ClassDojo. The parents love this!