Each year our students celebrate their birthdays at school. Over the years, I have done some different things to make the day special for them. This year I came across an idea in Stephanie’s blog Third Grade Thoughts. She makes birthday crackers for each student. These aren’t the kind of crackers that you eat but are similar to Christmas crackers that can be found in the United Kingdom and other countries.
To make them you need to collect one empty toilet paper roll per student. With five people in our home, this wasn’t too hard for me to do. I also had a parent send some in at the beginning of the year.
Then you fill the empty rolls with whatever toys or treats you choose. I included pencils, stickers, a small toy or two (bouncy ball, plastic snakes, gummy crabs), our all-important free pass (which allows the student to skip homework, get back on star worker, or get a behavior boost), and some birthday confetti.
Wrap the roll in decorative gift wrapping or tissue paper. I just chose colored tissue paper from my local dollar store. Tie the ends off with ribbon, and you’re done. I think my kids have really enjoyed getting these this year.
One student said it was his best birthday at school ever! That goes a long way in my book.
How do you celebrate your students’ birthdays to make them special?