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Fun Ideas for Celebrating Student Birthdays At School

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Written by: Katie Palmer

Birthdays are a BIG deal to kids. Remember the excitement?! But how can teachers make student birthdays extra special without a big hit to the wallet? There are so many ways to celebrate students on their special day from a birthday board classroom display to lunch dates! Read on to discover our favorite ways to recognize the most special day of the year for each student in your class!

Birthday Board Classroom Display

Setting up a classroom birthday board is a great way to make a classroom feel homey for students. There are TONS of classroom birthday board ideas, so where to start?!

One thing that will get you off on the right foot with birthday celebrations is a birthday display! It is so versatile.The possibilities are endless, but here are some of the ways you could use our birthday display pack to fit the theme of your classroom:

What is included in the birthday board pack?

  • Headers
  • Month Cards-in three different styles: rectangle, pendants & cupcakes
  • All About Me Birthday Posters: feature each student's poster on their birthday

AND, did I mention that the birthday display is completely editable?! There are two ways to edit your birthday display file.

  1. Open the powerpoint file and insert text boxes.
  2. Insert the PNG files into any program you wish.

As you can see, this classroom birthday board display has it ALL!

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If you're loving our birthday display, check out our other classroom set up packs in the video below!

For more classroom set up ideas, check out this blog post: Timesaving Tips for Classroom Set Up

Facebook Group Ideas

Here are some great birthday board displays straight from other 2nd grade teachers!

Cricut Made Cupcakes
cupcake birthday display
Photo Credit: Beverly Williams

We love this cupcake bulletin board Beverly made with her cricut machine. She added paper candles with student names and birthdates to each cupcake.

Clothespin Birthday Board
Photo Credit: Amanda Dickson

Amanda has a great idea too! Simply hang a tag for each month with a ribbon hanging down. Then, write student names and birthdates on clothespins and clip to the ribbon.

Gift Bag Birthday Display
Photo Credit: Emily Dumas

What a fun and easy idea! Put a month name on 12 different gift bag colors, and clip a clothespin with student name and birthdate on the outside of it. Quick and cute!

Birthday Box

Here is an idea I borrowed from a, now retired, veteran teacher. Throughout the school year and summer collect small trinkets kids might like. This could be simply things from the dollar store or garage sales. Put them all in a box tucked away in your classroom. On each student's birthday, pull out the box for students to choose their own gift. This is a big hit!

Ideas for birthday box items:

  • Art supplies: little notebook, colorful pens, or a box of markers/crayons
  • Books
  • Fast food meal toys
  • Little tins or boxes-for some reason these are a hit!
  • Toys from the dollar store
  • Snacks
  • Painted rocks
birthday box full of gifts students can choose on their birthday

Small Gifts

Of course some teachers choose to spend a little bit of money for simple student birthday gifts. Here are the top choices from teachers in our facebook group.

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  1. Mini Pop Pushit Keychains-These are a HIT!

2. Multicolor Ballpoint Pens-these give me the 90s vibes!

3. Scented Pencils-Who doesn't love a smencil in their life?

4. Crazy Straws-these are a teacher favorite as they are so easy! Tape a paper balloon to the straw with the student's name=instant gift!

Lunch In The Classroom

This idea is simple and free. When a student has a birthday, if they wish, they can eat lunch in their classroom with their teacher and a chosen friend (or two). Even though this sounds so simple, student really treasure this!

Songs & Dances

Playing a birthday song or dance can certainly make students feel special! Check out these ready-to-go ideas.

Personalized Birthday Songs from

This is the COOLEST website! Type in your students name, and select from one of many birthday songs featuring their names.

Koo Koo Kangaroo Birthday

Go Noodle Birthday Song

Minions Birthday Song

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Happy teaching!


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