Celebrating birthdays in preschool is a very big deal! Throughout the year the children are letting us know that they are “almost 3” or “almost 4”. When the actual day arrives to celebrate at school, the children are so excited! They arrive to see their name on the birthday sign next to the door, their crown is pulled off the birthday wall, the special birthday chair is displayed, and the felt cake is ready.
Our birthday wall is featured in our classroom year-round.
I got this idea a few years back from a Reggio Emilia School. At the beginning of the year each child decorates a crown and I put them on the wall in birthday order. (September through August.)
When we celebrate a child’s birthday, we remove the crown from the wall for him/her to wear. The crowns go home with the birthday children. This way we can see who has had a birthday and who is still waiting. (They love to figure out who’s having the next birthday!)
I made this birthday chair when I first started teaching over 10 years ago. It only comes out on birthdays, only for the birthday child.
We have our felt cake. We sing Happy Birthday and the child blows out the “candles”.
We celebrate summer birthdays in May. I make sure each child gets his very own day (I used to do them all on the same day.)
We love birthdays!
How do you celebrate birthdays in your classroom? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section!
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