Celebrating Preschool Birthdays

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. 

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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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Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.


  1. Elle Belles Bows says:

    Love the Birthday Crowns!! Kerri

  2. (V.Kerr) School Time Adventures says:

    Wonderful idea! If I had enough wall space to put all their birthday crowns up at one time I would… so I will modify. THanks!


  3. So good! crowns is great!

  4. Amie (Triple T Mum) says:

    Love this post. I am pinning to my Pinterest boards Classroom Organisation and Waldorf. Although I am not in the classroom anymore I can still see how I can adapt this for use in my home. I think they’ll love it!

  5. Romp n' Roll says:

    The crown idea is awesome. It’s obvious you love birthdays! Keep up the great work!

    Michael @ Romp n’ Roll

  6. Diana - FreeStyleMama says:

    Awesome ideas! I love the crowns on the wall!

    Diana Rambles
    Bento Blog Network

  7. My Little Sonbeam says:

    Thank you for sharing! I love the birthday crown bulletin board idea and special birthday chair! I will be doing this next year with my preschoolers 🙂
    Erica @ mylittlesonbeam.blogspot.com

  8. Lisa Fitchett says:

    I love your idea of making the birthday’s personal. It’s always a plus to have as much of the kid’s art work up as possible. I have an idea to keep the board looking decorated after each birthday. I would take a picture of the child in their crown and hang it in the empty space or have each child say something nice about the birthday child, print out the comments and hang them up in the space. Thanks for the great idea!

    • Sheryl Cooper says:

      Hi Lisa, I’m glad you brought this up, because that’s what I used to do! A great reminder to start it up again.