Either way, we (the teachers) were on a mission to make sure each child enjoyed his/her special day. We also wanted to make sure the "crowd" knew that the children would enjoy their birthday celebrations (even without smashed cupcakes, crumbled in the backpack cookies, utensils for the teacher to wash and oh...the cupcakes).
We (the teachers) met in the hallway, the bathroom, the lounge and the copy room to brainstorm ideas about how to celebrate birthdays the new way.
My own children had a kindergarten teacher who made them feel soooo special on their birthdays. She is just plain amazing! Ever since the big announcement (cupcake law), I've really tried to think of ways to make sure each child always remembers the way we celebrated his/her birthday in 1st grade.
Here are a few of the special things that I do in my room to help celebrate birthdays. My students each get a birthday balloon (thanks to the 249 versions of that idea on Pinterest). I use heavy card stock and my balloon die cut (old school) and tape it to a fancy straw. My students also enjoy whatever healthy snack they eat on their special day in a fancy cupcake paper of their choice. I keep a glass jar of those in the classroom.
Tpt and in my Teachers Notebook shop. You can click on the preview below if you'd like to check it out. It's easy to use and full of ideas. *I am having a sale in my Tpt store and at my Teachers Notebook shop (20% off all items) from August 10 - 13.
Hmmm...I think I'll go bake some cupcakes! No one is having a birthday at my house this week. But, it's summer and the cupcake law does not apply in my own house. Right?