Here's the scoop: Ahead of time the teacher makes a birthday bag for each child in her class. The bag is filled with little odds and ends. Each bag is labeled with a name and a birth date. The bags are all posted on a bulletin board and are a great decoration. (I put mine in that narrow space above the whiteboard. Cute!!) When a child walks into class on his birthday, his birthday bag is waiting on his desk (or that's the plan). My kiddos LOVE these bags. They all know exactly where their own bag is at and it is the point of many conversations with me. (Will I really get the bag on my birthday? Yes. You won't forget will you? Of course not. (I hope!) Can I look in my bag today? No, you have to wait until your birthday. Etc.
This is one of my birthday bags. I don't have my class list yet, but once I do I will type the child's name and birthdate on a large label and stick it to the bag. (It is much easier to FIRST put the label on the bag and THEN fill it, but I made this bag for all of you.) Then I add cute birthday stickers to the bag.)
Here is what I am putting in the bag this year. I bet you recognize some of my Target and Dollar Tree finds! The items are: a sticker for the child to wear, a stretchy bracelet (Do you recognize the Cat in the Hat?), a pencil, a bookmark, a set of birthday stickers, a notepad, 2 erasers, and a small bouncy ball.
One of the reasons I love this idea is that it insures I am prepared and consistent for each birthday. Even when I forget a birthday, a bag is waiting for that child. Children with summer birthdays get their bags on their half birthdays. Hope this idea is helpful to some of you.
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