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Second Birthday Song Verse
Sally contributes this counting verse to the well known Happy Birthday Song.
Description: After singing Happy Birthday, we add:
We'll clap for your years. (twice)Comments: The children look forward to celebrating their special day and learning the age of their peers.
Birthday Month Song
Counting: "Graphing Birthdays"Apple, peaches, pears and plums
Promote early math skills of graphing and counting as youngster learn the months of the year during this kindergarten and preschool activity plan from Nicole.
Materials: Chart paper & Stickers, stamps, candle cut outs, color or shape coded months of the year - one for each child's birthday month, cut out of a birthday cake or a work sheet with a birthday cake on it and birthday candle cutouts.
2. Make a class graph of birthday months and encourage children to read the graph and compare most, least birthdays. Talk about how old they are now and how old they will be on their next birthday.
3. Ask children to decorate the cake cut-out or work sheet and put the appropriate number of candles on the cake. You can have them number the candles or print the number of candles on the cake.
Comments: The color/ shape coded month of
the year helps the younger children
Party Favor: "Card Puzzles"
Materials: A variety of cards, scissors, pencil or marker.
Description: You can buy packs of cards at
the dollar tree for very little.
Comments: These make great holiday gifts too!
Birthday Cake Early Math
Materials: 30 - 50 birthday cake candles of
different colors, clay,
Description: Ask the children to tell you
how old they are. Talk about birthdays, cakes and candles. Let them
tell stories about their birthdays. Then give the children clay and show
them how to roll the clay into balls and flatten them into cake shapes.
Next, give the children a variety of candles. Let them place the
candles on their
The children can now remove the candles from
their cakes and make another cake.
Amy B. suggests this early childhood activity saying, "This activity will help students recognize sight words such as the other students names and/or months of the year".
Materials: Teacher made bingo cards, place
markers, I use little erasers that are in
Description: Make sure that everyone is familiar
with their birthday before doing this activity. I use this activity for
our letter "Bb" week. First I review birthdays
Then I pass out bingo cards that I have made
with all of the students names on them. I only have 14, so I am able to
put a freebie spot and use a few kids names twice.
For Infants & Preschoolers
Materials: Pattern of a train with an engine
and caboose, construction paper and
Description: Make the engine the teacher's
name and the caboose the assistant
Craft: "Birthday & Holiday Candles"
Materials: Wax crystals, wicks, baby food jars or volitive holders from the dollar store and clear wrap.
Description: In advance teachers cut wicks to the height of the jars. Next children place wicks inside of their jars. Children choose two to three different colors of waxed crystals and scoop them into their glass jar. They may layer with different colors as they go along filling to the top. Cover with clear wrap and you have a beautiful gift for any occasion. They look very nice when lit at the dinner table.
Comments: I was looking for something different
for Mothers Day and while I was
Game: "Birthday Party Fun!"
Materials: One family block of chocolate, one dice, plate and a firm plastic knife and fork.
Description: Children gather in a group, the
plate containing the chocolate, knife and fork is placed in the middle.
One at a time the children start rolling the dice when someone rolls a
'six' the child starts eating the chocolate using the cutlery. He keeps
eating the chocolate until another child rolls a six. Any number on the
dice can be used.
Materials: Any birthday song the children know.
Description: We do birthdays once every month on the last thursday of the month. During circle time we talk about what month it is and then each child tells us their birthday. If their birthday is that month they get a picture / sticker of a cake. When everyone is done, we talk about this month's birthday party.
Each month we have different things for our party. We may make cookies, pudding, popcorn, applesauce and other things. As the children begin to learn the month of their birthday, I ask them to tell us the day/date. By the end of the year almost everyone knows their birthday day by month-day-and year.
For children who have birthdays in the summer or come to us after their birthday, we have a party for them in June.
Comments: We also make hats with the birthday
kids and let them line up first,
Birthday Celebrations For Everyone!
Materials: Pre baked cupcakes, canned frosting,
various decorating materials such
Description: Each spring and fall we like
to have a special day when we celebrate everyone's birthday by decorating
cupcakes. We have a "table" made of tin foil for each child. On
it we put the pre baked cupcake, 1-2 tablespoons of frosting, and any
decorations they might like to use plus a utensil for spreading the frosting.
The children are thrilled to play "cook" and we help them put their creations
in ziplock bags to take home and eat for dessert later in the day.
Board: "Birthday Apple Tree"
Materials: Construction paper tree, red, yellow and green construction paper apples with child names and birthday printed on them. I also laminated them.
Description: Put the construction paper tree up in a place where the children can see and reach it, and it is able to stay up all year. Put all the apples on the tree. I also include the teacher's birthday's.
As a child has a birthday, their apple "falls" to the ground. More, less, & same can be discussed as apples fall. Summer birthday children celebrate their ½ year birthday and move their apples on the day we celebrate.
Comments: The children look at the tree often,
counting the fallen apples and wonder whose will fall next.
Materials: Set up a table as a birthday party,
with plates, bowls, cups, spoons,
Description: After you have set out your table,
which might be in the role play
With support and guidance you can get the
children to share the sweets. Taking turns, youngsters count to see if
everyone has the same, how many children have more or, less. "What must
be done so that everyone has the same" etc. With support from the
adult, who is the model, youngsters will want to continue with the activity.
Comments: Teachers can replace the sweets
with buttons, cubes, small building
"Milly Mouse's Birthday Party"
Materials: Copy of the rhyme 5 Big Balloons, washing line and 5 balloons.
Description: When all the children are seated
on the carpet I tell the children
Milly has left quite a mess for us to clear
away. We begin by looking at the different colors and shapes of the balloons.
We then count them and I write the appropriate numeral on each. My classroom
assistant (the teacher could also lead this part if no support is available)
then tells us she knows a rhyme all about balloons and taking away. She
shows us the 'finger symbol' for taking away (point your finger horizontally
in front of your chest to make a minus sign).
5 big balloons I'm holding in my hands (children show 5 fingers),Comments: I used this activity during numeracy Open Morning which was watched by 8 parents. It was fantastic and since then several parents have used this activity
or the rhyme at home to reinforce the learning.
and Number Recognition
Materials: Styrofoam circles, birthday candles, paint in color of choice.
Description: Paint each styrofoam circle and
then poke wholes in them up to ten.
Comments: Most kids love celebrating birthdays.
Materials: Star template, yellow paint, scissors,
a single hole puncher, paper and
2. Cut out the star.
3. Give each child their birthday to copy
onto one side of the star. e.g..
5. When complete, punch a hole in the top
and hang from the ceiling with fishing line!
Take a look at the craft activities in the
Christmas & Kwanzaa Theme
Bulletin Board Idea
Materials: For my classroom, I choose to cut out a picture of a minnow fish because my group is called the minnows. You will also needs markers and and a black pen and contact paper.
Description: Trace and cut out a fish that closely resembles a minnow. Then write each child's name and birthday in the center. With the markers, you can decorate the fish. Then contact the paper fish and hang them on the wall. Hang them to look like a school of fish. If you have access to a computer or print shop program, you can print out any shape you want and use the computer to decorate and write each child's name and birthday. The parents and children get excited to see their own birthday sign on the wall. Every child will know where their birthday sign is on the wall.
Home Birthday Banner
Whenever it's a child's birthday we make a birthday banner with large paper and have children decorate. On it we print Happy Birthday along with a pattern of a cake and the birthday child can take it home with them.
Materials: Balloons, sticks and birthday stickers.
Description: As an inexpensive birthday present
for children you can blow up a
Literacy: "A Birthday Story"
Materials: Pictures of child.
Description: Prior to a child's birthday,
send home a note requesting photos of the
Craft: Birthday Celebrations
Materials: Cupcake holders, tissue (any color),
brown or white construction paper,
Description: Pre cut small circles from the
construction paper to fit the top of the cupcake paper. Or if the
children are over 3 years old have them do it themselves.
Comments: This is a lot of fun. Some of the kids took the cupcakes home and tricked there dads into thinking that they were real cupcakes.
Craft: "Clifford Piñata"
Materials: One 15" red helium quality balloon, newspaper, liquid starch and red tissue paper.
Description: Begin by blowing up a balloon
as big as possible and tie. Place the
When dry add eyes, nose, mouth and floppy
ears. If you want to add goodies inside the piñata, cut as
small an opening off the top as possible, pop and remove the balloon and
tie a string on a popsicle or pencil and insert and adjust the stick horizontally.
Comments: Ideal project for small groups of
children. Saves time by using
Time Teacher Tips
Description: The first thing I do when I get
children in a circle is, ask them
Another trick is to ask them to fill their
mouths with air to make a big bubble. Tell them you want to see who has
the biggest bubble. Or just say, take a deep breath in and blow it out.
Pretend that you are blowing up a balloon and then it pops so you have
to start all over. Or pretend that you are putting out candles on your
Comments: This has worked like magic for me! Besides being good breathing exercises, these also help calm children and can get a noisy class to quiet down in an instant.
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