Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Made It: July 1, 2013

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 Don't you just love that sweet little popsicle bunting! I've been a bit bunting obsessed lately!!!! AND was totally inspired by Paper Source and their amazing popsicle bunting hanging in their store front; so I decided to make my own. :)

Anyways...I wanted to talk to you about how birthdays are celebrated in my classroom.  Between my third graders thinking they were too cool for a birthday crown and my district's rule about no edible birthday treats (allergy concerns). I was a little stumped as to how I could make my little sweeties birthdays still special in our class.  So, I 'm linking up with Tara's Made-it Monday to share what I've made with all of you!  

Since edible treats are not allowed at my school, students who were still interested in celebrating their birthday with the class were allowed to bring in non-edible treats (pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos). However, in my class I REALLY played up the idea of gifting the class a book for our classroom library.  Students were encouraged to bring in a new or gently used book to donate to the class.  They have the option of bringing it wrapped or using the birthday gift bag I keep on hand.  At some point during the day, the birthday student gets to sit in the teacher chair and open up the gift they brought for the class.  We OOOO and AAAHHH and then I place this label sticker inside of the book!  

I was surprised this past year with how many books were donated as birthday gifts!  I had students that showed up with piles of books to donate!!! One of my students even told me how her mom gave her $5 to pick out books as the local Goodwill; such a great idea! 

To add to the festivities I also decorate the birthday student's desk with a sprinkling of confetti and a birthday pencil.  However, this year I'm also adding this....
a HOMEWORK PASS!!!!  Everyone deserves a night off on their birthday! I just know this is going to be a hit!  You can download both the birthday book labels and homework passes for free at my TPT store! 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the ever-fabulous Tara and her link PARTAY! 


  1. Erin! Great idea! Love that! So different and I think the kids would love it:) We had students (that wanted to) bring in a book at the end of the year for a book swap school wide:) They really enjoyed it and then got a book to read for the summer:) Thanks for linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. I love this idea!! I am definitely using this! Thanks!

  3. What sweet ideas for birthday treats!! I really love the "no edibles" rule... I cannot tell you how many times my Writer's Workshop was overruled by birthday cake. ACK! :)

    Third Grade Bookworm

  4. Love your homework pass for bdays! Glitter popsicles...darling!

    Lizzy from *The Teacher Chick*

  5. Love both ideas! We have the same policy in our district. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Cathy :)
    C is for Cookies, Cakes, Children, Classroom, and Crafts

  6. Those popsicles are adorable!
    ❤ Karen
    Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

  7. I love the idea of gifting a book to the class!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  8. Great idea to use donated books as birthday gifts!

    Lacy's Letters

  9. I like the birthday book idea. Way to be creative!

    Wild & Fun in Pre-K

  10. I love the birthday book idea. I am in need of birthday ideas for my own classroom this year.
    Darling Little Learners

  11. I LOVE the birthday book donation! What a CUTE idea!! Love that!

  12. I love the book idea! I'm going to do that next year!!

    Lesson Plans & Lattes

  13. So Glittery and Bright, JUST LIKE YOUUUU! I love those popsicles! Did you see that horrid mural in my classroom on my blog? Well, I am thinking about painting it chevron and put some bunting up... Thanks to your lovely inspiration. That's why I LOVE YOU!!! <3

    Lil Bit Country In the Classroom

  14. What a great idea! Love the gifting of books!!

  15. Love the idea of birthday books for the classroom... our library does the same thing, they can buy a book for our library and they get to be the first to check it out! The glitter bunting is just adorable!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  16. Cite bunting!!! My 3-year-old's school does the library donation thing too! It's such a great idea and fun for the kids to know they contributed.

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

  17. What a great idea! I love the idea of a birthday book. :)
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