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Every kid gets excited about their birthday. It’s a time of what feels like unlimited presents, cake and parties, and they are at the center of attention without having to do a thing. It’s no wonder, therefore, why every kindergarten teacher has a display of all their students’ birthdays on prominent display, and students will eagerly count down the days (and months!) till their next special day. As a teacher, you can tap into this excitement with this birthday activities pack, allowing you to get some learning done among the songs and classroom parties.
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Setup Your Birthday Activities Pack
For this activity you will need:
Crayons, paint or markers
Below are the supplies I use personally at home. After doing so many printable activities, I’ve found that it’s most helpful to always have these basic supplies on hand.
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Birthday Themed Printables
These cute free birthday party activity sheets come loaded with simple, independent activities that your students can enjoy for each student’s special day. There are four different activities for your students to work on:
1. Number sequence puzzle strips – being able to sequence the numbers 1 – 20 is a key skill for your kindergarteners to master. While you’ll spend a lot of time helping them master the ability to count up to 20 objects accurately, you’ll also need to work on putting the first 20 numbers in order. These number sequence puzzle strips turn this into a challenging game, where they have to put each strip into its right place. It’s a great independent math center as it’s self-checking – if they don’t have the sequence right, the birthday picture won’t be right. There are two pictures, one for the numbers 1 to 10, and the second from 11 to 20.
2. Letter sequence puzzle strips – the next task in this birthday activities pack is a series of jigsaw puzzles helping students read and write six common four-letter words to do with birthdays. Just like the number sequence puzzle strips, these puzzles are self-checking, and your students will delight in the birthday themed pictures they uncover. You can keep things simple by giving students one word puzzle at a time, or add to the complexity of the challenge by mixing all six words together for them to unscamble.
3. Birthday I Spy – next up is an i spy birthday printable. I spy pictures are great challenges for kindergarten students as they require visual discrimination and classification skills. There are 2 different I spy challenges in this birthday activities pack, both of which ask students to find as many birthday themed objects as possible. You can extend this task by having students create a simple block chart to show their findings, and they can check their answers with a partner.
4. Cake Decorating – the final piece of these free birthday party activity sheets is a coloring sheet with a blank birthday cake on it. For a simple piece of relaxation, you could ask students to decorate and color the cake in any way they feel like. However, you can add an academic component by setting numerical and shape challenges (e.g. your cake must have 7 candles and have 4 rectangles). You could also introduce a social element by having them decorate a cake picture for a friend, or have the class make one for the birthday boy or girl based on their personal interests.
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