Happy Birthday!!! Oh wait, we can't have a cupcake:(

Having a cupcake at school has always been the way to celebrate a student's birthday! But not any more, not at my school! Our district has a NO food policy starting this year! So I need some fantastic bloggers to help me come up with fun ways to celebrate student birthdays without having food! 

I have my birthday pencils with balloon toppers!

I also have the birthday cheer poster we will sing!

I just feel like I need something else! Maybe the birthday student can pick a game to play. I am lost! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! 

Have a SUPER Saturday and see you tomorrow for my grand giveaway!


  1. What about a special privilege for the day? I know a 3rd grade teacher who had one big yoga ball in her room and it was something the kids could earn instead of sitting in their chair all day.

    Good luck:) I can't imagine not being allowed to bring in a Birthday Treat!

  2. The birthday person can pick a book from a special selection to read/have you read to the class?
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  3. Laminate a piece of birthday wrapping paper for their desk as a tablecloth for the day - I've even just used one of those big bike bags that drape over. Let them stamp all their papers with a birthday stamp before they turn it in - I keep the special stamps and stamp pad in one of those decorated cardboard birthday boxes. Have the rest of the class create a birthday wish book for them. I give them a homework pass as my birthday gift to them in addition to the special pencil with the birthday topper. Hope this helps!

    I Love My Classroom

  4. I need that birthday cheer! Is it available on TPT?
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  5. How about a Scholastic book coupon for a free book?

  6. Great ideas:) Thanks ladies! I have the birthday cheer in a past post with it for free!!!

  7. When I was in elementary school, my teacher gave each student a blank piece of typing paper to make a birthday picture for the birthday girl or boy. It HAD to be landscape (the wide way) and she would hand-draw a beautiful cover on thicker paper (card stock) and staple them all together for a birthday book. I did not do this last year, but I fully intend on starting this tradition this year. If you don't like to draw, you could always use clipart and print a pretty cover:)
    Synonym Rolls & Antonym Moments

  8. I order a class set of books. They get a book form scholastic with a pencil, and a bday certificate.
    My Second Sense

  9. Our district has a similar policy that was implemented about 4 years ago. So, these days the kiddos get a birthday pencil (mechanical) and a crown. Parents know they cannot bring in food treats, but we do allow them to bring in non-food treat bags, if they choose. I used to have a birthday box (a shoebox that I wrapped to look like a present) with birthday themed picture books inside. The birthday boy/girl would pick one of the stories and I would read it aloud to the class. They loved it! Now I'm beginning to wonder why I stopped using it!

    Primarily Speaking

  10. Starting in fourth grade our school celebrates students' birthdays without treats. It is actually much better, and the student still feels special for the day.

    -- I have had the class make cards for the student.
    -- On his/her desk in the morning are all the cards, a card from me + a homework pass, and you can even tie balloons to their chair.
    -- And of course, we sing to them.

    You could even give the honored student a special privilege for the day like bringing in a blanket, wear no shoes, sit in the teachers chair, choose an activity for the class to do, etc.

    Hope that helps! It'd be great if you could follow my new blog =)

    Miss Mix

  11. This is actually our very 1st year that we are able to have cupcakes (store-bought only, no cakes) for b-day's. In fact, I'm so excited about it, I can't wait!

    As a teacher, I've never been good at celebrating b-day's b/c I normally teach so many kids, plus what do you do for kiddos whose b-day's are not during the school year or are during vacations? This year, I'm putting up a b-day timeline Jan - Dec. with all the kids pics. I have about 65 kiddos so it will be interesting.