As a teacher of moderate to severe special needs students, and a teacher in a low-income area, my students rarely get to experience birthday parties with their typical peers and classmates.This is such a great experience that children shouldn’t have to miss out on! Even at my age, some of my most memorable moments of my childhood are my birthday parties!
So I decided that this year, as part of our life skills/social skills curriculum I am going to host a birthday party for ALL of my students in my classroom! For those that have birthdays during the summer months I will host their party either at the beginning of the year or end of their year, depending where their birthday falls. I have made this Classroom Birthday Party Pack to help me organize these birthday parties for my students and to assist other teachers in doing the same for their special needs students that may not get to experience this magical experience as a child!
I know throwing a birthday party can be expensive and some times parents are not able to financially help out. So I’ve created this pack to make it super easy on a low budget! In this set you’ll get invitations students can make, birthday hats, and birthday bracelets. It also includes a wishlist students can complete and a shopping list for you! All you’ll need to do is print the resources. Students will love creating their own hats (2 options to choose from) as a party activity, and birthday students will love being able to create and pass out their own party invitations.
Also includes birthday certificates you can easily print and give to your students on a low budget and a parent/guardian letter to send home. These resources are available in both color and black & white, and includes templates for a girl and boy.
Send the parent letter home with your students 2-3 weeks prior to their birthday to decide on a date and see what parents/families can contribute. I plan to allow my parents to bring 2 guests with them, so that grandparents or an aunt and uncle can also be included, but you can change this number on their letter. I also plan to allow my students to invite up to 3 additional guests on campus. I know my students will be excited about this. So they could invite a peer buddy from another class, another teacher they admire, or maybe even the custodian they really like. It’s up to them!
If you’re on a low budget, party gifts can be purchased at a dollar store for little to nothing and you could even make the cake yourself. There are many party games you can play too that don’t cost anything such as musical chairs, limbo, four corners, etc. The party hats can also be used as a fun craft activity during the party!
Build life skills, social skills, and memorable moments in your special education classroom easily with this Classroom Birthday Party Pack!
Check out the preview to see everything included! :)