July 16, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY...to my students!

It's not my birthday. I really don't even look forward to my birthday anymore. No big parties. No lavish cakes (ok, maybe this part isn't true). I'm halfway past my way to 50 people! But, there are about 20+ littles that are going to become mine in about 1 month {BIG sigh} who are going to be totally *stoked* when their birthday's roll around!
So what is a teacher to do but make birthday presents!?

For my student's birthday, I put together a "birthday treat bag" that I have waiting for them on their desk the morning of their birthday. Here's what's inside:

 1. leopard print Ziploc baggies (Hobby Lobby find)
2. homework passes
3. birthday bookmark
4. pencils (dollar spot)
5. girls and boys tattoos
6. candy
First, I stuff the baggies with one of each of the items listed above.

 Then, I print out a label that says "Happy Birthday! Love, Mrs. Griffith".  Stick it to the outside of the baggie.

And viola...finished!
Get this; the total cost all together was less than $20. That comes out to roughly 75-80 cents per child! Total score!

24 birthday baggies all ready to go so I can celebrate and rival in the moment with each and every one of my kiddos!
One more thing checked off the list before school starts back up again!



  1. I wish I could do something cute, but cute costs money so my team limits the birthday goodies to a pencil and a crown for the day. But your treats ate sure to be a hit.

  2. What a great idea! I bet those bags will send your birthday child OVER the moon!

    -Amanda @
    Teacher at the Wheel

  3. Really cute!! Last year, I did pixie sticks, I may just have to mix it up this year though! :)

    Surviving the Little People

  4. Wow! How nice! I just give them a sticker and a certificate. I really like this idea.

  5. Those look awesome, I bet the kids will love them!! And the price was great too, I am always thrilled when I can keep their gifts under a dollar! :)

    Fashion Craze Learning Days

  6. Great idea! I was in the dollar store yesterday looking at those fancy straws, trying to decide if I wanted to use them again! I'm glad I waited. I really like your birthday bags. So simple and so cute!


    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  7. I love this idea! I have been teaching first grade for ten years, and I have always done birthday treats the day before (or the day of) a student's birthday. This is something I can definitely do before school starts in a few weeks and it will save me so much time. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Love those bags from Hobby Lobby! Looks like I'm headed there again this week. :)

    Go Fourth and Inspire