Tomorrow, we will be celebrating our first student birthday of the year. Thinking about it this morning... I realized that I didn't have anything ready! I always give my students a little surprise on their birthdays, and we sing to the birthday boy or girl. In previous years, I gave them all one of those neat pencils with four different colours of lead (rainbow pencils, I think they are called?) and a certificate. However, I got them first from a little dollar store that is now out of business, and last year from Target. Neither store is available to me now (still broken hearted about Target's departure from Canada, *sniff*), so this year I had to think of something new. I meant to do it over the summer, but somehow forgot! One emergency trip to Dollarama later, and my birthday gifts are ready! :)
I bought these glow necklaces - two for a dollar is a pretty good deal! I have 16 students, so I bought eight packages.
You could also use pencils or crazy straws if you prefer!
I made a quick little tag to go on each glow stick. They can be found in the "Seasonal/Holidays" section of my FREE French Resource library!
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I cut them out and punched a hole in either side of the tag.
Then I just attached the tags to the glow necklaces. I decided not to attach the connectors yet, because 1. it was basically impossible to attach them without accidentally cracking the sticks and making them glow prematurely, and 2. because now I can make sure that none of them get lost! I am just going to keep them in a Zip loc bag.
I am currently holding them together with an elastic band. I think I am just going to put them in a vase... or a basket, or maybe even a paper towel roll, haha! My students will pick one on their birthday, write their age when we sing "Quel âge as-tu?", and then they can wear it for the day!
How do you celebrate your students' birthdays?