10 Fun and Creative Preschool Birthday Board Ideas

| Last Updated: August 8, 2022

Birthdays are important to kids and adults alike. When you’re in a classroom with 15-25 preschool kids, it can be difficult to keep track of everyone’s special day. Having a birthday board allows you to easily acknowledge each child’s birthday while practicing reading each child’s names and working with calendar skills.

Here are some great birthday board ideas to try in your own preschool classroom. All of the options on the list will be a great addition and will add color and fun to your classroom. Browse through to find one you and your students are sure to love.

Engaging Preschool Birthday Board Ideas

Number Recognition | Calendar Skills | Social

1. Light the Cupcake Candles Birthday Board

Materials

  • Various colors of cardstock, felt, or heavy construction paper
  • Scissors or a cutting machine
  • Markers
  • Tape, stapler, or putty to attach to the wall

What better way to display birthdays than on some sweet cupcakes? These cute cutouts will provide a visual way for kids to see which month their birthday is on and who shares the same month. Each candle features the child’s name and the flame is adorned with the day of the month that child was born. Some cupcakes will be full of candles, while others may be empty. And that’s okay.

All you need to create this display is cardstock, felt, or heavy construction paper in various colors and markers. Draw each part of the cupcake on one piece of cardstock or construction paper and use this as a template to achieve a uniform look and/or size. Cut out 12 cupcake bottoms and tops. Next, cut out one candle and one flame for each child in your classroom plus you and any other adults who are regularly in your room. Add a name to each candle and the day of the month to each flame. Then assemble them on a bulletin board or add them directly to your own calendar. For more information or visuals for this activity, visit ScrappingWest.Blogspot.com

Creative | Social | Number Recognition

2. Ice Cream With a Cherry On Top Birthday Board

Materials

  • Ice cream birthday board templates (printed)
  • Scissors
  • Tape, stapler, or putty to attach to the wall

Kids can color and decorate their own ice cream with this fun activity. Print out as 12 cones and as many scoop templates as you need and pass them out. Let kids color the ice cream their favorite color or flavor. You can even discuss what everyone’s favorite ice cream is as part of a get-to-know-you activity. Then have each child add their name to the scoop and the day to the cherry. 

Find a great place to display these with plenty of vertical room and let kids add their scoop to the cone with their birth month listed. This is a great time to talk about the months of the year and get kids excited about the calendar. Also, have students look at which months have more scoops and which have less or no scoops. To find the template and see what the completed product might look like, check out TeacherStarter.com.

Social | Number Recognition | Calendar Skills

3. Birthday Gift Bag Board

Photo credit: TeachingExpertise.com

Materials

  • 12 colorful gift bags
  • Tissue paper
  • Cardstock or paper
  • Stapler for mounting

Kids will feel like there’s a present just for them on the wall with this great birthday board presentation. Start by using cardstock or paper to write down all the birthdays in your classroom for each month. Write the name of the month on each bag and attach the birthday list. 

Mount all the bags on the wall and stuff them with tissue paper. You can even add little token gifts like a pencil to the gift bags and then pull one out for each child on their special day. This simple, no-clutter birthday board is a hit in any classroom! Check out TeachingExpertise.com for more details and examples.

Creative | Social | Writing

4. This is Me Birthday Bulletin Board

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Materials

  • Crayons/colored pencils/markers
  • Paper or cardstock
  • Stapler, tape, or putty for mounting

Let your class tell you and each other all about them! Take this “All About Me” bulletin board and turn it into a birthday board. Just give kids a half sheet of paper with sentences like “My name is,” “My birthday is,” “I am __ years old,” and “On my birthday, I will be __ years old.” Add any sentences you’d like and have students fill in the blanks.

Then, have kids draw a picture of themselves to add to the drawing. This is a great way to get to know one another and is a keepsake they and their parents can treasure from their preschool year. It also allows for plenty of fine motor practice and creativity. Group the finished pages by birth month and share the child’s details aloud on their special day, if desired. For further details, check out KidsArtNCraft.com.

Social | Calendar Skills | Number Recognition

5. Bright and Colorful Birthday Board

Materials

  • Colorful bulletin board materials
  • A birthday banner
  • 12 Cake or other fun cutouts
  • Clothes pins
  • Ribbon
  • Stapler, tape, or putty for mounting

Use lots of colorful materials to make your birthday board pop! Attach bursts of all the colors of the rainbow to create an inviting display kid will love. Add a birthday banner to the top and then cutouts for each month of the year (cakes or balloons work well for this. Cut a length of ribbon to attach to each cutout. 

Write each child’s name and birthday on a clothespin. Then, have each child come up and attach their clothes pin to the ribbon below their birth month. Be sure to have long enough ribbons to attach the maximum number of children. This gives kids practice with fine motor skills (squeezing and attaching the clothes pin) and lets them see who else shares their birth month. To see a great example, check out Fun365.OrientalTrading.com.

Creative | Fine Motor | Social

6. Name Crown Bulletin

Materials 

  • Paper crowns (one for each child)
  • Wooden or cut out crowns to decorate the board
  • Paint, crayons, markers, etc.
  • Paper
  • Stapler for attaching

This fun activity can be generalized or you can specify boards for children turning a certain age. Consider creating a board for each child who will be turning 3, 4, or 5. Decorate the board and add a crown with the category, if desired. Next, give kids the materials to decorate their own crowns. Paint, jewels, glitter, confetti, crayons, markers, and colored pencils are great options. 

Let the kids showcase their own personal style as they decorate their very own birthday crown. Once dry, hang all crowns on the appropriate board. Put them in order of when they will come up in the year. As each birthday comes up, allow the child to wear their crown for the day and take it home. This allows you to see who has already had their birthday and whose is coming up soon. Check out more on this fun idea from Teaching2and3YearOlds.com.

Calendar Skills | Social | Number Recognition

7. Birthday Medals Bulletin Board

Materials

  • Colored construction paper
  • Sparkly gold paper with red/white/blue string or ribbon for lanyards
  • Stapler, tape, or putty to attach

What a fun way to display the birthdays of your students! This is a great visual, particularly on an Olympic year. Start by cutting one large ring each out of black, yellow, blue, green, and red construction paper. Link these together, creating the Olympic logo across the top middle of the page. Cut circles for the medals out of the gold sparkly paper and attach each to a string or ribbon. 

Write each child’s birthday on the medal and as their birthday comes up, give them their medal as a badge of honor. Then, everyone can celebrate their special day all day long. For more details, check out BirthdayBulletinBoard.blogspot.com.

Calendar Skills | Number Recognition | Social

8. Birthday Apples Board

Materials

  • Printed birthday banner and decor
  • Stapler, tape, or putty to attach
  • Computer and printer access

For easy setup, this birthday banner set is ready to go. With editable fields, you can easily download and add the information you need before printing. There are 2 sizes available and also come in ink-saver options. Just download the template, add info, and print. That’s all there is to it. 

The apples go well with a back-to-school theme and will look cute in the classroom all year long. Add more apples to each month if you run out of space. This set is attractive and looks professional hanging in your classroom, so don’t hesitate to check this out from ZippiKids on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

Number Recognition | Social | Calendar Skills

9. Wooden M&Ms Birthday Board

Photo credit: lollyjane.com

Materials

  • 8”x24” long wooden sign
  • Stencils or lettering
  • Acrylic paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • 1/16 drill bit
  • Small hanging shapes such as stars or circles
  • Eye hooks

This is a more complex but longer-lasting birthday board. Start by painting your sign brown. Paint a heading of your choice across the entire board. Paint the hanging pieces red, yellow, brown, green, blue, and orange. Then cover the fronts with chalkboard paint. Something like “Birthdays” or “Class Birthdays” are excellent options but customize this any way you want. Screw eye hooks into the top and bottom of each piece and connects together enough pieces per month to represent each child’s birthday in that month.

Once assembled, use chalk to write each child’s name and day on the corresponding hanging piece. Attach the top eye hook to the underside of the sign for an attractive, durable way to showcase the birthdays in your class. For further instructions and examples, check out LollyJane.com.

Social | Calendar Skills | Number Recognition

10. Bunches of Balloons Birthday Bulletin

Materials

  • Printed templates with edits made
  • Ribbon
  • Stapler, tape, or putty to attach

This easy, printable option has editable fields to add your own personalizations. Then, all you have to do is print, laminate, and cut out each balloon (lamination can be omitted if desired). Add finishing touches to make it fit your style. Situate the balloons into bunches by month and attach ribbons to each to make a “bunch.”

Each balloon has 5 editable fields able to accommodate 2 names per field. The set also gives you various letters to use to create a banner. Make your board say “Happy Birthday,” “Birthdays,” or any wording you desire. These colorful printables are a fun way to add birthdays to your classroom bulletin board. Check out this activity from TheTeacherGene on TeachersPay Teachers.com for more details. 

Conclusion

Creating a birthday board is an interactive way to help kids get to know and celebrate one another. It creates a sense of community within your class and also adds interesting visuals to your preschool classroom. Kids also love knowing that they have their own special day and when it is coming up.

A birthday bulletin board is a great way to let them see and keep track. It also showcases each child’s name so they feel known and important. Kids can see the names of their classmates and make connections by seeing whose birthday is coming up and whose birthday is the same month as theirs, which increases social skills. We hope you enjoyed the ideas we presented. Check out our other blog posts and check back for new content often!

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