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How to celebrate a child's birthday in your class

Birthdays are an exciting time for everyone, especially children. It's common for children and their parents to want to have a small celebration in your class.

Here are some suggestions to mark their special day:

Have the child and their parents lead an activity: This doesn't have to be a big event, in fact it could be as simple as reading a book to the class, or leading a planned activity alongside you and the other teachers. If the parents want to be a bit more involved, they can help you plan an activity, such as making decorative birthday hats. 

Bring a birthday treat: If a parent wants to bring the class birthday food and treats, they should confirm with you beforehand. It is important for snacks served to the class as a whole to comply with any nutrition standards and allergy policies your center has. The snack doesn't have to be elaborate — children often like fruit, frozen yogurt, soft pretzels and muffins just as much as sweeter options. Have the class sing "Happy Birthday" to the birthday girl or boy, and of course, have him or her make a wish. 

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