- Your students need to know important personal information, including their birthday.
- At the beginning of the year, it helps your students to learn each others' names.
- It celebrates your students, and makes them feel valued.
My question is: Why not have your students make the board?
It will give them practice writing their name, writing their birth date, and practice cutting and coloring ( fine motor skills.)
Preparing the Birthday Cakes
First, print the free printables of the cake and of the candles.
Prepare the cake and the candles. You know whether your students need for your to:
- Write name and date on the cake because they have poor fine motor and writing skills.
- Write name and date with a yellow highlighter so your students can practice writing name and date, for those who have a good pencil grip and need the practice or
- Write nothing because they are able to clearly write their name and their birth date. For this group, you need to be sure you have the birth date ready for them.
Once the student's names are on the cake, have students figure out how old they will be, and count out the correct number of candles, writing the numbers under the candles.
Once your students' information is on the cake, and they have counted the candles, it's time for them to color and cut out their cake.
Once again, the tools you provide will depend on your students' fine motor skills, especially their cutting skills. For students with poor fine motor skills, you might want to use bingo dot markers. For others, crayons may be their preferred tools.
To cut, or not to cut?
With your most disabled students, having them smear some color over the cake may be as much as they can successfully contribute. You will know. For them, your may want to cut out the cake and candles and mount them. Yes, it is far from perfect, but the bottom line is . . . it is
- their work.