Birthdays are special occasions for everyone, especially for kids.
As a daycare teacher, you can use a birthday board to make your kids & their parents feel more special on birthdays.
Here are a few easy and fun ideas to decorate your birthday board:
- Birthday Countdown Decor
- Classroom Birthday Collage
- Personalized Birthday Board
- Birthday Banner
Keep reading to pick your favorite theme from 8 unique birthday board décor ideas for the whole classroom and individual kids. I have also listed monthly birthday themes that can be made in 4 easy steps without costing you much time and effort.
So, let’s get started!
8 Smart Ideas for Daycare Birthday Board
There are usually 2 types of birthday boards in a daycare or classroom:
- Class Birthday Board (Birthday Bash Board)
- Individual Celebration Birthday Board.
The first thing you must decide when making a daycare birthday board is what theme you want to use.
Choose a theme depending on your preferences, classroom paint & décor, the age of your kids, and the season or holiday.
Classroom Birthday Board
A classroom birthday board is a large display that shows all the kids who have birthdays in a certain month or year.
A classroom board is a good option if you have a lot of kids in your daycare or want to create a sense of unity and celebration among them.
You can design the board based on the following themes:
You can use the seasons as a theme for your classroom decor and birthday board and change it every three months.
- Use snowflakes, snowmen, and penguins for winter.
- Flowers, butterflies, and birds for spring.
- Suns, Oasis, beach balls, and ice creams for summer.
- Leaves, pumpkins, and scarecrows for fall.
You can also use the holidays as a theme for your board and change it every month or every few weeks. For example:
- Eggs, bunnies, and chicks for Easter.
- Stars, stripes, and fireworks for Independence Day.
- Ghosts, spiders, and jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.
- Turkeys, cornucopias, pies, nuts, and candles for Thanksgiving.
- Trees, Santa Claus, gifts, ornaments, garlands, and stockings for Christmas.
- Hats, balloons, and confetti for New Year’s Eve.
Another popular theme for a classroom board is animals. Depending on their characteristics or habitats, you can use different animals for each month or year. For example:
- Use polar bears, seals, and walruses for January.
- Lions, zebras, and giraffes for February.
- Frogs, turtles, and alligators for March.
- Pandas, koalas, and kangaroos for April.
- Birds, bees, and butterflies for May.
- Fish, dolphins, and whales for June.
- Dogs, cats, and hamsters for July.
- Elephants, monkeys, and snakes for August.
- Owls, bats, and spiders for September.
- Bears, squirrels, and hedgehogs for October.
- Rabbits, and penguins for November.
- Reindeer and wolves for December.
4. Birthday Tree
This is a classic birthday board idea. You can use a bulletin board or a piece of poster board to create a tree shape. Then, add leaves with the names of the kids who have birthdays that month.
Individual Celebration Birthday Board
An individual board is a small display that shows one kid who has a birthday on a certain day. It is usually placed on a table or a shelf in your daycare space.
An individual board is a good option if you have fewer kids in your daycare or want to make each kid feel more special on their birthday.
Some examples of themes for an individual board are:
1. Favorite Things
You can use the kid’s favorite things as a theme for their board, such as their favorite color, animal, food, toy, book, or cartoon character.
For example, you can use pink, unicorns, cupcakes, dolls, and fairy tales like “Frozen” for a girl who loves these things. Or dinosaurs, pizza, cars, superheroes, or “Toy Story” for a boy who loves these things.
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You can also use the kid’s hobbies as a theme for their board, such as their favorite sport, activity,
lullaby, or art. For example, you can use soccer balls, jerseys and soccer cleats for a kid who loves soccer. This will also help them learn safety gears and equipment of their favorite sport.
Another idea is to use the kid’s personality as a theme for their board, such as their traits, qualities, or talents. For example, you can use stars, sparkles, and crowns for a kid who loves blinky stuff.
Flowers, hearts, and rainbows would work best for a kid who easily gets fascinated by nature and colors.
For some unique, easy and fun birthday wall ideas, do visit this link: 6 Daycare Birthday Wall Ideas
4. Birthday Mail-box Countdown
This is a fun way to keep track of the birthdays that are coming up.
You can create a countdown calendar and mailbox with the kids’ names and their birthdays’ dates.
And can paste calendar on birthday mailbox to receive birthday cards and letters from the kids and parents in birthday month. Then, you can open the mailbox on kid’s birthday.
4 Easy Steps to Make a Birthday Board
Once you have chosen your theme for your daycare birthday board, you are just 4 steps away from getting it done and dusted.
Here are 4 easy steps to follow:
Step 1: Prepare Your Board or Wall Space
The first step is to prepare your board or wall space where you want to display your birthday board.
You can use any material that suits your theme, such as paper, cardboard, fabric, glazed paper,
or simple base paint.
You can buy ready-made boards from craft stores or online shops or make your boards from scratch using plain cardboard cut into your desired shape and a nice DIY frame to make its boundary.
Just make sure your board or wall space is big enough to fit all the elements of your birthday board, such as the title, names, dates, and decorations.
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Step 2: Write Birthday Title or Slogan
The second step is to write your birthday title or slogan on your board or wall space. This is the main text that shows what your birthday board is about.
You can use any words that suit your theme such as:
- Happy Birthday
- Birthdays Are Fun
- Let’s Celebrate
- Hooray For You
- A Star is Born
Use any font that suits your theme, such as bold, curly, bubbly, or some other fancy font.
You can write your title or slogan by hand using markers, crayons, paints, or stickers or design it using online ready-to-use templates and use printed cut-outs.
Make sure your title or slogan is not too big that it takes up too much space on your board or wall.
Step 3: Display Name and Dates
The third step is to display the name and birth date of each kid on your board or wall space.
This is the main information that shows who has a birthday and when.
You can make a birthday bash using anything that suits your theme, such as cards, tags, labels,
You can also use patterned, striped, or polka-dotted papers to cut out names and dates.
Just sure the name and date are clear enough to be read from afar.
Step 4: Decorate the Board
The fourth step is to decorate your board or wall space with various elements that match your theme, such as pictures, posters, stickers, cutouts, drawings, or photos.
These are the extra details that make your birthday board more fun and festive.
You can also buy ready-made decorations from craft stores or online shops or make your own decorations using simple thread strings with hanging ornaments.
Make your decorations colorful enough to catch attention but avoid cluttering up your board.
Tip: Create a “Birthday Bash” tree display by putting up pictures of the kids along with their birthdates written on leaves. You can also add a parrot to the tree to show the picture, name, and date of the current birthday kid. This idea can simplify your birthday board management.
Ready to Use Birthday Bulletin Board
If you don’t have the time or resources to make your daycare birthday board from scratch, don’t worry!
There are many ready-to-use birthday bulletin boards that you can buy online. These are pre-made boards that come with everything you need, such as the title, the names, the dates, and the decorations.
All you need to do is assemble them according to the instructions provided by the seller.
Some examples of ready-to-use birthday bulletin boards are:
This bulletin board features a large cake graph showing the number of kids with birthdays each month.
This bulletin board has cut-outs of adorable cupcakes with candles for each month and Dr. Seuss’s character lapels that you can use to indicate the names of kids.
This design features colorful balloons with month names and other birthday decor cut-outs. You can add the kids’ picture and birth date within or under the balloon to complete the look.
This bulletin board features adorable colorful owls and a tree. You can move each owl on top based on the current birthday. Just add the name and date of each kid on the labels and tada! your board is ready.
Daycare Birthday Board Design Ideas for Each Month
If you’re looking to create a custom birthday board for your daycare, but are in need of inspiration for themes and designs, here are some suggestions for each month of the year.
For your January birthday board, incorporate a winter theme with elements like snow, reindeer, pine trees, elves, snowmen, penguins, balloons, confetti, and other new year and winter decorations.
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You can use a Valentine’s Day theme for your board, such as hearts, roses, and chocolates.
You can also use a Chinese New Year theme, such as lanterns, dragons, and zodiac animals.
March is the perfect time to use a rainbow theme, with elements such as rainbows, birds, and sky.
Also for me, March is for fairytales due to all the colors and fun weather. You can use knights, princesses, wizards, and unicorns for birthday board décor.
For more ideas, you should read this art-filled article: Spring bulletin board ideas
April’s board can be centered around Easter, with elements such as bunnies, eggs, chicks, and other spring-related decorations.
You can also use an Earth Day theme such as trees, leaves, and animals. Such a birthday board would also add a hint of greenery to your indoor daycare.
You can use a summer theme for your board, such as suns, beaches, popsicles, ocean, and outdoor fun. Add birthday details on small boats for each kid or use air balloons and ice cream cones.
You can use a sky theme for July’s birthday board such as stars, night sky, planets, astronauts, etc.
For the August birthday board, you can use a picnic theme or a fruity theme. Include the favorite fruit of each kid as a birthday label.
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You can use a fall theme for your birthday board, such as leaves, pumpkins, pies, and scarecrows.
You can use a Halloween theme for your board, such as ghosts, masks and spiders. You can also use a harvest theme such as apples, corn, and baskets.
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November birthday board you can use turkeys, teddy bears, and cupcakes as decoration.
For December’s birthday board use a Christmas theme with elements such as Santa Claus, gifts, deer, fairy lights, etc. Or you joker, birthday caps, balls, swirl hangings etc.
How to Celebrate the Birthdays Using Boards
After you have made your daycare birthday board, you can use it for birthday celebrations as well. Here are some ideas:
1. Give Birthday Cards
You can give each kid who has a birthday a card that shows their name, date, and a message. You can also ask the other kids to sign or draw on the cards and then paste them on the birthday board.
2. Have Birthday Games
Convert your classroom birthday board into a board game for your birthday kid. It could be a simple game like “find a birthday boy,” and you can hide pictures of the birthday boy in envelopes pasted on the birthday board.
Invite other kids to play the game with the birthday kid and have them collect prizes or stickers from each round of the game.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a birthday board?
A birthday board is a board that displays the names and dates of children who have birthdays in a particular month or year. It may also have pictures, decorations, and other elements to make it fun and festive.
How do you make a family birthday board?
To clarify, a family birthday board is like a daycare birthday board, but it displays the birthdays of your relatives rather than your children. The process of creating one is the same as explained previously.
- Choose a theme for your family birthday board
- Prepare your board or wall space
- Write your family name or slogan
- Display the name and date of each family member
- Decorate the board
What do you write on a birthday board?
Typically, people include details such as the board’s title or slogan, the names and birthdates of each kid celebrating their birthday, personalized messages or wishes for each kid, and the board’s decoration or design.
Birthday boards are a great way to add some fun and festivity to your daycare.
I hope these tips will make the process of creating birthday boards in daycares just as enjoyable for you as it is for the kids.
Remember, the designs don’t have to be complicated – young children love anything colorful and fun, especially if it includes sparkle and 3D shapes.