Birthday Gift Ideas
8th year birthday gift - (Idea by Chris
Leger) "For the girls I crochet white "scrunchies" (hair
elastics) to wear at their baptism and for the boys I buy inexpensive
"nothing" books and cover them with material and give them as journals."
Balloon Poster - (Credit Unknown) We made a poster that had colorful, poster board
balloons attached. The balloons read, "Happy Birthday, ___(name)__!
____(Birth date)___." Each month, every child who would have a birthday
would see his/her balloon on the poster. When it was their week to be sung
to, they were given their balloon as a birthday card, in addition to another
small remembrance. This also helped us keep track of those that were absent
and missed being sung to.
Birthday Cake - (Idea by Kathy Carling) "In our
ward we have purchased small cake pans. We make and deliver a small birthday
cake to the children who are having a birthday that week. This way we
remember their birthday and we will make a home visit to every child in our
primary during the year. It is a great way to visit the less active
children. The children as well as their parents really have enjoyed this."
Birthday Cans, Label from Heather Matthews
Label from The Idea Door
Birthday Dollar - (Idea
by Jackie Lance)
"Using a story
"Dollar Day" from The Friend we told
the story of a boy who got a dollar for his birthday from his aunt, and was
instructed to help as many people as he could with the dollar, and try to do
it without them knowing. She then asks that he let her know what happens. We
got approval from our Bishop, sent a cover letter home the first week of the
year explaining the birthday dollar program, "purchased" a birthday dollar
(in change) for each child and put it in a little container with a cute card
attached which they could keep track of their good deeds on. We used a
sharing time to present the program to the children, and gave them
suggestions on how they could use the dollar. First of course, was tithing.
In addition to the ideas in the story, some ideas were, use the dollar to
buy a cake mix and bake someone a cake, give some of the money to a teacher
who could help someone who had forgotten lunch, pay a fine for someone at
the library, and the list goes on. When the dollar was gone, we had the
children come up and tell everyone in Primary how they had spent their
birthday dollar. It was a great success!"
Birthday Pencil Cards
Birthday Treasure Map
- Primary Wristbands
Flashlights - Last year we ordered some things off of oriental
trading and one of our young women put them together for us. The kids
loved this stuff. Also Oriental Trading has little mini flashlights that
say "Jesus is our Light." (Idea by Questie Reams)
Oversized Cards - (Idea by Lindsey Chesapeake) "I wanted to make a special birthday card for my
Primary kids that turned 8 years old so I decided to make "oversized" cards.
I took one piece of poster board and folded it in half to make one big card.
After decorating it with tons of fun stuff I also made an oversized envelope
for the card to be mailed in. It makes for a GREAT surprise!"
Personal Birthday Visit - (Idea by Debbie Hansen) "Our children so greatly enjoyed a personal visit at
Christmas, that we decided to give each their own special birthday visit by
at least one of the presidency. During the visit we let them choose one of
the Mormon Ad postcards, which we had previously put into a cardboard frame.
We then let each child choose what craft they wanted to decorate the frame.
Some choices are popsicle sticks that they layer how they want, and paint in
favorite colors, puzzle pieces, stickers, or a sack of buttons to layer on!
Ideas could go on such as frames covered in Life savers, or other small
candies, a variety of stickers, or seeds, or macaroni...some children just
want to create their own! Of course the idea works because our primary only
numbers about 50, but you could adapt it to larger numbers!"
Primary Color Crayons - (Credit Unknown) I
found very inexpensive crayons in a 4 pack and used the red, yellow, and
blue crayons as a birthday gift for each child from the Primary. Each set of
three was then bundled together, tied with raffia, with a small card stating
the meaning of each color (red - courage, yellow - service, blue - truth)
then placed in a basket for Sunday’s birthday song.
Red Pencils - LDS scripture markers, or red pencils, (available at
Distribution Center) are great for handing out to the children for their
birthday. Dress them up with a “Happy Birthday” topper made of
brightly-colored cardstock in which either end is paper-punched and slid
over the pencil. The pencils can be placed in a decorated jar or can, or a
“Birthday Cake” can be made from Styrofoam, wood or paper-mache.
Scripture Bear - (Idea by Rozan Mitchell) "We wanted a new and unique birthday remembrance this
year. So to go along with the theme "I Know The Scriptures Are True" and to
remind the kids to read their scriptures we came up with a cute basic bear
cut out of fun foam (available at craft stores), we punched a hole in one
ear and tied ribbon through it so it can be hung on a doorknob, we then
copied, laminated and tied this little poem to one hand:
Hello! I'm your little Scripture Bear
And I have something special to share--
When you hang me on your bedroom door
You'll remember to read your scriptures more
And as you read them every day
You'll feel the Spirit in a special way
Your heart will fill with peace and joy
To know our Savior loves each girl and boy."
Scripture Snakes - "We make "Scripture snakes" out of fabric with a felt
head. We filled their tube like bodies with gumballs. We included a poem
with the snake that said something about when they read their scriptures
they can chew the gum and when the taste is gone they are done reading. The
poem was really cute. The kids loved getting their scripture snake for their
birthdays." (S. Boyer)
Seeds of Faith
- (Idea by Dana Jeurgens) My
secretary and I came up with this idea. I found this poem somewhere else on
Happy Birthday to YOU! You have a project to do.
A cup, some soil,...and some mystery seeds. You can plant like faithful
And watch to see what soon will grow. The blessings of faith we don't always
But the seeds are likely to grow and sprout, Just as blessings from FAITH
HAVE FAITH IN THE WORDS OF THE PROPHET!
In a birthday sack we included a baggie filled with soil. A small envelope
with seeds. A Dixie cup. And a bookmark with Follow The Prophet on it
attached to a popsicle stick that they could stick in their cup of dirt. Our
secretary made up the bags so cute that the children can hardly wait for
their birthdays. Then we sing "The Prophet Said to Plant a Garden" (CS, 237)
to the birthday child."
more birthday ideas
Temple Recommend Holder - When we have a child graduating we give them the
plastic temple recommend holder to encourage their attendance for baptisms
for the dead. It has gone over well and the kids look forward to that
stage in their lives. We talk about their accomplishments with their
Faith In God and how those things have prepared them to enter the temple.
They realize that spiritual rewards are the best kind. This year our
Stake is focusing on temple and family history work and we are really
going to use that a lot in primary, so it will have an even more important
meaning for our kids graduating this year. (Idea by Carrie Clark)
Tree by Ellen Harnden
"To remember the children on their birthdays this
year, we made them each a card and said "We're pleased as PUNCH it's your
birthday. We hope you have a happy day. Love, The Primary" We attached a
packet of "Kool Aid" to each card and a pencil with the theme for the year
on it. The children have really seemed to enjoy it and the parents have
commented how excited the children have been to make their punch for Sunday
dinner." (Julie from Utah)
have a cannery in our town, so we fill the cans with Skittles, stuffed toy,
bubbles, etc, and seal the can. We get border wallpaper and wrap the can
with it to decorate, and give to the Primary kids for their birthdays. They
are opened at home, so parents can see what the child gets. In addition, we
attach a business card for the kid to give to bishop, and they get a
handshake and a treat from him. This helps the kids get to know the bishop
and not be afraid. (Idea by Anna / ga07242006)
You could print these on
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