Celebrate virtual birthdays

What’s involved

Celebrating students’ birthdays fosters a sense of community and injects excitement for students, especially in the elementary grades.

Virtual greetings for students can be sent in many different ways:

  • Sing Happy Birthday during a video class session
  • Ask students to record videos of themselves wishing the student a happy birthday and upload them to Flipgrid
  • Ask students to make signs or cards with well wishes and a picture collage, and send to the birthday student.
  • Announce the birthday student’s name over the morning announcements, and include a photo if possible.

Who can deliver it

  • Teachers
  • Support staff
  • Principals

Time commitment

  • 5 to 30 minutes

Resources required

  • Computer
  • Video conference software
  • Slideshow
  • Platform to share video messages (e.g., Flipgrid)
  • Student birthday list

Ideal learning environment

  • Long-term virtual learning
  • Short-term virtual learning
  • Summer break
  • Hybrid classroom
  • Traditional classroom

Pictures and/or videos of this health promotion practice being delivered​


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