Our principal is turning 40 and each grade level is making something special for him. I am a first grade teacher and am trying to think of something the kids can do that is age appropriate but educational too. Any ideas?Thanks

When our principal turned 50, each class gave her 50 of something. I remember one class gave her 50 pieces of black licorice. But you could do flowers, pencils/pens, recipes, balloons, etc... I'm not sure it is really educational other than the counting practice the students will get when counting out how many items they have for the principal!

We did the same thing for our principal when she turned 50. Each grade gave them 50 of something that was age-appropriate to the grade. We gave her 50 large beads strung onto a necklace. Third grade (the first grade that takes state tests) gave her 50 pink gummy erasers. Etc.

I'm a bit sadistic..... How many students do you have???? Can you get them to create 40 math problems for him to solve? My principal has told me that he loves me, but I frustrate him. (I take pride in that.)

How about something made with their handprints? Handprint flowers, maybe a handprint background in a frame with a photo in it.

On the math problem thought.... What about a list of math facts or problems that involve 40. For example: 40 is the 4th number we say when we count by 10's 20 + 20 = 40 10 + 30 = 40 Our 40th day of school was (insert date) 40 days from now will be (insert date) and other things of that nature. Put the math facts on a card and have all the kids sign it.

How about if each writes what they see themselves doing or being when they're 40? I bet you get some great responses!