Read in 2 mins Leader Resources » Teacher Tips » Preteen Tips Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 16 Quick and Easy Best-Ever Birthday Ideas for Preteens Published: March 2, 2020 Be sure to make each of your preteens feel extra special on their birthday this year with these 16 best-ever birthday ideas for preteens. 16 Quick and Easy Best-Ever Birthday Ideas for Preteens 1. First Greeting Find out from the child’s parent what time he’ll be getting up on his birthday. Then call and say, “I wanted to be the first person to wish you happy birthday!” 2. Party-in-a-Box Birthday Idea Wrap an ordinary shoe box in birthday paper, keeping the top separate from the bottom so the box can be opened easily. Fill the box with enough balloons, streamers, hats, noisemakers, and individually wrapped cupcakes to provide a ready-made party for the birthday girl and her family. Top off the box with a bow and a card signed by you and each class member. 3. Drive-by Birthday Idea Drop by the child’s house, ring the doorbell, and leave a balloon bouquet attached to a birthday card, an inexpensive toy, or coupons for the family to enjoy ice cream together. Make a quick getaway. 4. Card-Blitz Get church members to send homemade or store-bought cards to the child’s home every day for a week. 5. Birthday Cheer In your best cheerleader voice, lead the class in spelling out the birthday child’s name. Say: “Give me a [letters of child’s name]!” Then end with a big hooray! 6. Wall of Fame Create a bulletin board with the birthday child’s photo, a birthday banner, a Scripture, balloons, and streamers. Gather around the board and lead children in a prayer of thanks for their special friend. 7. Birthday Police You’ll need Keystone Kops hats, fake noses, weird glasses, and an instant print camera. Go to the child’s home and give him a card and a small present. Take a picture of you and the birthday boy wearing the funny stuff; then take a picture of the child and his family wearing the funny stuff. Give the pictures to the family. 8. Instant Party Birthday Idea In a large box or picnic basket, layer the following items to be used in the order you take them out of the box: on the bottom, treats for everyone to enjoy; next, a card and gift for the birthday child; then, one or two games kids can play; on top, decorations the whole class can use to decorate the room together. Then party! 9. Gift Giving Donate the children’s offering that Sunday in the birthday child’s name to one of your church’s favorite charities or missions. Have the birthday child lead the class in a prayer for the people who’ll be receiving the gift. 10. Wild Waves Have the birthday child stand; then have everyone wave enthusiastically and shout “Happy Birthday!” 11. Sur-prize! Keep a special box in your classroom and fill it with small, colorfully wrapped gifts. When a child has a birthday, let her choose a prize from the box. 12. Song of Praise Sing to the birthday person, but change the words of “Happy Birthday to You” to “We Praise God for You.” 13. Birthday Helper Idea Let the birthday child be your special assistant for the day. Create a festive birthday emblem for the child to wear, using a banner, crown, button, or visor. 14. Family Fest Invite a child’s family to bring a snack, lead a game, or present a family hobby. A parent might also show a baby picture or tell something about the child’s first birthday. 15. Birthday Buddy Idea Have the child whose birthday was celebrated last bring treats for the next child’s birthday. This helps kids learn to give and receive. Remind parents before their turn. 16. Banner Day Design a birthday greeting on fabric or poster board and hang it at the beginning of class. Have all the kids sign it. Then give it to the birthday person. Compiled by Kathy Dieterich and Nancy Friscia. Looking for more preteen ideas? Check out these posts! And for even more ideas and daily posts of inspiration, follow us on Facebook! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!