Inside: Learn a fun way to host a gender reveal party with the students in your elementary classroom!
Before we get to talking about how to do a gender reveal with your students, let me say, congratulations! Whether this is your first baby or you are a mom to more than one child, part of balancing your role of wife, teacher, and mommy is sharing those multiple roles and facets of your life with your students. In fact, you’ve already been doing so by teaching while pregnant!
You may have already announced your pregnancy to your class. Your students will be so excited to share in your joy and anticipate meeting the baby. Before that big day, the next big question is “it is a boy or a girl?” Families and friends have gender reveal parties, so why not do the same with your class?
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In fact, I remember just how excited my students were with my first child. I had a plan of what I wanted to do, but I was so busy that I never got around to it!
Now that I’m pregnant with my third child, I finally made my ideas come to life with my classroom gender reveal activities! I’m excited to share my ideas to make a special classroom gender reveal with you!
Have the students write about their gender predictions before the reveal.
Allow your students to make predictions. Give them the writing prompt “Is it a boy or a girl?” Have them provide evidence to support their prediction.
I promise even though they won’t all get it right, you’ll have some hilarious answers to read!
Tally and graph the votes.
Another great idea for a classroom gender reveal is to incorporate math skills by making a graph or your students’ predictions! Pass our voting ballots and make a class graph.
My gender reveal resources come complete with voting ballots that instruct your students to color a cute boy or girl footprint, then place them on the class graph.
Your students will make their pick and place the footprint on the graph, then calculate fractions or percentages, depending on your grade level.
Who knew a gender reveal could help your students sharpen their math skills?!
Make the gender reveal with your students an event!
Make the gender reveal a special class event. Get a large box and an oversized gender reveal balloon complete with tassels and confetti for the big reveal!
If you’re not big on the balloons, you can choose other items to put in the box for the gender reveal. Think of special colored (pink or blue) candies, cupcakes, or gender reveal cookies.
Your gender reveal box may even include clues to help your students solve the mystery of boy or girl!
Wear a gender reveal teacher tee!
I’ve also created various styles of gender reveal teacher tees! These can be a fun addition to any gender reveal for your students.
You can choose whether to wear a tee showing excitement about the event or if you’d like to wear one that reveals the gender underneath a jacket or cardigan. If you do it that way, you can unbutton or unzip it once the balloon box has been opened. It will be a fun reminder to your students for the rest of the day!
Keep in mind with sizing that these are NOT maternity shirts, so be sure to size up as needed. Men’s sizes are also available for a bigger range!
Once the gender reveal to your students is complete… have them give name suggestions.
Once the students know the gender of the baby, they’ll be excited to come up with names! Have students write their choice of name for your “baby boy” or “baby girl!” Ask your students to write their answer to the writing prompt “My Name for the Baby.”
Maybe you’ll get some good baby name ideas from their writing (or at the very least, ones to avoid)!
Share your plans with parents.
Your student’s parents will certainly hear all about your pregnancy whether you share it with them or not! Their children will love to go home and tell all about their teacher’s future new addition.
Give them a head’s up on your gender reveal with the students (and the rest of your pregnancy) by sharing your announcement firsthand with parents via a newsletter or letter home. This is especially important if you’ll be missing time for appointments or to prepare parents and students for when you’re going on maternity leave.
Maternity leave will be your time with your baby and letting your students’ families know (when you’re ready to share) will help them respect your time and space. You can use my Maternity Leave Letters to write a custom parent letter for this purpose!
Your gender reveal with your students can be customized to your wishes!
Always remember that this is your special moment, and you should only share when and if you feel comfortable. However, sharing this special part of your pregnancy and life will only help your classroom community grow stronger. Your students genuinely care about you and your baby. Allowing them to be a part of a classroom gender reveal will help them feel special and excited to support you in your time with baby.
Host a gender reveal with your students with our Gender Reveal Printable Activities!
You’ve shared such an important part of your family’s story with your class. Congratulations!
These printables are some of my favorite that I’ve ever made! They are a way to celebrate such a special time in your life. My kids had a lot of fun helping me make them, and test them out! 🙂 Our kids put up their predictions and in case you are wondering… my baby #3 is a BOY! My son (currently 5) is thrilled!
I love making maternity leave resources for teachers! It is such an exciting time in our lives as moms, and these resources are a joy to create. I also love making it easier for teachers to take time off for what matters most- their babies!
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