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10 Responses to Celebrating Birthdays at School – Without Treats!

  1. Allister Van Twinkle  

    I couldn’t agree more.You have fantastic ideas how to celebrate a child’s birthday at school. It does not have to be about food wherever we go. And there will be plenty of treats at home and a party with more treats and cakes.

  2. Melodie  

    When my daughter was in kindergarden I wanted to make cupcakes even though I didn’t like being a part of the approximate 20 birthdays worth of cupcake snacks per year thing. Anyway, the night before her birthday I couldn’t make the cupcakes. I don’t remember why but I felt so bad. At the last minute, I grabbed a package of balloons and had my daughter hand them out to her classmates at the end of class that day. The kids didn’t miss the cupcakes and were thrilled to receive a balloon each. My daughter felt happy surprising them and making them all smile. So it was a win-win. And I think by the confused and surprised looks on the parents’ faces when picking up their kids that day, I got some of them thinking about possible future alternatives. Great post. I love the recess equipment idea the best!

  3. Jessica Lang @ Cloth Diapering Mama  

    these are such great ideas! my Nathan is 4 next month and he as well as other kids in his class have food allergies… I’m thinking I’ll send some watermelon to school and maybe I’ll ask the teacher if she can read his favorite book. I know that would have made MY day when I was 4 😉

    • Laura

      Watermelon would be so yummy and nice and cool in the hot summer weather. Four is such a fun age in school and preschool teachers are so good about making a little “fuss” over the birthday kids!

  4. Michelle  

    My husband’s a gardener and there’s an old orchard where he works. It’s our daughter’s birthday next week so I’ll get him to fill a box with enough apples to go round at school. Can’t believe I’ve not thought of it before. Many thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Carrie

    I love this post! So timely, as my daughter is about to turn 2! I was going to make our fav healthy muffins for the class, but I also like the idea of craft supplies or a new book! Awww. I really like the idea of having HER give a gift on her birthday. I’ll be sharing this in my Sunday Surf!

  6. Diane

    My daughter will be turning 8 and I am going to the dollar store and getting packs of Crazy 8 cards for each child.

    “Daughter’s name, Crazy 8th Birthday!”

  7. Louise Kavadlo

    I worked in family/group day centers from 1997-2008. Children don’t need fancy, expensive bakery cakes. Natural foods cookbooks have recipes for cakes/cookies made with whole-grain barley flour and agave or rice syrup as a sugar replacer. Ricotta cheese sweetened with agave makes a lovely “whipped cream,” assuming that a child can have dairy. If not, you can bake a sheet cake, top raw batter with thinly sliced apples or pears and bake. Amazke blended with fruit makes a lovely still-frozen ice cream. This is gluten-free and vegan. Raw halvah is another nice alternative.