You might have fond memories of classroom birthday parties that included cupcakes and other sugary sweets. Today, however, more schools are banning or strongly encouraging parents not to bring in these treats for allergy and health reasons. Before planning your child's classroom party, know the birthday policy at your child's school. You can still have an awesome birthday celebration with healthful snacks and creative birthday activities.
Many schools have strict bans on what treats parents can bring to school for their child's birthday. Stay on the safe side by bringing in fruit for a natural sweet treat. One idea is to bring in fruit made to look like animals. For example, you could come in with butterfly fruit, using grapes for the body and orange sections for the wings. You could also come in with "cake" made up of fruit. Slice and shape watermelon into two round discs, one larger than the other to look like a two-tier cake. Use toothpicks to stick fruits such as sliced strawberries, pineapples, grapes, bananas and blueberries all over the watermelon base. This type of cake should only be for school-age children, however, because toothpicks can be dangerous for younger children.
You don't have to bring snacks in to celebrate your child's birthday in school. You can bring in treat bags with nonedible items such as stickers, decorative pencils, a picture to color, bubbles and note pads. For older kids, you could include mini puzzle books filled with with crossword puzzles, word search puzzles and riddles. The kids will be excited just to have a treat bag -- not having a food treat won't really matter.
Birthday Craft Ideas
Bring in supplies for birthday-themed crafts. Have the kids make crowns out of construction paper, with an extra large one for the birthday child. Have the kids make cards for the birthday child, or decorate one giant card. Work on a giant tissue paper cake. Draw an outline of a huge tiered cake on a large sheet of poster board, and have the kids fill in the layers with crumbled pieces of colorful tissue paper.
Birthday Game Ideas
Engage the children in simple birthday party games that the whole class can enjoy. Young children will enjoy classic birthday games such as pin the tail on the donkey and musical chairs. For older children, get more creative with birthday-themed games. Hide birthday-related items around the classroom such as a birthday hat, a noisemaker, a bag of confetti, birthday candles and a Mylar balloon that hasn't been inflated. You could also put the kids in teams for birthday trivia questions. Include questions related to facts about the birthday child, classic birthday party games and birthday party vocabulary.