These days, food is pretty much verboten in the world of class birthday celebrations. Due to new nutritional guidelines in schools, as well as better allergy-awareness, many daycares, preschools and elementary schools are discouraging the old 'mom bringing cupcakes' type of birthday celebration.
For Toddlers and Preschoolers
These cute and squishy puffer balls are only $1 at Target and are colourful and fun for the 2-5 age group.
Buy a party pack of Hasbro's Play-Doh at Walmart, and give each child a mini pot – you could wrap in small cello bags and attach a personal note.
Buy a box of Crayola's sidewalk chalk and give each child one stick, wrapped in a small cello bag with a personalized note – perfect for spring and summer birthdays!
These Schylling mini pull-back cars are under $2 at Mastermind Toys, and a perfect token for the preschool class.
Novelty pencils are a cheap and cheerful way to celebrate with classmates – this hockey pencil from Mastermind has the eraser built right in!
A pencil set with stickers is also a fun token – choose your child's favourite design – these are under $1 each through Party Things Canada.
Erasers are useful treat for school-age kids. We found these cool animal shapes at Graphite Pen and Paper company – when you buy a set they work out to only $0.44 each!
How do you celebrate your child's birthday with their daycare, preschool, or elementary class?