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Birthday Party Treats to Bring to Daycare

It’s your child’s birthday, and you want to send some treats to share to daycare.  You need to stay away from nuts–one of the most common food allergies.  But, there are some other issues to be aware of, too.  Food that’s easy to eat.  Being aware of choking hazards, and staying away from too much sugar.  (Some daycares and schools have no-sugar policies.)

You always want to check with the daycare, itself, for their specific rules.  Here are some ideas that will probably fit well within daycare regulations.

Healthy and Fun Birthday Treats

These treats are healthy and fun for daycares:

  • Sliced apples with caramel dipping sauce
  • Goldfish crackers (served in little plastic fish bowls)
  • Trail mix (without nuts): raisins, m&ms, goldfish, cereal
  • Rice krispie treats (these aren’t really healthy, per say, but they are the healthiest of the sweet treats)
  • Veggie bouquets:  serve carrot sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets cut into fanciful shapes and tied with ribbons
  • Juice boxes with special “birthday” labels on them.
  • Fruit kabobs made on pretzel sticks  (You’ll want to make these the morning-of, so the pretzels don’t get soggy.)

child play in daycare

Sweet Treats

If you’re inclined to take sweets for the daycare party, here are some ideas for manageable “messes.”

  • Mini cupcakes  (the mini sizes are easier for the kids to wrangle)
  • Animal crackers  (all kids love animal crackers!)
  • Ice cream sandwiches or Popsicles

Non-Food Birthday Treats

These treats are best of you’re dealing with food allergies, daycare policies or other issues regarding food.  Make up little goodie bags that don’t have food in them.  Here are some ideas for what to include:

  • Crayons
  • Little coloring books
  • Stickers
  • Blocks
  • Slinkys
  • glow sticks
  • play-doh
  • bubbles
  • puzzles

It is possible to celebrate your child’s birthday at daycare, while staying within bounds of food allergies and daycare rules.  Do a little bit of research and prepare before the big day, and you can help make it special for everyone.