Healthful Celebrations in Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools October 16, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF


There are many fun ways to celebrate special events in schools.  Check out these ideas.

For Birthday Fun:

What a teacher can do:

  • Make a crown, button, sign or banner for the birthday child.
  • Allow the student to pick a book and ask a parent, principal or special person in the child’s life to come and read it.
  • Have the birthday child be the special helper or line leader for the day.

What a parent/caregiver can do:

  • Check with your child’s teacher if you would like to bring in a special snack for a celebration.
  • Provide a healthy snack like fruit, mini-muffins, low-fat popcorn or yogurt parfaits instead of cookies, cupcakes or ice cream.
  • Give small “goody bags” to the classroom made up of fun items like pencils, erasers, temporary tattoos, stickers, crayons or other inexpensive items.
  • Instead of a special snack, suggest a special activity or craft that you could make with the class.
  • Give a small gift to the classroom in honor of your child.  Check with the classroom teacher to see if there are any special wanted or needed items.
  • Donate a book to the library in your child’s name.

Other healthful celebration ideas:

  • Allow the class to have a few extra minutes of outside time.
  • Have a dance party or find a different activity to promote exercise.
  • Provide parents with healthy ideas for birthdays and other classroom celebrations.
  • List only healthy items on the snack or party sign-up sheet.

For more healthy celebration resources, click here! 


Sarah Pechar, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schenectady County

Sources & For more information

Healthy Celebrations: Promoting a Healthy School Food Environment
Healthy School Celebrations


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.