Beyond Cupcakes: School Birthday Treat Hacks
My kids’ birthdays are both in the summer, but they are as eager as the other kids to bring in treats for their class—they just do it on their half birthday. They are also quick to report who distributed a birthday treat on any given day.
Clearly, birthday treats are an important feature of any classroom.
Like many things, treat planning has become a little more complicated than it used to be. Considerations such as food allergies, school restrictions, teacher preferences, simplicity and ease of serving, preparation time, Pinterest-planted expectations, parental concerns about sugar, and cost can make the decision more overwhelming than it might otherwise be.
Happily, most of the ingredients for the birthday treats featured below can easily be added to your next Family Fare Fast Lane order, giving you even more time for those special birthday celebrations!
11 School Birthday Treat Hacks for Parents
Here are a few kid-approved and enjoyable yet simple birthday treat ideas to make your decision a little easier.
1 – Pretzels… With Sugar on Top
Elevate the lowly pretzel rod by dipping it in melted chocolate and then in sprinkles or mini chocolate chips. (If you don’t mind an extra step, dip it in caramel before adding the chocolate layer.) Kids love to help with the sprinkles, so be sure to involve them in the process.
2 – Licorice Rainbows
A great idea for those rainy spring birthdays, create a rainbow scene with colorful licorice and mini marshmallows. Don’t forget the (chocolate filled) gold coin!
3 – Bubbles
Everyone loves bubbles! For a good deal, check out Dollar General’s party packs of 24 for $3.50; larger bottles are also available at many local stores. Some teachers don’t mind an impromptu bubble-blowing party in the classroom while others prefer that the students enjoy the bubbles on the playground or at home, so give the teacher notice so that the distribution can be timed for right before recess or dismissal, if desired.