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.
So momstown Finds has gone on the hunt for some small, simple, and inexpensive ways for the birthday boy or girl to feel special and celebrate with his friends on the big day. Call it 'mini loot' - we've got seven suggestions that won't break the bank.
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 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?