It has been my practice at Country Fun to not have any major celebrations around holidays and birthdays. This practice is the best way I know to honor the diversity of the values/customs/practices of families in care.
In honoring family traditions, I have always allowed individual families to offer a simple celebration on birthdays and some holidays as they have requested. Usually this has been to bring in a food treat for sharing as one of our snacks. Following are suggestions for families that wish to provide a healthy celebration for sharing on their child’s special day.
Healthy Celebration Snack Food Ideas: * Currently there is a child in care who has food dye allergies. Labels on purchased food sources need to be carefully read. Please check with me before bringing a special celebration snack to be shared with the whole group.
- Fruit smoothies (blend berries, bananas and pineapple)
- Fresh fruit assortment, fruit and cheese kabobs, fruit salad, fruit with low-fat whipped topping
- Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, banana chips), 100% fruit snacks
- Vegetable trays with low-fat dip
- Whole-grain crackers with cheese cubes, string cheese or hummus
- Waffles or pancakes topped with fruit
- Pretzels, low-fat popcorn, rice cakes, breadsticks, graham crackers and animal crackers
- Angel food cake, plain or topped with fruit
- Bagel slices with jam, fruit or grain muffin (low-fat), whole wheat English muffin, hot pretzels
- Pizza with low-fat toppings (vegetables, lean ham, Canadian bacon), pizza dippers with marinara sauce
- Ham, cheese or turkey wrap pinwheels (with low-fat condiments)
- Low-fat pudding, low-fat yogurt, squeezable yogurt, yogurt smoothies, yogurt parfaits or banana splits (yogurt and fruit topped with cereal, granola (nut free) or crushed graham crackers)
- Quesadillas or bean burrito with salsa
- Low-fat breakfast or granola (peanut and nut free) bars
- Low-fat tortilla chips with salsa or bean dip
- Trail/cereal mix (whole-grain, low-sugar cereals mixed with dried fruit, pretzels, etc. – No peanuts or nuts)
- Piñata with toys
- Purchase a book for the programs library in the birthday child’s name, or send in a couple of special books from home or local library to be read at storytime
- Send in a special video to share
- Provide materials for a creative experience in art or music
- Provide materials for special party games or activities