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Healthy Class Party Alternatives

Healthy Classroom Celebrations

Birthday parties and holiday celebrations at school provide a unique opportunity to help
make healthful eating fun and exciting for children. Take advantage during these
classroom celebrations to serve food that tastes, good, is nutritious, and provides
students with an opportunity for nutrition education experiences.
Promote a positive learning environment by providing healthy celebrations that shift the
focus from the food to the child. Choose a variety of activities, games and crafts that
children enjoy. When food is served, make it count with healthy choices! Try these
ideas for fun activities and healthy foods at school parties and other celebrations.

How-To’s for a Happy Healthy Party

Variety is the key. Plan several contrasting activities – active and quite, indoor
and outdoor, individual and group.

Try something new. Children like adventure. In addition to familiar games and
food, offer something different.

Plan creative experiences such as art and music.

Involve children in planning and preparing the party. Let them make decorations
and favors.

Put food in its proper place. Refreshments should compliment the fun, not
become the “main event.”

Don’t use food as rewards or prizes.

Choose foods for fun, good taste and health. Parties that provide opportunities
for children to practice making wise food choices.

Healthy Food Ideas

 Low-fat or nonfat flavored milk, 100% juice, water, flavored water (without added
sugars or sweeteners)
Fruit smoothies
Fresh fruit assortment, fruit and cheese kabobs, fruit salad, fruit with lowfat
whipped topping
Dried fruit, 100% fruit snacks
Vegetable trays with low-fat dip, celery with peanut butter
Whole-grain crackers with cheese cubes or string cheese
Pretzels, low-fat popcorn, graham cracker, animal crackers
Angel food cake with fruit topping
Bagels, English muffins, pretzels
Pizza with low-fat toppings
Ham, cheese or turkey sandwiches or wraps (with low-fat condiments)
Low-fat pudding, low-fat yogurt, squeezable yogurt
Breakfast or granola bars
Tortilla chips with salsa or bean dip
Trail/cereal mix

Note: Many children have food allergies, and, when parents send in food, it is difficult to
ensure the safety of children with food allergies. It is recommended that store-bought
treats be used. Unlike in homemade treats, the ingredients in store-bought goods are
clearly labeled. They're also prepared in commercial kitchens visited regularly by health

Snack ideas:

Food Alternative ideas:

art project from Dollar Tree
Coloring pages
Make your own bookmarks
Paper bag puppets
Bring chalk to class and let students decorate the sidewalks