Healthy Celebrations

Birthdays and other celebrations occur often when you have groups of young children attending a childcare centre. Offering healthy food or food alternatives will allow you to celebrate the occasion without eating snacks high in sugar and fat. For special occasions other than birthdays, prepare a menu specific to a country, culture or holiday. Have the children dress up, sing songs, play games or create crafts to learn about and acknowledge the celebration.

Celebrate by Allowing the Birthday Child To:

  • Be the leader of the day
  • Wear a birthday crown
  • Choose a healthy snack
  • Help prepare the snack
  • Choose the game for outdoor/indoor play
  • Choose the background music for the day

Celebrate with Healthy Snacks Such As:

  • Vegetables and fruit mosaic platter (arrange cut up fruits or vegetables into a fun shape like a flower, a gold star, or the number of the child’s birthday)
  • Fruit salad cones (fill flat-bottom ice cream cones with cut up fruit salad),/li>
  • Fruit fondue with yogurt dipping sauce
  • Mini muffin (still a sugary item but in smaller portions to help limit the added sugar)

Adapted from Healthy After Schools

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