Birthday Celebration at School - What Things to Take in?

Teacher gave some ideas to bring some novalties may be on birthday for other kids (kindy). Class of about 20 children.

Any specific ideas on what to get for them?

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  • +25 votes

    War and Peace by Tolstoy.

  • +3 votes

    Razorblades

  • +36 votes

    Peanuts

  • +6 votes

    zapals freebies

  • +3 votes

    What’s wrong with just bringing in a cake ? Are you not allowed to anymore for some BS reason??

    Why would kids want some heap of crap from the $5 store

    • +2 votes

      some BS reason??

      Some??!??

      Oh god, let's count them (not all are bs but often only exist in the parents head so still bs)…

      Gluten
      Allergies
      Peanuts
      Eggs
      Sugar
      Non-inclusive
      Fire danger
      Germs from blowing out candles
      Diet
      Chemicals
      Vegan
      Dairy
      etc

      • +8 votes

        I volunteer at a school, and this list is hilarious. Most of the parents are neurotic…

        Can I add “gender equality” to your list of BS? Non-gender specific toys/items.

        • +9 votes

          “gender equality”

          Oh, how did I forget that.

          Cake frosting can't be white - racist.
          Or black - racist or possible satanic.
          Or blue - sexist.
          Or pink - ditto.
          Or red - commie.
          etc

          I've only recently found out about "baa baa rainbow sheep". I think that was the point (after the "but but that's not what it's about" rant) I joined the "political correctness has gone too far!" crowd.

        • +8 votes

          Maybe OP could give all the boys in the class $1 and all the girls 73¢

          One “party day” my daughter went to (maybe Halloween) they were told they could dress up as who they wanted to. Nek minnit… notes were sent home about being culturally sensitive when picking a character with a list of “steer clears”. I lol’d and told my daughter that she could pick who ever she wanted to. As long as it wasn’t Elsa. :D

        • +2 votes

          @D C:

          Cake frosting can't be white - racist.
          Or black - racist or possible satanic.
          Or blue - sexist.
          Or pink - ditto.
          Or red - commie.

          Pretty sure red is OK with the PC crowd.

          But it can't be round, that's offensive to flat Earthers.

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          @pegaxs:

          One “party day” my daughter went to (maybe Halloween) they were told they could dress up as who they wanted to. Nek minnit… notes were sent home about being culturally sensitive when picking a character with a list of “steer clears”.

          I'm guessing ghosts and ninjas were out?

        • +1 vote

          @D C: you forgot rainbow - linked too closely to LGBT

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          @pennypincher98: Nah, rainbows are fine.

          Besides, the LGTBQWXYOG%GDRBYKP 'rainbow' only has six colours, not seven. I figure it was drawn by a typical bloke - "Indigo? WTF is that? Looks like purple to me." - not that the fundies will take any notice of that.

        • +1 vote

          @D C:

          LGTBQWXYOG%GDRBYKP

          OMG that's the laugh I was needing today 😂 😂
          Haha yeah the kids sing the rainbow like this : red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue
          The adults: indigo WTF!

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          @pennypincher98:

          the kids sing the rainbow like this : red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue

          That song is ancient (60's at least) so people have always been confused. Out of order, wrong colours…

          "Indigo WTF" is even older, and if you actually look at a rainbow then "Orange WTF" should be in there too.

          Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple. Bollocks to orange & indigo.

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          Don't see why I was negged?

          Anyway, it's a rainbow. It has colours in it.

        • +1 vote

          @pennypincher98: Rainbow paddle pops!
          Trouble is they did make my son really hyper.

      • +1 vote

        Easy to deal with dietary requirements. Find them out a week or so before the birthday and do something like

        https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chocolate-recipes/food-a...

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          Fail.

          Has icing sugar (bad)
          Xanthan gum (I don't know what that is so it's probably a chemical so it's bad, and the kids shouldn't be eating gum anyway)
          Dark chocolate (chocolate is bad, and not Fair Trade either)
          "we don't recommend rice milk as a main drink for under 5s." (even though Timmy is 9 he has a delicate stomach so bad…)

          Sigh.

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          Icing sugar and chocolate… lol

          They would most certainly be on the “red light” end of the schools food recommendations list…

      • +1 vote

        How about a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, flourless, vegan, beige-coloured cake?

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          I'm allergic to beige.

        • +4 votes

          Beige?

          You non-inclusive and possibly culture-appropriating racist.

        • +1 vote

          Cardboard?

        • +2 votes

          @rachyloulou:

          Cardboard?

          What colour?
          Recycled?
          Made from old-growth trees?
          Coated or non-coated?
          Is the ink printed on it vegan?
          Never mind that, what colour ink?
          Paper cut danger.
          Choking hazard.

          Hmm, I think I need a job on a school board somewhere.

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          Rice cakes.

          Who the heck invented something, that, I know for a fact, tastes exactly like cardboard? Yes, go ahead and put them off food so they all develop some kind of pathological hatred of food for life.

      • +2 votes

        You forgot the cultural insensitivity of the anglo-european celebration known as a 'birthday'. Please be considerate of others in future

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        How ever did we survive childhood?
        😲😣😥😮😨😳

  • +2 votes

    LOLLIES!

  • +4 votes

    With 30 kids and 40 school weeks it’s almost once a week. Our school has put a stop to birthday celebrations as it puts pressure those who don’t want to participate. We don’t allow cupcakes or platters but kids may distribute non-food items to their friends in private.

    Why not bring a game that the class can play together? A blindfold and a pin the tail etc. for a 5 minute brain break might be nice.

    • -1 vote

      Blindfold and a pin the tail on the donkey

      OMG that's an OH&S nightmare waiting to happen. Kids pumped up on sugar running around with blindfolds on trying to pin tails. Ok, maybe I've exaggerated a little bit, but still my point stands as valid. There will also be the one student who ends up injured, that one parent who complains, that one teacher who gets in trouble.

      PS - pin the tail is a really fun game to play when you are drunk. Suddenly it becomes so much harder, even without the blindfold lol.

    • -6 votes

      So because some parents (it’s not the kids who don’t want to participate let’s be real here) are too stingy to bake a cake that would cost maybe $20 in ingredients you don’t allow some to bring in food?

      If parents can’t afford that then they shouldn’t have children.

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        You shouldn’t presume a family’s SES. Send me $20 if that’s nothing to you.

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        There are other reasons to not want to celebrate birthdays. Religious, cultural, whatever. If a parent doesn't want their kid to celebrate their birthday (or the birthdays of others) it's not your place to force them to.

        • +1 vote

          No it isn’t my place to force them to but I think it’s questionable parenting to deny a child a birthday cake or a treat for the parents religious or cultural reasons (is that seriously a thing?). I’m genuinely curious as to what religion that is or what culture?

          The school shouldn’t force this no lollies/sugar rule either.

          No nuts is fair enough because of how serious allergies can be. Distributing gifts to their friends isn’t the answer because then kids miss out. 5yos won’t understand that.

          I’m glad I don’t go to school now. The amount of politics is stupid.

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          @knick007: Jehovah's Witnesses definitely don't.

          Back in my day, no-one brought cakes to school for birthdays… we just invited our friends to a thing outside school hours, simple.

          I don't know when bringing cakes/whatever to school became a culturally done thing, but I won't be complaining if it goes away again.

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          @abb: So, what you are basically saying is to invite the whole class over to someone's house every time someone has a birthday rather than having a cake/presents etc in class.

          Not sure if I'm that willing to drop my five year old at some stranger's house for a few hours with 20 other kindergarteners with unknown backgrounds. You could always reject each one of these parties and not host one yourself, but 5yo's don't understand why they aren't allowed when everyone is talking about it the next day.

          "friends" in Kindergarten has to be the whole class really, you don't want to burn bridges with parents for such petty things.

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          @pennypincher98:

          "friends" in Kindergarten has to be the whole class really

          Thats, like, your opinion, man.

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          @abb: Use more commas, next time, I had trouble, reading that, long slab without taking, a breath

          Seriously though, they are 5 year olds. Of course they are all friends. They don't exclude or discriminate, only their parents do.

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          It's getting even tougher to be inclusive these days. If one child's family doesn't like birthday celebrations then you shouldn't have one or you are being discriminatory.

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          @pennypincher98:
          Well my sons pre-school teacher didn't mind at all when I asked her if it was okay to bring in a chocolate birthday cake. She lit only one candle (which was not on the cake) for him to blow out to make his wish. I also took in enough of those Cadbury Yowies (yes; almost 20 years ago) which at that time had the little Xmas Yowie decorations in. I thought they would take the Yowies home but they were allowed to eat them in class too.

          So all the children went home hyper and happy that day. 😁

        • +1 vote

          @JediJan: Haha yeah this is completely normal (for me anyway) and a great way to celebrate birthdays!
          Also - the children aren't your fault you've only got to deal with 1 hypo child :P

          I like how she lit one candle and it wasn't on the cake. Pre-schoolers blowing on the cake when they could be sick isn't exactly ideal!

    • +1 vote

      Or buy some of those cheap table tennis bats and ping pong balls, clear their desks and let them circulate at regular intervals so they all play every other child. Non competitive and just for the fun.

      • +1 vote

        Great idea, but I know for one I wasn't that coordinated when I was in Kindergarten. Could just be me though lol!

        • +1 vote

          I don’t think any kindergarten kids would be very coordinated … half the fun is watching them!

  • +9 votes

    Send in the clown.

  • +3 votes

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

  • +1 vote

    30 minutes of extra toy time and a Freddo Frog each. Or a Frog for the birthday person maybe, so you only need one bag of frogs per year.

  • +1 vote

    Just bring in a bag of (frozen) Zooper Doopers and they'll be happy. Even if their parents aren't.
    Better yet, bring Nutella sandwiches.

  • +1 vote

    Nothing. Jig.

  • +3 votes

    Eneloops, im sure you have a drawer full of them.

  • +2 votes

    Small denomination Apple or Google cards so the child can buy a game for their, inevitable, tablet.

  • +7 votes

    Summer birthdays, ice blocks are very welcome. I used to send a bakery cake, then worked out that my home made one was actually okay for the kid with the potential peanut allergy - with his parents permission, he was able to actually share in the morning tea. Turned out the ganache I used to make was the problem - so I sent in a tub of cream and later one of those cans of whipped cream. Some kids like the cream and the birthday kid got to put it on the pieces. All loved it. What amazed me was how so many in the class loved the fact that the allergy child could actually join in.

    • +3 votes

      This was actually so enjoyable to read and envisage.

      What amazed me was how so many in the class loved the fact that the allergy child could actually join in.

      I wish I give you more than 1 upvote.

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        Thank you - much appreciated. The reaction in the afternoon from the allergy child just made it so special for me when he thanked me

  • +2 votes

    How about nothing. People wonder why millennials are entitled little turd bags. I fear for the current generation of kids and what they are going to have to grow up with and into. Most of them have gen y or millennials at parents.

    It’s not their birthday, so give them the gift of a life lesson. It’s not your birthday kid, you get nothing. And I know your little heart hurts, but we are not going to reward you for your broken heart tantrum by giving everyone a toy, just so they feel included…

    Hey, why not give them all participation medals next sports carnival. Everyone get a blue, 1st place ribbon…

    • +7 votes

      How about all the children get a spray of chilli pepper in the eye, and told they are worthless and will amount to nothing.

      That way they will feel as bad as you, and you will have some company. How does that sound?

      Will that make you happy?

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        Hahaha, over reacting much? Because spraying kids in the eyes with mace is totally on the same level as saying no. But then again, the way most mothers I come across at school, this is exactly how they treat having to say no.

        Wah Wah, poor Billy or Bethany has to go without a toy on someone else’s birthday. Can neg me all you like, as your attitude has a major contribution towards these kids growing up entitled. It teaches them the opposite of resilience. It reinforces their special flower mentality and shows them that if they get upset and have a cry, they will get rewarded.

        I don’t feel bad, because I grew up where I wasn’t treated like I was entitled to anything just because it would make me sad. I don’t allow my kids to be treated like this. I don’t treat any of the kids I deal with like this. So, if you want your kids to grow up to whine and complain about not being given everything when they feel “sad”, be my guest. I want my kids to grow up and appreciate things that they have “earned” not had given to them, just in case they feel left out.

      • +1 vote

        Strangely yes, I think it will make me happy.

        • +2 votes

          I truly want a water spray bottle, so when I am working at the school and some kid starts with that petulant bullshit, I can give them a couple of quick sprays, like a bad cat…

          NO!#spray spray#

    • +1 vote

      My grandmother had me invite the neighbours children in for a birthday treat. No notice given so of course no pressies. When I mentioned the lack of presents for a birthday party later, she told me that as the birthday girl I should have bought them presents!

      Yeah, scarred for life. No, of course not. Never trust a grandmother!

      • +1 vote

        I was at school recently, picking my daughter up. I was eavesdropping (read: listening to some very loud, disgruntled and opinionated) on the group of mums beside me talk about an excommunicated mother from their clique.

        Apparently on the weekend, they went to excoms child’s party and while they were supplied with drinks, nibbles and lunch, all these women were livid that there were no “thank you/after party” bags for their kids. These women were truly pissed about it.

        The problem is that their rotten, self centred, entitled attitudes is directed onto their children who grow up with that same “well, what about me and my feelings” mentality.

        • +1 vote

          That is truly horrible group of b’s. Yes, children do come to have that kind of expectation (bag of lollies) these days but the main thing is that they are being invited. The lady could have been anti-sweets, just not her custom or basically the cost all up can be rather prohibitive. My son was never into sweets apart from chocolate; just the way he is so I was the one who was always presented with the sweets afterwards!

          In my defence the little party I had was the first one I ever had and I was rather young too. I didn’t even like the kids lol! A previous party I had attended the birthday girl took all her clothes off and ran around naked under a sprinkler … that was a shock to my prim and proper ways! I had brothers and they would have teased mercilessly had they known. A bit of a wake up call that everyone is different. I expected her mother to tell her to put her clothes back on but she didn’t, so I was a bit confused. Found out many years later that she had had a breakdown following the tragic loss of young twins. Apparently they had repainted a cot with lead paint …

          When my son was in preps I gave him some invitations to invite 8 children to his (Maccas) party. By the end of the day he had been asked my other children if they could also come … and apparently he agreed to this … word then got around! So, by the time I made a list out of all the children he’d invited in total there were only about 8 children left in his class. So, you cannot do that of course, so I ended up writing out his invitations for the entire class and some others in different classes … ended up about 35 children … to Maccas. Cost a small fortune as I had also made up some $2 lucky dip pressies. Teacher did look a bit concerned as she said one boy’s parents would not let him come (Muslim I think) but I said well it’s nice to be invited. (I did not think it right to leave him out just because of that. Not like they could not have brought their own food anyway, as there were some games. Still no thank you but we can’t come … I did not purposely invite him to be rude, quite the contrary). It was a manic, noisy party but all the kids had a great time. I suspect that some of the children had not attended a party like that, so I felt happy that no one was overlooked. It was quite embarrassing the number of gifts he received; I had not expected that at all and as many were not needed gave a lot of them to the Salvos.

  • +4 votes

    Scooby Snacks.

  • +1 vote

    In bought the monster jam mystery bag toys (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/362796) my sons kindy class. Toy & sticker in bag.

    Cheap books like the 99c ones from Aldi

    He recently received paper bag with a sticker sheet and lollies for a child's birthday at kindy.

  • +1 vote

    we recently did a small bag filled with a smiley face badge & stickers and a mini rubix cube - all brought from the $2 shop
    for 23 kids cost about $30. there are allergy children in the class so i tend not to do food.

    i have noticed that a lot of parents supply cupcakes or cookies and more recently there have been a lot of the mini tic tacs (from the reject shop $9)

  • +1 vote

    glad we don't attend one of these neurotic schools, ours allows kids to bring in cupcakes, just nut/sesame (who has sesame cakes) free. If other kids dont want to participate, they dont. simples.

    ffs, people make it too hard trying to cater for everyone, if someone has a serious life threatening allergy, fair enough, but for food intolerances, just dont eat the cupcake

    the local childcare centre is similar, only they prefer a particular brand of ice cream cake, so they can control the ingredients list a tad easier.

    • +2 votes

      I used to love the days of the old school fetes. The mums would make that sticky toffee, chocolate crackers, fairy bread and lamingtons. They would be excommunicated if they did that today!

  • +1 vote

    If you are going to send in a birthday cake, can you please pre-cut it into the required amount of slices i.e. 20-30 pieces.
    Most teachers would prefer cupcakes, pre-cut slices or biscuits.

  • +1 vote

    crack

  • +4 votes

    Keep your kid home for the day - birthdays are ageist, and discriminate against the younger kids.

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    Mini Playdoh pots or bubbles

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