September 20, 2008,
K.C. asks from Plainfield, IL on September 14, 2008
Need Help with "NON FOOD" Birthday Treats!
The Plainfield school dist has instituted a wellness policy this year - healthier foods for lunches, etc etc. While as a whole I think it is wonderful, it also includes NO food items for a birthday treat for my son's Kindergarten class. He has come home with a few treat bags, which have consisted of pencils, a toy plane - nothing exciting. I am planning a pretty elaborate party but still want to send a treat to school. I don't want to break the bank, though! Any ideas, moms?
K.F. answers from Chicago on September 20, 2008
I agree with Oriental Trading or the dollar store. Pencils and erasers are great for treat bags. Also stickers.
M.J. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2008
our school district instituted this policy too. besides the pencils, stickers etc. this isn't much out there. They also encouraged donating a book to the classroom.
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M.M. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2008
L.C. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2008
Our school district also does this which I think is GREAT! I am sick of my child coming home with a bag full of candy. I usually look at Target, Dollar Stores, or even Orientaltrading.com has great items. Some items you can have personalized and they are not that expensive. I usually get together with a friend and we order together so that we can qualify for free shipping! Good Luck.
E.P. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2008
Just a little treat bag with stuff - Oriental trading has a bunch of little things like that. Also Target. My son loves wrist bands (girls could get bracelets), hot wheels, baseball cards, something Autumn-themed. Stickers are always fun, fun (and cheap) rubber stamps. Good luck.
N.P. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2008
Hi fellow Plainfield Mom! I'm a Ridge Elementary parent and we started this last year as a pilot for the district. I am SO glad they did honestly. I can't tell you how many times my older dd would come in the door from walking home and have candy in her mouth already. Well, I probably can tell you, since it was almost 30 times each year, lol.
This year I got jump ropes on clearance and sent those in with a note that said, "Jump into 1st grade by celebrating Elise's Birthday!". Last year I sent a stamp pad that I had found and said, "Create a great friendship this year by celebrating Elise turning 5". (Elise's birthday is August 23rd, so it's the first day of school or close to the first.)
I have sent in stuffed animals that hold pictures, tubes of playdough, tubes of plastic animals and other small dollar store or dollar spot at Target toys. One year I found puzzles for really cheap and sent those for each kid. I keep track of when the dollar spot stuff goes 75% off and buy up 30 of whatever then stick it away for when their bdays come up.
The girls have gotten stickers, little notebooks (they LOVE THESE!!), pencils, cool erasers, and other things like that.
Hope that helps.
A.S. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2008
BUBBLES!!! Kids love Bubbles! or playdough!