Lil’ M has a summer birthday. But thanks to her super thoughtful preschool teacher, this week she still got recognized for her special day during the school year with an un-birthday celebration! To celebrate at school, kids usually bring a favor to share with all their friends. However, given the growing list of food restrictions, your choices are now limited to bags of plastic junk or getting creative to come up with unique birthday party favors without spending a fortune. Thanks to Lil’ M’s love of flowers, we got creative this week.
Birthday Party Favors for Preschoolers
Do you remember when we were kids and you got to bring cupcakes to school for your birthday? I fully appreciate the dangers of food allergies, and completely understand why food shared at school is increasingly restricted. However, now when kids celebrate their birthday at school, instead of an edible treat, they give all their friends a birthday party favor bag – usually full of Dollar Store junk, that nearly always winds up in the trash.
Yes, it’s absolutely the thought that counts, and preschoolers love goodie bags… but with 10-20+ kids in a class, even Dollar Store trinkets add up. So to celebrate my 3 year old’s summer birthday at school last week, I set out to come up with 1) a unique birthday party favor for preschoolers that 2) didn’t involve plastic junk and 3) I could make for the whole class of 16 for less than $1 per child.
Thank You For Helping Me Grow Flower Party Favor
I like to let my preschooler take the lead on selecting the party favor they wish to share with their friends. Lil’ M’s first choice was brownies, which I had to sadly reject due to our school’s food policy. Her next pick? Flowers. Whether inspired by planting and making our garden markers last week, or giving flowers to her teachers for teach appreciation week the week prior, I loved her idea.
We headed to Lowe’s and found rows of annuals to choose from, all on late Spring sale for $2 per 6 pack. We picked up enough for all her classmates (3 packs for $6), along with a small bag of potting soil ($7). I wanted to plant them in individual pots, but I couldn’t find any small enough (or cheap enough), so we settled for small plastic cups instead (2 packs of 8 at the Dollar Store – $2). Grand total – $15! Mission accomplished!
She helped me plant each flower in a cup, and fill the cup with dirt. Then, I made these cute printable tags to go with them, hot glued them to leftover lollipop sticks, and she helped me add one to every cup. For less than $20 and about 15 minutes of work, we had birthday party favors for her whole preschool class.
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