10 healthy kids party ideas
Kids often have a social life to rival the busiest adults, with what seems like a birthday party every weekend. If you’re looking to break out from the normal routine, here are our top 10 ideas for an environmentally friendly and healthier kids party :
- Let the kids run around outdoors and explore nature. Not only is the backyard or local park a more affordable option for a party venue, it offers fresh air and gives the kids a chance to come back to the basics of play
- Go paper-free and send out invitations via email. Many websites even let you create themes for your invitations and track RSVPs.
- Instead of party bags filled with plastic toys and lollies, consider handing out seedlings that the kids can plant at home, and get the kids involved in baking a delicious homemade treat to include
- Opt for biodegradable plates and cutlery, or recruit some volunteers to help with the washing up and serve food on platters.
- Decorating the backyard or park is half the fun. Make sure streamers and balloons don’t go to waste by handing them out to guests at the end of the party, or try to choose eco-friendly options like banners, buntings or lanterns that are made of reusable materials. If there’s any decorations left over, make sure the kids know the importance of leaving the park as they found it, for everyone else to enjoy it just as much as they did.
- Encourage guests to pool resources and purchase one gift that your child will really enjoy and appreciate, rather than lots of toys that may end up unloved in the near future. Alternatively, think about donating old toys and games to a local toy library so other children can enjoy them.
- Try to create games and activities that get kids up and moving. They’ll have lots of fun and enjoy the benefits of physical activity at the same time.
- Healthy drinks don’t have to be boring. Kids and parents alike will enjoy freshly squeezed juice, smoothies or milkshakes, coconut water or a fresh watermelon spritzer.
- Kids love bright, colourful food. Cut up different types of fruit and vegetables into small pieces and place on skewers, or freeze bananas on a stick and coat with organic chocolate and coconut flakes for a tasty treat.
- Consider serving a healthy alternative to popular treats, such as air-popped popcorn, homemade mini pizzas or baked chicken drumsticks.
Parties are a great opportunity to teach your child the importance of caring for their friends and the environment, in a fun and memorable way. Do you have any other tips for a healthy kids party?