Do you need ideas to share with your child's teacher to encourage non-food rewards in the classroom? Many elementary schools are becoming more food allergy aware. An average U.S. classroom has two children with a food allergy.
Some schools, like this one in Ohio, are looking for ways to celebrate classroom achievements without snacks and other food. The superintendent is asking teachers to not use food as a reward for elementary school students in class. They are also switching to food-free birthday celebrations.
Others are using food allergies as a teachable moment for their young students, like this California school we wrote about last spring.
Using non-food rewards is healthier for everyone, not just those with food allergies. These ideas get a class up and moving after a job well done:
Find more ideas from our handout Non-Food Rewards for Children With Food Allergies.