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I think it should be up to the individual child what they do. I don't see any point in doing something on the school's time if they aren't bringing in food to share, but that's JMHO. They may as well keep it private and do something outside of school and invite the children to a birthday party that way.
If other kids don't want to participate then they don't have to. I have a kindergartner this year who has kids in her class who can't have cupcakes or cake, two who aren't allowed dairy and another who can't have nuts. None of them ever have a problem with parties. The class has had several parties this year that the teacher arranged around holidays. I couldn't imagine a whole year with NO parties.
I believe most kids over the age of 5 understand they need to eat the items they 'can' eat like chips, cheese doodles, fruit, cookies, muffins, etc. Most parents bring a nice selection anyway.
Well, we are at a Waldorf school where the child's birthday is a really revered and is celebrated with a story about the child's birth. The parents are invited, the birthday child is given a birthday crown as a gift and made to feel very special. I wonder if there are some aspects of that which could be included.
I have also heard from someone that at their school the birthday child brings a gift for the class on the day.
How about a special craft project-make birthday hats, dip birthday candles or something similar?
Could the class get a birthday ring? They could bring it out for each birthday and sing to the birthday child.
Are there facilities to bake a cake? I ask because that way the kids could make a cake together and the amount of sugar or whatever could be controlled by using set recipes. That way the kids would learn a bit about baking and get a treat that was acceptable to everyone.
I do quite like your idea of the photos as well.
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Our school has a birthday book program. To celebrate your child's birthday, you donate a book to your child's classroom library. Then your child has their name added to a big "birthday cake" near the main office in the school. My son has a summer birthday, so we have not had to worry about the question of sending treats.