Pencils! While not plastic-free (ribbons and tape), it is a use-able trinket for a class to celebrate a birthday. No sugary treats that have to follow school allergen guidelines, no junky plastic from Oriental Trading that will break before arriving at home. Every school kid can use a pencil, right?
A simple piece of paper cut to look like a balloon, taped onto a pencil top. Add a bit of curly ribbon, and together they look like a bunch of balloons.
Inspired by this idea on Pinterest from Teach Junkie, I used materials I already had on hand. All told, it took maybe half an hour to make.
School birthdays don't have to be plasticky or expensive!
Knitters are the best! I knit badly, but I love to sew lovely bags to keep their projects, needles and hooks in order. I also teach sewing, and you can find many sewing resources here. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.