Today, having several students with a food allergy in the classroom is the norm, and the food allergy is often peanuts. Schools, teachers, and homeroom moms are constantly adapting activities that used to center around food to meet the needs of today’s classroom. It is not just food allergies that have prompted a change in the number of food centered activities at school. A focus on healthier lifestyle choices has created change as well.

Having trouble adjusting an activity so there is less emphasis on food or ensuring that any food used is safe for all students? Here are a few suggestions to minimize the risk with food allergies when planning school events.

Guest Contributor: Caitlin Tobin is a mom to two elementary aged children and a teacher. She currently teaches 4th grade but has experience working with children from nursery school up through freshmen in high school. She loves snack foods, crafty projects, and spreadsheets. She is on a mission to help the world choose the perfect teacher gift and writes about many of her ideas at