Any ideas for a birthday treat fit for a kiddo with sensory issues?

Sarah - posted on 12/25/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My son will be 3 in February. He is diagnosed PDD-NOS. I have always made a birthday cake in the past, but he has never done really well with it. Last night we had a birthday cake for Jesus and he flipped out when the icing got on his hands, because the cake crumbled, he couldn't get it on a fork (gross motor problems), etc. I'm sure some of you ladies have been there done that. Any ideas for a treat he could just pick up with fingers, wouldn't stick to him, that he could share with friends and family? I still want it to be something special he doesn't normally get, but don't want him to have a meltdown over tactile sensory issues over his birthday cake either. Thanks!

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Sheila - posted on 12/27/2010

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Hi Sarah,

What about a Rice Crispies based cake? Would he be able to handle that? If you refridgerate it, it is not sticky (pre-cut it, because they can get "dry" and it is difficult to cut). The Happy Birthday part could be the candle....

As well, you might try a birthday KABOB? So, if you have the "two bite" brownie brand in your area...create a kabob bouquet so that everyone gets to pull their own kabob from the bouquet...no little fingers touch the sweets (keep it simple: brownie, marshmallow, brownie, strawberry marshmallow...nothing too elaborate....but the pink candied marshmallow like you get at valentine's day would be festive and fun).

Have fun and good luck!

Sheila

Cheryl - posted on 12/25/2010

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well maybe you could do something with fruit, strawberries , bananas etc. i made a crocodile from a cucumber and cheese triangles once. or sandwhiches made into the shape of a train worked with my little one once. i know these are not a sweet option but the plus side is they are healthy!!! how about jelly made in tiny moulds, sort of ice cube size, they can be picked up in the fingers and could have a small jelly sweet inside them?

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Pritz - posted on 11/16/2012

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There's a great book: "Cookies for everyone" in Amazon. Has bunch of different textures and great looking too. It has some bite sized tartlets and cakes. (Also GFCF!)

Good luck

Sarah - posted on 01/05/2011

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You all have given me some great ideas! Thank you! I hope maybe this thread can help out someone else in the same situation too. I'm not so scared about his birthday now. I think now that I have some ideas I will be able to make something everyone will enjoy...especially my little monkey man.

Laurie - posted on 01/05/2011

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How about "cookies on a stick"? You can buy these at specialty stores like Cookies By Design http://www.cookiesbydesign.com
My son has severe sensory issues and he LOVES them. The icing on the cookies is dry, so no gooey mess. You can order a huge cookie basket or single cookies as well. I even make them myself - it's pretty easy. Hope you're party goes well:)

Sherry - posted on 01/03/2011

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how bout baking the cake in ice cream cones, kinda a cool deal cuz everything gets eaten- plus no crubling

Lisa - posted on 01/02/2011

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hey Sarah, my son has sensory issues but loves ice cream so I will do an ice cream cake in his favourite flavour (vanilla) in shape of something, in the past I have down a giant cake, mini cup cakes, the number he is turning his favourite animal at the time, your ideas would only be stopped by your imagination!!! Good luck

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2010

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Love the kabob idea! My son is now 11 and used to be the same with cake etc, now since he gets it so infrequently he eats it anyway he can get it . :)

Lisa - posted on 12/29/2010

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How about one of those big cookies like you get from a bakery. They normally can put messages on them in icing.

Sharnee - posted on 12/28/2010

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You could try Icecream Cake, if it melts can suck it through a straw OR mud cakes are usually pretty compacted, so minimal crumbling. My boy just doesnt like to be the centre of attention, so its the whole b'day thing thats an issue for us : )

Kathy - posted on 12/28/2010

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cupcakes no frosting? Won't win any Martha Stewart or Supermom awards but my kids are so treat deprived they don't complain about no icing on cup cakes. Mini cupcakes? Muffins? Sugar cookies kids can decorate themselves at a party. We try to avoid frostings cause of the chemicals and food coloring.

Lisa-Jayne - posted on 12/28/2010

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You could also try petit fours (I can't remember how you spell that!). The little bite sized cakes that are fully iced. Have you tried using royal icing, like what you get on a wedding cake rather than the butter icing often on children's cakes? It is smooth and very silky to the touch. I hope you find something that works well.

Amber - posted on 12/28/2010

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My 4 year old (with PDD-NOS) will only eat cookie cakes. He actually tolerates pieces with and without icing. Hope that helps.

Karen - posted on 12/28/2010

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We did mini donut towers held up by skewers! bake cupcakes in ice cream cones so you have a simple handle works,too

Katherine - posted on 12/26/2010

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Wow that's a toughie!!! I was going to say try cheeses, pretzels, fruit. Be creative?? I don't know.
Have you been doing sensory integration with him?

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