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One of my challenges is how to get the kids to eat their packed lunch. . .
I’ve tried doing bento. I’ve used cookie cutters and other methods of cutting veggies into shapes, trying to make the kid snacks fun and appetizing.
And I just get so frustrated when the lunch box comes home with uneaten food which gets wasted!
- An apple with only a few bites in it, or a cut-up apple which has turned brown and never even touched!
- Cheese sticks and yogurt warm and unopened.
- Sandwiches squished and old by the end of the day.
- Fruit which is no longer cold and firm (and of course they don’t like the mushy strawberries or blueberries.)
- A plastic baggie filled with crackers or pretzels which have gotten crushed and broken. (They like the whole ones the best.)
I could go on and on. WHAT IS A MOM TO DO?!!
I’m always trying to find new solutions and creative ways to get them to eat relatively healthy food at school. It’s a never-ending challenge. I think I do a good job packing a variety of colorful food choices–items which they normally eat at home.
BUT, I think the key is that the food needs to get to the cafeteria in the same condition it was in when I packed the lunch! Chances are better that lunch will get eaten if I add a cold pack and try to use containers which will keep the food from getting damaged. But backpacks and lunch bags get tossed on the playground, stepped on in the classroom, squished into the desk, and so on.
Here’s my latest find: Diamond brand Multi-Purpose MINI CUPS. They are those teeny tiny containers that you put ketchup in at FIVE GUYS or what you put the salsa into at MOE’S. And now you can buy these 2 oz. containers to have at home!
So far the kids are loving them.
I’ve done grapes, berries, fish crackers, raisins, and cheese cubes.
I also put baby carrots, grape tomatoes, and cucumber smiles in a baggie with ranch dip in one of these mini cups.
Now, I realize that it’s not good for the environment and it’s more garbage, but it’s working for our family at the moment.
How do you get your kids to eat a balanced lunch at school?
Daddy was away on a business trip and this is the artwork he came home to: two adorable monster guys and a sweet bird (penguin?)
Isn’t this guy awesome?!
So so cute!
And the bird.
I am so in love with my little artist.
The kids were having a ball the week before Valentines Day playing with their animal friends and making cozy couch homes.
I see vehicles, weapons, a shark and a key in the boy’s fort.
I just love their creative play.
Our new favorite car activity is the Crayola® Dry-Erase Activity Center! It’s durable, inexpensive, and a wonderful educational and creative tool for the kids!
There are four markers and an eraser which fit tightly into the holder. There are also 10 different templates (2 sides of 5 sturdy sheets) for the children to practice the alphabet, numbers, writing, drawing, story boards, and games such as tic-tac-toe.)
Product Description: “Whether you’re at home or on the go, this activity center is great for learning. Interchangeable templates help children write, draw, count or just play different games. It’s fun for everyone! Recommended for ages 4 and up.”
■Dry-erase activity center
■4 low-odor dry-erase markers
■5 double-sided activity templates
■Ideas and instruction sheet
There is currently a sale going on at the online Crayola store for $5 off your order of at least $25. Get one of these boards a couple of packs of extra dry-erase markers and you’ve got a great gift for your preschooler or elementary school student!
The discount code is: FIVEOFF25
You’ve got a month to take advantage as it expires on January 31, 2012.
They also offer free shipping on all orders of at least $75. Go ahead and preorder five birthday party gifts with this great deal! Your child is bound to be invited to at least 5 birthdays this school year and this is a great unisex gift!
Our kids LOVE this!
Growing up in Italy, our mom always served pastina in brodo. As a matter of fact, I still have my “recipe”.
The kids were busy this weekend making forest fairies. They turned out so cute!
After feeding chipmunks with unsalted peanuts, we got an idea.
The kids collected wooden toothpicks and then gathered a huge assortment of treasures from the woods:
pinecones of various sizes
sticks & twigs
The girls assembled the forest fairies, and attached the peanuts to the flower petal skirts with toothpicks.
Petunia flowers and hosta flowers made good and sweet-smelling skirts.
We also made shawls out of leaves and ferns.
Besides the peanuts, black eyed susan flower middles made good heads.
The boys helped make the house, which consisted of twig walls, fortified by pinecones, a hosta leaf roof, leaf beds, and flower trees outside.
It turned out fabulous!