Schools are looking for creative ways to celebrate special occasions that emphasize healthier options and make the celebration less about food. As the holiday season gets underway, I have some ideas to share with you that are all about fun and excitement with creative activities and “better-for-you” food options. (Many of these suggestions also help with allergies are some are gluten free and dairy free, all are nut free.)
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This recipe is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a sweet, spooky treat this Halloween. Give your kids a bowl of extra blueberries to let them sculpt their own terrifying faces onto their ghostly shakes. If you’re serving a crowd, hand out paper cups and markers and let them go crazy with their creepiest imaginations while they wait their turn to be served.
Apples offer a wealth of opportunities for hands on learning. Whether your kids are in pre-school or junior high, we’ve put together a collection of experiments that can be tailored to their level of interest and understanding to take playing with apples at home from the craft level to the scientific. More data lets you take the experiments deeper, making many of these ideal for entertaining a larger group of kids if you’re hosting a fall-themed kids’ party.
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, fall is a great time to explore nutrition with your kids. Apples make a great object lesson, as our dietitian Allison Stowell recently discussed in her post about making the most of your annual trip to the apple farm. Build on those lessons and help make them memorable while keeping your kids entertained with the help of this fun Pinterest board that brings together tons of great apple crafts. Here are a few of our favorites…
Similar to visiting a farm, a trip to the orchard is a chance to introduce children to the origin of our food–to increase their understanding of how an apple makes it to the store, which is where they are used to finding it. Of course, the lessons don’t end there. Here are some great resources to help you make the most of your next adventure to the apple orchard.
Whether you’re worried about how long a lunch box might get stuck in the hot sun or worried about not sending your child’s deskmate into anaphylactic shock by accidentally sending a critical allergen in your child’s snack, sending food to school can seem like a daunting task. Set your concerns aside for a few days–we’ve got a roundup of recipes that mostly avoid major food allergens, doesn’t require refrigeration, meets the schools healthy eating policies and satisfies your child’s demands for flavor and texture. Parent of the year? That’s so you.
If you’re looking for some adorable and fairly simple inspiration for bringing a little more fun to your kids’ sandwiches, you don’t need to look any further than Little Nummies. This collective of images showcases some truly outside-the-lunchbox thinking about lunch presentation in ways that can easily be done nutritiously and with your kids’ favorite flavors. A few of our favorites?