Birthdays and School

It’s that time of year again – back to school. On top of the backpacks, pencils, crayons, notebooks and typical supplies you’ll need there are classroom parties. Usually this just means signing your name (or your child’s) next to a pre-approved item. Chips, paper towels, pretzels, juice, just take your pick. Unfortunately, that does not apply to your child’s birthday celebration. I may be alone in this but that actually excites me. We have free rein! Well, not quite. Our son’s teacher has requested no cupcakes. Shocking? Perhaps. Understandable? Considering the fact that it’s pre-k, of course! Could you imagine 20+ little ones hyped up on sugar and, likely, covered in frosting? If I was in her position I would likely forbid cakes as well. That is where my brainstorming and Google searching began.

Pinterest prevails again!

I tried my best to come up with a snack time treat that was, both, healthy and fun. That’s when I came across Fray Family Creations’ robot idea. I tweaked ours a bit and left out the googley eyes in exchange for a family trip to the beach. Although they’d surely be a lot cuter with wacky eyeballs we definitely made the right call. An empty beach just for us beats out a trip to the store any day.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Juice Boxes (we used Motts for Tots because it has far less sugar than its competitors)
  • Sun-Maid Raisins Mini-Snacks (two mini boxes per child)
  • Dole Fruit Cups (applesauce would work just as well)
  • Tootsie Rolls (two per child)
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Glue

Build your robot! The juice becomes the body, the raisin boxes are the feet, the Tootsie Rolls make great arms and top it all off with your fruit cup head. You can draw faces onto the fruit cups or glue on some googley eyes. Tie (or glue) a spoon onto your robot’s back and you’re all set. Enjoy! Our son, his classmates, all of the teachers, and the principal loved this little creation! I love that we can get children to enjoy eating healthy foods just by getting a little creative. Go on! Get your own creative juices flowing and help your own little ones enjoy healthy snack options. And happy birthday to our little guy!

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