We are on day three of Young Fives; so far so good. We attended about a million open houses and orientations which resulted in mounds of paper. I completed all of the forms and started reading through the booklets, handbooks, and guidelines when I came across some very disturbing information.
- No cupcakes allowed. Not even on birthdays.
- Snacks are not communal; everyone brings their own.
This totally throws me off my game. For the past two years I have taken great pleasure in matching the classroom theme to the snack A.P. brought in on his day to be the ‘special helper’. I got really carried away. The pinnacle of this thematic snack madness was during some nautical theme for which I had such a complex snack I had to enlist my husband’s help to assemble. I have blocked out the details, but it involved a cupcake, two types of frosting, and gummy worms AND fish.
Not one to miss an opportunity to complicate my life, Maybelle and I went to Horrocks the first day of school and bought about $30 worth of dried fruit, nuts, and other snacks. This is all along the wall in Horrocks that is behind the bulk candy. That day for lunch we had a sampler platter. We tried the following:
- dried bananas
- dried papaya
- dried cantaloupe
- date pieces
- dried cherries
- pumpkin seeds
- dried vegetable mix
- honey sesame sticks
- spicy sesame sticks
We also tried combinations. We came up with snack combos (typically a fruit and a nut) and this is what I have started packing for A.P.’s daily snack. The benefit with this individual-snacking system is that we don’t have to worry about allergies. I gave my kids eggs, honey, and peanut butter at about 8 months and didn’t have any problems, so we’re very fortunate that way.
Although I will miss the snack preparation process, I love having healthy and interesting snacks for my kids on hand. For more Things I Love Thursday, head over to The Diaper Diaries.